Friday, December 28, 2012

30 day challenge

I'm so excited to share with everyone this free program.  The past month I have been going through Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Challenge.  This has been amazing!!  Basically its her own method on how to focus on her goals and she has broken it down into a video everyday with a short assignment at the end.  It has really helped me focus on what I HAVE to get done in a day and how to make smaller steps towards my bigger goal or Push goal, which for me is to be working for Four Loves full time.  In the beginning it really focuses on what is your Push goal, and defines that goal to make it clearer and ultimately more attainable.  Check it out its free!  Sign up now to start getting emails on January 1st. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Look whos been watching!

So a dream of mine (down the road) is to have sewing lessons, on top all my other projects in life.  I hear it all the time adults that wish they knew how to sew but never learned or only know the basics.  My boys are always asking to sew on my machine, but I never make the time or feel like I have the patience to teach them. The other day Dawson was being so nice and rubbing my back while I was sewing and eventually was sitting on my lap "helping".  Little did I know Dawson really knew a lot!!  I had no idea he had been watching me so much.  At times of appliqueing the letter onto a towel I had to remind myself that I wasn't using the pedal, he was so good that it felt like I was doing it myself.  Guess I need to take the time and start teaching all the boys.  Future employees!  :) 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spa Wraps

So time got away again, not quite as long this time but still, my intention is to write a blog a week at least.  Some day maybe that will happen.  Right now I'm thrilled I remembered only a month after my last one blog.  I am so excited that in the past month my business has taken off, through a couple of products, here is a feature of one of them and how I came up with the idea. 

Being the beginning of May (almost) and so many upcoming weddings and graduations I have had a huge increase in sales of my bath towels or spa wraps.  Currently I have 3 orders of at least 5 towels (one is 7) each and waiting to see about an order for 15 to 20 that I'm praying will come through soon (please pray too).                                                                                                I never would have thought last year in Gulf Shores when I was inspired to make them after seeing them in multiple stores that they would be so popular.  I don't even remember what the ones in the store look like any more, can't wait to go back this summer to see them again.   When I am inspired by a product I of course love to change it and make it more personalized for a customer but without an embroidery machine I'm very limited.  But I am very skilled in applique and satin stitch so I decided to add a circle of fabric and an initial in the center, which I have been adding to a lot of other products.  I have been making a lot of children sizes along with adult ones, and even my boys are waiting me to design towels for them too.  I finally got Harrison's made today, he was very excited to have his towel that he "LOVES"  Poor kid looks so cold in this picture.   Customers ask all the time for changes in items which I love, especially when they come out as cute as this pink towel with the Ella fabric, even the lower case "e" was a customer request.  I can't wait to make some with ruffles down the front!!  I am going to make one for me along with a matching beach bag with ruffles before we go to the beach this year!   


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Heaven Moments

So obviously I'm not a blogger.  I've been so busy trying to keep up with everything else, work, kids, business, etc.  But I am willing to give it a try again, hopefully it won't be a year between this time.  :)

The other night I couldn't sleep thinking about what I wanted to blog about, I even thought about getting up to write it that night but 4:30 comes way too soon.  And in the past week I sort of lost this thought but hopefully writing about it will help me remember through out the day.  While watching the last Desperate Housewives episode last Sunday a family was at a diner and the child was asking questions about what heaven was like.  His dad gave the answer that heaven is like sitting here eatting a great burger with the people you love or the perfect fishing hole.  I started thinking about "my heaven" and its when I'm sewing.  Even when everything is going wrong with my machine or nothing is going the way I want it to, it is still my heaven.   

As I thought about it I was irritated with myself for not thinking of spending time with my kids or husband as my heaven.  Don't judge, I'm getting to my point.  So I went to bed with this guilt and feeling horrible about myself but not seeing spending time with them as my heaven.  I mean I love them so very much but its crazy with 4 boys, fighting, arguing and their messiness.  The next morning my awesome husband kept our 6 year old to bring to school later, which means my 2 year old and I stop for coffee (hot chocolate for him).   Like always hes yelling "Coffee!!" the instant I turn into the parking lot.  Once inside we were waiting for the barista to make our coffee he scurried up a stool to get a better view saying "She make my coffee".  In that moment I realized "my heaven" doesn't have to be the whole day with my family or even a hour, but one single moment and its realizing that those moments are just that.  Another one happened once we were in the van headed to school when he started singing a line to song in his cute little voice.  So even through my crazy life of being a full time mom, working full time, and having multiple businesses I need to find all those "heaven moments" and cherish them or I think I might go crazy.  :)