It’s been one whole year since I launched my website, and I’ve been taking some time lately to reflect on the past 12 months. The highs and lows; the best and worst – what part of the work brought satisfaction and what part of the work brought feelings of being overwhelmed and some anxiety. It’s curious how the best of times are very easy to remember and reflect upon, while the less-than- perfect occasions recede into the background.
First of all, I was very blessed to have found such a great web designer – Shelly Caldwell www.toolboxmedia.com. It would have been pretty difficult to develop my site without her! Shelly lives in Portland and I happened upon her name via Alicia Paulson’s website www.aliciapaulson.com whose work I love and admire. Shelly helped me to shape and materialize the ideas that were romping around inside my brain; she’s a genius! I love her creativity and her exemplary work ethic – she really helped me a ton.
Now that its time for a review – I must decide what direction my work and the website should take. I’ve re-discovered that writing is my passion and I love getting both quilting and writing magazine assignments. (Creative Machine Embroidery, Quilter’s Connection Magazine, Quilting & Embroidery) I love working towards a deadline, a goal, building a story or a project from scratch – it’s very satisfying when there is a finished project on which to gaze! I will definitely work towards gaining more confidence in my writing and quilt designing with a view to snagging more magazine assignments in 2012.
Besides taking stock of the work and being grateful for the help and assistance of Shelly, I want to acknowledge a lovely online quilting friend that I have come to know. Her name is Dianne LaCasse, she’s a nurse and she lives 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) away from me in Vermont. I met Dianne when exploring the options of selling my products on etsy.com. We had countless online conversations about quilting, family, etsy, yoga – Dianne was so friendly and open and complimentary of my work; she gave me confidence that I was going in the right direction – something I will never forget. Dianne is a very talented, creative and established quilter – you can find her work on etsy by clicking on this link www.etsy.com/shop/bungalohill. She graciously purchased a yoga mat bag for her daughter, Rachel – it was my first “out-of-country” purchase! Thank you so very much Dianne.
So many projects, so many ideas – sew little time!