Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stretching My Brain

This is such a BEAUTIFUL image! I want to dress like this every day...maybe I'll make it our mandatory work uniforms..?
      I am going to do better, I am going to do better. MAN ALIVE! When you have a creative brain, it can be very hard to organize, document, regulate, and commit to timelines, goals, numbers, and paper-worky types of things.  I'll be the first to admit, for ALL OF 2013, I felt so overwhelmed, hormonal, and festively pregnant that I couldn't fathom doing anything more than I was already doing. I spent most days yelling, feeling sorry for myself, and thinking about what I was going to eat next, instead of trying to plan for where my company was going and how I was going to tackle my dreams. 

      Well, now I'm endeavoring to get on track, and be like an aggressive 80's business guy in a power suit, with a slick hair-cut and lots of "buzz" words like "synergy" and "prime objectives!" and...um....honestly, I've never worked in an office....maybe I'm not going to be that guy...It's just that....have you guys ever seen that episode of Futurama where Fry teams up with the 1980's Business Guy? I LOVED how he kept asking everyone if they were "sharks" or "sheep".  I suppose I want to be a shark? 
Anyhow,  If you're wondering what these pictures are about, they are my sketches and inspiration for one of the many projects I have going on in my head. At ALL TIMES, I have these glorious visions and patterns and fabrics in my brain, and they're just waiting to bust out! Sometimes I draw them out, sometimes, I look for the particular fabrics I need, and SOMETIMES I EVEN *gasp* MAKE THEM!!! 

    Which brings me to Soldsie. I read about this company in an Entrepreneur Magazine (I sit and read these while I eat my steel cut oatmeal at 5 am every morning) and I was very excited, because they seemed to have the answers to all of my current problems....well...almost all of them. So, this company allows you to sell directly to your customers RIGHT on facebook, through a safe channel. All they have to do to purchase something from you in the size and color they want is to comment "SOLD" below the item, and then type in the options they prefer from what you have available.  They really encourage you to make a specific time each week that your customers KNOW they can come to you and see new items and get good prices and freebies.   I don't know why I never thought of this, but it's SOOOO awesome! I get emails all the time from upset customers who wanted an item that I listed, but I listed the piece at a completely random time, and they missed it. This helps focus all of us in, and have a time when we expect something awesome, and we can all be excited about it! 
      So, I named our weekly events "Hourglass Events" because I felt like it hearkened back to the fact that we sell hourglass shaped corsets, AND these are a limited time release, so the "sand" will be slipping through the hourglass quickly!   As you can tell from the pictures, I'm actually PLANNING and looking for inspiration! I'm very proud of myself, because this is not normally  how my brain works.  Anyhow, I'm hoping to get the final patterns for the "Gretel" collection done in the next couple of weeks, and *VOILE!* I have the theme for one of my events.
     I realize that this blog is ALL over the place, which is ironic, because it talks about how I'm going to focus and be better.  Bless my heart.   Anyhow, I've got a crapload of work to do, but I just wanted to give you guys an insight to what's going on in my life, and I hope you're as excited as I am!


  1. I've always loved your work - and I'm super happy for your new family member. Looking forward to the sale :)

  2. Aww ! I had that little golden book as a kid! I loved it!

    I love the sketch of one of your designs too!!

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