Happy New Year Everyone!
It's the First of January, the first day of a new year. I like to spend a little bit of time on New Years Day having a think about all the things that happened in the last year, and then looking forward to the year to come. As you get a bit older, it always seems like the years go so quickly, but thinking about what happened in the previous year helps me realise that it doesn't really. I think we just all move so much quicker now that it's easier to forget all those little memories and achievements.
Obviously, 2015 was a pretty big one for me because of launching Cloth and Notions. It took up pretty much most of the year, from the initial thoughts, to research (thanks to Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory's How to Craft a Creative Business) to buying the stock, then launching the site. It's been a great year, and one of the best achievements. Not without it's learning curves, and downs, it's had it's up's too. I reached my personal target of 50 orders before Christmas, and have been thrilled to have already been in Simply Sewing magazine, thanks to Katie Allen for getting in touch with me about the piece.
Now that I'm up and running my aims are to grow, develop and learn. I'm going to put more effort into spreading the Cloth and Notions word, both locally and nationwide, and my new target is to reach 150 orders by Cloth and Notions first Birthday, which I'm officially taking as being 15th June 2016. That's quite an aim... but aim high right?
I'm plotting to launch a couple of my own products on the site, and there's a niggling little ambition in the back of my head that says "Go on Rachel, this year start a market stall" so fingers crossed, that will become a reality too.
Personally, my resolutions are to make and wear clothes that I've made and really get that nailed down so that it's a part of my everyday life. I hate shopping, and always find myself floundering in the high street shops coming away with nothing. This is not the case in fabric shops and so this will be the perfect solution to that problem and a great thing for me to do and get involved with. Especially as I stop work in April in preparation for the arrival of our first baby. Being able to carry on with sewing without going to work will be important to me and this will give me a great reason to make sure I carry on.
I started the site so that I could have more of an equal work life balance, as well as maintaining a creative outlet, and it seems like this will be put to the test this year.
2016 I'm ready for you!
Then maybe a cheeky pair of Ginger jeans...I'm sure I can adapt these bad boys with a maternity band!