I feel like I should be in a quilting blog confession box and plead for forgiveness that I haven’t blogged for ummm…..well, let’s see…..ok it’s been several weeks now.
So let me climb back on the blogging wagon and give you some insight on what I’ve been up to, and to also give you a little teaser of some very exciting news.
I never knew or appreciated how time consuming it can be to set up one’s own business – it has been one huge learning curve but one that I’m still enjoying despite some worries along the way. A key learning for me is having to be organised, disciplined, and have good time and project management skills. I can practically hear the sniggers already from people who know me well or have worked with me in my last job because they know that these attributes are just not my natural strengths. I’m an ideas person – my head is full of them. I’m a dreamer – I’m all about “what if we could do that”, or “how about this”, or “wouldn’t it be great if…”. I’m futuristic – I’m excited about what’s ahead of us and can already visualise the immediate and long-term future. Somehow, and very quickly, I need to bring all of this together – like a jigsaw – so that the bigger picture of Biggar Stitches is achieved. So it’s been somewhat of a personal journey already and it’s only been a matter of months since starting out – but I say again, I’m still enjoying it.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the absolute pleasure in meeting many inspirational, friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and energetic ladies – honestly, I’m not exaggerating at all. As a result of spending some time with them, I have more ideas (now written down I hasten to add in case I forget anything), and I’m encouraged to continue doing with what I’ve got planned for Biggar Stitches and I’ll have an army of customers-slash-friends to support me. More than anything I’m inspired to be more charitable than I’ve ever been before.
I’m currently drafting our first monthly newsletter – to be issued next Friday 1 May, and then every first Friday of the month thereafter. To give you a flavour of what to expect, each newsletter will include a recap of activity and events of the previous month, I’ll share what’s coming up during the current month, we’ll let you know of any classes and workshop planned, I’ll share industry news and trends as I find them, and I’ll give you a sneak peak at the new fabrics due in that month too. We may do a competition or two, some giveaways and free patterns. See, I’m already sharing some of the ideas I’ve had!
If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to receive the monthly newsletter – by reading this blog you’re already on our website so simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and complete a few details.
Oh, I nearly forgot the teaser of my very very exciting news. You’ll have to sign up for the newsletter to get all the detail but let me just tease you with the words “bricks and mortar, a door and some windows here in my hometown of Biggar”.
Happy quilting folks – I’ll be back in touch in a few days’ time – promise.