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Thus ends the Instagram Account Hokey Pokey

You remember the Hokey Pokey.   You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out, etc. etc.  Well I have been trying to figure out what to do with my Instagram accounts.  Part of it was just figuring out Instagram, the rest was trying to figure out what I want to have for my social media presence.  Needless to say there have been a whole handful of attempts and starts at attempts and ultimately I figured out that multiple accounts is not for me.  So I have disabled the newer business type account @pinwheelprodns, and I’ve changed the handle on my main account to @pinwheelprodnsquilts and I’m going to leave it like that.  I promise.  I know everybody is tired.

I’m sure at this point everybody is confused by the “shake it all about” aspect of the Hokey Pokey but things should settle down now.  The blog and website are live, I’ve settled on a single IG account, time to move forward and get busy SEWING!!

Slow and Steady Wins the Day

It’s both an old British saying, and the name of Tula Pink’s latest fabric line.  She has mentioned that part of the name refers to working steadily towards a goal, and that steady work will get you to the finish line eventually.

If you have been reading through the blog, you have seen a HUGE theme about starting over, moving forward, all those ways of saying that I want to work on this and I want to make it a success.  I have also posted how I am working on patterns again, and I’m remaking some of them in more modern fabric.  That being said – I’ve finished a new sample of Fat Quarter Fabulous using Slow and Steady.  I’m realizing this is more than just making another sample, this is a tangible expression of this reboot.  I could not have picked a better fabric line for this new sample!  I’m both getting my technical content updated as well as updating my samples.  Next up is to get it quilted and get a photo of it in all its glory.

The website/blog is now on line and ready to go.  I will continue to update as I add more content and get more photos but the core of it is in place, and I couldn’t be happier.  I also dug in and created my logo in Adobe Illustrator.  I overcame a huge learning curve there thanks to online tutorial videos, and I’m pleased with it.  I was able to keep the hand-drawn aspects of my original logo, while converting it to a format that can go on a number of things.  Color me happy as I check another thing off my list.

I will keep looking at that quilt when I get discouraged, or confused or tired.  Slow and Steady Wins the Day.  I will figure all this out.  I will create new patterns, and I will continue to do that which I love so very much.

Download the pattern for free here!

Eating the Elephant One Bite at a Time

Hear that?  That ugly, groaning sound?  That’s the sound of my calendar sagging under the weight of my to-do list.  I’m a list maker.  I have lists of lists.  I use lists for a variety of purposes.  The obvious use is to actually function as a list.   The not so obvious use is how it becomes a basis for my problem solving process.

Some things are simple to work out:  the grocery list, the chores that have to be done this week, what to pack on a trip.  Some things are not so simple to work out:  how to invigorate my sewing business or how to declutter the house.  That’s where lists come in handy for me.

On the sewing business front, making a list starts off with listing the big ticket items that need to happen:  legal paperwork that needs to be updated, updating patterns to put them on Craftsy, coming up with new patterns based on my sketch book.  Each of these items is made up of tens if not hundreds of things that need to happen.  Spelling these things out on a list really helps me make sense of what I’m doing.  Am I leaving something out?  Is there work I can be doing in parallel?   One of the things that was brought up a lot at Sew Pro – is there work that I can have other people do?   Being a team of one is daunting.  You feel like absolutely everything is up to you and there just aren’t enough hours in the day unless I move to Saturn.  I’m starting to reach out to people to find out if I have options to get help.  It’s difficult to ask for help but that’s another topic for another post.

In the mean time I’m going to keep working on my lists, keep checking things off and keep eating that elephant one bite at a time.  (note the post title is based on a really old joke – how do you eat an elephant?  one bite at a time).

Dusting Off the Blog

Whew!  Trying to blow off the dust and get things cranked up again!  I love to write, I love to sew and somehow I need to find the time to do those things that make me happy!   I’m learning more about blogging and features and doing things.  I spent last weekend at SewPro in Chicago and oh my goodness it was so energizing.   I learned so much and there is so much I can be doing, I just have to get the hang of all of this!!!

I find it interesting that I spend all day long at my day job working on computers, yet when it comes to things like social media, I am a complete novice.  I learned so much at SewPro about how to use my blog to convey what is going on with my quilting business.  WOW.   I got so excited that I managed to create a second blog, then couldn’t figure out why all the posts I wrote were not showing up.  Sigh.  SO I’m now back to my one blog and I’m working this out slowly but surely.

I have so many ideas bursting in my head and so many things I want to sew and teach!!

SEW ALL THE THINGS!  WRITE ALL THE THINGS!  Where will I find the time!!

My first WordPress Post

This is it.  My first post with WordPress.   I’m overhauling my blog and website which includes moving to a whole new hosting company, new software, a new layout, new this, and new that.  It’s overwhelming.  So much so that I’m wondering if it is worth it.  I know it will be in the long run but in the middle of all the change, when nothing works the way I want it to, and nothing looks right, I feel completely daunted by this task.  I wonder if this happens to everybody?

I know the changes will be worth it.  I keep telling myself that.   I know my website looked very rudimentary and out dated, and I need to get a blog platform that is going to work for me for the next 10 years, not the last 10 years but still.  OH. MY. GOODNESS.  In the mean time, I just hope I don’t click the wrong button and delete the entire thing.