I’ve been lucky to get out for a bit today, just to clear my head and refocus on all things Squish. You’ll have noticed on Facebook/Twitter over the past couple of weeks that things haven’t been going to plan. Internet problems, re-arranged and then cancelled Market Nights and gastroenteritis (which was most unpleasant!) have all contributed to me feeling a bit dejected and unsure of myself. I won’t lie, it’s hard trying to get a business off the ground when your main occupation is being at home with your children. I’ve been worrying myself a bit recently that I don’t have the time or space to do Little Squish justice, especially when there are so many things I want to do! So today was a good day for putting my worries and doubts to rest. I popped over to Moseley with my friend Lisa to chat about our businesses and get a bit of fabric shopping done!
I was far too early, but it was nice to have a quiet half an hour, grab a hot chocolate and have a read of my new sewing magazine: Love Sewing. It’s the first issue and I subscribed a while back as they have a awesome offer on (3 issues for £6!) It came with a free Kirstie Allsopp fat quarter (which is soooo pretty!), a Liberty sewing book and there’s also a downloadable dress pattern too. I haven’t read the whole magazine yet, but so far it’s an interesting mix of articles and tutorials with plenty of gorgeous pictures all the way through. I think it’s out in shops next week, so I’d recommend finding a copy even if you’re a beginner.
It was great to have a good long chat with someone in a very similar boat to myself. Lisa (you can find her on Twitter to see her makes) also works in education (I was a primary teacher if you recall!), has a little boy and is busy working hard on her sewing business. We had a chat about products, potential blog posts (as we’d like to collaborate on a few) and just general business-type stuff. It was just what I needed; I’m feeling so much better and in a more positive frame of mind now. Yes, I’m disappointed that my Market Night couldn’t happen, but hey, it’s not the end of the world really. I’ve got plenty of time for world domination!
Next on our agenda was to pop into Guthrie & Ghani, which is one of my favourite shops in the world at the moment! I really shouldn’t have read the Liberty sewing supplement right before going there; I wanted everything! I did resist though, and just bought a little bit of Liberty fabric to make myself a quick headband. Even when I don’t buy anything, I always enjoy fabric shops, they’re a great source of inspiration.
After this, we took a quick detour into Birmingham to another of my favourite fabric shops, which is literally packed with hundreds of rolls of fabric from floor to ceiling. Something I’m thinking of doing at the moment, is choosing a fabric that comes in a few colour ways and making garments just in these fabrics. As much as I love the idea of sourcing fabric for customers, I’d like to develop a particular style for Little Squish and also be able to get orders out as quickly as possible. This gorgeous fabric is one that I’ve chosen so far.
I bought the green today, and a dark rose-pink polka dot fabric as I’ve got something reversible in mind. Once I’ve finished off a few little things, I’m going to get to work on a slightly re-designed range and then, yes, I will finally get some photographs up on the website! I also bought a lovely fabric to make myself the draped top from the Great British Sewing Bee book. I’d show you a photo but it’s too dark to take one now!
All in all, I think today did me the world of good. I got out for a while, cleared my head and re-focused myself on Little Squish. Now I can’t wait to get the sewing machine out and get going on some new things. I’m also toying with the idea of entering the Mollie Makes first Handmade Awards. If you know me in real life, you’ll know that I am not a very confident person and certainly not good at blowing my own trumpet, so this is a really big deal for me; watch this space…