Dwelling in the Present Moment
It’s been awhile!I promised a giveaway when I reached 1,000 sales and that milestone has come and gone and I still have not come through so here I am.Life has been as busy as ever,and I feel that I am at a crossroads in my business.I want to share some of what I have been feeling with those of you who have been such great supporters on my journey this past few years(and after I do I will post the details of my giveaway!).In 9 days it will be three years since my trip to Maui where I found the name for my new shop,and Soul Role was born.I have been amazed and humbled by the support and so happy to find that there are many many people out there who are willing to support handmade eco friendly work,even when it means they have to spend more.My shop has grown faster than I dreamed it would and now,going into my third year I feel I need to make some changes to support this growth.I have been doing all this work from my bedroom(aka studio) and I don’t know how much longer I can continue to do this.In order to be more efficient and to continue to produce work I can be proud of I need to upgrade my machines.I need space for all my materials,and space to spread out and give my visions room to breathe.And my husband need to be able to get into his closet!I would love to be able to have some help when my work load gets too big.I would love to be able to have an internship program with my children’s charter school and give some of the local kids here an opportunity to learn about designing,sewing and creating their own business.I would love to sell wholesale to the many many stores that have wanted to sell my line .I would love for local customers to be able to come and browse and have more ready made items available.All of the ways I need to grow as a business require an actual real studio,and without that I don’t know if I can continue.
I have been really looking at my business,and what I want and NEED to be doing in my life.I would love to continue to do this work that has helped me in more ways than I can say.I have looked for grants to help fund an off grid studio that we could build here on our land but there really don’t seem to be.I have never had a credit card in my entire life and have no credit history so banks would not want to loan me money.I have had many people suggest I do a Kickstarter campaign and I have been seriously thinking about doing this.I would love to know what people think about Kickstarter?Have you ever contributed to a campaign?Have you run one,or known someone who has?Would you help me to spread the word?I struggle to think of what kind of rewards I could offer and how that would work.Any ideas?
I have had friends who wanted to partner with me and have things made overseas,and I have really thought about that.I know people who have found ways to do it that are fair and ethical but that is not really what I want to create.I think there is a way to keep it local,and small and still make a living.
So that is where I am at with business!Now- onto the GIVEAWAY!!
To qualify to enter you must first be a fan on Facebook(leave your Facebook name in the comment here on the blog):
1.You need to leave a comment here on the blog post and share your thoughts on my direction.It doesn’t need to be elaborate :) I really value the input.
2.You can get more entries by sharing this blog post(tag my Facebook page so I can see it!) and making sure whoever you have shared with let’s me know in their comment who brought them here!
3.You can get one MORE entry by going to my shop and finding your favorite item,share it on Facebook and makes sure to tag my Facebook page in your post so I see it.
I will be giving away your choice of the following:
The give away starts today and ends on October 18 at noon Hawaii Time!
Thank you again for all the love and support over the past years!I couldn’t have done it without you!