Around here, things are starting to feel like the end of summer. That means we're trying to squeeze in as much time as possible outside, enjoying every minute. Long walks after work, trips to the playground & park, movie nights under the stars, and concerts downtown. Summer life is sweet.
But that also means that I've been gearing up for fall in the shop. We have a few shows coming up in November, so I'm working on curating supplies and building up my product stock. There is nothing better than the sound of my sewing machine humming away mixed with the giggles of my little one running around underfoot.
As a part of my fall shop plans, I decided to take a step back and really educate myself on the handmade business process & freshen up my sewing skills. I truly believe that education is empowering and the key to success.
Your local library is a great resource for this. They have tons of 'selling handmade' books with excellent tips from some of the top sellers. Even after 15 plus years of sewing experience, I've been hitting the books and re-learning all the basic sewing techniques. No matter how much time you've logged at the sewing machine, there is always room for improvement and some inspiration.
On top of that, I've been working on a ten part video series from The Merriweather Council. Danielle is a great resource for starting your own shop. She offers insight into maximizing your efforts on Etsy, gaining followers and customers through social media, and leveraging the great work you are already doing. I strongly suggest you check her out!
AND, don't forget to check out the shop. We have the cutest market tote bags up for sale at only $15 plus shipping. Pair them with some local honey, soaps, and fresh flowers from the market and you have a great (and inexpensive!) gift idea! PLUS, I am super excited to be working on some new mason jar tumblers, mug sleeves, and pouches that will make the perfect gift for anyone this upcoming holiday season.
Until next time!