Wow, well would you look at that... I have just logged on to write a well anticipated blog post and what do I see... that this post is the 100th that I have written!! How fab is that???
I posted a status to my Facebook Page earlier today about goal setting, planning and that I have exciting plans for 2015 and it has sparked lots of curiosity... I've had lots of lovely messages asking for clues... so I want to share what things are currently being set in motion behind the scenes.
Not a lot seems to happen in January physically. Its not the right time of year for craft fairs, events, seasonal celebrations etc so I have been using my time to plan the months ahead and I tell you what, I am soooo super excited realising what I will achieve this year, I could wet myself!!!
I started by buying this awesome planner...
I follow Leonie Dawson on Facebook and have been very inspired by her recent posts, so I invested in her planner / organiser. Its a massive spiral bound book, a place to reflect on 2014 and to map out how you want 2015 to look in your personal life and in business. I've gotta say, its been fabulous and has sparked lots of excitement which has set the ball rolling.
I want to share with you some of the goals and plans I have popped in this book because you know sometimes, if you share these things you are more likely to follow them through to the end, and also, I simply cam't keep things to myself!! How selfish would that be?!?!
So, some of you who have followed my blog for a long time will recall some time ago that I was planning some online sewing courses... I had to put it on the back burner for a while but this will be up and running this year!! YAY!! So, anyone who cannot come to my current classes will be able to learn new skills from the comfort of their own home by signing up for online tutorials.
You will also be able to sign up to my "how to start your own successful crafty business" course too which is going to be mega exciting... but these things are going to take a LOT of hard work and stress no doubt, so it will be much later on in the year that this will be happening...
So, of course, what other exciting news / plans can I keep you happy with in the meantime???
I will have a monthly newsletter coming out soon which you will be able to subscribe too. You will get a freebie for signing up, lots of behind the scenes info etc so look out for that.
You see this machine here...
This is a gorgeous computerised sewing machine - a Janome CXL301.
I am waiting patiently (or not patiently as the case may actually be), for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR of these machines. Woo hoo!!
They are going to make my 2015 machine classes so much more fun and I can't wait to get them and start playing. I wonder if I can master the art of using them all at the same time?!?!?!?!
I have lots of classes booked in up until April, but more will be put in very soon.
When these new machines arrive I am going to be offering more 121 sessions as I get lots of people asking for that one on one tuition or a couple of friends round the dining table who want to learn.
|My trusty old 1920's vintage Singer|
The website will be back up and running soon. It is the temporary but beautiful fully functioning version just until the online sewing classes are up and running, at which point everything will be moved over (I hope) to the new site. When it is back up and running you will be able to purchase gorgeous monthly inspiration packs. Each month there will be a different inspiration pack available. You will be able to simply purchase whichever one takes your fancy as and when they appear, or you will be able to set up a direct debit to receive the packs monthly. I am super super excited about these.
I am currently working on NEW SEWING KITS
They will be in new packaging and will be in lots of lovely new designs which I just know you are going to love.
I have lots of community projects going on this year, lots of work with schools and I am going to love every minute of it.
I currently supply lots of lovely stock to a few wonderful boutique type shops. That will be continuing and I will be looking for more stockists very soon.
I have started booking in events for this year in a bid to get organised early!!
Beautiful baskets of handmade products will be finding their way across work staff rooms in due course where you will be able to see, feel and really check out the quality of Sweet Williams products before you purchase. You will also be able to find discount codes, special offers and one off items in these baskets too so stay tuned on how you will be able to book yours in.
I have a business opportunity coming up soon for those who would like to earn a little bit of extra money / treat money by working freelance under the umbrella of Sweet Williams... I cannot give any more than that away yet, you will just have to sit tight and wait but I will be looking for several people across the UK to work with. You will need to have passion for handmade, have a lot of ambition and be willing to learn something new.
Finally, I am in the process of trying to set up two of THE MOST EXCITING THINGS EVER!!
Again, some time ago I mentioned that I would like to set up some kind of residential sewing courses...
Well, the wheels have been set in motion and this will also be happening this year!! My goodness, I can't believe it.
I am in the process of trying to rent beautiful rustic premises. The idea is that you spend 2-3 days on a crafting / sewing holiday with like minded people. You would get your own room / private space etc and you would spend the daytime learning new skills, hand sewing, machine sewing and enjoying every minute. I am not giving any more away than this about the residential classes, so you will have to stay tuned for further information soon.
Later this year I am going to be running an intense sewing course, where I will take complete beginners, not having sewn before who want to learn on a 3 day course at a local public venue. You will go from novice to pro and take home some amazing projects.
I know I am...
I don't know how I'm possibly going to sleep with all this going on!!
It is going to be a super jam packed year, and I still have a few other bits and pieces up my sleeve but these are plenty to be sharing for now.
I think I need a lie down in a dark room after all that!!
Its gonna be a rollercoaster of a year!!
2015 I am ready for you and I'm coming to get you!!