A Refresh

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For the past several months, I've been thinking that I need to give my Etsy shop a refresh. Not in terms of my graphics, but with the products I offer. Ever since I started sewing, my Etsy shop has been all over the place. I'm looking to change that. I've been doing a lot of thinking about creating a cohesive look, more of a "brand" for my shop that goes beyond just the graphics. I want people to see one of my bags and know that I made it. So, I've decided to create collections of products using similar fabrics. Example: a burlap collection, an animal print collection. a color block collection. This is why I made that survey, so I could get a better idea of what kinds of pieces to make. The pictures included in this post are some sneaks of what I'm thinking so far.  

Something else that's been happening since mid-September: Fresh Rag Masters. My very good friend Dave Conrey, who I've mentioned on here before, invited me into his creative small business mastermind program. Every Thursday night, I join a Google Hangout with other artists trying to build small businesses from their art. I've learned so much, and the encouragement from my fellow "masters" has been invaluable.

Eventually I'll set up a store on this site, in addition to my Etsy shop. It's going to be a huge undertaking: making all new stock, taking all new photography, creating all new listings. But that's my big entrepreneurial goal for 2015, so we shall see. I love writing this blog, but I want to make it more of a hub for my super-small business. So look for updates on that soon! I'm hoping to be able to write some more posts on how things are going, and include more of the production photos.