Friday, May 16, 2014

Rebuilding and Expanding - Taking Big Leaps of Faith!

Things don't always go the way we plan, in fact sometimes it seems they seldom do. But that's not really a bad thing, just something we have to accept, and turn into positive change. That said, I'm a bit embarrassed that it's been A YEAR since I've updated my blog. So much has changed and so many blessings have come from those hard changes. I'm very happy to be where God has lead me at this point in my life. And now things have settled down so that I am seriously ready to take another leap of faith and commitment to rebuilding and expanding my business.

In fact tonight I took a huge leap out of my comfort zone and admitted that I need support, encouragement and help to bring my work to it's full potential. I have not been able to work my business full time for the past 3 years and while I am grateful for my part time job at Jo-Ann's, I am anxious to pour my heart and soul back into Mama's Pocketbook once again.

In order to accomplish my goals, obtain some equipment and supplies that I need, and to launch my new brand "Prissy Gypsy" I have set up a capital building - fundraising site thought GoFundMe and I'm really pushing myself to get over the idea that I have to do everything by myself. So, yes, I'm asking for help, donations, support, sharing, liking and linking to get the capital that will help me purchase an embroidery machine, inventory, supplies and to put together a booth where I can sell my items locally ... among my many goals! I also plan to launch a line of patterns, tutorials, and ultimately my own line of fabrics. Lofty goals, but totally attainable with help from those who love me, my work and who want to help a fellow artist blossom.

So, here's the link to learn more about my fundraising effort...   THANK YOU SO MUCH for any and all support!

http://www.gofundme.com/99ijqg

Monday, April 15, 2013

Brushing off the Cobwebs and Venturing Back to Blogging

Gee, apparently it takes over a year to re-launch things - at least it has for me. I am so grateful to my sweet, faithful friends and customers who have continued to follow and order from me through this sabbatical I've been on. It truly encourages and inspires me!  My life has taken so many turns over the past 2 years and I have healed and grown and found love and found myself again... Amazing, wonderful blessings have been abundantly rained on me and my kids!

I expect to be 100% back in business with Mama's Pocketbook by early Summer, with a revamped website, new designs, lots of OOAK bags, new fabrics, new everything! This is my year of REVIVAL. I'm Refreshed, Renewed, Re-Energized and EXCITED about my NEW LIFE!

I'm engaged to the love of my life, Kim, and we are planning for our life together. There will be lots of changes going on over the next few months, but he totally supports me in my passion for bringing Mama's Pocketbook back to it's full potential! So the waiting is over, I'll be ramping things ups a lot more starting in May. I guess that's pretty good timing since I originally started my business in May of 2006. Kicking off my 7th year calls for some special ideas.  I'm thinking giveaways, contests ... How about telling me your ideas for making this 7th year special? THANKS!!! ~ Dianne

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vacation!!!

Hey friends! I just wanted to let you all know I am going on vacation as of tomorrow (Aug 16) and I will not be open for business again until Mon. Aug 27th for shipping. I appreciate all the orders I've received this month ... it has been so reassuring that my business is not dead after my hiatus of the past year and that I can bring it fully back to life again over the next few months! I'm excited both to be getting a real vacation with my sweetheart and to be able to create and enjoy my little business again - and maybe make it a big business one day!! See y'all on the 27th!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Re-Launching Takes Time!

Getting back up and running with my business is taking much longer than I'd hoped it would. I'm looking on this time of growth and renewal as a kind of long winter's nap that has given me the rest and nourishment I've needed. And now Springtime is coming - both figuratively and actually- and I'm preparing to unfold and blossom and unveil all my creative little heart can bring forth! Thank you for any of you who have checked in on me, encouraged me, understood this time of transition, and waited for me to return. It is such a blessing to have you all in my life and to feel the love that you give. I can't wait to catch up with everyone and share and see what you've been doing all these months. It's still going to take time to get back in my groove... or actually to create a new groove! So bear with me ... it's gonna be fun!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Starting Over

First I want to say how very grateful I am to those who have continued to visit my website and blog over the past four months. As you can tell, I've been away from both since May. As it happens sometimes, life turns on a dime and we find ourselves dealing with completely unexpected changes. My world turned upside down in May when my husband abruptly, without warning, decided to leave and file for divorce. Turns out he had someone on the wire and he remarried before the ink was dry on the divorce papers! So, even though it was the most painful experience I've known, I am now healed and ready to live my life with honesty and the real love of the people who guided me to the peaceful, faith-filled place I now embrace.

I know it seems miraculous to claim to be healed in such a short time. Maybe it's because I've been hurt before, and survived ... many times in fact. Mainly though, I was fortunate enough to have an amazing support network of friends, family, church, counsel, and neighbors who rallied around me and lifted me up through the confusion, pain and complete remodeling of my life over these past 4 months. The counseling I received, the love of friends and family who listened to me cry, rage, pray, repair and recover, having my children to care forhelp to cope with the changes, and getting a new job that gave me confidence, creativity and courage, all of these things, plus realizing that God has a new plan for my life, combined to bring me clarity, hope, strength and determination to move forward.

And now it is time for me to start over with my business and bring new life to it. It will take some time to rebuild, to make new product and regenerate interest in my designs. But I am excited at the chance to start fresh and get things rolling once again with my passion for this business.

Once again, thank you to all who have reached out to me, showing me support, giving me comfort, being true friends and continuing to believe in me through the darker days of these life changes. I am really, truly, very happy and looking forward to flinging open the doors of my life to see what amazing things lie ahead!

First up ... I'm preparing for my very first Fall Festival! I've never done an arts and crafts show, but a friend wants me to share a booth at our local town fair in October, so I'm going for it! Wish me luck!!!