I have crochet baby hat burn out. As with any home business you pour your heart and soul into it and pray that it will be successful. In May 2013 Cotton Blossoms will be 4 years old and I am proud to say I've crocheted thousands of hats. That is a success in my book. With any success comes the not so fun side of the business. I am a one women show (with the exception of some help during peak times) so that makes me designer, marketer, customer service operator, packager, shipper, sales manager, photographer, web designer and any other title that goes along with running a home business. Over the past several months instead of being excited when I receive orders it has become more of a burden. I have lost my passion. All the late nights, long wait times, missing out on my kids growing up and time away from the family has taken its toll on me. I have decided to take what I am calling a winter break. I am hoping that taking a few weeks off and stepping back I will find my passion for making hats and all the fun newborn props that are ever so popular right now. What if I don't get my passion back? Well, I don't know. Maybe I'll take a few more weeks off or maybe it will be time to say goodbye to Cotton Blossoms. Only time will tell.
I don't want to leave you feeling sad, because even when good things come to an end a new opportunity presents itself. With me I think it will be my new shop, The Rustic Ewe, specializing in Neck Warmers and Accessories for Women. My approach to this shop will be a bit different than Cotton Blossoms. I plan on offering mainly Ready To Ship items rather than made to order or custom made products. This will allow me to be more in control of my business and allow me to be more creative. My hopes are to create new stuff during the week and then do weekly or bi-monthly uploads. If you see something you like, grab and it will be shipped out ASAP. No more wait times!
For now, my new shop is open and I am taking on orders. BUT starting February 1st I will be offering Ready To Ship items only. Of course I will still take on custom requests as time permits.
Looking forward to 2013 and all it has to offer!