Thursday, September 23, 2010

Silly weekends at the Satuday Market

Thanks to everyone that visited me last weekend at the market. I love capturing the little moments that makes up my day. A lot of this weekend was terrible boredom and it was SUPER slow. Every time I want to start feeling mopey and grumpy something awesome happens. These are the moments that kept me smiling all day long.

 Unicorns! A visit from my talented friend Gina of Experienced Materials. I'm making a purple unicorn hat for her daughter for Halloween! Unicorns.. serious business!

A very sweet customer was lucky enough to have her dad get her this awesome creation. It matched her outfit so well! So cute. :)

This kid had the most candy bracelets I've ever seen! A good match eh? Goodbye fuzzy lime green hat! I loved you dearly.

 Then a gang of kids from Hillsboro stopped by to try on a bunch of hats. They were all holding cardboard signs. I just had to get a photo of these two!


Never a dull day at the Portland Saturday Market!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Calling


There have been a LOT of times this year where I wondered what the hell I was doing. I am staying strong though and I think at this point I've just eliminated the option to quit. I don't have a choice! I have to succeed. I have to prove it to myself that I can do this. I have to see this to the end.

Now the business is starting to be bigger than me. It's expanding, it's bringing new people into my life. It's connecting with strangers in other countries. My hats are going all over the world and having fantastic adventures. My business is starting to push me around! I'm no longer standing out on the hill trying to get people's attention. Now I'm on the back of this big furry monster trying to point it in the right direction as we stomp around. Have I created a monster? It feels like it! It's fantastic! It has a life of it's own!

I created something from my soul and gave it life. Now it just grows on it's own every day! I reach more and more people.. more and more hats are going out. This is not just a hobby or some side job. This is my LIFE and I live to make hats. I live to design. I wake up and sew and email and every day this gets bigger and bigger.

Will I be able to handle this big monster? I hope so! My business inspires me so much. I love the people that buy hats from me. They are so wonderful. They feed my soul! I'm making a difference in the world. People laugh when they wear my hats. They can't help but smile. I'm making people happy.. just by a simple hat! I don't know what else I can do that would make an impact like this. This comes from my heart. This is how I express my love. This is an outpouring from my SOUL. I think people can sense that in me.

This is direct from my hands to your head. This is magical. I am so glad I quit the job and started my own business. I am so scared right now because every month I don't know if I can make it. I don't know if I'll have enough sales or be able to make everyone happy and get orders out on time. I just try and focus on working really hard and running a honest and customer friendly business. I am working on getting help and every time I pass on a job to someone else I feel myself moving forward and the stress melts away. It is going to be ok. My customers show me that I am needed and keep me sewing and creating.

Some day I do need to write my story.. but I really don't feel that it's over yet. Will it ever be over? Where is this journey going to take me next? The life of an entrepreneur is so scary and thrilling! It's so open though.. I can go anywhere! I can do anything! I can have fashion shows and travel and show at music events. I can design for movie stars and costumes for videos. I can do anything! What do I want to do?

I'm having so much fun on this journey. Life was so boring before. I didn't know so much fantastic things could happen in one lifetime.. it's only been a few months. This is some crazy shit right here. I am ready for whatever is coming. I'm bursting with happiness. I'm so scared and I'm jumping out with faith as my only protection. You can't worry about the coulda-woulda-shoulda and what-will-happen-tomorrow. You just have to make sure you are moving forward and doing what makes YOU happy. It is ok to be happy. It is ok to dream. It is ok to be selfish and do something for yourself. When you work in love and passion people can sense this and they jump out from NOWHERE to help you! Can you believe that? People WANT to help you with your dream! I am getting so much support in my life. I still keep meeting new people that want to be a part of this venture of mine.

People are joining my team. I'm not alone. I'm working on building a furry army! What will we take on? What is possible??? I have so much fun dreaming up new goals. Anything is possible! I could travel around the world. I could have dance parties of furry hats. I could spend every day living to the fullest. I can live life how I want to.

Working on building my super team.
Meeting new awesome lovely people that go home with furry hats.
So happy and full of life.
Thankful for all the support and love.

Looking to the future with bright eyes. I'm not giving up anytime soon. This is really working.. this is going to be bigger than me. What have I created? What have I done? I'm making MAGIC.

-Mary

Unicorns on the Playa!

Unicorn hats made it to the playa for Burning Man 2010 even though I couldn't be there. These awesome photos were just sent to me from my customer on etsy. I LOVE getting photos like this. This is why I sew! This is what gets me going when I'm feeling down. This is why I left my job behind. This why I work for myself! I get to be a small part of something magical.





UNICORNS are HAWT.
Rock that horn!