What's New & Happening!
11/9/2005, Definitely a time of transition for me. Laura
Cater-Woods, in a class I recently took from her (Fabrications 2005 - great
retreat!) said I needed to give myself a transition period. I thought "Naw,
I got it nailed!". Ha! I feel like a fish out of water, glub, glub. So many
directions to go and so little focus. I guess this will be my "blog" as I
figure my way through this. I hope to be able to add some things to the
"Gallery" section soon. But, I have 7 years of catching up on "chores" to do
too. I'll keep you posted!
11/2/2005, The Fiber Art Supply division of Scarlet Zebra is
closed. I'm finally going to concentrate on what I really want to be doing
so, to quote Douglas Adams (Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy) "So Long, and
Thanks For All the Fish!" I hope you wander by my site on occasions to see
what we are all up to here and to take a peek at our current projects. Well,
when I get some current projects ;o)
A great big Thank you to all those who attended
QSDS (Quilt/Surface Design Symposium) and shopped at the vendor's mall.
As always, the two weeks spent in Columbus where the highlight of my year!
The atmosphere is so charged with creativity. The students are so
enthusiastic. The instructors are inspirational. The vendors are so great (I spent waaayyyy too much $$). The
staff is great and the classes are too much fun! And last, but not least, is
the camaraderie of all the attendees. The friends I've made over the last 4
years as a vendor have been very precious. And this year, a first for me; I took a class! I left my daughter in charge of the booth for two whole days and
took Christine Zoller's Silk Painting class during session III. I had so
much fun and learned so much. I even made some really cool fabric. If you
are patient enough, it will eventually get put up on the web site in a
Gallery section. All I want to do now is play with fabric!
A decision I've
been struggling with for a little while now is finally made and committed
to. I've decided to close the supply division of the business.
What this means for you is that you will have to buy your supplies from some
of the other fine suppliers that are out there. Two of the biggest are
Pro Chemical & Dye (East Coast) or
Dharma Trading Co. (California).
What this means for me is that I can stop
going through life with my nose pressed against the window. I'm going to
spend my time in my studio, making fiber art instead of envying others who
have (or make) the time for it. I also hope to do some designing and teaching.
Since I started my business in 1998 in a tiny little shop in downtown Mesa,
Arizona, I have thought I would be able to create some great fiber art
during the "slow times". Surprise! There are no "slow" times. When you run a
business, even if it's only a web site business, it's always a mad rush to
get caught up with what you need to have done. My "to do" list was always so
long and overwhelming, I got exhausted just looking at it ;o)
For seven years I've been moaning about "no time". Well, as my wonderful
friend, Bobbie Vance keeps telling me "you have to make time". I've been
trying for years and finally gotten it through my thick head that there are
only so many hours in a day and I can't be cloned (not yet, at least) and
life is too short to spend it wishing! Something had to give. So, I'm done
whining and going back to my studio. It is with mixed feelings I make this
change. The biz has been a wonderful excuse for me to hobnob with the best
of the fiber folk. My customers have often become my friends and
I've also loved doing it. But change is always inevitable and I'm always up
for a change (is that why we've moved around so much?). It could also just
be that 7 year itch, or... turning 50?
Mostly I want to thank
all my wonderful and terrific customers - YOU - for 7 great years!
I've been inspired by you and learned from you, you are great! And, I want
to thank my wonderful family. My hubby, Jack and my daughter, Ashland have
supported and encouraged (not to mentioned worked into many wee hours of the
night) my efforts with as much enthusiasm and elbow grease as I could wish.
Jack has not only supported me with a non stop positive attitude and hard
labor but, he's also been a non complaining financial backer. Ashland has
not only been my slave labor but my creative consultant. I couldn't have
done it with out either of you. Thank you and I love you both!