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Friday, May 7, 2010

One Giant Secret

I've been keeping a secret . . . a really big one. And I'm going to let you in on it.

Why? Well, I had a kind of rotten morning and I know you will all be excited and leave comments. I could use the positive reinforment. :) This morning I got a bill for something I thought would be about $70-$80 and it was $560!!!!! I'm still in sort of shock and sick to my stomach. It was something totally unnecessary that I had printed. And I'm not mad at the printer. Instead, I am so mad at myself. Why didn't I ask how much it would be instead of assuming it wouldn't be too much? Maybe because when people do a service for you that will be A LOT, they usually warn you. Like, "Did you know this will be $560?" "NO! I'll just not do it for now." Anyway . . .

The secret. Yeah. I have wanted to design fabric FOREVER. So this spring, I went for it and designed a line. 24 fabrics, divided in 3 colorways (8 per colorway.) Then I had it printed by a digital printing company (not the thing I'm talking about above) and three of my very good friends and I have been sewing it into stuff. Skirts, shirts, bags, folders, etc etc etc. Oh a big quilt. The four of us are getting ready for the INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET!!!! in Minneapolis, Minnesota and we leave two weeks from yesterday. I'm hoping to get picked up by a fabric company. I'm hoping you are excited for me. I can't show the fabric because, well, somebody might copy me. I hope I can't show it for a LONG time. But at least not until after market.

So no pics today. Just a long story. For those of you who thought, "That Melissa just isn't what she used to be. She used to make an apron a day. She used to show us new stuff all the time." I'm still doing it, I promise. I just can't show it!

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

For I know the plan I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Love,
xoxo

24 comments:

Mama Lusco said...

Congrats on your new endeavor! I'm excited to someday see your fabrics and wish you well at the show. Sounds like so much fun. I've never been to a big show, but would love to go someday!

Melissa C said...

Here's hoping you can only show us sneak peaks. Congrats on going for a dream.

Katie B. said...

Eek on the $560! Stuff like that makes me sick to my stomach too.

The new fabric line is very exciting! Good luck at the quilt market. I can't wait to see it!

Sew Pretty Dresses said...

Stink on the bill! How exciting about the fabric! I hope you get picked up too!

Lisa Marie said...

*I* am still in shock and awe over your bill, so I can just imagine how you feel!
Also, *I'm* going nuts not being able to show off your fabric, so I can just imagine how you feel! haha
Market is going to be a blast and I just can't wait.
I'm so stinkin' excited for you, but you already know that!
And I'm glad you posted this so we don't have to be as secretive all the time!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow I hope that your designs work well and that you peak the interest of a fabric company. So sorry about that enormous bill. That really sounds unreasonable. Perhaps you can make an appeal? Tell them you are a budding designer and don't have that kind of money to invest in printing, and yes I should have asked, but yes they should have given you a quote. Hope it all works out.

Chris said...

Congrats on the exciting news...hopefully the other will be worked out ok!

tricityty said...

Yeah sounds so fun! I hope a fabric company picks you up! And I hope that the other thing works out for you. We have all made mistakes so don't be too hard on yourself~ Look forward to the good things to come!
Amber

Patty said...

I'm so excited for you I hope it goes well at Market. Here's to dreams and having the guts to follow them.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Melissa - sorry the bill was a real shocker! (they should have been up front about the price)
Wishing you HUGE success at Market!

Jacque. said...

ohhhhh, how exciting is that! The best of luck to you in this new adventure!

iris*hill said...

Between you and Lisa there is so much going on!! Can't wait to say "I knew her when..." Happy to see you pursuing your dream. When you get picked up by a fabric company you'll have more than enough to pay that bill!! (Sounds a little like a hospital bill we got once.) Hope to see you soon.

Karie said...

Melissa,
Don't get discouraged with that bill. Your doing something awesome, following a passion. How great is that?!
You lucky...lucky...girl!

Laurel H. said...

Congratulations! I will (try to) wait patiently until you can reveal the new line :)

gill said...

Sorry about the huge bill - what a shock!!!!
The fabric sounds really exciting for you though - can we just have a teeny peak????

Love Gill

Crystal Hendrix said...

Good luck with the new line! Hopefully someone will pick you up! :D

Natalie said...

Wow how exciting about the fabric!!!(and sad and awful about the bill.) I can't wait until we can see it! Good luck at Market.

Jenny said...

best of luck at market melissa...hope to see your fabric when the timing is right! way to follow your dreams!!! yay!!

benbel said...

Good Luck, Melissa!

Becky said...

Congrats. So excited!

Sabra said...

SO EXCITING!! I can't wait to see it.

And crud on the bill! We keep getting doctor/hospital bills for my son's elbow surgery in January. Perfect timing on him breaking it, less than a month after we went from 100% coverage to 70%. Bills. Bah!

Now back to happy, good luck at the Market! Cannot wait to read all about it.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well I'm very very excited to see the new fabric. And yes, I did know it would cost that much. Oh well. Isn't life so costly. I hate that. I hate money and I hate worrying about it. Pish posh. I want to see the fabric!!

carmel said...

what a dream come true!
its great that you are doing all this and i wish and hope for you to be spoted by one of the big fabric compony's
i cant wait to see your designs!
i got the packege- and i am so happy with it!!!!!
thanks alot!

good luck and take care!

Amy said...

How exciting for you (the fabric, not the expensive print job). What a great way to market yourself. I look forward to seeing the results!

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