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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Houston, I have a Contract . . .

Whew! It got a little bit dicey there for awhile, but I now have a contract with Studio E! The Honey Sweet line you've all been waiting for is a little delayed -- again. But don't despair. I was told Honey Sweet will hit the market in either March or May. Let's hope for March! They decided it needs one more strikeoff, and of course, we all want it to be perfect! The good news is I'm supposed to have images of the collection any day, and I will be the first to share them with all of you. Isn't that funny that the designer doesn't know what the collection will look like?!?

I had no idea going into this business that it was so cut-throat. Totally unprepared for that. Along with a huge lack of information about your own line -- such as where in the process it is, how long until it hits the market, how long until it's on a store's shelf, how much is being printed, etc. And then sometimes you are told something only to have it turn out to be wrong a little bit later. Very frustrating.

So I'm just going to put my two cents in here on fabric design. No one says this. But the chances of being picked up by a company right now are extremely small unless you're some kind of celebrity in another area already. I don't want to discourage you, but to make you aware. Secondly, the pay is awful. When I say awful, I mean really, really awful. The ones who make a lot of money have licensing contracts elsewhere, such as branching out into wallcoverings, bedding, rugs, books, etc. I can work for a week as a pharmacist and make more than I will make from one line. And the three lines I've drawn so far have taken hundreds of hours each. And after all that time, there's no guarantee that it will ever go to print, even if you have a contract with a company.

What? You're not deterred? If it's in your heart that you have to do this, I say go for it. Learn everything you can about the business and then just jump in any way you can. It's certainly in my heart.

And if you're not a believer, you probably want to be finished reading now.

I nearly quit this whole business in January. The heartache is huge. But even more-so, my pride was very huge. I was so impressed with myself for drawing this line that got the attention of four or five companies. I forgot that the fabric line was given to me in a dream. I awoke a morning about a year ago and knew exactly what to draw and what to name it. I have no doubt this came from God. And I told God then that I want to do this for Him, to draw those that don't know Him in. But somewhere along the way, it got a little bit lost. So this is my turning point. If Honey Sweet is the only line I ever have in print, so be it. I know God will show me my path. He will help me to have thick skin for the criticism and grace to accept my lot. And hopefully influence to lead even one to Him along the way. I pray for wisdom and covet your prayers as well.

This is what the Lord says: " Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts, boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9: 23-24

Love,
xoxo

12 comments :

Jenny said...

congratulations on the contract and the turning point!!!

gill said...

Hi Melissa
Congratulations!!
I don't think I'll be going into designing anytime soon!

Trish said...

Congrats!! Way to go!

Kathryn said...

I know just about any project/job is more difficult than it seems to outsiders. I'm glad you've stuck it out and we'll soon get to see your vision. Kathie L in Allentown

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Well, bless your heart! I know I told you it wasn't easy, but I was hoping it would be better for you. At least your work is finally coming to fruition. Can't wait to see it!

Hollie said...

Yippee! Congrats!

Patty said...

It is also about fortitude, Melissa. I think you have shown a lot of this and the wisdom of self evaluation. Congratulations, I hope it will be all worth it.

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

Congratulations! I"m glad the January-ness is over and done. I cannot wait to see the line.

Patty@Granma's said...

Melissa - I am So-o-o-o glad. I have been bugging Ron about this for some time and he did say finally 'Spring', so he knows to let me in ASAP.
I learned patience by having five children, you must be getting your lessons from fabric design ;)

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Excellent news!

Now, go do what we are all called to do. Glorify God in all you do and say. =)

Praise Him...

iris*hill said...

I must agree with Patty. Please know that so many of us are proud of you!

Mama Lusco said...

Hooray for the contract! Praying for you to feel peace and wisdom as you continue in this adventure :)

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