Happy New Year to you!
We’ve been through so much this past year that it’s as if five years have past instead of one. It seems so long ago that we left our life in the Netherlands. Even though it had some repercussions for getting Paprika Patterns off the ground, it was the best decision we could have made. Now it’s time to concentrate fully on Paprika and I’d like your input on that! So in this post I want to look back a bit and discuss with you how we should shape this blog in the coming months.
If you’re a long time follower you know that we’ve been working on the Jade and the website for more than a year. You also know that packing up all your belongings and going on a trip for 10 months doesn’t combine well with releasing a pattern. You might think we learned from that, but no. Because building your home and releasing another pattern, surprisingly, also doesn’t work that well. I’ve decided not to get stressed out by this. The pattern needs what it needs and I don’t want to compromise it by going for the quick release. It will be ready by the end of the month so keep an eye out!
I’m really happy with the space we created here. I feel very inspired to write. Now that I can start afresh, it’s time to think about what to do here. One of the things I most enjoyed at my former blog were the experimental projects. The Pattern Magic Project for instance, where I’d sew out of one of the Pattern Magic books once a month. Or the Thrift Store Treasures where I’d refashion something found in a thrift store. And if I’m not mistaken, these were also the posts that you enjoyed reading the most.
I think it’s very important to try and find a balance between Paprika Patterns and sewing for fun. Being your own boss can put immense pressure on yourself. If you don’t put a deliberate halt to yourself that’s what happens, as your business is your passion. We’ve already felt the stress it can bring and we want to prevent our business becoming an obsession. Working is exciting, but it doesn’t inspire me. That happens through experimenting and sewing for myself. I have to take my mind off the next pattern in order to come up with ideas for the next pattern.
Our plan for 2015 is simply to stay put for a while. To enjoy having a home and a dedicated sewing space. In the next months I want to bring back the Pattern Magic series, and maybe some Thrift Store Treasures. I hope to be able to create a space that inspires you to learn more, sew more, get creative and experiment, too. I’m curious to see how it works out. Maybe it turns out I really will have to work 24/7 on patterns in order to make our company viable, but I hope there are other ways.
Are there any things in particular that you enjoyed reading at my old blog? Or are there other things in general that you like reading about? Let me know!