I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the growth of my business. It has been steady and I’ve loved being able to add a couple of talented seamstresses to my team — they are truly fabulous! It got me thinking about some of the coolest opportunities I’ve had since starting my business and one that immediately popped into my head was my 2014 feature in Country Living Magazine!
I was so beyond excited when one of the editors commented on my instagram and sent me an email a couple of hours later. I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high because I’ve heard that things get cut with magazine features all the time. I happened to be out of town with the most minimal access to finished quilts or the ability to whip out any quilts but it was kind of amazing how it all came together! I had brought a throw quilt I needed to finish binding for a customer, a throw of mine, and my mom had one. My customer was AMAZING and let me borrow her quilt for the shoot and I sent everything overnight. My friend from California also overnighted a quilt I had made for her daughter. I was so grateful how generous everyone was to help make this happen!
I heard back from Country Living and everyone was raving about the shoot — I couldn’t wait to see it and was still dying to get the final word on if the feature was going to make it in or not! My hopes were definitely high at this point but luckily I didn’t get crushed as I got final word that it had gone to print! My little shop was going to be featured in a national magazine. Is this real life? I even got tagged by a friend from high school after she found me at Target! Totally made my day/week/month/year.
The best news is I still hadn’t seen the shot! I was under the impression that my quilts were going to be hanging out in the back of some beautifully staged room, piled up or laid across a couch. That would’ve been awesome, right? The morning it was released on digital I got a tag from another shop posting the feature and it was a full page spread! Four of my quilts on a full page. It was seriously one of the coolest moments and I won’t soon forget the feeling. I may never be featured in another magazine and that’s totally okay. I’m beyond grateful for my experience with Country Living — everyone I worked with was so great and so kind!
This year I’ve been having to readjust my expectations for Little Wife Power House as I’ve been trying to take care of myself [and this growing babe!] but I know I still have so much more to offer and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings my business!