Changing Directions

With so many projects on my plate, I’ve had to reconsider my shop’s direction. I plan to still offer things like tshirts and ones off designs when they are ready to put up for sale, but I will not be focusing on high quantity stock like my previous plan. I have decided to go this route in light of the revival of my comic and considering an international move I will be making in 2016. It just doesn’t seem feasible to design, pattern, sew and run my shop solely on my own (when I did do this with my hoodie line it drained me and was a 15-18 hour work day, 6-7 days a week).

I am still very much in love with my designs, and hope to eventually offer them, but with all I have going on right now, I just don’t see that being possible without help. I’ve put in a lot of work on the patterns these past few months and have no intention of giving up my dream permanently, I just need to set this idea aside for now. I don’t want to open my shop, shut it down for the move and then open it again in a few years. I would much rather open the shop and keep it open and have everything be consistent.

My husband did offer an idea of outsourcing the manufacturing to another company and simply design and sell the items, but that would be quite a ways off since it requires a lot of money.

On one hand, I am greatly saddened to see my ideas be put on the back burner, but in another light, it gives me time and energy to work on a project that has been waiting to be completed for a long time. I will keep everyone informed as to when the tshirts will be available.

Thanks for all your support and I will update you all as soon as I have a more concrete plan!

-India

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  • Name: India
  • Nickname: Ninnie in real life by my mom. Fancy India online.
  • Birthday: January 10
  • Gender: female
  • Sexuality: hetero
  • Height: 5’6”
  • Time zone: Atlantic
  • What time and date is it there: 4:12pm, August 26th
  • Average hours of sleep I get each night: like 3
  • OTPs: What is this? lol Is this an internet thing?
  • The last thing I Googled was: German train info
  • First word that comes to mind: Sunny… for the sun is in my eyes
  • What I last said to a family member: “Good bye, love you!” as I dropped my hubby off at work.
  • One place that makes me happy and why: Outside, generally somewhere green because I love nature. Except bugs.
  • How many blankets I sleep under: 1-3 depending on the weather
  • Favourite beverage: Iced tea
  • The last movie I watched in the cinema was: Into the Storm
  • Three things I can’t live without: Drawing, sewing and music. Wait! Can I have 4? Also chocolate.
  • A piece of advice for all my followers: Don’t say something on the internet you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. A computer screen isn’t an excuse to be a bully.
  • You have to listen to this song: Cherryholmes’ “Black and White”
  • My blog(s): This one AND my super random travel blog: Let’s See Our World

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Getting Ready!

After months of searching and debating, I have finally settled on a site to use for I.R. Atkinson Clothing’s shop. The basics are all set up, I just need to photograph the products and get the actual listings up. I am very excited to bring some more variety to the shop with things from pants to tshirts. We have a few more things in the works now and hopefully will have a nice selection in the upcoming weeks. I will post the store link as soon as everything is ready to go!

Setting Up My New Office

So, we have been in our new home for a couple of days now, but my office is far from ready for work. I am hoping to get set up and ready to go in the next week or so. I am really looking forward to sewing again and have found my coast to coast roadtrip to be very inspiring. There was a lot to see, do and think about. Seeing the vastness of this country really humbles a person, and I am still in awe at the beauty and inspiration I have found.

I am planning my office to be both inspirational, as well, as functional. I have chosen paint colors, received my furniture and now I just have to put it all together. I will share photos once it is set up!

Moving Across the Country!

So, many of you know, my husband is in the Navy. He has received orders to be stationed on the other side of the country come this May. Because of this, I will be delaying any work on my collection and shop until we are set up in our new home. This delay will be rather long, I am expecting to not be set up fully until about June 2014. Once June hits, however, I will be in full swing again.

It’s tough dealing with unforeseen circumstances. They have caused my quite a delay in this endeavor, which is forcing me to choose not to allow made to order items anymore. I will only be offering in stock items from now on, just because life can be so unpredictable and I want to make sure orders will be filled on time.

Once I am fully stocked, we will be reopening our shop on our independent website. We will be parting ways with Etsy. I am very excited about being completely independent. It allows me to set up, design and run my shop the way I want to.

I am so thankful to my friends and customers from my previous shop who have stuck by me in this slow process.

-India