Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I'm not sure where inspiration comes from. It is all around, I suppose. It can fall like these acacia blossoms falling all around, while Jack and I eat raisin rolls in front of the bakery.
I'm also not quite sure where random goodwill comes from. I have found that it also is all around. I recognize it especially when considering these sewing patterns. You know me: I am embarrassed by my lack of any marketing effort. I've had a Web site only for a few months and not a very good one at that. I haven't purchased a single advertisement. I don't even write much about sewing on this blog. I've never been to "market" and only recently understood what "market" was. And yet, by word of mouth, forum and blog, these patterns have sold across Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand. I have an inquiry here from Korea. Korea? Any success these patterns have had have been because of you. You have posted photos of studioTANTRUM/fledge and Farbenmix designs on forums, told people where to buy the patterns and shared the pattern names in your auctions. Some of you invest your time and skills to help others make these patterns. Melissa has made a wonderful Paula sew-along and is in the midst of a Marieke sew-along. These sew-alongs are not only very detailed, but sewn by someone unfamiliar with the patterns. Just like you, she is sewing the design for the first time. And she wants to help you sew your own for your little one. I did not know Melissa when she started this. I just googled "Farbenmix" as I must every so often and there was this Paula sew-along! It blows me away. Just blown away. I really am humbled by this kind of enthusiasm and support. Thank you, Melissa, for all your time and effort.
The acacia tree is about the only tree that will survive in the African desert. It has deep roots and stretches up to the heavens, offering shelter, habitat and nutrition for many. For those reason, perhaps, the acacia tree is a sacred symbol in several cultures. Its yellow blossoms can be interpreted as a symbol of friendship. Thank you, also, for your friendship.