In Honestly

A Long Overdue Life Update

Greetings, Friends! I realize things have been a wee bit stale here lately as I’m working through some new and exciting changes, trying to find my blog flow again. But fear not! I will always use this space as a personal blog and I will always enjoy sewing and knitting wardrobe staples for myself. I just need to get a little better at actually sharing the things I’ve made lately!

The past few months have been ridiculously busy for me, I’m sure the summer is for most people, and I know I’m not the only one watching the leaves start to change thinking HOW IS IT SEPTEMBER ALREADY. Fall is my favorite time of year though and I’m ready for all the awesome things this new season has to offer, including, let’s be honest with ourselves here, the return of pumpkin spice everything. …there may or may not be two different kinds of pumpkin spice flavored cereals in my pantry right now as I type this. #noshame

But I digress!

Here’s the speed-recap of my summer:

In August I entered my 15th summer as a volunteer with Camp Discovery, but in the brand new roll of Co-Director of Activities. You guys, that was such a huge job. Organizing every hour of the 140+ hours the kids would be with us on camp grounds was SO SCARY BUT SO AWESOME! For those who are new around here, Camp Discovery is a week-long overnight camp for kids who have chronic skin disorders (I went as a camper and then came back as a jr. counselor and the rest is history). It was such an amazing week with some really incredible campers so every hour of planning and stressing since April was 100% worth it.

In July Lucille and I moved in with my significant other and it’s been the greatest life change I’ve had in a long, long time. We’re loving our new, much much larger town on the lake and I’m thankful for this opportunity for personal growth, even when my anxiety makes the hustle and bustle feel a bit …uncomfortable. They say all the best things in life happen right outside your comfort zone and I’d say there’s a whole lotta’ truth in that. Change is good!

In June I signed up for Hanna-Lisa’s Get Shit Done Challenge and started sewing ‘portable yarn bowls’ in an attempt to whittle down my fabric stash before moving. Well, that somewhat experimental project exploded into my new 9-5 job! When I launched Home Row earlier this year I originally intended it to be more of a digital pattern-focused brand, but soon after I started making these yarn bowls I got my first wholesale inquiry, so now I’m a product-focused brand with me-made yarn bowls in 5 states across the US. Whaaaaaaatttt. So crazy. I believe they call this a “pivot” in the business world – ha!

Real talk for a moment though – Here’s a word of advice for those who are working so hard to get their own handmade small business off the ground: Just keep trying things. Do. Not. Give. Up. Keep trying new things and testing new products within the realm of your bigger brand vision and you’ll know when you’ve landed on it. And by “it” I mean the something that sparks momentum and growth and pulls you onto the larger path. This is going to take a lot of time. Do not underestimate how much time this takes. Keep pushing forward and keep doing the work! For years, YEARS now I’ve been circling the dream of someday owning a real, small business based around things I’ve made with my own two hands. Years! Just now, finally, I feel like I can drop the pin at the start of my timeline and say this was the beginning of something big. Real and big.

Now that the summer craziness is over I can settle down and do some more sewing and knitting for myself. The Summer of Basics challenge was an epic fail for me because I didn’t complete a single thing! Uhg! I started two of the three items on my list but I should have known the challenge would have to take a backseat to everything else going on. I did however finish a True Bias Ogden Cami last month, and I have two hats nearly finished (check those off my #2017MakeNine list!), so that’s something.

I love blogging. I love making my own clothes. I love blogging about the clothes I make. I just need to get back into the groove of things and find a way to juggle Lucky Lucille and Home Row Fiber Co. in a way that makes the most sense and feels most productive.

Thanks for hanging in there with me as I work this all out <3

xo
Rochelle

p.s. I also want to give a huge virtual hug to Helen and Caroline at Love To Sew podcast for the mention in their first episode that made me smile so wide my cheeks started to hurt!! xoxoxoxoxo

  • jennifer miller

    Hi Rochelle, so nice to “see” you here again (and Lucille of course), and so very nice to hear that life is treating you kindly! Lovely project bags.

  • Celeste Morris

    Enjoy!

  • Sewsmart

    Brilliant news, so glad things are going so well for you ☺️

  • Lynne Annette Johnson

    Wonderful changes for you! Life can turn out in the most extraordinary ways!

  • Life is good! Thanks for popping in with an update and give Lucille a pet for me please 🙂

  • Peggy Hagberg

    I’m madly in love with your logo and really want one of your bags with that design on the fabric! I’ll wait patiently, but it’s a must have….even though I have a LOT of project bags!!!!!!

  • Wow, you have been super busy! It’s so nice to see you areound these parts again 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your personal makes again.

  • Deb Price

    What a full summer you had! I think it is wonderful that there is a group for kids with skin conditions. There needs to be more groups for kids, and adults, that support diseases and let us know that we really are normal. Glad you have a new home and so close to the water! I would love that! Your fabric bowls are so cute. Must save up to buy one. Have a lovely weekend!

  • I saw this title in my blog reader and opened the post right up, thinking, “Ooh, I KNOW I’m going to want to comment on this one!” I’m so happy for all your positive life updates – thanks for keeping us in the loop! And I loved the comment on Love to Sew too… though i admit, it made me feel a bit old in blogging terms, because I always remember getting started at the same time as you in that great Colette Book Sewalong! <3