Regular readers of this blog will know that not only am I the owner of a small, woman-owned business, but I am also what my father would call “the chief cook and bottle washer” at Blooming Daisies Crafts. It does come with some advantages and disadvantages. I get to buy the cutest, or prettiest, or fun printed fabric around. Score! Or advantage. Then the realization that I have to work to get it all into production and posted on the Blooming Daisies Crafts website for customers to appreciate and purchase. Not that that is a disadvantage. It would be awesome if the product just magically appeared though. The question is: how best to get new product posted?
The newest fabrics are pictured here. Seriously! Look how cute! How can you not see your WIP surrounded by Grime Guards or protected by a Project Bag made of this fabric? I know that I do! Now to get the Blooming Daisies Crafts production crew to make them. Oh yeah, that is me! My brainstorming has given me one goal: this week, consolidate all the new fabrics into one area and put them in order of production. This will not be easy. For example: the Blooming Daisies Crafts inventory includes Christmas that did not get sewn prior to the holiday. And then the fabric companies introduced new Christmas prints earlier this calendar year. Oh well, I have to make a concerted effort to get thru the fabrics and get them up for everyone else to enjoy!
How is the latest fabric chosen? There is no hard answer. Sometimes, when looking for a fresh perspective, I have picked four fabrics, photographed them in a grid, and sent that picture to my sister asking her thoughts on which pattern to make into new Blooming Daisies Crafts product that week. It is a fun diversion, gives us just one more thing to talk about (like we need another), and gets a second opinion (that actually is not a real second opinion because we like the same stuff…). Now I am thinking that when new fabrics come in, I can post a picture on social media. If you see something that strikes your fancy and that you would like at the front of the list for production, let me know.
At this time, the next is in queue for the Blooming Daisies Crafts new product is:
Another Hoop Project Bag featuring the Rainbow Kitty pattern on the outside.
Blooming Daisies Crafts as a small amount of Patriotic Vehicles fabric. Because the supply is limited, only Grime Guards will be produced.
Look for the newest fabrics mentioned above as Grime Guards, Q-Snap Project Bags and WIP bags, too.
ORT Jar Scissor Holders have been neglected for too long. This accessory will be featured in some of the new fabric prints. This is on my list. LOL
Blooming Daisies Crafts does have some Needle Minder tops on order that should be received any day. This shipment includes a new Halloween one and some animal offerings. I think they are cute and hopefully you agree with me! At this time, the first postings will be on FB and IG. If you are on either of those platforms, be sure to follow Blooming Daisies Crafts for this particular arrival announcement as well as all the “up to the minute information” all year long.
Now onto the fun stuff!
Our oldest child, son, and recipient of The Tardis cross stitch, visited my husband and I the week prior to Memorial Day. It was a great time. While, the baby possum rescues have stopped as of late, thankfully, other wildlife showed up! My son and I were excited to see a manatee swimming around our dock. We are were beside ourselves when a baby was swimming beside her! The calf came up for air so we were able to get some excellent video of it to share with family and friends! Then on the final day of our son’s vacation, we went out on the boat and headed for the gulf hoping to see some dolphins. We were not disappointed! Our neighbor has had a lot of luck engaging dolphins to play in the wake of his boat and had instructed my husband on the finer points. It worked!! We had several frolicking in the frothing water! One of the best days ever!
My husband and I absolutely love living on the water but we do take our stewardship seriously. Each day, about 3 times a day, I go down to the canal with my pool net and garbage picker to clean up the pollution that floats up the canal. Usually I can fill a 30-gallon garbage bag every two to three weeks. And having the sea animals visit me is the very best thank you!