“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman
The holiday season has always been the best time on our store! The hustle and bustle reminds us why we love what we do. This sentiment is especially pronounced in this, our finale season in our brick and mortar store. Since announcing the changes in our business model, we've seen so many of our long time customers as they stop by to shop and wish us well. It has been heartwarming and fun to connect and share memories. Thank you to all of those who have sent us notes, given us hugs, and have expressed well-wishes.
November 2014 was a busiest month ever! Custom design appointments were in such high demand that I set up a waiting list so that I didn't write more orders than our small team could fill. Of course, I don't relish turning away business, but I realize that I needed to be realistic about what we could sew! Luckily, I've been able to keep the store stocked with great gifts including our signature jewelry and infinity scarf line, as well as lots of our favorite goods by other manufacturers.
As for me, I'm sewing up a storm while soaking up these last weeks of what has been the most joyous twelve years of my life thus far. It's not easy to articulate how I feel about it all. Here's to a merry season savoring old memories while looking toward the future!
Since 2002, I've shared my love of fabric, color, and handmade goods via my retail store, blog, and web boutique, Laura Bee Designs.
Check out our handbag studio blog (2006-2014) here.