Monday, February 15, 2010

i'm taking out my STITCHES!

.....and no, this post has NOTHING to do with valentine's day. i waited until today to post it to avoid any confusion.
so here i am..... 2010 well on it's way, GRSG still open, i'm back in the full swing of drawing and the luggage is still selling!

i tend to vent, rant, complain etc. on my blog. i don't mean to. i just let my brain unwind here and reflect. it's never my intention of using this blog as a dumping grounds for my trails. so today it's all about the good news.......

2009 ended on a sour note for me, details as to why NOT coming, but it threw me into this bizarre artistic hole. it caused a forced halt unlike anything i had ever experienced. it was a time for me to really look at my business. re-evaluate, toss around what-ifs, toy with new ideas, draw new designs, draw NOTHING AT ALL, take lots of pictures, hang out with my brother, try to draw, fail, try to draw, finish a bag, think about closing shop, actually putting the shop on vacation mode, opening back up even when i felt artistically cleaned out! i digress but only to get to make the ending that much sweeter.

the people of the etsy community, as well as the ones in my personal life, whispering in BOTH of my ears was a GRSG life-preserver if you will. i don't remember a specific day but this line from one of my favorite movies sums it up:

"You know the great thing, though, is that change can be so constant you don't even feel the difference until there is one. It can be so slow that you don't even notice that your life is better or worse, until it is." George (Kevin Kline) from Life is a House

so, february 15th 2010 is what i woke up to this morning, yes i know, we all did that. but here's the thing, i've been knocked off my feet in the best possible way. i crunched the numbers last night....
55 sales in January
33 so far in february
ACK! i couldn't be happier. that's some SERIOUS FAVOR for me and my shop.
and shop talk aside i could make a list a mile long of all the good things i've got in my life. so upward and onward! i don't want to make others feel as though my life is a bowl of cherries and i live in la-la land. i'm just choosing my focus right now- some days that's easier to do than others, i PROMISE i know. but GetReadySetGo isn't going anywhere! any thoughts i may have had about mnimizing or closing have been kicked to the curb and taken away by the garbage trucks.

so yes, i'm taking out my stitches! if you look real close the scar looks like one SPECTACULAR STAR! yeah, i'm fully aware i might be seeing things but all that matters is what i see.
and from where i'm standing.

xox to ALL of you lovely faces (boys can be lovely faces too- just so ya know), you keep me going on the darkest of days:)


  1. Waht a great and positive attitude! One of the things I love best about you, Rache!

  2. Great +++++Positive post! You deserve the favor for your shop, it's fantastic! So, onwards and upwards....the sky is the limit for you!

  3. Congratulations on all the sales. Your craft is lovely and every sale is well deserved!

    Here's to a fabulous 2010!

  4. I'm glad you aren't closing your shop- it looks great.

  5. Good things come to people who deserve it, and you, my friend, definitely deserve it. This post made me happy, and pleased to be able to say I "know" you ;)


  6. You just put a smile on my face, girlie!! :) Glad things are looking up...and I pray they continue to.


  7. Rachel you are doing fantastic! Celebration time! 55 sales in January (the slowest retail month of the year)....well that's INCREDIBLE! You deserve all the best and I am happy for you!

  8. I'm so happy to hear that, Rach!! It wouldn't be the same without your amazing work! Plus, you have to be around when I finally have money to buy out your inventory! :D

  9. Rach, You are you girl!
    Enjoyed our time together..and don't forget
    about that awesome luggage steam trunk waiting
    for you at the shop! :) Me thinks it would look great in some photos!!! :)

  10. I love it! You are so right about "some days that's easier to do than others." Thank you for sharing. P.S love your work!

  11. just came across your etsy shop then this blog... wanted to leave a note that it sounds like you are feeling pretty raw lately and it takes guts to 1- acknowledge that and 2- work through it. so write, blog, talk, create- whatever but remember you are very talented and it sounds like you have a community of support... you only get one life make sure it is the life you keep meaning to live!