Taking Stock. June.

Howdy folks, it’s the end of the Australian financial year and it’s time to take stock. I set myself the 30th June deadline to decide whether to keep Red Boots running or not.

After several weeks of angst I’ve decide to keep the business open for another year – health and finances permitting. When I’m tired I’ll take a rest, when I’m stressed I’ll step away for a while.

My main issue is exposure. I need you my lovely, lovely followers to share as much as you can. I know a lot of you already do that for me and I’m extremely grateful for your help. As an independent designer I don’t get the exposure so many of the bigger, affiliated guys do and I can’t afford the $1,000’s it takes to attend the craft fairs.

If you know about any market places or groups I can join and share my quilts please send me links to their sites. I’ve been invited to join several market places over the past year but some of them take up to 70% of your sale amounts and it’s not worth the work you put into it.

So what’s in store for Red Boots? A new website (hopefully) so I’m not so reliant on Etsy, a huge giveaway, a Red Boot Quilts group so you can share your quilts and ask advice, and lots more happy quilts.

Later this year I will be giving away the Wild Things (monster) quilt from the Happy Quilts book! Stay tuned for details.

 

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This week I’ve been working on an updated version of the Santa’s House quilt. I retired this quilt at the beginning of the year but I’ve had so many emails requesting its return, I thought I would give it a refresh and redesign. Santa’s House 2 will be available soon (if Remy-the-Lion gets his butt off it).

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On a personal front I’m still growing out my hair, my horrible neighbours are still my horrible neighbours, and property developers are still pestering us, and offering us too little, for the house (Australian property prices are some of the highest in the world). A lotto win is starting to look like the only way we will ever move out of here LOL.

I’m going to stop reading politics, avoid the news, get out in the sunshine and forget the thoroughly depressing woes of the world.

Here’s to another 12 months! xx

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11 thoughts on “Taking Stock. June.

  1. Toni, I’ve just recently started reading your blog and I own a copy of Happy Quilts. I’m not sure what health problems you may have but I will be praying for you in hopes that God watch over you and your family. Take care and keep creating those lovely quilts.

  2. Glad to be able to see your happy quilt designs for another year. Take a deep breath, exhale the stress, make a cuppa, scoop up the furry quilt tester for company, sit outside and watch the birds or the clouds go by :).

  3. Yay glad u are going to stay open for another year. However when you need to chill take time out for you and your beautiful family. They are what matters most.

  4. I am so please you have decided to continue with the business. I love your designs. We need more happy quilts in this world. Definitely take time for yourself and your family.

  5. Oh! I was holding my breath as I read your post! I am so happy that you are continuing for another year! I will try to help all I can to keep you “out there”! I do think your patterns are way too cheap though! Hoping for a great future for you because you deserve it.

  6. On a completely selfish note, I’m thrilled your going to be around longer. I can’t imagine not seeing more of your bright and cheery quilts any more! Hoping that you’ll get the long deserved ray of sunshine lighting up the “way” for you and your family and Red Boot! I will keep my ears open for any opportunities that might be worth checking into.

  7. Glad to hear there will continue to be Red Boots patterns to make us smile. :0) Definitely put the business second to the wellbeing of yourself & family & definitely avoid as much mainstream media & politics as possible. Life is too short to waste time being depressed by the fact that our country is run by selfish, greedy people who could learn manners from a five year old & watching the news just leads to shouting at the tv. :0) Relax, surround yourself with positive people only & enjoy being creative. Bear Hugs! KRIS xx

  8. Hope you stay well and prioritise yourself and family. I love your patterns and have bought some. Would it be possible to form a cooperative with other quilt designers and side step the likes of Etsy etc? I will certainly do all I can to share your work.

  9. So glad you are going to stick it out another year !! But do take time for yourself and your family. Will continue to share and keep my eyes out for other places for you !!! 😊😊

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