Some of you long time Dirty Laundry readers may remember my blog series: THE WASH, crafty girls come clean. It was a chance for me to tell the stories of the crafty entrepreneurs that I admired. In 2010 I did weekly posts and in 2011 I did monthly posts. I even did a post on myself!
In 2012 I began my transition to Miami. So I had to let the series go. It's been a year and four months since my husband and I have moved to Miami. So many things have changed in my life! Inspired by Oprah's "Where Are they Now," I figured I would revisit the crafty chicks to get the dirty on what they are doing now too!
So every Thursday I'm going to have Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty chicks come clean weekly posts to catch up with everyone. But first up is me!
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MAIN CRAFT: graphic designer, social media specialist, trend spotter,
product maven and visual merchandiser
LOCATION: Muskegon, MI - Detroit, MI - Atlanta, GA - Kansas City, MO -
Miami Beach, FL
Many things has changed about Dirty Laundry. It is still a part-time endeavor for me. I started my business making aprons and moved to cupcake bath fizzies that ended up being my superstar. I participated in many craft shows and flew out to Washington to be on Soap Queen TV to do cupcake bath fizzies DIY!
However, earlier this year I stopped making cupcake bath fizzies. When I moved to Miami I didn't have the extra funds to buy supplies. And honestly they started not to be so much fun to make anymore :(
I also took a break from blogging this about time last year. It was difficult the first few months in Miami. Not having the Hallmark Cards Inc. salary to support us was challenging at first. But we made it work!
At the beginning of this year I started to blog again and I found myself doing more products reviews. Many of them sponsored :)
I've managed to find a community of Miami bloggers, fashionistas and entrepreneurs. I freelance graphics for Jacq's Organcis. So funny that Barbara, the CEO and founder of Jacq's Organics, called me up when I was still living in Kansas City to inquire if I could do some design work. She had no idea that I was about to move just a few miles from her and no idea that our Miami business circles would cross! (Stay tuned for a Jacq's Organics giveaway!)
I also freelance design, branding and social media for SoFlo Brunch curated by Donnet Bruce. Donnet is my local business peer. We both have big dreams for 2014! Stay tuned for the Tweet Brunch that we're hosting, via SoFlo Brunch, on 12/15. You can participate even if you're not in Miami!
Besides freelancing graphic design, and even visual merchandising (with H&M and Club Monaco), I'm a graphic designer and social media coordinator for Art Gallery Fabrics. I get to travel to the International Quilt Market twice a year.
It's amazing how sewing has come full circle for me! I'm learning lots and I'm itching to get back onto the sewing machine!
Going to Market has been quite an experience and it's inspired me to do an update to my ebook "How to be a Craft Show Genius." So stay tuned for that in 2014!
There are SO MANY more things that I want to do with Dirty Laundry. I'm still striving to give you the latest trend reports and inspiration on how to apply them to your business. My 2nd blog, Trendboost fell to the wayside. It's hard to keep up two blogs! Earlier this year I was able to teach a class at the Miami Ad School about gathering research and applying it to develop your next big idea. I even have an ebook sitting in a folder for the past year waiting for your eyes to read! Another 2014 goal of mine is to get that ebook out to you. And I'm still exploring ways to give you more trend reports here on Dirty Laundry. So stay tuned for new blog post series, more inspiration and even a blog redesign!
My advice in 2010 was: "GO FOR IT! Stop thinking about it and just do it."
Well, I think Nike said "just do it!" But I still definitely believe in moving forward, no matter what. I wouldn't be where I am today if I stayed motionless and accepted the world around me.
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