It is Spring again and it seems that life gets in the way of all I need to do to promote the fabric shop. Here are the big changes coming to Primitive Spirit.
1. We are opening a studio in our log cabin on our property here in Brown County. It will serve to enhance the store front for the rest of 2016 and hopefully help us to move our focus to a bigger online presence with sales going into 2017. Our goal is to have the studio open for holiday open houses and special occasions while giving us a place to display and do our shipping from our online sales.
2. We are of course going to have an online website e-commerce site... still under development but initial pages can be seen at www.primitivespirit-wildwood.com . The addition of the name Wildwood is what we will call our cabin. It lends itself to a more specific marketing platform.
3. We will begin soon to post free patterns and more quilt, wool, and stitching ideas with photos here on the blog and on a more regular basis. Also with that we hope to have a few block of the month or quilt design challenges with prizes too. One of my personal goals is to encourage the creative side of every reader for all skill levels so hopefully these types of activities will keep readers engaged and interested.
4. My personal goal is to design... fabric, patterns, and such as well as to write more. Publication is the final goal with any cool project but initially the designs and ideas will be for our customers and readers... you will see and experience it first. Yea for you. More coming on this in the weeks ahead.
5. As with most quilters and sewers, we are givers too. Primitive Spirit will collect small quilts for the NICU at Eskenazi Hospital's NICU and for Quilts for Kids which is a group out of Lafayette. More on this specifically in future blog posts. Another way we will be giving back is to be collecting items for survival baggies for the homeless. These bags will include travel size hygiene products, socks, and sewn pillowcases. More on this coming soon.
Between writing, designing, sewing, quilting, and working as a NICU nurse, plus being wife, mom, and grandmom to the greatest grandkids on the planet, my husband and I will be at the shop part of most days this summer. We generally don't open till 12 most days and sometimes we close at 3 due to our work schedules but our hearts are here in Brown County and we love our life. The shortened shop hours has been a big push to get the online store open so customers don't feel so cheated.
So Spring is here bursting with new plans. Stay tuned and soon there will be even more ways to shop for our hand dyed wools and homespun cottons, reproduction fabrics and the occasional holiday fabric. We look forward to serving you.