Friday, February 27, 2015

2015 word of the year

No way!  Really?  Its almost March? 
Well let me catch you up! 
My word of 2015 is "Focus".  I choose this word for a couple of reasons.  You know me!  I can't just have ONE reason!  So obviously, as a self employed worker bee (okay, Queen Bee at times) I must stay focused in order to get anything done!  I have several events this year that I plan to participate in for the "biz" and getting enough inventory and yet still keeping my regular accounts shelves stocked is quite a juggling act.  So completely imperative.  Reason #2:  This year MM purchased a photography class for me as a gift and I spent the month of January learning and learning how to focus in a whole different way!  What a great gift that was to learn something new about a passion of mine. 

I was blessed last month with having my mom come out here to Hawaii to escape the winter in Idaho.  What a treat to have huge surf while she was here!  It meant no getting in the water, but provided some spectacular shows!  Some of the waves splashed about 30-40ft into the air!  It was truly awesome! 

Mom has been helping me so much!  I showed her how to affix the interfacing and fleece to my gadget bags and she has helped to prep over 100 bags.  Go Mom!  She also has been helping me with some cleaning and organizing that gets put on the back burner when I am "focused" on work.  I got her a one way ticket so that I wouldn't feel panicky about counting down the days until she would be gone.  So we went for two or three weeks without a deadline in front of us but now the time is fast approaching that she has to get back home.  *sigh*.  Who is going to set the table with nicely folded napkins and clear out my dishwasher NOW? 

This week I had some pretty exciting news.  I was invited to ship off some bags to Oahu for a private viewing by Mrs. Ige, our Governor's wife and her stylist.  I got online and learned everything I could about her so that I could hopefully make a bag or two that she likes enough to purchase.  Here is what I learned:  The item in her closet that is her favorite is a pink dress by "Taylor" that she purchased at the Nordstrom Rack for $20.  Her favorite local designer is Jeanie Chun who designed the lace dress she wore at the inauguration.  She is on leave from her job as a school vice-principal while fulfilling her duties as "First Lady".  She likes cats.  She likes clothing that is colorful and often selects her husbands aloha shirts for him.  She is thrifty and likes a bargain.  She is quite small in stature.  I believe she is Japanese.  So over the last two days, I have made several different clutch bags (the style I have seen her carry in photos on line).  All of them are made from recycled kimonos and obis but I am also going to ship over a burlap market tote and some of my Wilcox-Sasaki bags since she likes color.  I have no idea if my items will suit her taste or that of her stylist, but I am hopeful and am honored to have at least been given this opportunity.  I will let you know if it leads to bigger and better things! 

For now, its back to the sweat shop. 
a hui hou