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We’ve all heard with real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.  With embroidery and custom apparel, it’s all about quality, quality, quality.   After a few mishaps where a couple of garments were sacrificed to learning, I do understand the value of quality.  I wouldn’t wear something that was less than what I would expect with regard to customized apparel; I wouldn’t expect others to.   This week was all about slowing down and making sure the garments I was working on had center lines and good design digitizing.   The creativity came in with design color choices.   I spent so much...

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In the coming days and weeks ahead, I will be creating a product/service catalog replete with custom designs for many of the apparel blanks I’ve acquired.   I had no idea how important this would be until I tried to organize myself to be able to talk intelligently about the products I am planning to offer.    With my home machine, I have created a number of custom embroidered dish towels, bibs, and burp cloths.  My thought was to work on the skill of embroidery, mastering design centers, stabilizers/backing, and learning as much as I could about colors, threads, needles and various...

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All my life, I have always felt that things would work out.  Whether in career, finances, relationship, or travels,  there has been a certain something that kept me moving forward. I haven’t looked back.  All of my experiences have made me who I am.   With that in mind, after selling a successful business last year, I wondered what would be next.  Rather than moving immediately into another job or opportunity, I took time for myself to reassess and evaluate what the next move would be.   I focused on myself; I started to eat healthier, exercise regularly with Pilates and allowed...

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In 1926, Richard Russell, Jr. was a football player and wanted more comfortable practice jersey other than the typical itchy and scratchy wool jerseys worn during practices.  He created a prototype and presented the idea to his father who then established Russell Athletic wear.  (https://www.russellathletic.com/blog/sweatshirt-history) According to https://sanvt.com/journal/history-of-the-hoodie/, hoodies were popularized in the 1930s “Champion sewed the first hood onto a sweatshirt to keep workers in upstate New York warm, thus also pioneering the hoodie.” Various types of materials have been used over the years in order to perfect these iconic pieces of clothing.   Today’s materials incorporate all weights of...

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I had a conversation with a friend recently who told me “you are so creative!”  “No,” I responded, “I surround myself with creative people that inspire me.”  While I didn’t think anything about it, I later wondered how I got here, starting my own business and doing something I love.  I know it was no accident. I’ve had a job.  I’ve had careers (yes, plural).  I was looking for something that I could do that would feed my soul and still make enough to help pay the bills.  I also didn’t want to work outside the home. As I looked...

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