Thursday, February 27, 2014

In just 2 days?

So, I made this decision to stop making custom items and now with only two days to go it's scary as hell! Change can be terrifying, can't it? I mean what if I'm wrong, what if I never make another penny doing what you love? What if I can't meet payroll? What I can't pay my rent?

Don't get me wrong, I know that this is for the best thing for my family. But I'm still scared. It's just that drastic change is hard. There I said it, I'm scared. 

So, my dear Socrates, I'm going to trust you on this one. I'm going to move forward with all my energy and get the next chapter going! OK? OK!!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Last Chance Sale

Want one more cool tablecloth from Modern June? There is only 3 more days left to order, so we thought we'd tempt you a bit by offering you 20% off! The entire shop is on sale! Feel free to snag up some stock items too! 

Fabrics are running out fast so please have a look at our swatches and pick out 2-3 prints. We won't be carrying as much fabric in the future so once some of these prints are gone, they are gone. 

As of March 1st Modern June will be taking a vacation, so I can finish building the new retail site. I'll also be working on my At Home with Modern June book release fun!

Read why I'm making these changes below! It's been a hard decision but my team and I are ready for new adventures!! We can't wait to share it all with you soon! 

Thanks for all the love and support over the last 7 1/2 years! Cheers to more happy years to come!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The end of an era...

Over the last few months I've learned some very hard lessons. And, all of these lessons have led me to the same decision: as of February 28, 2014, Modern June will be taking it's last custom orders.

By the middle of last month, I knew that the time for a change had arrived. A number of issues were coming to a head: a slow January, financial difficulties, and poor planning. I realized that I couldn't reach every goal I had from Modern June at once, no matter how hard I worked towards them. Money and time only stretch so far.

So, I did what most businesses do when things slow down and immediately downsized. Let me tell you, it felt like hell letting some of my Junies go. I felt like a failure. I felt that I couldn't meet my goals. I couldn't grow my business, take care of my people, make a profit, and be everything to everyone.

One week later, I found myself dealing with a family emergency. And in that moment, all of my Modern June concerns paled by comparison. Out of respect for those I love most, I won't go into the details, I will simply say that my priorities became very clear, very quickly.

Now, after spending the last 3-4 weeks away from the studio I can see things more clearly. I have had way too much on my plate for years. The changes I seek aren't failures, they are growth. Over the past few years, there are so many creative ventures that I've had to put on hold while managing the day-to-day flow of custom work. And, even with a very talented team of Junies, it still took all of my focus just to manage custom work and stock products.

When one door closes, another one opens, right? Right!! So what's next from Modern June? Moving forward Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict will be offering a smaller range of stock items and focusing more on DIY.

I've been busy constructing a new where Modern June goods will nestle up with Oilcloth Addict's fabrics. I've been designing new fabric patterns for Spoonflower. And most excitingly, I'll be promoting my upcoming book At Home with Modern June, which releases in less than a month. So, I have a lot of fun in store for us all!

I'm very thankful for my team, I am grateful that I got to know you and work with you all! Thank you so much for your support over the last 8 years--I couldn't have done it with out each and everyone of you.

Here's to the future!! Cheers! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Publishers Weekly Review

My upcoming book At Home with Modern June gets a great review from Publishers Weekly!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pre-Order Today!

Did you know that you can pre-order a copy of my next book, At Home with Modern June, at your favorite online book retailer? Have a look inside my book at Amazon! Buy it up at Barnes and Noble! Or, better yet, check out my publisher Stash Books to pick up my book and many more!!

Official release date is April 1st!! Stay tuned, I have lots of fun planned!