Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Getting real on Instagram!

A few weeks ago, I opened up about something that's been bugging me for quite some time now... You all know it. You've all felt it. It's the dreaded BURNOUT!

Now, I've been burnt out before, but never like this. I have burnout on top of burnout. When you run a crafty biz you don't have much time for burnout recovery, do you? Nope. You job is to keep creating. To keep churning out the handmade goodness at the rate of a small factory. Ug, that is hard work. It's compounded when you have a staff that relies on you to help pay the rent. No matter how much stress you have, stress sucks!! Big. Time.

As some of you may have noticed I stopped making handmade goods for now. My Modern June Etsy  shop is on vacation and that I'm only selling fabrics on my website, Modern June and at Oilcloth Addict. Why? Well, that's a big question, and the answer requires us to sit down for over a long dinner while sharing a bottle of w(h)ine. For now, I'm just trying to open up and share a bit more in-the-now, after I've mentally processed it a bit, and I'm a little less raw.

So to kick-off my journey, I'm sharing my Instagram story from a few weeks ago:
It's an honor to have all day to play (around and draw all day) like this!! Not too long ago my days where filled with making cool loot! I really enjoyed making tablecloths and other useful goodies until a year ago. Work and staff management kept me away from my kids for 9-14 hours a day. Even when I was home I was working on the computer or at my sewing machine. I would go weeks at a time without a day off. Basically, I was more than exhausted. The more successful I was, the more there was to manage. Money, supplies, and Junies (my workers). When I started #modernjune 8 1/2 years ago I never really meant to run a company. I never imagined writing sewing books, or having a staff. I had no idea that all of these things were possible. I rode the waves of hard work and opportunity where they took me, rarely saying "no." Over committed was my middle name!! Until last year, when I caught myself in a lie!! I told a customer who was gushing over my booth filled with product, that I had a blast managing the making of it all. The fact was, I was tired and I missed being #mamahen! It nearly took me an entire year to whittle down Modern June to a manageable specialty #fabricshop, Oilcloth Addict! Now, everyday I try to be creative! I do a little drawing or crocheting before and after I #homeschool our teenaged kids. Every day I remind myself that #mycreativitydoesntneedtobemonetized. I remind myself that my self worth does not have to be tied to my success as an #entrepreneur and maker. Sometimes being a mom is everything! Soon enough, I'll have an empty nest and I'll be able to do all kinds of crazy things I never thought were possible! #grateful!
How have you beat burnout? Leave me a comment below so we can chat about it. Also, check out my Instagram and see daily drawings and much more!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Country Living Fair Booth - 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Sale

It's that time of year again, it's summer! We're celebrating our favorite season with a sale. Save 20% on all our products and fabrics by using coupon code summer20sale at modernjune.com and at our Etsy shops: Oilcloth Addict and Modern June.

Sale ends Friday, June 27 at Midnight! 

Happy shopping,

Monday, May 5, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blog Tour Dates for At Home with Modern June!

 Are you ready for a chance to win my new book, At Home with Modern June? How about I chip in some chalk cloth? Enough to make two of the no-sew chalk cloth placemats? If so, head over to the following blogs and sign up for the RSS or email feeds to you don't forget!

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Blog Tour for At Home with Modern June Dates 

Monday, April 7th: Stash Books
Tuesday, April 8th: Pretty Prudent
Wednesday, April 9th: Craft Gossip
Thursday, April 10th: Apronista
Friday, April 11th: Whipstitch
Saturday, April 12th: Craftypod
Sunday, April 13th: Sew Mama Sew
Monday, April 14th: Grow. Make. Eat.
Tuesday, April 15th: Modern June Instagram Giveaway!
Wednesday, April 16th: Finding Home 
Thursday, April 17th: Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict

We're kicking off a great line up of bloggers with a tour of my home on the Life Made Lovely blog. I'd be honored if you'd have a look at my little home made with love. There are lots of projects from the book within the tour.

Lastly, I'll be showing Richmond, VA how to make these fun little no-sew placemats on Virginia This Morning on channel WTRV CBS 6. Tune in on Monday, they will be giving away two books! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Announcing Spring Oilcloth Tablecloths

Announcing oilcloth tablecloths, just in time for spring! Now on sale at ModernJune.com!!

Pick from one great print from the following four oilcloths...

And one fun print from the following 3 oilcloths...

Our tablecloths now come in set sizes, start with how wide your table is. We have slim and wide widths, and then pick which length works best for your table.

Slim Oilcloth Tablecloths:
47" x 70"
47" x 90"
47" x 108"
47" x 120" 

Wide Oilcloth Tablecloths:
60" x 70"
60" x 90"
60" x 108"
60" x 120" 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Book Trailer!

I am so excited to share my little book trailer for At Home with Modern June with you! I just got a big stack of books and they are listing in my new shop, modernjune.com!! (How's that for a soft opening!) I'd love to sign one for you!