Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Small businesses are a big issue

I saw this article on CNN the other day and it really hit home with me.

Murdock, Minnesota (CNN) -- Jannet Walsh is not waiting for the presidential candidates to encourage more jobs. Instead, the unemployed Minnesotan is trying to create one on her own.

"I think it was February, after I don't know how many (job) rejections," the 48-year-old told CNN Radio, the frustration still clear in her voice, "I actually remember sitting here kind of yelling, 'This is it! This is enough!' " 

That moment, Walsh decided to create her own business, a one-woman photography and media company based in her family's century-old home. With that decision, the energetic former newspaper photographer took a gamble that is central to the debates over the economy and the White House."

Sure, I've got a job but I don't know that I have any skills that I could turn into a business of my own, so Jannet Walsh's ability to do that for herself made me a little jealous, but in a good way.

"Right now, I'm not making much money," Walsh sighed, her laptop perched on the antique writer's desk that used to belong to her grandfather, "but I think once more people know who I am and actually see me out more, I think that could change."

There's the crochet stuff I could teach maybe. I take photos for my husband's American Legion Riders group. I used to be a florist. A pet sitter. Maybe a house cleaner. But really, that's about it.

Now, she hopes she can beat the odds and make a small business thrive in this quiet town. According to the SBA, a third of all small businesses shutter in the first two years, and half call it quits in the first five...

In Minnesota, Walsh's business, with just five paying clients, is about as small as they get. In part, that is because her starting strategy has included a few nonpaying events so that she could get more attention for her work and name.

From what I read about her in the article, I think Jannet has a good, realistic head on her shoulders. Hopefully, these are the lean times for her and her business. I hope it eventually takes off and does well.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Another Modified Shirt To Share

Earlier this month, I finally got around to posting the Mossimo shirt that I modified. I think I bought it in May, the same time I bought this shirt. I know this is a late posting, but I just finished this modification because my in-laws just left from a 1 1/2 week visit, this morning. We've just been super busy lately! 

It's a Lane Bryant shirt, size 22. This is the before picture, to the left, modeled by my dress form. I knew this would be a big shirt on me, but I loved it so much that I had to have it. The teal and brown are so pretty together, the fabrics are light and airy, and the embroidery on it (although machine-done) reminds me of a Moroccan design.

I'm not a plus-sized woman, but I really did need this shirt. Like the Mossimo shirt, this one was $2.99 and needed to be taken in before being worn.

I knew this might be more of an advanced modification than anything I've done so far. I had to remove the stitching from the top and bottom part of the shirt first, on each side, so I could then take in the sides correctly. From both bottom layers, I took about 1.5 cm in on each side of the shirt where it was already pieced together. Then, I had to go back to that horizontal seam and put it back together.

I did really well with this one! I'm surprised that I was able to keep the vertical seams matching on the top and bottom, considering it was just the bottom I took in and not the top. I haven't taken an after picture but it's considerably smaller on me now and it still looks so good! Yay me!