I love this time of year for so many reasons, but mainly because we take the time to look around us and see all the things that are so important in life: family, friends and community.
For the third year now, I'm reflecting on the past year at Stitch and all the things I'm so grateful for. Of course the answer is always: you. Because while Stitch may be "my" business. It's not happening without all of you. And it wouldn't be what it is today without all of you.
As many of you know, I hired my first two teachers this year. As I was researching what exactly you put in an Employee Handbook, I found out that there is something called a "Culture Handbook". If the Employee Handbook is the legal stuff and other nitty -gritty, then the Culture Handbook focuses on the company's history and values and mission statement. It was really, really fun to write. And it got me all amped up about the past 2.5 years at Hartford Stitch.
The overwhelming idea of my Culture Handbook is that it really took a village to create this business. Sure I may own it and call the shots, but it wouldn't be here if it weren't for so many people who helped shaped it along the way.
Not only did all of you help shape the specific classes that we offer, but you have helped create the community that I dreamed of, and I can't thank each and everyone of you enough. But of course I'll try..
...to my husband and family who support me and all of my crazy ideas. Who remind me when I need to pull work and life back in balance. Who help whenever they can and provide me with endless inspiration.
...to my awesome babysitter and her equally amazing friends who help out in a pinch. Knowing my kids are so well loved and taken care of when we're working is a wonderful feeling.
... to my kid students who teach me every day that you should set your sights high and no project is out of reach. Who make laugh daily. Who remind me of the sheer pride and excitement you should have at every project. Who teach me that no matter the project, a pom pom is an appropriate accessory.
... to my adult students who become friends. Who share in each other's classroom successes and will stop everything to applaud a well inserted zipper. Who bring candy and wine when we all need it.
... to my social media community for all your shares, comments and likes that help spread the word about Stitch.
... to my local community that donates their, or their family members, beloved sewing supplies. I'm honored that you trust something that you love to me and my students.
... to other makers and sewing teachers. I'm grateful for the support and inspiration that you all provide and only hope I do the same for you.
Of course that's just a fraction, but I have to start somewhere. I'm so grateful to have Hartford Stitch and all of you in my life!