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Indie Business Burnout (And How to Avoid Guilt)

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Indie Business Burnout (And How to Avoid Guilt)

All around me at the moment, indie business owners are dropping like flies. My Facebook feed is awash with people who are anxious about disappointing their customers, so much so that they have pushed themselves to the point of exhaustion, illness and burnout. It's part and parcel of being a one or two person operation that you don't really get any sick days, and often as a small business owner you need to push on through the kinds of illnesses and situations that would make anyone else take a day off. But when it's just you, that's not always possible....

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Great British Sewing Bee 2019 Start Date Announced!

Great British Sewing Bee 2019

Great British Sewing Bee 2019 Start Date Announced!

Hurrah! At long last we have a trailer and a start date for the new series of the Great British Sewing Bee 2019. I am SO EXCITED!! Aaaaaa! If you can't wait to watch, you can get in the mood with the trailer which new presenter Joe Lycett just posted up on his Twitter and which has me simultaneously itching to get behind a sewing machine and unbelievably keen to watch the new series!   Not long now friends @sewingbee @BBCTwo pic.twitter.com/DGX6gnuG4U — Joe Lycett (@joelycett) January 16, 2019   If you can't wait any longer to know, the air...

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Juggling work and parenting for small and creative businesses - the struggle is real

Juggling work and parenting for small and creative businesses - the struggle is real

  I KNOW I'm not the only one feeling this. Sometimes, it's just... super hard to do it all, isn't it? Not in a superhero unrealistic way, but just getting to the end of the day unscathed with half the jobs ticked off your to-do list. Sometimes, doing that is really bloody difficult.I know because that's how I feel at the end of most days; slightly dazed and endlessly regretful about the billion and one things I didn't do, while not focusing enough on the things I did manage to achieve. And I know I'm not the only mum running...

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New fabrics - and the Great British Sewing Bee 2019!

Great British Sewing Bee 2019 New Fabric

New fabrics - and the Great British Sewing Bee 2019!

We've had some lovely deliveries of fabric recently at The Cornish Haberdashery. More cat fabric (my weakness, as most people who know me are aware) and some beautiful Boho-inspired fabrics from Dashwood Studio. I've also been geeking out about the next series of The Great British Sewing Bee 2019. Woohoo! (Edit: if you want to find out when the Great British Sewing Bee 2019 is airing, check out my latest post which has all the info and the trailer. Woot!) I love this picture I took of the Boho Meadow collection from Dashwood Studio, all nestling together. The bears, foxes...

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What's The Best Sewing Machine For Beginners? 5 Tips For Finding A Good Starter Sewing Machine

Sewing Machines

What's The Best Sewing Machine For Beginners? 5 Tips For Finding A Good Starter Sewing Machine

So, you have decided to take the plunge, become a sewist and buy your first ever sewing machine. Hurrah! Do you also have no idea where to start? Never fear! Read on for our simple guide to finding a wonderful starter sewing machine, no matter what your budget. You'll soon be creating your very own Sewing Bee, right in your living room.Here are 5 top tips for finding a sewing machine for beginners, followed by a selection of recommendations for each price bracket. 1 - How much to spend on a beginner sewing machine? Don't be intimidated by how much...

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