Blooming Sisters will be taking a new direction.
You may have noticed that we are not posting as often and that some of the authors you have come to love are no longer posting here.
When I began this blog it was intended to be a ‘group’ blog, there were 8 of us and we were excited to begin this new venture, something some of us had never tried before. At the same time we were also working on developing a new venue for Artists and their handmade items, called LotusMade. We have already discussed what the delay in that venture has been, (refer to our Archives of “The Lotus Connection”).
Working with-in a group of Women teaches you a lot, in the last year there have been many hard lessons to learn. When you are the one financially responsible, that puts you in the ‘hot seat’ or the “boss” chair, so-to-speak, and being diplomatic is not always possible. Keeping the peace in a group of creative people, who have very different opinions on any given subject, is an incredible challenge.
We lost several members due to a difference of opinions and hurt feelings, that was tough on all of us. Not making promises of financial gain is easy enough, but allowing group members to voluntarily take on an unequal amount of responsibility is a BIG mistake and will lead to hard feelings in the end. It was, by far, the hardest lesson that I had to learn.
I had always heard Oprah say never-never give away any of your financial or business control in your own company. So true and advise I shuld have followed completely. There are times when you may think these rulles don’t apply to your busines, as when you are working closely with others, and building personal relationships that you believe you can trust.
There came a time when I needed to take a step back from BloomingSisters due to an increase in my personal business, an ailing parent and other family obligations. Several members offered to step up and cover the needs of BloomingSisters, after numerous emails stating their willingness to do so, I agreed. BIG MISTAKE!!
Once you give up control, for any length of time, it is extremely hard to get it back with out stepping on someones toes and having hard feelings. Once you give someone else control to make decisions for your company, it seems to be hard for them to consider it ‘your’ company, they forget that they need to consult with you about decisions that will affect your company’s reputation. Ultimately this was my biggest mistake and hurt the group the most, for that I am very sorry.
So now our group of 8 women has separated to go in different directions.
Karen, Louise and Bridgett can be found at Indiemosaic.com, where they have begun an interesting new venue for Artists and buyers and will continue to blog there.
Charlie can be found at her personal blog Clayspace.com.
Mary, Nancy, and Diane, have their own personal and family concerns to take care of.
I wish them all well and much happiness and success in their future endeavors, they are all very creative and talented women
The schedule as well as the categories will change.
I, like other Women who wear more than one hat; wife, mother, daughter, business owner, and blogger, have a busy life to manage, so I will not be able to blog every day. I will do my best to maintain a 4 posts a week schedule.
The categories I will focus on are:
For the Love of it- What we do creatively, for the shear enjoyment of it.
Re-Make it – recycling, reusing and repurposing items we have or find
The Creative Process — what inspires us, and how we create something new
The How and Why of it – learning new techniques or crafts
Where we Create – our creative spaces and studios
Business Tidbits – for those who wish to turn their passion into $$, or increase their
I will be inviting many different Artists, business owners,and the casual hobbyist to blog here and tell us about what they do and how they do it. So keep checking in, because as informative and helpful as this blog has been, it is only going to become even more inspiring. Encouraging you to explore your own creativity!