Monday, February 1, 2010

The Shop

This is the best photo that I can find of "The Shop". This building is in back of my house. It has been an intregral part of my life for about 35 years. I started working here when my son was 3 months old. I wasn't going to work for a while and I was going to stay home with my son. But my father asked that I come and help a couple days of the week. It seemed like a fine idea. I didn't realize at the time that that decision was a life changing idea.

At the time, it was a chance for my mother to see my son and have a strong connection with him. They both thrived on being together. It allowed me to continue breast feeding him without any interuption. I got a chance to work with my father. It was all good.

But as life goes forward, things change. My father's contract with a firm that he had sold a design to failed. He decided that he would go back into business full time, now that he had my help. Inch by inch, I was pulled further along into the electronics world and the production of product. I am not saying that I went unwillingly but there was always a slight feeling of resistance on my part.

About 12 years later an opportunity came to sell the designs that he had developed and I felt that it would not end up in my favor. It was at this point that I committed myself wholeheartedly to the business. An agreement could not be found with that firm. I was pleased and I decided that I would take over much more of the sales area.

I remember the first time that I was going out on a sales call, I was awake all night. I kept going over in my mind what I would say and trying to anticipate what they would say. I am not a natural sales person and it takes a lot out of me to put myself forward. I planned sales convention shows, school shows, mailings and newsletters. I did all that I could conceive of doing to further the venture.

I also began to design sound systems as well. I have tried many designs and some were good but some were lasting. It was the lasting ones that filled my heart with contentment.

But the circle closed about 1 1/2 years ago and I wanted to get back to my first love. And that was clothing design. I found the fulfillment that I was looking for in designing purses and realize that I needed to do that.

I thinking that I am finally going to be able to do that and at the same time pass the sound business off to someone that will take it further into the future.


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

You are designing the purses now and will be able to devote more time to that end soon?
Your backyard looks like a lovely garden of lawn and nice to have had your work always so close to your home.

Phyllis said...

Oh, I loved reading this story about you. How fascinating and how often, it seems we are drawn into things that we don't have a plan for in our minds. Yet, it gave your mother a chance to develop a relationship with your son, and that is something that one could never take away. What a gift that must have been for your mother.

I always wondered about the handbags. You had such a talent for this type of design and it seemed so different than what you spent your life in as a career. Now I understand. All along, the design dream had been there and was being expressed finally.

I think you are on a new and exciting adventure and I am so happy for you! It will be fun to see how you develop this. I love the photo of your garden too.

beadbabe49 said...

It sounds like you have a much deeper spiritual connection to making things with cloth? I love your handbags, so I hope you will continue sharing this journey with us. I just finished reading Traveling with Pomegranates by sue monk kidd and her daughter ann. which is a story of their journeys toward a new phase in their lives and about new phases in all our lives.