Being Creative – Keeping Things Fresh

In our line of work, the routine of each day can become monotonous. Most of the year we are in production of our knitted Christmas stockings to build up inventory for the year. For example, currently I am working on building up inventory of our newer Toy Drummer design. Kathy is knitting our inventory of our Cabin stocking. It could take up to 2 months to make our target number of stockings. And, while we are a close-knit team of women and being together and talking throughout the day is better than therapy, the production work can become quite monotonous doing the same thing each day despite the certainty of knowing what we will be doing. So what does one do to keep things fresh? Have Design Day(s)!

We recently purchased some fabric we were excited about to begin putting together a project I have dreamed of doing for 10 years or more. We worked out all of the details for that project (coming soon to Annie’s Woolens!) but then back to knitting. However, we hadn’t yet addressed how we were going to use the other fabric colors we had purchased. So…I have scheduled a design day(s) for fun and to “birth” some new ideas! We accomplished all of the prep work earlier this week and some of us have our ideas set in our minds. But come Monday, we will sit down to our sewing machines and make our ideas come alive. I am excited to provide all of us with the opportunity to flex our creative muscles and see what happens (and get paid!). Stay tuned for the results (be sure to visit our Facebook page)!

As a business owner, I love to meet challenges head-on. It provides me with an opportunity to learn something new. Keeping things fresh is one of those challenges to stay motivated.  So this Design Day(s) will be perfect to give all of us an injection of creative inspiration and a shot in the arm for me especially during our quieter, slower months of March and April. So stay tuned to what may rise out of our Design Day(s) to see if it’s a brand new offering for the holidays!

How do you keep things fresh?

About Annie

Owner of Annie's Woolens since 1988. We design and make Personalized Christmas Stockings that connect families with Christmas tradition. Resident of Eagle River, WI since 1982. Loving our life in the Northwoods!
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