A Dyeing Kind of Weekend

MK Unique Designs is having another one of those pesky things that causes business to come to a crawl. Last week skunks…..this week food poisoning! I planned several days of wool processing to get some new items in the shop. I had someone coming over to help me with color combinations. I was super excited!!!! Well… I was until I ate some Chinese leftovers that I left out of the fridge a little too long. Food poisoning threw a wrench into my plans however……

 

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I did get a lot of wool dyed and combed into roving. I can’t wait to get it into batts. I’m working on a harvest theme for the November Spinning Box – I’m thinking Indian Corn.

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The Day MK Unique Designs Closed…..(for the day)

It’s hard to open a business. There are a lot of things to work out. What products? How to make the products? Where to market the products? Etsy? Ebay? Amazon? Brick and Mortar? Internet? Web page? and once you figure all that out….branding? themes? concepts? packaging? space? buildings? Then production. We are well on our way in those departments. My wood shop puts in about 8-10 hours a day building and creating unique one of a kind bowls, vases, boxes, hunting calls and many other wood items and the wool shop averages 3-4 hours a day.

In a new business even a small break affects the amount of goods being produced so we take very little time off right now. In the heat of the day we work on the computer in doors since neither shop is very cool during the day. We have a goal to have enough products by next fall to start going to craft shows to try to get some local business coming our way also.

As we pour every spare second into the business and we jump hurdle after hurdle. Read books and articles and realize what we could be doing better or different and then go back and change, update and rearrange. Frustration builds. We keep finding things we didn’t know or didn’t think about that cause us to slow to a crawl. Well this week we hit a full on STOP! In all our careful planning and preparation no book or article or wise words of wisdom prepared us for what was coming!

SKUNK INVASION!

Little black and white, furry, low to the ground, stinky balls of “your not going to work today” blocked the entrance to the wood shop! Where is that written in any “Start Your Business” books? We had been smelling skunks in the neighborhood and one was in the yard one morning when I was leaving to go to work. Not so unusual. Then one in the driveway. Also not that unusual. The wood shop started to smell of skunk…..okay still not worrisome until…………..a  little skunk poked its tiny head out from under the ramp up to the shop. FULL STOP! ENGINES IN REVERSE! RUN!

Time to regroup and rethink this business plan……

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For all the animal lovers in my life the skunks were humanely trapped and relocated to a place where they will be able to run free.

Picking a theme….

I’ve spent hours trying to pick a theme. This is tougher than I thought. I have so much to do and yet I want to be able to start telling my story……IMG_7928 (640x427)

So this is the latest fiber….. a soft blue, pale purple and light sage green. I was hoping to get something like sea stone but I don’t think I made the colors rich enough…..so now I need help…..What name would you give this set of batts?

Welcome to my first blog post……

So where to start……March of 2015 I decided to start a business. I fell in love with all things wool – washing, carding, combing, spinning, felting….. In an effort to support my hobby I decided to share my love of all things wool. Etsy seemed liked a logical place to start selling so MK Unique Designs was born. I invite you to join me on this journey as I work out the bugs and reap the rewards. This blog may be filled with heart-warming personal stories as well as pictures of our progress. Thank you all for coming along for this ride.