I was on a business trip in China when I received the phone call.
“So hun, how would you feel if we opened a quilt shop?”
I was between meetings, busy as all heck, my jaw dropped, and I made a noise… kind of a “uhhhhhhhh…” as my brain froze like some old desktop computer, a “James is not responding… force quit?” kind of noise.
She then began to outline her plans for world domination. I was, of course, a little skeptical. I had started a business a few years prior that was still needing a lot of time. I have two kids, a dog, a wife that worked three to four days a week at a big box store, a house requiring renovations and two elderly parents. Yeah, let’s throw ANOTHER demand onto our time and finances.
She was determined, I told her I supported her, but this had to not take ove… ahh, who was I kidding? Of course this took over. My home office was quickly converted to house fabrics, notions, thread, and other unrecognizable sewing paraphernalia. Things got real, real quick.
Aside from the obvious disruptions to the very “fabric” of our lives, I saw my wife begin to take charge over her life, and managing her time to ensure things were getting done. Our communication became better, and even how we worked as a team shifted.
So here we are. Nine months later and her baby is here doing what babies do; eating money, dominating our time, and adding a new type of joy to our family. Guild meetings, trade shows, pop ups, not to mention the constant stops and diversions on our family road trips for “research” that generally included the purchase of several fat quarters while I tried to keep our rather active four year old entertained.
I’m truly proud of my wife, in fact, she recently had an article written about her and her little shop in our local Squamish newspaper, “The Chief”. Read it here. Proud, proud, proud.
As this business operates out of our home, and I work from home, you may catch occasional glimpses of some bearded dude wandering around in sweat pants and a Superman shirt. Don’t worry, I’m harmless. The most I’ll do is offer you some premium coffee or one of the kick ass green teas that I get on my trips to China. You may also get accosted by a four year old asking your name or if you want to pet the kitty. A big part of a family business is family. Please feel welcome when you come into our home, and know that we appreciate that you have have chosen us for your local quilting needs.