Saturday, 11 December 2010

Looking back on 2010

I know this may be a tad premature but being as i'd like to have some time off over xmas and the New Year I've decided to do this post now.

Our stall at Sewing For Pleasure
I am completly amazed at how quickly The Sewing Directory has grown in the past 9 months since our launch in March, and how much it has evolved.  Believe it or not my original plan for the directory was merely a list of dressmakers - I hadn't even thought about articles, interviews, competitions, projects etc.  A lot of those ideas came as the site grew.  We've always tried to listen and respond to feedback so when people said they would like these type of things on the site we incorporated them in and now they are the most popular part of the site.

It's hard to believe that this time last year noone had even heard of The Sewing Directory, and in fact the site still did not quite exisit.  I was stressing out because the site was not ready, and anxiously planning the launch at the Sewing For Pleasure event in March, having no idea how the site would be received.  The great news is that you all loved it (yay!), we have had such amazing feedback and positive response to the site it made all the hard work and stress worthwhile!

There are so many people that I would like to thank for their support and input over the last year, firstly you the readers/site users who have made the site the success it is.  I could not have done it without you!  Secondly all our fabulous customers, advertisers and sponsors without whom I could not afford to keep the site running.  Please do take a second to check out our sponsors page to see all the lovely people who have helped to promote the site and provided a large amount of prizes for us to giveaway to you. Thirdly, i'd like to thank all the magazines who have given us coverage and helped to grow our fanbase, including Sewing World, Patchwork & Quilting, Sew Hip, Cloth Magazine,  Sew Magazine and The Quilter.  Forthly, a huge thanks to all the lovely people who have written articles & blog posts, been interviewed and provided projects for the site.  Thanks to Spindogs for designing the site and Inky Blue Design for designing our fablous logo and adverts.   Last, and by no means least, a big thank you to my long suffering husband who has put up with me working every single day for over a year (even during our holidays, romantic meals out etc....)!   

My supportive family:
son, husband and mother in law

I have no idea at all what to expect from 2011, as 2010 has been a total rollercoaster with everything growing so much quicker than I ever expected.  I've got lots and lots of plans as always so we'll see which of those come to fruition and which don't.  I hope all of you have enjoyed using the site and reading our articles and the posts here on this blog and that you all have a great 2011!


gill said...

Thank you
I've really enjoyed reading all your posts!

Lizzet said...

Fiona, what a lovely post! It is amazing all what you have gone through in the last year and even more exciting what the next few years will bring you.
I couldn't imagine running my own business without your support, and I am sure I am not the only person that thinks the same. Thank You! xx

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