All things are for a season, and the same goes for my wreath business. John and I are planning to retire and move to College Station some time around 2019. We are downsizing our footprint in our retirement years and I will no longer have the space to manage all the wreath supplies for a wreath business. We plan on traveling and seeing this amazing country in our Casita trailer and managing my Etsy store, creating and shipping wreaths is no longer going to be possible. Therefore, after much prayer, I have decided that I will begin downsizing my wreath business.
I had already started this process by not making Halloween wreaths after last year and sold all my Halloween supplies to another wreath designer. This February was my last time to make Valentine’s and Mardi Gras. I also made my last St. Patrick’s Day wreath this year. This year will be my last to do July 4th wreaths. I am finishing my last tulip wreath this Easter and have decided that I will no longer make those. In fact, I just sold all my tulips on a Facebook wreath de-stashing site. (Yes, they exist and it is a busy page!) Here’s a picture of the tulips I sold…..over 220 bunches of tulips:
I will however, continue creating wreaths with my existing inventory……which brings me to my next decision. After I complete my current custom order requests, I unfortunately will no longer take custom requests. This is probably the hardest decision, because I love creating special wreaths for people and families, but it takes additional time to shop and purchase specific supplies, which are never totally used on a wreath (ribbon, mesh, florals), and so it continues to add to my inventory that I need to reduce. If I already have the supplies to create a wreath than of course I would love to do that, but I simply have to begin using up my supplies that I have on hand….which John can attest is a large inventory!
Lastly, making wreaths has been the most healing activity during this phase of my life. I have loved putting a small piece of my daughter and grandsons on doors all across America! I started Twentycoats Wreath Creations with the original goal of endowing the Elizabeth Anne Herro Dowdy scholarship at Methodist Children’s Home and providing an annual scholarship named after Fischer, Ben and Hayes at Salado High School. After 3.5 years, those goals have been accomplished.
So what will I make? I anticipate that I will continue making Summer, Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter wreaths over the next 18-24 months.
So, what does all this mean for Twentycoats? Well, I already have some things in mind! I want to start making signs, and I also want Ava to join me in the next Twentycoats adventure and get back into sewing! So, I’m sure this is not the end. God will lead me to another area to be creative. It will just need to be something that will not take up so much space!
Lastly, to those that bought a Twentycoats Wreath Creation (or several), thank you for your continued support! If you need additional wreaths over the next 18 months, let’s work to make that happen!
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1