2019 Year in Review


2019… this year has left me all sorts of breathless.  Some of it absolutely magical and some of it shook me to my core.  Adventures of all kinds were scattered through out.  And we definitely lived and breathed our this year’s family mantra of “we can do hard things.”  Here are a few of the highlights:

 Spring Meadow Hand Embroidery Hoop Art by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

In January, I released the Meadow Design.  Thanks to y’all, this design quickly became a crowd favorite.  Thank you for every like, comment, and purchase of this kit and digital pattern!


 Hand Embroidered Valentine's Bouquet Hoop Art by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

The Valentine’s Collection was crazy awesome.  I think y’all sold me out within a few days of launch. It went way beyond my expectations. And if I’m honest, the success of this collection really did so much to make me feel like I have found my people.  I felt empowered.

 

 Magnolia Spring at the Silos - And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

In March, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a vendor at Magnolia’s Spring at the Silos.  It was a game-changer event that was beyond awesome.  If you would like to read more about that experience, you can read it HERE.

 

AOA Wildflower Embroidery Class at The BRIT in Fort Worth, TX

In April, I taught my Wildflower hand embroidery class at The BRIT for the very first time.  It was so much fun and such a great experience that I am now teaching there a few times a year.


 Hand Embroidered Wedding Bouquet Keepsake by And Other Adventures Embroidery CoSunflower Summer Wedding Bouquet Embroidery Art by And Other Adventures Embroidery CoWedding Bouquet Embroidery by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

Of course, my year was filled with the most beautiful custom wedding bouquet projects.  Y’all truly have the best taste in wedding bouquets and I LOVE that I never create the same bouquet twice.



 Blue Hydrangea Digital Download Embroidery Pattern by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

Summer Florals by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

At the very beginning of summer, I released my Blue Hydrangea Kit and the Caroline Bouquet pattern along my Summer Collection.  This collection was filled with bright colors and of course all the florals.  It was so much fun to create.

 

Fall Floral Embroidery on Tweed by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

End of August brought my Fall Collection with all its autumn colors and textures.  And true to form, y’all stepped up and blew me away with your support.


 Purple Wedding Bouquet Embroidery Art by And Other Adventures Embroidery CoCascading Wedding Bouquet Embroidery By And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

September brought more wedding bouquets, another workshop and a flurry of behind the scenes preparation.



 And Other Adventures Embroidery Co at Magnolia's 5th Annual Silobration

October was whirlwind with Magnolia’s 5th Annual Silobration and Halloween (my favorite holiday).  Just like in the spring, Magnolia was extraordinary. I met the best people and came home feeling overwhelming grateful for the experience.



Hand Embroidered Holiday Floral Bouquet by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

 Embroidered Deer Ornament by And Other Adventures Embroidery co

The Holiday season kicked off with a bang with the always fun Fort Worth Makers Market and the release of my Holiday Collection. I loved seeing all your gift-opening posts!

 

On the difficult front, there were a few things that I really struggled with the year:

  • It seemed that 2019 was the year of cancer. So many people (young and old) that we care for were diagnosed and are undergoing treatment. 
  • My business dealt with more copycats and counterfeiters than ever before. There was one point where it got so bad that I seriously considered just shutting down the whole business.  The lack of integrity out there left me feeling defeated and uninspired.  Want to know how I got out of my funk?  All of you.  Every time I see one of you making a kit that you purchased from me or creating that wedding bouquet for your best friend using a design of mine or even those of you that support me everyday on social media with your kind words – It all means more than you can imagine!
  • I dealt (and will continue to deal with) some of my own health challenges. 

I don’t include this difficult list in order to gain sympathy.  But I do want to show that even if someone’s highlight reel looks so good from where you stand, please know there is usually another layer happening behind the scenes.  We are all just figuring things out the best way we know how as we go.

 

As 2019 (and this decade) comes to a close, I really can’t say thank you enough for your continuous support and encouragement.  During the highs, I felt like I had all of you cheering me on and just as excited as I was.  And during my lows, you were the ones that helped me to remember my “why” and to keep going.

 

Here’s to a new year and new decade, friends!  New adventures are waiting right around the corner.


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