I'm so proud of how Tiger Lily Crafts has grown over the last year. We've come so far from de-stashing a few bits and bobs! It's been a steep learning curve.
Then over the past few weeks I've felt in a bit of a funk. Some of the expansions we've made haven't been quite right for us. Others aren't sustainable at the moment. It's made me feel like I've failed somehow when the reality is a new business takes a lot of learning. It's never going to be 100% perfect. Changing direction isn't a failure - it's all part of growing.
I'd put this off because I thought of it as a negative and felt embarrassed. It felt like I'd done something wrong. The choice to discontinue some of our products hasn't been an easy one. It's necessary to keep Tiger Lily Crafts living up to the high standards we promise to you all.
There are a variety of reasons why we're culling some of our product selection. Opal yarns have a natural cycle with new ranges released every few months and old ranges ending. While new and a great success I'm sad to say that we won't be able to source Botties once our current supply runs out. Other bits don't fit with the direction I'd like to take TLC in but will make a return in future in a different iteration.
We have a lot of plans in the pipeline and these changes will make space to achieve our goals:
- If you follow us on Instagram you'll have had some sneak peeks of what James has been up to with our Tiger Lily Handmade range. He's also been learning some new sewing skills using our patterns and fabrics. Check out tiger_lily_crafts_uk over on Insta to follow his progress!
- I've been plotting and planning our future sourcing exciting new fabrics, yarns and other product collections. The space made with this clearance will enable me to get these projects off the ground in the coming months.
I'm not an expert when it comes to mental health: nobody is. It's like a game of whack-a-mole. Over the years I've learned to listen to myself when things don't feel right. It took me longer and was more difficult than I would have liked but I'm doing that now. Changing direction feels right and makes sense. Now rather than feeling down I feel excited for the future again!