Thursday, 12 January 2012

It's time

Time for me to take the plunge, commit, reveal my dream to you! You may have read that rather than make resolutions, I wished for our dreams to come true in 2012. My dear friend Sonya from the Kanelstrand blog gave us all this inspiration. Another wonderful blog that I am thrilled to have found through Kanelstrand is the Everyday Inspired blog. Valerie gives us wonderful advice about staying on target, among other things! What they both tell us, and I know to be true, is that once we tell people our dream, it is much harder to give up. So here we go,

I have my very own online yarn shop!!

Ouf! I did it! There's  no going back, but this really is just the very beginning. I have mentioned before on this blog how life takes so many different turns and we do things we never expected. This adventure is no exception. I have been researching owning a retail yarn store for several years. This didn't happen overnight, but it has happened much more quickly than expected. This was my retirement plan for a brick and motar (love that expression!) shop. And now, here I am perhaps ten years from retirement with an online shop. I really couldn't be more excited, scared, but excited!

Writing and sharing this blog with you has helped me clarify my goals and values. These reflections gave me the focus, the raison d'être, of my shop. The following is from my about us page:

By buying yarns from Hands with Hearts you help to support any one of these causes:

  • Empowering men and women in developing countries by helping them learn a trade
  • Supporting health and education for men, women and children in developing counties
  • Encouraging the development of organic yarns
  • Protecting endangered breeds of wooly animals
  • Supporting ethical treatment of animals
  • Encouraging small farmers, dyers and spinners
  • Encouraging environmentally friendly practices in yarn production
  • Encouraging the development of sustainable natural and recycled yarns

Did you know you could do so much by making a hat or a sweater?

And we can also all help by donating to charities. At Hands with Hearts I will be encouraging you to donate to different charities with bonuses for you of course!
If you or friends are spinners or dyers and would like to sell on Hands with Hearts, please contact me.
If you have a special charity that you care about and would like to publicize, please let me know.

My first box arrived today! Yes!!

Gorgeous Be Sweet yarn!


  So, this is day one. Please follow the link to the shop. There are no products for sale yet, but you will get an idea of what's in store (couldn't avoid the pun!). Please sign up for my mailing list. I will keep you up to date on new arrivals and there will be special discounts for subscribers only.

I will continue to discuss fiber here. I may have to change my original plan of doing things linearly - one country, one yarn, but I will still share my discoveries with you. I will also be sharing the progress of starting a business with you. If I can do this, anyone can! 

Here's to 2012 and making all your dreams come true!


Additionsstyle said...

Laurie, good for your for putting your dream out there!! You web page looks great and I am sure your business will grow as you start selling. Thanks so much for the mention, it's really nice to know that my blog inspires you.
Everyday Inspired

Sonya Kanelstrand said...

My dear Laurie, I got the goose bumps again, reading about Hands with Hearts! I have concentrated all my positive thoughts and am sending them to you! I know that you will be successful. You are so passionate and positive that I am sure that you will always attract only good things!

Cheers for dreaming and good friends!

Laurie Fortier said...

Thank you so much Sonya! I know that with support from friends like you, I can make this work!

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