Why Shop At I Have A Notion this holiday season? Or at all, for that matter?
That's a good question, don't you think? Why do you or don't you shop at IHAN? I've been honest and forthright in my posts (except where I put the practices and acknowledge I'm telling a lie or the truth is being stretched :) and I would like to hear what you have to say too.
Do you have any feedback that would be helpful for me or the IHAN website. Could it be more user friendly? More convenient? Better prices? What is it that would cause you to shop at IHAN for your Quilting, Machine Embroidery and Needle Art Supplies on a regular basis? (please don't say money because I know we all have money trees hidden under our fabric stash....lol :)
To keep this conversation balanced, I'd like to tell you why I own IHAN, what I love about my work here and why I'd like to invite more people to shop with me.
IHAN found me, I didn't set out with a plan to open a Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Art Supply Website. It has grown from a tiny seed and now has several budding branches.
I have frequently asked myself why am I doing this? And why do I continue to put my energy here. The answer is, and has been, because of the connections I have made with other people that have grown my soul and added beauty to my life and the world. Honestly, it has little to do with sewing at all...although I love to create, sew, play and encourage that pleasure in others. It's all about the people....drawing wonderful people into my life...that is why I'm here at IHAN.
I spend quite a bit of my time doing the type of research I want to do....not that someone has asked me to do....but because I want to know if the products we see in magazines are worth my time, money and energy. It does benefit others and I so enjoy that....but I love being able to network, share ideas and information and seek goodness in people and in business.
The IHAN Blog? Well....I have to say it has a special place in my heart...it is a platform to share ideas, thoughts, strange humor and experiences with other like minded people and it is a privilege, freedom and a gift I deeply appreciate....I still can't believe it's FREE!
While at Quilt Market in Houston this past November, I became more aware of the way I run my business and life too really. How I do business (never feels like "business" to me but..)...it has to be a win/win...good for everyone...and I care about those I buy from, or network with, to support their businesses and lives. It's all personal to me....if that makes sense...it's more about my value system I guess.
My life energy is precious to me and so is my time. Lucky for me, I spend quite a bit of my time exchanging information, ideas and thoughts with so many people her on the Internet and also while at Quilt Market. While at Market, I spend quite a bit of time getting and giving hugs, hearing about who others are and what they are interested in doing or creating. There is very little time spent talking about about money or making money. Funny thing is...when I spend my time doing that...I end up making more money...not only a bit for myself....but for others as well. I'd say that is a win/win, wouldn't you?
When I shop I think about who and what I'm supporting...I ask myself...do I want to pay their mortgage for example. I think many people would be surprised to see how I engage sales people and businesses before I make a purchase..especially a large purchase. This is not to say I haven't been mis-led...nope...that has happened too....and I'm wiser for the journey.
Sorry if this sounds a bit heavy for you....if it is...go turn the TV back on or play computer solitaire.....we all need a break every now and again : )
Time for you to share your thoughts.....and here is some enticement...ya gotta love enticements :)
For everyone who leaves a sincere comment on this post or who sends an e-mail to IHaveANotion@yahoo.com (please put IHAN Feedback in the subject line) I will enter your name into the drawing for the gift package....and of course I'll be adding more fun things to the collection too. I'd like to know if you have any suggestions for improving IHAN or the IHAN blog....why you do or don't shop at IHAN (remember, forthright and honest) or things you'd like to see expanded, changed or stopped. (If you tell me to stop with my strange humor...sorry I can't do that...I was born this way).
For the folks who like routine...YES I DO KNOW IT'S WEDNESDAY...LOL...and I'm working on Increasing your E-Notion IQ post too :)
Oh yeah....when will I tell ya who gets the prizes?....don't even say you weren't thinking about winning...we all love to have some fun things arrive at our doors....I'll let the Mean Mr. Random Number Generator do the dirty work....on Monday December 12th...sound good?