Nov 112011

I started a journey back in March and boy am I shocked at where I’ve ended up! I feel very strongly that we need modern representation in our cities and our towns – not just online.  So I was working on doing that in Tucson.  And then it all fell apart (To be clear, this was because of my decision to back out.  I know I could have moved forward and put on a fake smile that everything was perfect, but it would have been far far from perfect…perfect wouldn’t have even been visible!) I was kinda in limbo for a little while but….

Sometime after that fell apart, new factors also came into play in our personal life.  This actually made it clear – 100% clear – that I am not supposed to open a shop in Tucson.  So I had a big decision to make – ‘go all in’ online or cut way way way back.  The same personal factors means that, at this time, I simply cannot ‘go all in’ online.

So I’ll guess that based on the title of the post, you can predict the direction I choose.  The time has come to say goodbye to Above All Fabric as an online fabric store – at least as one run by me.

What the heck does that mean?

First: Almost ALL inventory is on sale! SUPER sale.  And I haven’t even raised the shipping price to the actual cost! It’s still a super low $5/order in the US.  (You can find it here!)  Cotton fabrics start at $3.99/yd.  The sale includes minky, voile, linen and knit too (and at crazy crazy prices!)  Even the velveteen is only $4.99/yd!

Second: Starting in January, I will only be doing one group kit per month.  These have been so well received and I’m excited about the kits I have planned for the first 5 months of 2012. Each kit will have multiple fabric options.  And IF you want to buy just the fabric, I will have it for sale.  But I will order only specifically for the kits.

Third: And this is a big one, someone may wish to take over the Above All Fabric website and continue it as a fabric store (run by someone else, obviously not me!)  I have put a lot into this business, and I plan to see it continue one way or another.  If you think you might be that person (or persons) please contact me!  (The name can easily be changed and the domain forwarded, so don’t let that stop you.)  And it’s easy to make simple changes to the layout and sections.  It has so many possibilities!

As far as the inventory goes – almost all is on sale from 25 to 50% off.  Shipping is still only $5 in the US.  (The very few items that aren’t on sale fit into my new plans for 2012.)  These prices will remain as long as the inventory does.  I’m really hoping to have most of it out of my house by the time Thanksgiving weekend comes along.  We’ll see how that goes!

If no one wishes to buy the website, then it will get a bit of a makeover in order to move forward with the kits.  And so that’s where I am!  Most of the time, I feel okay about it.  Like I said, it’s not where I actually thought I was headed.  Life is funny that way.  But I am really excited about family time (and vacations!) not to mention other ideas I have swirling around in my head that I couldn’t really dedicate time to when I was trying to run an online fabric shop.

If you could please please please help spread the word about the sale, I’d really appreciate it.  I’ve even made a button you can post on your blog if you wish. :-)  Everything is while supplies last – orders will be cut in the order they are received.  If there is a shortage on the bolt, then you will automatically be refunded for the difference and shipped what is here.

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So I guess this isn’t really goodbye after all – it’s really more of a change of direction.  So can I say “See ya later” instead?

  27 Responses to “Saying Goodbye”

  1. OH MY GOSH! I’m so excited and sad and everything all at once!

    • @Dianne: lol – that’s TOTALLY me too! I’m like a complete bipolar mess over here! Happy and then sad and then mad and then happy and then tired! lol

  2. Oh Mel I don’t know whether to say I’m sorry or hurray but I hope the new life events will bring you much happiness and I hope you will continue to be part of the twitter community in some fashion! We will miss you!

  3. i’m not sure either… hurray and sorry? i have sending you a thank you email on my list today, actually, so i’ll combine it here ;) i got my prairie dress kits and thanks for the christmas panel! good luck in whatever direction you choose to go!! xo

  4. This is sad news, but it seems like you are doing what make you happy, it is such hard work to maintain a home business and live your life! I look forward to seeing you around, though.

    • Thank you! And for all you’ve done as well!!! It’s one of the things I just love about online – our little connections, like TCU in a round about way. I am really looking forward to living life though!

  5. The saying goodbye made me sad too! But then I was happy to see you would still be online. I SO agree with you about needing a modern representation as brick and mortar. I have thought a lot about this industry and taking it forward and that is a big hole. That’s why I teach sewing classes. I have definite opinions about having something like that in my area but I just don’t think now is the time. I certainly won’t be the one to do it. We do have so really GREAT shops in my area and they blend the past styles with the present very well but the future sewists is what we should all be working on educating and bringing in to this crazy wonderful art.

    • Thanks, Jenny! There is a strong possibility that teaching will continue for me as well once the dust settles. I just have to be careful not to over commit. I have a tendency to do that! (PS, yes I have your dress to send too! And maybe it’ll actually fit…although I kinda don’t think so yet because you’re daughter is still pretty tiny!)

  6. Oh, I’m so sad to hear the news of you closing your wonderful shop, but I get it! It’s not easy juggling everything and this lousy economy makes everything harder. Good luck with your new path. I wish you and your family much happiness!!

  7. Am soooooo sorry to hear your news. This is really the best online fabric shop and i was always frustrating that you were so far away in the US. But it sounds like you’ve given it a lot of thought. All the best for the future

  8. So glad you’re doing what you need to do for yourself and your family! It’s a blessing to have a choice, isn’t it? I wish you the best in what is to come! It will be nice to not have something pressing to do every moment of the day.

  9. Melanie, you should be so proud of all that you have accomplished. I often think that life is a process of learning and identifying what you don’t want to do in order to move toward the things you are meant to do. And you can’t know either without trying. Hats off to all your effort and enjoy your next adventure! Butyoubetterkeepintouch. xxoo

    • Thank you, Kate! Gosh I feel like some people (such as yourself) just go about everything so gracefully. I am thankful for all that I have learned and experienced and I know I’ve grown tremendously because of it. It will serve me well, I am certain. I just wish I didn’t flail about while figuring it all out! I wish I had some of your grace. :-) And I will keep in touch. You can’t get rid of me that easily!

  10. Melanie, I’m sad that you’re closing, but happy that you’ll get to spend so much more time with your family. Family really is important, and it’s something I think a lot of us forget about when we get so committed to a bazillion other things. (It’s something that I have to keep reminding myself of almost daily! haha) Cutting back your commitments feels so good – I just did that with some of mine – and it honestly feels like a giant weight has been lifted off your shoulders. I wish you all the best on your next endeavors. And you’d better keep tweeting, or else! ;) hahaha

  11. All the best Melanie! In my life it’s always been the tough weep/laugh/cry/grrr decisions that have ended up being the most liberating in the long term … I wish you all the luck and I’m pleased we’ll still see you around!
    x S

  12. Well Melanie ; where have I been ???? WOW . I’m sad too ( I love all your stuff , especially Kate Spain! ) ; but if you are doing what you need to do ………………………. God is in control ! always ! Please let us know how we can stay in touch because I will miss your CUTE AWESOME Pictures and blogs and KATE SPAIN projects !! I LOVE your flickr pictures ; pretty dresses , projects , girls and SCENERY !!! God bless !

    • Thank you! I will stay a Kate Spain fan and am sure you’ll still see me on flickr also. :) It gives me great joy knowing that God IS in control! I’ll be around here for a while yet and will have something set up to stay in touch. :-)

  13. Melanie, I remember when we were buying fabric in the co-op and you announced that you were opening your online shop and I was soooo excited (and jealous) for you! For 2 years I was thinking about a brick and mortar fabric shop and sewing classroom here and I did extensive research and a business plan and realized a few things that I hadn’t thought about (like losing my weekends and evenings to work, yikes). I’m SURE the decision was not easy but I’m really sure that you will be successful whatever you do and you never know where these new decisions will take you, GOOD LUCK and look forward to seeing your new ideas. Mary

    • Yes, Mary. There were many things that I was hopelessly clueless about. lol :-) I’ve always enjoyed seeing your name pop up and keep thinking some day we might be able to meet in real life!

  14. Melanie,
    Sometimes we set out to do something and somewhere along the way things keep pointing to ‘that’s not what we’re meant to be doing’… happened to me last year. It was very hard for me to accept and let go, but I do believe we are led thru things to redirect us to what is important to our lives and our families and our faith. It did not work because you are meant to do something better and greater and it may have nothing to do at all with fabric and quilting! May your life be blessed abundantly with the new direction you are taking and I look forward to reading your blog whenever you write! and I do hope you fill us in on where ever life takes you!
    {{{{{ hugs }}}}}} Mary Ann

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