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Recently, inspiration for a product has been so noisy, so constant, it wakes me from a sound sleep. The timing couldn’t be worse since I have a number of plates spinning and deadlines looming but when an idea wants attention so desperately that it keeps jumping around in front of your face,  it can no longer be ignored. So, a few nights ago, I woke up at 3AM and doodled down the design, made notes on sourcing materials and marketing the product.
Because any business I create must meet certain criteria that support my core values, I’ve been considering how this project will impact lives. My design is handcrafted and labor intensive so it makes sense to outsource the production.  My first thought was to teach women in a developing country to make the product, enabling them to earn a fair wage and support their families. Then I thought about the unemployment rates in our own country and all the women who’d benefit by the opportunity to work from home.
I thought of Detroit and all the families whose incomes were dependent on the auto industry. Having spent years in home furnishings, I know what outsourcing overseas has done to the Carolinas and the affect it’s had on entire communities.  So, wouldn’t it make sense to use this idea to create livelihood for families in our own country? I’m going to start here but I need your help. Who do you know who loves to sew and would love to work from home on their own schedule? Let’s see how many women we can help create their own livelihood. Is this you or someone you know? Let’s do this together. I’d love to hear from you.

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