TFBM Magazine Issue 4 is LIVE!

Have you made time to come check out issue 4 of TFBM Magazine?  The Summer issue is full of all things fun and fabulous!  You will find the normal amazing editorial featuring independent designers but you will also find tips on redecorating your living room, gourmet popsicle recipes, a camping themed party, articles including one I wrote on How To Compete With The Big Dogs and MORE!

Come take a peek!  It’s FREE. Just click the cover below:

Issue4 Cover


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Production Approach 1 for Small Fashion Businesses

I continue my series on production for small or independent fashion businesses over on my site today.  Learn how to run financially lean and avoid overstock.

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The Fall Issue of TFBM Magazine has a theme of “A Beautiful Thread in the Fabric of my Life”.  My grandmother passed away this spring and these were her last words to me.  My grandmother was my mentor and the one who taught me to sew to I am honoring her with the Fall issue.  Below are 3 ways you can get involved with this issue.
For one of the spreads I will be making a quilt using squares sent to me by many designers.  I would love for YOU to send me a square to include.  It would be a 12×12″ square representing your or your brand.  The only requirement is you use non stretch fabrics but use any colors or embellishments you want.  Let me know if you will be sending a square email me at and I will reply with my address.  The deadline is August 1 but the sooner the better so I can start assembling the quilt.  Read more about my inspiration for this project HERE:
I will personally be present for the center spread and cover shoot (cover look will be chosen from the center spread) for the Fall Issue and I am arranging the concept and styling.  I am looking for 4-5 looks that make a statement and are a solid color.  Black, red, blue, purple, orange, green, teal…I am flexible on color but the whole outfit has to be one color.  I want a range of sizes-kids, tween, women.  Would love a boys or men design!  This will be a fashion studio shoot and you will get photos in exchange for the clothing you send.  If you would like to create a look for this spread please let me know.
If you have an idea for a spread using the theme “a beautiful thread in the fabric of my life” and you want to shoot or style for the issue please let me know.
I look forward to working with you!
XO Katie
beautiful thread


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Get your product or service seen by those that make and buy independent designs

Get your product or service seen by those that make and buy independent designs

Since Maternity leave threw off my schedule I am last minute to selling ads for the summer issue of TFBM Magazine. This means great deals for you!

1/4 page ads $10, 1/2 page ads $15, and full page ads $35! A total steal!

TFBM Magazine now has 10,000 views! Get your product or service seen by those that make and buy independent designs! email to reserve your ad space.

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June 16, 2014 · 5:56 pm

Don’t BEE afraid of production for your small fashion business

Don't BEE afraid of production for your small fashion business

Today I give you 2 approaches to master production for your small retail apparel business.

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June 16, 2014 · 5:43 pm

Production Planning For Your Small Fashion Apparel Business

I have started a series on production planning over on my website blog.  I will help you to define your production needs, inform you on what is involved in the production process and will finish with a download that will help you plan your production to increase your sales and income.  

Come read my last two posts to get caught up!

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June 13, 2014 · 5:05 pm

Balancing Motherhood With Working At Home-Top 9 Tips!

“That’s a beautiful picture!” I heard a man say as he leaned out his car window and smiled at me and my two little ones in tow.  Jude was in his baby k’tan carrier snuggled close to my chest while I pushed the stroller and Marlise was next to me on her big wheel as we crossed the street in front of his car.  I smiled ear to ear for two reasons.  One he was right and I needed the reminder and two the irony that not 5 minutes back we were on the sidewalk with two major meltdowns happening.  If only he had seen me taking deep “lord grant me patience” breaths as Jude screamed his lungs off in the stroller and Marlise refused to pedal her big wheel while crying and wailing loudly that her legs hurt and she was hot and that I didn’t love her anymore.

But you know even that was beautiful.  The three of us living daily life and working through its trials together.  The beautiful chance to be a fully present mother dealing with times as they came both good and bad.

Today I have reached a crossroad that will challenge my ability to be a fully present mom.  Jude is now 9 weeks old and its time to go back to work.  “But Katie you work from home for yourself”, you say?  Yes but I still must “go back”.  I have to go back to a place where my mind is focused on matters outside of my family and home.  I have to go back to finding time to produce (product or blog posts or both). I have to go back to being business focused.

So I have been asking myself how will I do this but also be a fully present mother.  It is the question all work at home moms ask themselves and struggle with.

Below I have listed 9 ways to make working at home and balancing motherhood easier.  Notice I said easier and not easy.  It’s not easy to be a WAHM but it has one huge reward.  Being a fully present mom.

1.  Define Balance

Balance means something different to everyone and you need to define what it means to you if you want to achieve it.  What does a successful day look like to you?  Give yourself an 8am to 6pm work/being a mom day.  (Evenings should be devoted to family.  If you have the energy to work when the kids are in bed go for it but don’t do it daily or you will get burnt out, not to mention your marriage will suffer.  Husbands need your time too.)  How much work time and how much “being a mom” time do you want to fit into a day?  80/20?  50/50?  20/80?  We all have a ratio that feels just right to us.  What is your ratio?


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