Hi! I'm Melissa Averinos. 

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I'm a longarm quilter and fabric designer for Andover Fabrics. I wrote Small Stash Sewing. I illustrated The Family Doodle Book. I wrote and illustrated DIY Mason Jars and DIY Wine Corks. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and gardening. Let's be friends!





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432: my new old half day job

I thought I'd take a little breaky-break from Quilt Market recap, ok?

Back to reality: I started a part time job today. Yes, really.

At least the boss is super hot. That would be my fiance, Stuart. I'm back at my old day job (in-house artist for a screenprinting and embroidery shop) for 20 hours a week.

I know it's considered gauche to talk about finances so I feel like I can't really be as honest as I would like to be. But I'm not going to hide it either---- it's a hard time to be in business right now.

As much as it is a bummer to have to take on a part time job, I am lucky that I have this position to go to. I like the work and I'm good at it, the pay is good and my boss is my fiance. Really, if I have to work a regular job, it couldn't get much better. It will allow me to keep pursuing my dream of making a living doing what I love.

I know. I bet you thought that I was all set with the fabric and the shop and the book.  See how tricky appearances can be? Reminder (to myself and you): Don't judge your insides by other people's outsides.

I  will be reassessing this winter. Taking stock of what is working and what isn't and maybe trying some new things. I might be asking for your feedback on that stuff, too!

I'm feeling a little vulnerable about sharing this, but you know me. I am who I am and I can't pretend to be anything else. Thanks for your love and support!

And now here is a cute little scratchy tree, just so this post isn't naked:

xo, melissa


Reader Comments (30)

Thank you (as always) for your refreshing honestly, Melissa. You = Awesome, always.
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
I understand. Make sure that new boss treats you good :)
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary on Lake Pulaski
It stinks that you're in this position. But, you're lucky that you have a great work situation to fall back on, and also that you're not in an all-or-nothing deal where you have to close the shop altogether! Hang tight, woman -- and keep it real, and stay gold, and all that. XO
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeide
It IS a tough time to be in business, and I'd hazard a guess that those of us who are struggling are not alone. 2010 has been a real challenge. There's a strong perception out there that everyone who writes a book or lands a corporate tie must be successful forever - so it's both brave and important that you share your real story.

Still, I'm so glad you're able to fall back on work that draws on your creative skills, in a friendly environment. And the time will come when economic forces will align for you to return to your dream-work full time.

A super-hot boss is always a blessing. :-)
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSister Diane
HUGS HUGS HUGS AND MORE HUGS.... at least you are working for a great boss...so that makes the situation good and not miserable...I truly hope that things pick up...darn economy is hurting everyone and everything!!!
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterellie
I think you just helped a lot of people by sharing this. Thank you for your honesty!
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMari
That right there is why we come to visit your blog - honesty! And I think a lot of people are in the same position - successful, but still a bit crunched, particularly in this economy... At least your boss is hot! :)
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Michelle~
Hi Melissa! You know, I'm learning that there are so many different definitions of success -- and only some of them are financial. You're still a rock star. We all do what we have to right now to make ends meet. XOXO
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
you are a bright shining star in this world. yes.

these words: Don't judge your insides by other people's outsides. this is something i wish we all had as a little sticky note permanently attached to our laptops. yes. such wise words.
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterliz elayne
I appreciate your honesty, I actually have a part-time time job too! Hoping to one day be full-time artist, but for now having a steady paycheck keeps the stress level down and the bills paid ;)
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve Gail
You always seem to say exactly what I want to but am not brave enough to say! I have always wondered why money is such a taboo subject. It's something that I would really benefit from venting about but always feel like I should keep it to myself b/c everyone else does.

I love the concept of not comparing our insides with others' outsides, I tell myself this all the time. It's good to hear it from someone else! This whole post is just a huge encouragement to me, thank you so much for being real!
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandy
aw and you used my fave reminder about insides and outsides. :) Hang in there sweet cheeks!
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbetz
Hey Melissa - I've been away from Twitter for a week or so and just caught up with you. Thanks for such an honest post. It's hard to run a creative business these days. You have been pushing hard and you'll find a way to get back at it full time when you can. For now you are doing what needs to be done. A lot of us are in that boat right along with you, girl. Sending you hugs and good energies!
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNina
Just about everyone in the creative sector is feeling the economy drag. Bravo to you for sharing your experience with others.
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara O
Melissa hang in there! You are so talented and I know everything will work out. I feel that sometimes these trials in life are to nudge us into a new, more positive direction. Of course sometimes I also feel the fates are just toying with us...but in this case I'm certain that it's just a positive nudge! Hugs to you :)
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKellie
Pro. Found. I love "Don't judge your insides by other people's outsides." Well said my friend. You're so beautiful - inside and outside, and so generous of you to share something so personal. My husband has been out of work for over a month now - it's been life change and a challenge (the sugar coated wording). Your post brought me a lot of comfort. I thank you, my friend and I'll be cheering you on at your new job.

Great things are heading your way... you have a kind heart and an abundance of amazing talent. It's just a matter of time. xoox
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhappy zombie
It's all okay!
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Limb
Hi Honey. I think it's a perfect thing to do for some money. Sometimes $$ = Freedom, and yet you are not stuck there. In fact I wish I had a job right now, frankly. One that I knew what to expect, and that I wouldn't lose my soul...they are hard to find. I love you and support you in ALL you need to do to keep creating!!!! Love ya...
November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterold cindy
I love that you are so honest. I always love reading your blog!

I know times are hard now, and I also have to stick to my day job, which I don't particularly love, instead of staying home and sewing all day (oh, I wish!!). Hang in there!
xoxo Laura
November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura W.
Great post Melissa! It is a wise woman that recognizes what needs to be done, and does it...
November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

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