Someone recently said that when you make things, it's just a matter of time before people start asking if you sell those things. I've always been excited by the prospect of making money from the things I enjoy creating. It was so cool when a teacher in my high school asked to buy one of my paintings. (I ended up just giving it to her, though.) And in college, I had this idea that I could make and sell paper lanterns. But I don't think I ever finished making one.
When you make things, you eventually run out of things to make for yourself, so you hope that others will appreciate the things you make and give them. Most times they do; sometimes it's a little disappointing. But when you sell something, you know that the person buying it appreciates your time and creativity and will enjoy whatever it is.
Of course I've heard from everyone that if you turn what you love into a business, you lose the enjoyment. So, armed with this warning, I've decided to take it one step at a time. A really cool sounding craft fair is being held in November, not too far from Jacksonville, and I've applied! We'll see how it goes.
I've been working for a little while on creating some 'inventory,' but it's a slow process. I want everything to be so perfect, so I get frustrated and I'm only able to handle small spurts of making. These are a couple of ideas I'm considering putting into production: patchwork pillow covers and tote bags with a patchwork detail. The pillows are just fun, but I really believe in the tote bags. I'm modeling them after the giant canvas ones I use for my own shopping. They're super durable, yet lightweight, and stand up on their own. Maybe they can be my little way of affecting change in my little world.