Considering this is my last full day to sew for next weekend's craft fair, I should be sitting in front of a different machine right now--not messing around with the design of a certain new etsy shop. Yep, I've jumped in--I know I want to sell my goods, and an online shop seems just my speed. So far, I've just set it up, but I'll be listing some items in the next few days. Exciting!
Selling is such a hard thing to explain to someone who doesn't craft. There are always questions about whether it's worth it, or how much the supplies cost. Some try to equate the value of a handmade item to something mass-produced. Others question the amount of time involved. But here's how I make sense of it: I love to create. And I love to make things for myself, but there are only so many paintings/pillows/tissue holders I can make for myself/tolerate in one house. So, I continue making, with the intention of sharing what I make. How can I find someone who will appreciate the care that has gone into something handmade? Yes, I can give it to certain friends and family who either like my style or love me (hi mom!). Or I can find someone who values a one-of-a-kind creation just like I do. This is the reason I love to shop on etsy!
I've been away from the blog lately only because I've been fully enjoying creating lots and lots of stuff. Photos of this stuff, though, have been hard to come by. With limited daylight hours and a camera on the fritz, I haven't been able to get the shots I want. But hopefully soon...After asking and researching and testing and pondering, I finally just turned my head and hit the 'submit order' button. And a new camera is on its way. I'd better get to work on more items to stock the shop!