Lately I’ve been overwhelmed with ideas and plans regarding my Etsy shop. I have all of these designs for adult hats, aprons and fun little impulse buys that I would love to have the time to make. I was inspired recently by fellow creators that I’ve met and also several crafting and sewing magazines. I feel that if I had the money, I could really make a go of my little business. I obviously can’t get any kind of a loan since we have no income right now. I can barely afford to post the items that I have made on Etsy now.
I’ve always had this dream of making money doing something that I love. First I went to music school because I wanted to be a singer. I was good, really good, but I didn’t care for the theory and music history classes, so I dropped out. Then I was going to be a massage therapist. I went to school and got my license in San Diego. Well, then I moved back to the East coast and knew I’d have to start all over again. Without the money to go back to school, it really was just a dream. Now I’m so enjoying the creativity that I’m finding inside of me and wish that there was a way to be a success. Even if its only in a very small way.
I wish I knew what the best way to go would be. Should I just stick it out on Etsy and be thrilled when someone buys one of my items once every 4 months? Should I really try to promote my stuff in local shops? Or, should I just forget it and just create for the love of creating and give them as gifts to friends and family? Kofi thinks that I should just stick with Etsy and see if I can build up a following there, on twitter and facebook. He’s probably right, but I’m not the most patient person in the world and its hard to wait for people to stumble across my shop.
So, in the mean time, I will keep thinking and creating as many new things as I can. I just finished a fun apron made out of a corset and skirt (soon to be displayed on Etsy). Sadly, I don’t have a sewing machine to use anymore, so it will all have to be hand sewn from here on out. Maybe when we are getting paychecks again, I’ll be able to buy a cheap machine. Oh to dream.