I Did It My Way…. ‘Cept I didn’t.

Ok, who doesn’t love a little  Ol Blue Eyes?  Mm.

Oh, sorry, started singing in my head and got distracted. 🙂

I’ve been sitting on this post for a handful of days so far.  It might end up taking a few more days to end up finishing as well.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have been bending to the things other people want a lot more than I was willing to realize.  I can’t believe I managed to convince myself otherwise just because I basically refused to do baby stuff (besides gifts).  I also wouldn’t want to directly compete with a friend.

I have realized that things just aren’t selling.  I do not have the money to put into doing craft shows, and on top of that, I don’t have a local business license.  I’ve looked into it, but feel like with how painfully sad my sales have been for well over a year, it’s not worth bothering to get one.  I really wish I didn’t live in a place where the craft shows require it.  If I could do just one show, just to see how well I might be able to do (I know just one show shouldn’t be a good indicator, but hey…) I would then far more seriously look at getting a business license.

I don’t know if that makes any kind of real sense, but that’s just how my brain is working at this point.

I started this with next to nothing, and pretty much everything I have made has gone right back into it, little bit by little bit, and some craft shows are quite expensive to get into as a vendor.  Some aren’t, but some are up to multiple hundreds of dollars.  Though I have a few possibilities, I’m barred by the fact that I do not have a business license.

And before I do get one, I feel like I might need to take a danged class on the taxes and bookkeeping necessary to pay taxes before I even GET one.  I’m a bit petrified of that, despite knowing it’s an eventual necessity if I do continue with this little venture.  I would like to find some form of proper bookkeeping that doesn’t overwhelm me entirely, but will provide me with the accurate figures necessary to report income for taxes.  Thankfully, I have a husband and a good friend that are both rather educated in the tax area, if not the bookkeeping portion.  So, there’s that.

But even before any of that, I have to get things organized, in order, and honestly… until Zoe is in school regularly, I feel like that’s an almost impossible task.  I make progress, then things fall apart again.  Excuses, I know.  Some people are just ridiculously better at all of this than I am.  They have the more A-type personalities necessary for things like this.  I’m trying, but with my emotional health and my hormones, it can be rather daunting.

Anyway, enough with that boring, depressing stuff.

I’ve indeed been trying to please everyone, and I’ve found myself not as inspired as I once felt.

I’ve decided to take a look at a few things that I love.  All things coffee/tea, wine and books.

SO!

An idea I’ve been tossing around for a while, considering the name of my shop is finally going to start coming to fruition.

  1. Bookmarks and possibly other book related items.
  2. Wine glass charms.
  3. Wine Bottle Cozies/gift bags.
  4. Coffee Cozies/Mug/Cup Cozies.
  5. Small to large charms on clasps to be easily added to any existing jewelry, wine cozy or mug cozy.

This is perhaps going to give me a bit more focus, and my shop a bit more focus.  More ready-made items to ship out immediately instead of having things made to order every single time.  Smaller items I can more quickly produce, so turn over time is cut down greatly.  Still using supplies from both my jewelry ventures, and my more current yarn ventures.  It’s a change, but not a complete overhaul, so hopefully I will not end up going completely in the hole in the process.

I feel like these things really are close to home for me personally, and I will have a bit more joy out of making them, and hopefully that joy will be shared with others.

 

 

 

 

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I’m still alive, I swear!

Greetings and Salutations!

I am indeed still alive, though quite a bit has happened.

I did mention that we made the trek back from Washington State to South Carolina, and the minor debacles we had in that time, so I won’t rehash that.

We’ve found a house, a lovely thing with a decent sized back yard that is fenced in to let the munchkin roam.  We closed on it the day before Thanksgiving, which was an amazing three weeks after we showed up in South Carolina.  Immediately after the signing we left for Florida to spend Thanksgiving with family.

So!  Since then, we’ve been spending time reacquainting ourselves with the area, getting the house unpacked and looking more like a home.  We’ve gotten pretty far, and the majority of the important stuff done, added some fresh new bits here and there to warm things up.  Oh!  And something I’ve not been able to do before…RUGS!  A small handful of them right now since we have a gorgeous wood-look laminate (trust me, it looks like wood!), but I want to get some more as time goes on.

The Hubs finished up a re-finishing of a lovely USA made vintage piece we’ve been holding onto for a while.  It was missing a shelf and the doors at the bottom, so crafty man that he is, he made some new doors and a new shelf.  After a good sanding, he put a lovely light combination of a sandy color and dusty light blue color with a wax finish.  I do believe he used the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint line.  The piece went in our dining room to display our cook books and store our giant mason jars of staples like sugar and whatnot.

Anywho!  Enough about that.

I’ve been very busy with the usual puttering around the house every day, or errands, but largely with getting my shop on Etsy back up and running.  I’ve done a ton of work since we’ve been here, looking into more/better promoting, new products, new techniques, better pictures, and so much more!  I’m pretty excited with the things I’ve managed to accomplish lately, but there is really so much more I’d like to do.  I really want to make this something more than just a little hobby.  I want to make this a more substantial “job” so I can continue to work from home and be home with my little chitlin.

A big part of that is continuing to get our shared office squared away which has largely been the last thing we’re handling.  I picked up an awesome two piece desk that will go in the office once it’s cleaned up, reinforced and lightly refinished.  It will help give me a place to really hunker down and do things, be better organized and to my husband’s glee, less crafting stuff in the living room!

I honestly can’t believe how many more boxes of “craft stuff” I have to unpack from the move.  I’m almost afraid to see what’s in some of them.  🙂

Another thing I’m excited for is to have a place in the office to set up and actually use my lighting set for product photography!  It’ll be a learning experience, one I’ll definitely need James to help me with, and I’ll miss my love for natural lighting photography, but I hope that it’ll really help boost my sales!

Alright, I’ll stop babbling on and on, suffice to say, I’m back, darlings! (Oh, and can I say, I finally like the set up for adding a new post in WordPress!  Hopefully they don’t change things AGAIN!)