Thursday, 28 January 2016

The announcement!

I have been skirting around for what seems like ages, but on looking back it is less than a week since I started to tell you, about my new employment.  I wanted to do a big Ta Dah! post when I was all ready and set up, but it isn't going to happen.  I realise that now.  Things will go on in dribs and drabs and rather than be all coy and mysterious - which isn't what I intended at all - it is easier if I just come out and say it.

Even though I am terrified of telling you all!

I am now a small business, working for myself as Love Made My Home and I am going to be selling "things" in an Etsy shop and, which is the bit which is lagging behind, but is the thing I want to concentrate more on, I am going to sell my crochet patterns.

That is it.  Sounds so easy when I write it like that, but it has been a scary decision for me.  I have written several - 4 or 5 - posts now to try and tell you all the deep and meaningful stuff behind this, but at the end of the day I can't mange to explain what I want to say.  I suddenly realised while writing this that perhaps these words from Theodore Roosevelt's famous Arena speech might sum it up.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."

I am going, therefore, to dare, for me, greatly and give it a go.  If it doesn't work out well so be it, but at least I know I have tried.

Several of you have shops of different kinds or making and selling enterprises and you have inspired me and given me courage that perhaps I could do something, in a small way, that is similar.  I hope that in a way you don't think it is a massive thing because that means you are happy and confident and doing well at it.  Probably though some of you were at least at the start as nervous as me and as scared as I am.

For me this is a massive step, I really am daring in a very great way.  I have been terrified ever since I started, I dream of yarn - or water leaks, not sure what that means, don't tell me if you know, I don't want to know - think of all the things that I haven't done, or am struggling to do - like sort things out with stupid tax website.  Today I have decided though to grasp the nettle again and get making and creating and to just get on and tell you all and then I can stop dancing around the subject!

My patterns are not yet ready, but I will tell you when they are and where you can find them.  I can though give you a link to my Etsy shop - which is sadly empty at the moment - and I can show you a few things I am working on to fill it up.  This is the link HERE.  These are some of my efforts and things in progress so far.


These are prototypes for a little valentines something.  The one above is pretty, but too big!



It is all well and good making things, but then you have to try and photograph them.  Which means you cannot have pictures in the background.  You have to move the furniture too.


Suddenly your home becomes a photo studio.



You are trying to take pictures in a scene like the one above in order to get something presentable to show online to try and entice a sale.  I don't think that piles of yarn and my slippers are going to help really.


After a bit of cropping though, and taking pictures down, and touching up the pictures to get rid of the screws holding up the shelves, you get these shots.


Which are far more presentable aren't they.


I have also added a widgety thing to my sidebar to link to the shop and that will also, I believe, show you new stock when it appears.  Rest assured I will not continually go on about this and once I get into a routine and get settled I don't suppose that I will mention it much.  Please bear with me in the meantime and we will settle in together!

I know, because I know you a bit!, that you will all be supportive and I will no doubt go on ad nauseum with thank yous, but in advance of all of that THANK YOU for  your support in this venture, and in blogging in general.  Really, you have made such a difference to my life and to be at this point, compared to, as my best friend and husband will tell you, where I was a few years ago is a massive change.  That is, dare I say it, down to my own efforts in a large part, but also because of the support of those like yourselves.  THANK YOU!

That is it really.  I will go away now and leave you in peace!  I am off to go for my walk because the SUN is out!  Yes, really!!  I can even see blue sky.  Should have just told you in the first place.

I am self employed, working for myself, making and creating, a shop owner.  Love Made My Home!

Amy

77 comments:

  1. Aww Amy congrats on starting your own shop! I wish you lots of success and happiness with it. Wishing you a wonderful day.
    Julie xo

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  2. congratualtions! I would also suggest getting on Ravelry to sell your patterns too

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    1. Hi I wanted to come back and suggest craftsy too I follow several quilters and sewers that sell patterns on there too

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  3. Oh good for you, Amy, I hope it is all a massive success for you! It's not easy taking the big step of working for yourself, and most self-employed people will tell you that one of the most nerve-wracking things is giving up the regular payday, but they will also tell you that working for yourself is one of the best, most liberating and fulfilling things that you can do. Wishing you all the very best of luck xx

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  4. How exciting Amy! I'm sure it is more than a little bit scary to start up your own business, but it must also feel quite exciting. I look forward to seeing your Easy shop once you get things set up!

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  5. Congratulations and good luck. I have been wanting to open a shop up for a couple of years. I am still thinking about it, but so scared. I love the red hearts, they are so pretty.

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  6. I'm so proud of you, it takes so much nerve to put our creations out there for others. I wish you all the best.

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  7. Ooh! Have fun! And good luck with the business x

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  8. Well done Amy! I hope it will go well for you.

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  9. I wish you luck with your endeavors. I hope you do well. It's always scary when you try something new but you can do it. Congratulations.
    xx Beca

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  10. Good luck with your new business, look forward to seeing what you will sell.

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  11. Very best of luck, Amy! I'm not a crafter, otherwise I'd be looking to buying, but I'm useless with my hands (photography and typing and baking excepted!)
    Margaret P

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  12. What a great post, Amy! I think you and a small business like that are a match made in heaven. Wishing you the best of luck!
    The crocheted hearts and the pompoms are really pretty. I will definitely visit your shop. Such a shame there's the language barrier - and I can't read (and follow) the patterns even in my own language. :)
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  13. Hey Amy,
    I wish you all the best wishes in the world with this new venture of your, my friend. Good for you for daring to dream.
    Leanne xx

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  14. Congratulations, such good news, wishing you success in your new venture :)

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  15. Hey Amy, this is all very exciting! I took the same step last year, but not really 'consciously', it just kind of happened and then when I'd been doing it for ages I suddenly realised that I needed to formalise things! What I've learned in the last year is that if you're going to make it your job as well, you MUST give yourself a break. I used to relax by knitting - now I still love knitting, but I'm also doing a lot more cross stitch, writing & walking than I used to, because otherwise I get to a point where I've just been doing commissions all day, my own knitting all night, my fingers hurt and suddenly I have no idea why or what I'm doing. You'll be great though - you have a wonderful network and a good head on your shoulders, and I hope we can help each other as we go :)

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  16. I was shaking like a leaf when I opened my Etsy shop. I don't make much money out of mine but, you know, that's okay. It's mine and that's what I wanted - somewhere to sell my stuff without having to "take a table" at loads of fairs. I'm sure your shop will do very well, Amy. Good luck! :o)

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  17. Good luck with your new venture.xx

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  18. I wish you all the luck in the world. I'd never sold anything until just before Christmas when a neighbour saw some Christmas ornaments I was embroidering, and asked if I'd make some for her. I would happily have done them without any charge, but she insisted on paying. It mushroomed from there, when her friends saw them and also wanted some. Unfortunately it was too near Christmas to make any more, (I'm disabled with MS, so it takes me about 3 days to make each one) The outcome is I already have a lot of orders for next Christmas, which I intend to start in February. Obviously I can't charge for my time or no-one would buy, but as long as I can cover the cost of my materials, I am more than satisfied. Since my diagnosis about 17 years ago stitching has kept me sane, so I'll go on doing it for as long as I can. Go girl! You can do it! Blessings

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    1. Hi Lesley, I understand precisely how stitching can keep one sane when dealing with chronic illness. It is great that you are able to use it as a little earner for yourself although I am surprised at your statement "Obviously, I can't charge for my time..." Obviously? That's not obvious to me. I expect to pay handcrafters for their time as part of the price. Gee, if you can't charge for your time (or at least a portion of it), you should at least charge for your effort and skill, not just the cost of materials. Time and energy are so scarce and precious, even more so for someone with a chronic illness. Part of the reasons people pay handcrafters for their work is because they don't have the time or energy themselves. Your price should include that service. Value your time and energy so others will too! I do hope people pay you a fair amount for your items because you owe that to yourself. :-)

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    2. Well said, if we do not value our time and skill no one else will either and it adds to the problem of people thinking it somehow is not real work to be able to do handcrafted items. So do add some cost for your skill, because many people do not have these skills in this day and age. Good luck!

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  19. Aw how exciting :) Congratulations, I wish you every success with your new venture. Please believe in yourself and your work *hugs* you're fab x

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  20. Congratulations, Amy! I had (still have, I guess) an Etsy shop, but I never focused on it very much. My daughter is doing well with hers, though, and has plowed through. It's a good idea to join some of the groups and forums on Etsy once you get your shop stocked.
    Love those pompoms!

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  21. I think this is absolutely wonderful!! I love when I hear stories about women venturing out and taking risks. Fabulous news. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? I wish you all the best.

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  22. Wishing you success in your exciting, new venture!! X

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  23. All the best in this new venture, Amy. Being self employed, working from home will be satisfying as you're good at crafting and will get a lot of support from those who have already set up the same sort of business online.

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  24. Good Luck Amy. All my very best wishes Jo x

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  25. Fabulous well done you! I hope you enjoy your new venture and that you are super successful. I look forward to seeing how it all goes. x

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  26. well done, very brave, sure you will do well. you make lovely things. good lock.

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  27. Congratulations Amy I wish you all the success in the world! xxxx

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  28. Good for you! I hope your new venture goes very well for you!

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  29. Congratulations Amy! Your shop will be a great success!

    Madelief x

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  30. Good for you, Amy. I'm sure you'll be very successful. xx

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  31. congratulations and well done! it's no small feat to take on a creative business and so YES to the daring greatly! i'm thoroughly delighted and inspired and wish you all of the very best with it!! xo

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  32. The very best of luck, Amy!! I am sure it will be a fabulous success!!

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  33. Good luck Amy and wishing you all the success in the world with it. x

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  34. Congratulations Amy, hope your new venture will be a great success. xx

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  35. Oh well done, Amy! Absolutely right, get in there and live, create, make experiences, rather than watching other people doing it. Love will make your business. xx

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  36. Aha, she says. I'd thought of lots of things, but not that one. I knew it was to do with "yarn" and thought it might be a guest spot in a crochet magazine, which may come at some point!!!!! Good on you and I wish you all the luck in the world. Wish I had the same get up & go and talent of some sort, instead of plodding my life away. Enjoy the walk and take care.

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  37. Congratulations Amy! All the very best for a successful future!
    Barbara xx

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  38. Nothing wrong with you home becoming your photographing studio. Good luck with the venture, I have no doubt it will be a success - Congratulations Amy.

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  39. Amy, that's absolutely brilliant, I'm so pleased for you. I hope it all goes well for you and that you enjoy creating the patterns for you shop. I shall look forward to following you on this journey. Good luck! CJ xx

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  40. Oh, well done for taking that scary first step. Wishing you the very best.

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  41. A first foot in the water is always a difficult moment - good luck and best wishes to you in your new venture.

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  42. Best wishes for your new shop Amy, she who dares wins and I'm sure you will be very successful and have a lot of fun. I think Etsy shops are wonderful - reinventing the cottage industry for the 21st century.

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  43. Love it Amy!! That's so awesome and I think it'll be the most fun way to "have a job". You're such a talented Gal and this will be a wonderful way to share it with the world. ;)
    blessings dear Friend and best wishes to you!! xoxo

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  44. Oh my goodness, how exciting!!! Well done you for taking the plunge and I can't wait to see your shop stocked. Loving your Pom Pom garland xx

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  45. Congrats to you!! that is awesome news. i wish you all the best. please keep us posted on everything. i will be excited to hear. happy dance!! big big hugs!!! ( :

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  46. I am so excited for you, going off on a new adventure can be very scary but in the end, very rewarding. I find that with each new step you take, the following step will be that much easier. Best wishes on your new adventure.

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  47. Wonderful! I wish you the best in your endeavors! I hope to eventually open an Etsy shop. I have been wanting to for 2-3 years now! Someday...:) Have a wonderful rest of the week and weeeknd!

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  48. Congratulations Amy! Good for you for giving something a go. I love that quote. Funnily enough, I had never read it before even though it is the sort of thing I would have expected to have come across. It is very inspirational.
    Here's a funny quote I once heard for those times when you are feeling very much like a newbie and a little bit afraid: "Don't be afraid - remember, amateurs built the Ark! (Professionals built the Titanic!)" I hope that gives you a chuckle. All the best with your new enterprise and thank you in return for supporting my blog too! xx

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  49. Congratulations Amy - you go girl!! So proud of you, and I will enjoy seeing your Etsy shop. What a wonderful experience for you. Good luck! xxx

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  50. Yeah! Well done Amy, glad you have taken the plunge x

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  51. Oh this is so exciting! Congratulations "She believed she could, so she did". I wish you the very best of luck with it lovely. I read somewhere about photographing things on wallpaper samples to give variation - I don't know if that will help or not - what do I know my photographs are awful ha! x

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  52. You already know what I'm going to say :-). Heaps of luck- you have a wonderful talent and I'm so pleased you are grasping the nettle and diving in xx

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  53. This is great news Amy, good for you. Wishing you lots of luck in your new venture - I'm sure it will be a success.
    Caz xx

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  54. Well done you! I did the same thing this time last year, and whilst it's scary, it's great fun too. Good luck with your new venture x

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  55. Hi Amy, That's amazing news, I wish you good luck with it all, and shall be on the look out when you put stuff on Etsy, you are being very brave, but like you say if you don't try you don't know.xx

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  56. So excited for you Amy! It is a big step and well done you, for taking that daring first step!
    Wishing you oodles of success!

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  57. I'm playing catch up as I seem to have missed this post. Well done Amy and wishing you every success. Often the scariest part is making the decision and telling people. Now you can enjoy it!

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  58. Congratulations, dear Amy!!! Such exciting news! I LOVE your Theodore Roosevelt quote. So appropriate. Stepping out of our comfort zones IS scary! You have no idea how timely this post is...I hope to have more to share on this myself in a week or so. (Shhhh!)

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  59. Oh how wonderful! Congratulations & good luck! I wish you much success!

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  60. Well done on taking a big step and putting yourself 'out there'. Your customers will love you and your creations. Good luck with it all! X

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  61. Congratulations Amy, I can remember how excited I was with my Etsy, I had lots of fun with it! :) xxx

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  62. Well done Amy, good luck in your new venture.

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  63. Wow! Such exciting news! I am very excited for you and very proud of you for jumping in. Your new shoppe will be a huge hit!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  64. Fab news! And fab pom-poms if I may say so - and I love the realness of the slippers shot! Xx

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  65. Congratulations and good luck with your new shop! I have an etsy shop where I sell fabrics and I have steady sales. It's an easy site to manage and the fees are reasonable. Take care. X

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  66. I am so PROUD of you Amy! I know this is not an easy thing to get set up and then get your stock built up, but this is great news! Very exciting, and you must concentrate on the exciting and not the terrifying ;) One little tiny tip I can offer ... buy yourself a piece of white board (or paint a board white) that you can photograph your pieces on. I have a bay window with a deep white painted windowsill that I often photograph things on, and it's great for seeing the objects without any background clutter. With a board, you can move it around to get the best lighting in your house. Just make sure it's big enough for your needs, but small enough to manage. I know you're going to to do great with this, because despite your sense of hesitation, you still go out and grab the bull by the horns in your ventures! All the best of luck (not that you need it!). Lots of hugs to you,
    Wendy xoxo

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  67. Etsy shops are great, they provide income without a lot of investment to get going. I love my shop and even though I have built a brick and mortar store now half of last years sales were generated from Etsy. I am not out of the red yet, but slowly moving forward. So BRAVO for you giving it a go! I love the purple heart that you think is too big, it could be made in different types of thread to decrease its size but the maker could decide that. Please do put it out there as I would love to have that pattern. www.etsy.com/TheRedHenShop is my shop. Love your blog and good luck!

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  68. wonderfully exciting. good luck Amy xxx

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  69. I think I may be the last to the congratulations, but well done and congratulations for taking the big step. You have my admiration for embracing the change and excitement of your very own Etsy shop.

    I do not know where my first month of no work has gone but I am enjoying it :)

    Angela

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