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
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!