For those who have been following along with me for awhile you may have noticed changes throughout my shop. I began my shop when I was 20 years old, but didn't start out on Etsy and I've learned so much since I first began.
I began by creating jewelry because I thought it would sell. I had never made jewelry before but I started buying supplies and working on pieces for my shop. It wasn't exactly the slam dunk I thought it would be.
I decided I needed to do something I love, right that's what everyone says do something you love. I love wine so I decided that I would make things for my shop that centered around wine, thus came the wine corks. I worked so hard to perfect my wine corks and make sure they were durable, different and something that I loved. I had some success making wine corks, but I realized it wasn't really what I loved- making wine corks that is. I loved wine, I didn't love making wine corks. I enjoyed it, yes but I was never 100% satisfied.
I created a set of canvases that spelled out the word love on my blog and received countless comments, pins, tweets and more about these canvases. I thought- that's it I could pain canvases for my shop. I had no painting background what so ever, but knew I wanted to try and paint. I worked on my painting technique, buying canvases, all the proper brushes and I added them to my shop. I received some decent feedback on my canvases, but I wasn't ever 100% proud of my canvases. I always thought I could do something to improve them. I constantly compared myself to others and in my eyes I never measured up to what they were doing. Never did I sit back and think- these people have training, have been doing it for awhile, they have schooling, experience and other training. I just assumed that I could pick up a paintbrush buy a canvases and become a successful Etsy seller of canvases... I was wrong.
I thought about giving up my shop.
I didn't want to have a shop just to have a shop.
There was a part of me deep inside that knew that I had creative ability to create a product I was proud of.
I gave up promoting my shop for weeks and just tried not to think much about it.
Since I was a young girl I have always loved getting mail and more importantly I have loved sending mail. There is something that makes your day when you check the mail and in the midst of bills, advertisements and catalogs you see a handwritten envelope addressed to you. I never miss a chance to send a card for a birthday, graduation, new baby or even just because.
I also have always had the gift of a quick wit. I'm not sure where it came from or who gave it to me, but I've got it. My Mom always told me that I speak two languages English and sarcasm. Humor and sarcasm are two of my favorite things. I will admit that sometimes my "word vomit" of humor has gotten me in to trouble, but that's a different story.
It finally clicked one day- combine my love for snail mail and my creative humor. I decided to make greeting cards. I instantly sat at my computer any chance I got working on cards. It took me a couple weeks just to get down the format of my cards. I wanted to pour my whole heart into these cards. I knew I didn't want to post them until they were perfect. I wanted the paper for the cards to be perfect, I wanted the fonts to be perfect, I wanted the sayings to be easy to relate to and most important I wanted to have fun doing it.
I finally feel 100% confident in my product in my shop. I love sharing my cards with anyone- family, friends, and anyone who will take a peek. I don't know if they will sell- time will tell, but I love making these cards and I love thinking of new cards that I can add. I love what I do for my shop. I love what I do.