Two days ago I wrote a post about starting a handmade business and the struggles I’ve been having with it. I also mentioned designing a Spring bag collection and possibly starting a project on Kickstarter to get funding to make my ideas into something tangible. I’m so excited for what I have in mind that I wanted to share a mood board with a little sneak peek of some of my inspiration.
The past two months have been SO BUSY with preparations for the Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly. And now that it’s only 3 days away (I can’t believe it!), I’m so extremely excited for it. I have no idea what to expect which makes me nervous and excited and happy all at the same time.
This post is going to be the mother of all updates! How long have I been MIA now? …Where to start? Ok, well, a lot of my time has been taken up by sewing. I applied to be part of the Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly this Spring (which is a juried craft fair) and actually made it!
I’ve been working hard since 9am this morning with very few breaks (except of course to feed, change, play with, and otherwise take care of the wee little one). As far as my own needs go…I didn’t eat my first meal until 7pm. I was a busy, busy little bee today. I’ve been working on photo concepts for some time now for my Etsy shop and I finally came up with a look that I love! And also one that I feel is versatile and I can grow with. But, because I’m such a perfectionist, I didn’t want to start with my new products. I wanted the whole shop to have a cohesive look so I retook photos of ALL of my inventory. Then I had to edit and also fiddle around with my Etsy banner. Then, I felt like my blog and shop should kind of coincide so I worked on my blog a bit.
The internet is an amazing thing but it also has the potential to bring a person down. One of the things I’ve been struggling with since trying to grow my blog and Etsy shop is comparing myself with others. I follow some amazing blogs and often put a lot of pressure on myself to be where they’re at and have the same success. The thing is, a lot of these bloggers have been doing this for years. And here I am just starting to blog (somewhat) consistently since July and I’m expecting myself to have the same place of authority in the blogging world. They’re not kidding when they say you need to be patient when trying to grow your readership.
I know I’ve been sort of absent the past couple of weeks. It’s getting crazy busy with Christmas coming up this Sunday. Steve and I are hosting dinner for my side of the family and we are working on a VERY ambitious project at the moment (painting our cabinets). Everything in the kitchen is torn apart (almost literally…but it is a HUUUUUGE mess) and we want to get it done by Friday. So that I can use the kitchen properly on Saturday to prepare food. Plus, there’s last minute errands to run and last minute gifts to pick up. So, it’s been keeping me away from the blog. Unfortunately.