There has been a request to put together a large order to send overseas. Yeah money! Boo sourcing new things, not using what is in stock.
I am sending off for my sole proprietorship license from the state, a big step for me.
I have been suffering from a lack of confidence as well. I want to make beautiful things that appeal to many people, not just me. The lack of sales for the things I make is rather discouraging. I did recently sell some quilled items, which was thrilling. 5 of them to California. But all my other sales are for commercial items, paper punches and the like. It can be depressing to feel that others can’t see the beauty in the things you make and feel that investing their hard earned money in your product is worthwile.
I will continue to make items by hand and attempt to sell them, but the rude reality remains. I just try to keep telling myself “It doesn’t matter what other people do, it’s what YOU do that matters.” I have tried to apply that philosophy at work (I hate slackers!) and for my business. I know I wouldn’t have gotten this far already if I did what everyone else does.
So, chin up! I know I can do this. If nothing else, I need to get the ideas out of my head so I can get some peace and quiet.
The first picture is my quilled ballet dresses listed on Etsy. I made them awhile ago but the new background seems to really work for them. I got the music paper from my mom. She got the vintage find at an antique mall.
The second is an accidental piece of art from my “photo stand”. I have a sofa table in my living room covered with foam boards and fabric where I take my pictures. Before taking any pictures, I usually work like crazy for a few days making products and stack it there so nothing is misplaced or damaged. I had stacked some props on the table and the ribbon was on top. When I was ready to take pictures, I couldn’t believe how beautiful and perfect it looked. The ribbon is listed on Etsy as well.