Way back when I started an Etsy shop (Etsy tells me June 23, 2005). Etsy was brand new and I figured “Why not?”. I was already crafting up a storm, why not get other people to buy my stuff? So I started listing items, and got some sales. It was fun. But then I stopped.
I stopped mostly because I realized I wasn’t having fun anymore. What started off as fun, selling some of the extras of items I was making anyways, turned into a full time “Can this sell?” every time I got the urge to make something. That quickly became no fun. I stopped making things just because I felt like it, and creating became a chore. I also started buying too many supplies. I had oodles and oodles of fabric and notions and ink, but I wasn’t really using it. That too had to stop. I moved out of my parents’ home and into an apartment, and in the process stopped having easy access to a large area in which to craft, and a big laundry sink to use to wash my screens.
But now I’m starting again. Why? Because there’s only so much I can create for myself and for my friends and family. And because time has passed, and I think I can give this another shot. Another shot at having fun. I rearranged my apartment so I now have a crafting space, ready to go whenever the mood strikes (err, when its not covered in random junk). I found a bag of old items, and some of them are really amazing. I will be listing them in my Etsy shop in the coming days.
In the years that have passed I discovered something new that I love to do: quilt! I have made quite a few baby quilts for expecting mothers in the past year or so, and I love that it combines activities I already knew how to do (sew, cut, etc), and puts them together into a neat little package. So I look forward to incorporating new ideas into my craft.