For many years I dreamed of sewing fun and beautiful items to sell. That dream came true when I worked at a gift shop that rented space to crafters and artists who wanted to sell their wares. I rented a space and filled it up and waited for my first sale. I was working the day it happened and could barely contain my excitement when a customer brought one of my burp cloths to the register. Once she paid for the purchase and was out the door, my co-worker and I did a happy dance. My dream had come true.
Shortly after that, I decided to open an Etsy shop. The fist sale was just as exciting as the one in the gift shop. It was just mind boggling to me that someone would want to buy something that I made.
It wasn't long before I realized I couldn't sew enough to keep both a booth and shop full. And it wasn't so much that I couldn't sew enough so much as I didn't like sewing that much. I found more and more excuses to stay out of the sewing room. I love to sew and this dilemma had me confounded. Eventually I gave up the booth to focus on Etsy since it was much cheaper to maintain.
It just turns out that I don't enjoy sewing when I have to do it. I really thought I wanted to have a business and make a name for myself. Well, actually, I still want that, but sewing isn't the way that it's going to happen. It's a relief to finally admit it to myself, but at the same time a little sad.
Taking the pressure off to fill up an online store will enable me to enjoy the recreational sewing I've always loved. I can create beautiful accessories for my home, gifts for family and friends, and make cute outfits for my sweet Shylee because I want to and not because I have to. I get excited just writing about it!
I opened my Etsy shop three years ago and I will never regret doing so. I will be closing it this week and take the guilt and pressure off to fill it. Thank you so much to those of you who have supported me through both encouragement and sales. If you would like something made in the future, I would be happy to make it for you. Just let me know.