Random Business Thoughts

This may end up being a long, boring one, so bear with me. I’m mainly getting thoughts into writing so I can sort through them and make sense of things.

I’ve been watching quite a few webinars on how to have a successful handmade business/Etsy business, lately. I’ve gotten quite a bit of good material from them and it’s really made me think about what I do and more specifically, how I go about it. From the process of making products, to marketing, to packaging, I’ve been pondering the whole picture, dissecting into small pieced that are easier to perfect.

Something that really struck me last night is that I lack focus. I make a variety of things that I do enjoy making, but I don’t know where my real passion is. What thing is it that brings me the most joy? What does my soul NEED to make? What process fills the void? I don’t have an answer. I can think of several things I don’t like making (anything involving a sewing machine).

We moved last September. While I have my work space set up and fairly organized, I’ve starting thinking about what I’m not making. What supplies have I not looked at or unpacked/touched since the move? I think that’s a great starting point. If I haven’t thought about making it in a year, it’s probably not what I’m passionate about. It’s likely not my driving force. The obvious answer is lamps. I haven’t touched any of my lamp making supplies, except to move them to get to something else. *With the exception of the pair of lamps I made for my sister.* I do truly enjoy making lamps. I love the designs I come up with, when I finally come up with something. Having several totes of lamp parts to look at, that do not ignite my creative spark, seems like wasted space.

I like making ornaments, too. I have more completed ornaments ready to sell than most people even put on their Christmas tree. Occasionally, I’ll sell a few. Not often. Fortunately, they are compact and easily stored. That will probably go on the short list.

That brings me to the mattress springs. I adore making things from mattress springs. I did manage to gut a mattress over the summer, and I have the springs and coils in the work shop, waiting to be made into candle holders and wreaths. I’ve thought of a few other ideas that I just haven’t implemented yet. So, springs will stay on the To Do list. Hell, I just love making wreathes, anyway, regardless what type of frame I use. Picture frames. I may be able to use the few remaining unfinished picture frames for wreathes. Possibly even put some of those ornaments on them.

The picture frame and chicken wire memo boards idea seems to have taken off commercially, and even though I’ve made some really cute ones, they only sell at craft shows, and they are odd sizes to ship. I know I wont miss making them. I’ll likely put them all on clearance at ridiculously low prices, just to get rid of them.

I haven’t made wind chimes since the move, but I’ve probably sorted and prepped the supplies for those more than anything else. There is just too much stuff and too many unfinished products on the work table to bring out the propane torch just yet. I love playing with fire, not setting house fires. I have managed to drill holes in the silverware, sort them into sets, purchase and sort marbles, and sort them into sets with silverware. All this attention, all this process and busy work for something I haven’t even made in over a year. I may have answered my question right there. I love my wind chimes. I love figuring out different ways to manipulate the silverware. I love working with wire, too.

Maybe that’s it. The things I enjoy the most are the things that involve using wire and metal: mattress springs and silverware. Maybe that’s where my real spark lies. It’s a good place to start.

All this being said, I think I just figured out what I will be taking to the two craft shows I have coming up, and what I will be discounting and discontinuing.  Getting things in writing really can help the thought process move.

 

After rereading this, I realized I never even mentioned jewelry. That’s an obvious sign.

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Author: 1leftofcenter

I am the mother of four amazing children who constantly encourage and inspire my work. 1 Left of Center would not be what it is today without the support of them and my wonderful husband. I am a crafter. I make unique and unusual home decor, and accessories (mostly purses and tote bags). I participate in craft shows in the St Louis area, though out the year, and sell many of my creations in my Etsy shop.

2 thoughts on “Random Business Thoughts”

  1. You used your blog as a white-board to sort ideas. Perfect! And I tend to follow the mantra, if I haven’t used it in a year, then I probably don’t need it. Out it goes!

    1. I really did. I have had so many thoughts and I needed to put them in one place. If I had written them on paper, there would be no flow, just a series of thoughts that probably not make sense next time I look at them. By putting the thoughts here, in a readable format, I actually worked through the process at the same time. One small step in organizing the chaos in my head.

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