Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Rethinking Things...

I'm coming up on my one-month anniversary of my shop opening, and I've made one sale. I have a lot of views, so I suppose if I had an actual storefront, or was visiting craft fairs, I'd have lots of lookers (which is good.) But, the lack of sales is making me rethink how I want to present myself and my store. So I've taken some of my more mediocre items down for now, and am either revamping them or scrapping them altogether, and slowly replacing them with the reworked items. I did a bit of advertising (I had a showcase, but at $7 a pop, that could get expensive, so I don't think that's the way to do it for now.) I've joined Craftster, and am trying to post there daily, which will at least get my name moving, and I keep this blog, which hopefully inspires some of you (does anyone read my blog yet? Beuller?) to hop on over to my little store. I keep a sketchbook, and constantly try new ideas, some of which work, most of which don't, or if they do they might be acceptable to keep or give to friends, but I don't think they'd be things I'd sell.

I'm also trying to set clear goals for myself and my business. So I thought I'd share what I had so far. I don't have a timeline, but here are my general ideas:

1. To be able to generate enough income to stay at home with my son.
2. To be a known and respected (artist? I'm stuck on this one.)
3. To further my sewing skills. I'm really into sewing right now, and have basic patterns down. But I'd like to do more intricate work. I really like it. I find it meditative. But I don't want to enter a flooded market. I think I want to focus on children's clothing. Maybe boys', since a. I have one, and b. there's not a lot of good boys' clothes out there.
4. To further my painting skills (what's that you say? I can paint? It's true. I have a degree. But I also have a toddler and a full-time job, so I don't get to paint right now, unless I make it a priority, which I haven't.)

And now, five things about me:

1. I'm terrified of the dark. I'm serious. I'm a total, complete, chicken in the dark.
2. I'm an absolute romantic at heart. Little surprises thrill me.
3. I love to have a clean house, but I think I'd sell my soul if I never had to clean the house again.
4. I hate dirty floors. If I haven't vacuumed during the day, I have to wear shoes or slippers. Just socks won't cut it.
5. I love the idea of being an artist, but I don't think of myself as being a creative person.
Bonus: I'm a serious blurker (blog + lurker = blurker.)

Tag, you're it.

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