Starting Again: Crafting in Vain For Etsy

I’ve never had any desire to stay at home and be a homemaker… I’ve wanted to cut my own path and escape the 9-5, romanticising the idea of getting up to sun spilling onto my sheets, feeling the breeze from an open window on my face as I make fragrant coffee and browse through the inbox full of emails with offers of projects, opportunities and people wanting to purchase my jewellery (that I leisurely sit and make in an afternoon). This is how I thought it might be starting again down south. Turns out it takes a bit of time and graft before that happens. In reality I am struggling to motivate myself to get dressed and as for my inbox? – Empty!

Etsy has been the order of the week. I’ve narcissistically taken photograph after photograph of myself wearing my very best jewellery, set up a little make-shift studio in my livingroom and snapped away. I’ve uploaded, tagged, promoted and waited… and waited… and waited. Nothing. I seem to be getting sucked into the vast void that is etsy.

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Etsy is a flooded marketplace and it is very hard to stand out from the crowd. I love surfing the site and looking at the amazing work people do – I find it so inspiring. But how to compete? How to get traffic to my little shop? Any advice on this topic would be very welcome.

On the plus side I’ve had some marvellous days this week strolling by beach and daydreaming of different ways to make my work stand out, just a little bit, from the crowd.

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Where The Wind Blows

20130616-100236.jpgI’ve been a bit absent on here recently but as the wind is changing direction in my life I thought that it might be a good time to get back to blogging.

The main news is that in exactly two months time I will have left my job as a Support Officer, finished my Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills and will no longer be a Northern Lass; I am moving down south to live with Ranj: First stop Hastings followed by a move to Brighton (hopefully).

This raises questions about what I really want to do with my life (work wise) that I’m not sure I’m ready to answer… I’ll see where the wind blows and hope I will find my way. I’m sure I will.

I have booked my first ever craft fair to mark the occasion and to try and take the edge off my homesickness when I move. I am ridiculously excited about this. It’s going to be at the Rye Arts and Craft Fair on the 28th September; hence the beading above. I’ve got lots of ideas for theme, products and layout, so as soon as my coursework is handed in and I leave my job it will be full steam ahead.

I have so many projects rattling around my head and a huge fear that I won’t do any of them. Luckily I have an incredibly supportive partner to keep me focused. Time will tell.