Hi friends! Well hi to anyone who is still around and reading this pathetic little empty blog. I just wanted to pop in with some thoughts.
As you know, I have an Etsy shop. I usually get most of my business between October to February mostly because I sell winter type things. During this time every year it becomes a little overwhelming. My shop has been a huge blessing. The income is all extra and we use it usually to help with Christmas gifts and other little things.
I have learned after this past season that I am not enjoying it like I used to. The stress to add to the already busy holiday time, the customer service, making the same things over and over, two unhappy customers, one lost package, it all just kind of drained me. Orders became more of this lingering uneasy feeling like I have to be doing those over other things going on. I just didn’t like the feeling.
I also needed to sit back and see why I was doing the shop. I loved the customers, the connections, and the business but I also think it brought on a little greed. I was competitive with myself, wanting to make more than I did the year before. Yes it was a goal thing too but it was also greed. I even caught myself being envious of other shops like mine. I think in the end that was the only reason I was doing the shop was for the money. I thought I was helping our family, which I was, but I needed to be more present with them instead of the money.
So right now the shop is closed… and it may be for a long time. I am not sure if I want to open it up again for the next holiday season. I just want to see what it would be like to not have that added stress and try to enjoy the holidays even more. It just goes by so fast!
I also really want to get back into blogging. I really miss it. I have so many things I would love to share and I just don’t take the time. I hope to share many more tutorials, fun projects, recipes, and other stuff with you guys. I also want to completely redo my whole look on the blog. The flowers are getting a little old for me. So I will be brain storming a little to see what I want to do.
I hope to also take this time to enjoy some fun projects I have wanted to do and also finish some that have been around forever. Um, like maybe my daughter’s granny square blanket. She asks about that a lot and I want to be able to finish that for her.
So in the end, I have decided to take a break from Etsy and focus on the fun projects and blogging. I am excited to get back into my blogging groove and to get to know you awesome readers more. I am amazed and so thankful for all of your comments and emails I still continue to get even if I don’t blog. Thank you!
I have one order left then I am DONE! Expect a tutorial to be posted in the future for something called the Linked Stitch. It’s an awesome stitch that is very sturdy and easy to do.
Alright I’m done rambling… Thanks again for sticking around!
Oh and I can never post something without pictures. I just can’t. So here are a couple random pictures for you.
My gorgeous friend Katie showing off her hat I made her.
A gal ordered all three of these hats and I love the colors! I may need to make myself one in each of those colors as well.
Knitting away into the late night… Typical night for me during the busy season
I was only three stiches away from being done with this scarf and I ran out of yarn! Not cool
That’s all for now.