Sunday, May 15, 2011

Maybe a business adventure

My sister feels the type of work I do maybe could maybe would sell. I live in such a stagnated area not a lot of opportunities. I have fears about not meeting expectations and not meeting deadlines. Which I will have to have a long lead time with my live the way it is. I haven't said yes, but thinking a lot and my mind doesn't stop. I go to bed with ideas and fears and wake up in the night with them too. Not good for sleep. I would like to make this something she could be involved in. We are both in our mid to late 50's and it is hard to find work that would help pay the bills and yet is fun to do. I don't like doing housecleaning anymore or babysitting so those job choices are out. I am tied to my home and I would have to do something online or through a designer. I use to do a lot of sewing on a craft market basis when my son was young. The craft fair thing is hard because as I said I am tied to my home. The work isn't the issue it is anxiety of will it sell or will it work well. If I lived in Chicago or New York or even closer to a fabric outlet I would feel better about the ideas I am mulling over in my mind. The availability to get supplies and materials will have to be online and shipped to me. Which all adds to the cost in the long run. Marketing is another issue. I know there are several online sites that sell hand made items. I have to research all of them. I heard a saying the other day that hit home with me. "Dreams don't expire" So I have been dreaming a lot for several years and my thoughts are always on how and when I could do this. My sister and I have talked about this for over 20 years. She had a designer Teddy Bear business and was quite successful at it. Her health got in the way and she had to give it up. Now she is better and more able to be flexible with her time. I tell myself my Mommy didn't raise dummies and she made sure we were told we could do anything we made our minds up to do. The fears are overwhelming and the thrill of it all is bubbly. I need to make some samples up and figure time elements and also supply costs to get an idea if this would be a feasible undertaking. The lists are going to be endless and the machines will be hot. Will fill you in as I make a final decision. Still up in the air. I would like to and yet I have pictures in my head of total chaos. Going for another cup of coffee and see what the next list will be. Chris


Hand Quilting Nana said...

Nothing ventured nothing gained. I think the things we regret most in life are the things we don't try.

If you succeed or if you fail, you can take pride in the fact that at least you had the guts to try.

Your work is beautiful.

Good luck!


Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Your work is beautiful. Have you looked into Etsy to see your stuff?