Raise your hand and say "I" if you have ever started a project, of any sort, and really got into it. Like, I mean really into it. So much so that just after casting on, you're already budgeting for the mass production that will no doubt ensue the one that is currently on your needles because, let's face it, this is going to be brilliant. No doubt you may also have rearranged (in your mind) some major appointments just to sneak in a regular schedule for what is now going to be your main household income. Clearly, this is brilliant. I have been here countless times, my skin like zippy pouch included. And then an alarm bell goes off. It's the moment I know I am ahead of myself. It's when I say to myself "... and then I'll open an Etsy shop..."
Let's be very clear, I love Etsy. I fully support what they do, I shop there and in no way mean to imply that having an Etsy shop is a negative thing. Quite the opposite actually. What I am suggesting is that when I say to myself "and then I'll open an Etsy shop to sell in abundance, this item I am planning to produce", I am simply getting ahead of myself. Heck, I usually haven't even finished a sketch let alone a sample. To which, this poses a question. Is it good to get this excited about projects of all kinds or should I try to focus more on one skill set, master it and then share/sell the best of my abilities? I guess it's the old "jack of all trades, master of none" debate.
The truth for me is, I like playing with new ideas. I enjoyed making the leather pouch albeit something that didn't turn out nearly what I was planning. I find it cleansing to go through the process of idea to finished project even if it is just to show myself that I had some extra time to muck around in the craft room, which for any parent is a win I'd say! I do have ideas that are written down, consciously thought about and are being put into the short term/long term plan of life. But these ideas still need nurturing, watering and time to grow. Maybe then I'll get my Etsy shop!
What have you created lately? What is the craft project that keeps you awake at night because you are imagining every last detail?