Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I’m in an unreasonably good mood today.
I’ve been reading some lovely posts about creating an enjoyable pace of life.
I’ve been thinking about my shop some, and about my art some. I’m starting to feel less like a newbie on etsy. Like making and selling might actually work for me. I’ve dipped my toes in and the water is warm.

It’s about this time of year that I start to feel a little antsy. I am evaluating things and want to change everything. I’ve been through this cycle enough years in a row to know to be careful, though. The rule is no major changes in November. I hate November. I always want to quit my job, leave my family and move somewhere really far away to start over. But it’s just November whispering in my ear.

(wip, see here.)

December is too busy with holidays to do anything major – but watch out January! In January I usually pick up a gigantic new hobby like jewelery making or painting or quilting. I get supplies for my birthday in February and then sink my teeth in. By April we’re planning and preparing for summer and then summer trips and spending time outside and I fret about not having any time for the things I love to do.

(gosh, this is an old pic now, of the family the summer before last. What a great trip!)

So, my plan this year is to create more art. I don’t quite know what it’ll be, but there’ll be a needle and colored thread involved, probably old felted sweaters and it’ll for sure be something useful. But I think it’ll be more “arty” and less “crafty” which maybe means I’ll be taking more chances.

One of my goals is to refine my process for listing on etsy. I am hoping that with my new camera I’ll spend less time editing photos – that takes the most time when listing. I am working on a copy and paste kind of description for at least part of the descriptions, so that I am editing instead of writing new copy each time. Listing takes a lot of time, and is the bottleneck, I find.

So I guess I’ve decided I’m here for the long haul and I can’t wait to get creating.

(last winter at a Christmas party touring the horse barns. This is the first batch of photos with the dreaded green line that prompted my getting a new camera a whole year later. )

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