I’ve been to a few knitter gatherings around town lately, and finally ran into Kristin of Craft Leftovers.com. I found her site a while back, have chatted with her through Ravelry to get the inside scoop on fiber activities in Ames, and had heard about her from others, but we hadn’t met until a couple weeks ago.
At that point, I had just started working on my Etsy shop, had maybe 3 items listed and hadn’t sold anything yet. We were talking about Etsy and she warned us to “Watch out, Etsy is addictive”. I was skeptical at the time, but now I see why.
It is such a thrill to get an e-mail in my inbox telling me someone has purchased my creation. It has made me want to make more, make them better, come up with other products and generally spend all my time in my craft workshop. A few sales was all the encouragement I needed to start a full time obsession. In general, I’m as happy as I can remember being in a long time. Even though Scott has to work such long hours and goes back to work after dinner every day, being busy makes being alone a lot less lonely.
I’d say I should have started this earlier, but this is the first time we’ve moved in 10 years that we don’t think we’ll be moving again soon. Having time and space to develop something counts for a lot.
I’m very thankful for the sales I’ve had so far, and it has driven me to list new items.
Shameless promotion time:
A notions pouch in black, white and red paisley.
And my newest set:
The Sock Knitter Set which includes 6 dpn holders, cards for recording sock recipients’ foot measurements in a custom holder with grafting instructions on back, a stitch marker holder and a work in progress (WIP) holder.
I think next I may change gears and work on another holder design, rather than stocking the shop. Or I may just make another one of each of these in a different fabric. I guess it depends on if the creative juices are flowing, or I’m in a production mode. The flexibility of a little online shop really suits my work style. 🙂
I think I’ll end this rambling post, but heed this as a warning: Etsy Shops are addictive!