I’ve read through the first part of the Crafting a Buisness book. It’s the interviews of other women who have rocked it in the crafting business, and it’s actually the first 2/3 of the entire book. It’s very inspiring, and causes quite a bit of jealousy. These women have worked very hard, and are very successful. There’s some good advice for newbies, but one thing it showed me is how vast the crafty world is. Not all the women do crafts, although all are creative. Some are fine artists, one’s an interior designer, one is a caterer, a couple of ladies co-own a B&B, and a couple take other ladies on trips, one on cowgirl excursions, and one to flea markets around the world. One of the successful ladies, forgive me I can’t remember which one, advised that if you want to do something creative for a living, write down a list of things you like to do, that make you happy, and go from there.
So I started to do that. So far I have…flea markets, interior design, quilting, antiques, collecting things, making home dec things, and learning new things. It sounds like the ingredients for something really delicious, I just have to figure out how to put them together. I’m sure I’ll think of more things, and add them when I do. Sometimes it’s hard to just sit down and write all the things you like, because that’s such a huge category.
The other thing I realized is that I need to emmerse myself more in this crafty world. I love looking at old vintage things at the flea market, but I don’t know anything about antiques. I love to interior design, but I don’t know any of the technical terms you learn in design school. i love to quilt, but I want to be involved more that just picking a pattern out of a magazine and making it. I have a passion to learn more about all these things. So I’ve decided to get a part-time job, on top of my full-time ‘real world’ job. Somewhere that I can learn something about one of the things on my ‘things I love but don’t know much about’ list.
April 17, 2008 by summersadie