Monday, April 5, 2010

When God Closes a Door.....

...He opens a window.

But sometimes the closing of that door can be something that you didn't really want to happen.   
Last March I decided to take my little shop, Dandelion Wishes to a local gift boutique.  I signed my one year lease and excitedly got to work creating and collecting items for my display.  I opened Dandelion Wishes on April 1 with nervous anticipation.  I love to create and  finding the perfect way to display my art was such fun.  When something that I worked so hard to create would sell,  I must admit it was very rewarding.  But as the year went on I began to question if this was the right decision for me.  I don't like to be a quiter but after talking with my family and friends I have decided not to resign my lease.  But I just can't stop creating!! So what's a girl to do??
 Find my open window.  
Because I was so busy filling my area at the boutique, I had no other choice but to  neglect my etsy shop letting it stay empty for months at a time.  It will now have 100% of my attention.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed maintaining it and visiting other etsy shops.  A while back I joined a group of ladies on etsy called Etsy Cottage Style and made quite a few friendships.  I didn't realize how much  I missed visiting these ladies  and looking at their lovely shops until today when I checked in with several of them.  They are holding an event on the first Monday of each month called Market Monday.  It is a time where members meet at the Esty Cottage Style Blog to market our selling sites.  If you get a chance pop on over to the blog and take a look at some of the amazing shops and the beautiful treasures they offer. 
So for now I will continue creating,  filling my etsy shop, catching up with my etsy friends, and looking at the view through my open window.  


9 comments:

Cindy and Sheila.. Sisters said...

That is wonderful .. There are so many great online shops to connect to and grab attention of others that love what you do.. It is a good choice. I will visit our etsy site check out your treasures. Sheila

Joanne Smisko said...

You go girl!!!!! Your creative juices are always working and your things are lovely. You have a special style to all that you do and I know others will also appreciate your creativity.
Love Mom - finally at home from the beach

For the Love of Laundry said...

I'm kind of in the same predicament. The boutique I signed with gave me a really good deal, but I am still not making much money there. What to do what to do... But I've been neglecting my Etsy shop a little and need to give it a little TLC! :) Crafting is something I just can't live without. Good luck with your shop!

Scrap for Joy said...

I hope reorganizing will bring you luck. If all else fails, we can set up a stand...you can sell your art and I'll sell lemonade! Folks just need to see your things close up and how well made they are!
xoxo
Joyce

Debbi said...

Mimi, so glad you did this lovely post about ECS! I can identify about not re-signing your lease--it is a lot of work to stay stocked--I decided to stay selling online only--it gives me the freedom to create at my own pace and if things do get a little empty, I dont get as stressed out.

GardenofDaisies said...

The Etsy shop sounds like it will be the perfect place for you to showcase your work. I will have to go take a look at the Cottage site you mentioned.

starrynightimpressions said...

Yeahhhh, welcome back to the ecs!
I agree with you, crafting and creating is in our dna, no just letting that part of us go, we can't do it!
blessings,
starrydeborah

~~Carol~~ said...

I'm sure that now you've set all your sights on your Etsy shop, you will be a great success! It's definitely the way to go, and you can reach people throughout the world this way. Good luck!

~Kim~ said...

It's hard to find that balance in doing what we love but you have--I admire you for doing what you feel good about and can be excited about too!!

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