Last month I made the decision to shut down my small business, CatsEatDogs jewelry.
It wasn’t with a heavy heart or a sense of failing that I came to this decision, more the opposite. Once I started to close everything down I felt more and more that I was doing the right thing.
There was no ceremonials, no ‘closing down’ sale, just me edging everything over the side of the ‘I’m have made a decision to move on’ waterfall. I love that waterfall, it is dramatic and gorgeous and exhilarating, especially when you are at the top looking out over it taking big breaths.
I closed down my jewelry business because it wasn’t. It wasn’t a business, I have no clue how to conduct a business, small or otherwise. I bought beads, arranged them into something I thought was lovely and tried (quite badly) to sell the finished product.
I wondered if once I made the decision that I would start to regret it. I would have to close my Etsy store, tell everyone I was no longer selling jewels and move on.
I closed my Etsy shop with some relief actually, no more terrible photos to take and post. I don’t think I ever got a decent photo on that Etsy shop. Funny isn’t it, that when you absolutely need something to be good, it is a struggle whereas the rest of the time it is almost natural and something I love to do.
No more awkward booths at markets where I stand and attempt to be that selling/outgoing person I am not!
I am still going to be making jewels and lots of other things, because I always have and it is what I love. There will be no pile of beads and supplies in my trash any time soon. I will be using them to continue make jewels, for projects to share and of course lovely gifts. I am hoping to make tutorials in the form of photo step by steps and video in the future, here on my lovely blog. Something else to learn about right there.
If there is anything you fancy making and think I can help, let me know.
There is going to be lots more making and experimenting and practising going on, I am terrible for doing something once then moving onto the next thing, I need to keep up with the learning and improving.
In my near future, I see pen drawing and mandalas and lip balm and solid perfume and scarves (I have seen the most gorgeous fabric…) and cooking and baking and stationary and letter writing and sketching and painting and jewelry and thrifting and treasure hunting and photography and polaroids and film and getting outside and lots of exploring.
This will all be mixed with a generous helping of blogging and hopefully teaching via this blog and in real life!
I am a maker and a Mum and I have ideas sprouting out the top of my head like a blender with the lid off, luckily I have a notebook and pen to catch them all.
I hope you are having the most wonderful week wherever you are and whatever you are doing.