Being Thankful. There are a few things that I want to definitely point out.
I am thankful that I have a partner that is supportive in my decision to start my new business. I have been working on creating this for months now. I started the idea in August to make up for going down to three shifts at my waitressing job. I wanted to balance out what I was making before with my own creative projects. Well, I start planning, researching, creating pie charts, getting image inspiration, creating documents to keep track of my progress, inventorying product, etc.
Well before I was trying to make a little extra. Now it has become what I am hoping will be my part of the income in our relationship. It takes some time for an etsy shop to get going. I have had my shop open since 2007 yet for very different items. Before, it was just artwork. Now, I am introducing my reshelly line. It is products that use recycled material; magnets, earrings, bags, etc.
Stuart helped me come up with so many aspects of this. We brainstormed over the name for a long time and then all of a sudden he came up with “reshelly.” It seemed perfect! He didn’t stop there. He was a graphic designer before I met him and this comes in handy for me. He designed a really amazing logo, product tags, bag tags, magnet tags, etc. I feel that he needs to be included on my etsy page as part of the business.
I am thankful that I get to spend my days making things. I have always done this, yes, but for different reasons. I would get art shows, make work, sometimes sell, sometimes not. These would not be the main source of my income. I would get a waitressing job and work 3-4 days a week but have enough time to do my creative projects as well. Last summer I taught a class at the Maine College of Art for precollege students and loved it. Seeing what it was like to earn money doing what I feel like I am best at really changed things for me. Waitressing became a challenge for me in a way that I didn’t expect. I was thankful that I had the job but over and over again people kept asking me why I don’t sew or create cards for a living. In my mind that just didn’t seem like a possibility.
Now though I am trying to make it work. (Yes that is a Tim Gunn reference!) I am creating product. I am inventorying. Stuart is helping me come up with the branding, packaging, etc. I am photographing and uploading to etsy. I am learning about new ways of marketing. I am researching. I am making. I am happy.
I know that I can make this work. I am a determined person once I decide on something. Now is the time for me to use the sewing skills that I have built up for the last five years. Now is the time for me to create items that have been influenced by my travels, my living in certain places, my own experiences. I feel like I can make items that people want to carry around, wear, or give to a friend.
I am thankful for being near family. They have helped me incredibly this past fall. First with helping me move and then with trying to cope with my dog Topher’s death. Being close to family is why I wanted to move back to New England. We don’t know what will happen with Stuart’s next teaching job, but I am hoping that we will continue to be near them.
I am also thankful for friends. I consider myself an old lady now. I used to go dancing, go out with friends to bars, go to shows, go to parties, etc. That is what you do when you are in your twenties. Now, I am in my thirties and I see a definite change. I love staying home, working on a creative project, cooking something, or just watching a movie (or many shows in a row on Netflix) with my loved one. That being said I still feel like friends continue to be there for you even if you haven’t seen them for years. When Topher passed it was really helpful to have people contact me and send me their condolences. It helped sooo much! Even though your surroundings may change over the years, your friends can be the part that stays solid.
I want to also thank the people who read my blog, like my photos, and share with me their inspirations. Having created a great network of artists over the years it really is great to see their projects, their successes and their goals. Having a world that is so incredibly connected virtually in some ways seems a little scary but also makes me feel like visually I get to be involved with things I never would have imagined.
So, I am thankful to be living in the now. For the people who have influenced me. For the people that guide me. For the new community that we have moved to. For the time to make the things that I feel so passionately about. For being able to write this right now and share it with you all!