For several years, I've gone through life with a nagging dream in the back of my mind. A dream that involves me doing what I love and making a living off of it. More specifically, creating beautiful things that people would want to purchase to make their own lives a little more beautiful and pleasant. These beautiful things would be knitted, constructed, sewed, or whatever... by me.
I'm sure most of you can tell, I like doing things and creating with my hands. I've always loved hand-making cards for people, knitting soft warm snuggly things, baking yummy desserts, and so on and so forth. And I think I'm generally pretty good at these things.
What I struggle with is finding that one thing that I can do so well that it is worth something to other people. I look around on Etsy and craft shows and such and every one of the artists has their niche. They are really amazing at their one thing. It's awe-inspiring to look at what each of these craftswomen who are able to do what they love and get paid for it. (At least I assume they get paid for it, they charge enough...) All I can say is, I WANT TO DO THAT!
But how? I often feel as though I am the jack of all trades who is the master of nothing. Ask me to knit something and it's done. Wedding stationery? Easy peasy. Block printing? Love it. Paint a picture? No problem. Want to eat something delicous? Me too. But what the heck? I have yet to find the one thing that is different than what someone else is already doing.
I think it's pretty near impossible. Bummer.
I'm gonna keep trying anyway.
I wrote this a couple weeks back when I was feeling particularly down on myself. Since then I've opened an Etsy account. (I haven't put anything up on it since the giant-ass rules and regulation page scared me off, but at least I'm one step closer.)
I've also realized that all those people who are able to make a living off of their arts and crafts have probably put in a ton of time and money into starting their business... ie, have taken giant risks. I'm generally not a risk taker. I'll have to get over that if I want to make my dream a reality.
I'm also thinking about writing a book. That's all I'm going to say because I don't want to say anymore and get myself and anyone else excited about something that might not happen. But it's in my head and I've started the preliminary stages of writing. I hope it works out.