Friday, 31 October 2008
What is the scariest part of my art/craft?
This is what I was asked to write about today, by my blogging buddies who come together once a month to work on a blog 'merry go round'... and I wasn't sure what to write about when I sat down today, which is why I am so late... I thought that there wasn't really anything to write about! I make felt and I'm happy! But then I took myself off for a wander down town (needed to post some parcels), that's when it occurred to me that maybe I should answer this from more of a business stance than personal... I feel the two are very interlinked by now at any rate and it's often hard to separate Sara from Sara's Texture Crafts (quite scary in itself me thinks!!)
It's been a roller coaster year this year, some real highs and some low points too... some great business opportunities and some dry spells... the dreaded 'credit crunch' and even just the talk of it hasn't helped any! And while I know I'm not the only one to suffer, I feel sick and I want to jump from the cart and start cuing at a more slow paced Children's ride... maybe the 'tea cups', even a merry go round... you know that ones that go round and round at a pleasant speed, the one where all the parents stand around cooing over their children and taking a mental picture of a memory to last... maybe it's on the side of the theme park of life that's always sunny?... can't for the life of me spot it on the map though! (A romantic at heart... moi, why yes, but there is also a sarcastic realist/pessimist lurking in my shadow who was quite quick to point out that I should have brought my rain coat!)
So my answer to this question is... What scares me the most right now about my craft is turning a hobby business into a small business... going from just me tinkering away with the things I love best, to a scaled up version where I'm committing myself to a full -time venture and really churning out the units. I do want to make a name for Sara's Texture Crafts... and while I'm not planning to become Alan Sugar (a true self made, millionaire business man) just yet, I do need to start making a proper living if I'm going to get that house in the country! And have enough room for the planned menagerie... the ducks, the sheep, the dog, oh yeah and the children!
So far Sara's Texture Crafts has been slowly moving in the right direction and taking over Kraftmania last month has certainly been a move in the right direction for my craft supply business. 'Why so scared then?', you ask. Don't get me wrong... I'm pleased as punch, this is what I want, what I need in my restless nature and what I am working really hard for... but the pace is blistering! Everything moves so quickly! Just this month gone has been so different to where I was even two months ago now and quite frankly that scares the '#%?*' out of me! And I'm filled with constant questions, like 'is now the right time to be doing this?' 'Is there a right time?' 'Where should I be doing that?' 'and how?' 'Am I doing ok?' 'What do you mean there isn't there a manual?!'
Time to take a 'chill pill' I think and to sit down with a pencil and notepad and refocus... where is this business leading me and what do I need to cope with it when I get there... afterall these stabilisers must come off at some point... in fact there's an eager parent running behind my little pink bike with the trailing ribbons... screw driver in hand... keep pedalling Sara... don't let them catch you... not yet, 'I'm not ready I tell you, I'm not ready! Just once more round the block, I'll be ok then. I promise!'. Let's hope the saddle sore doesn't slow me down too much, or my dress caught in the spokes!
... Wish me luck!
Happy Halloween everyone!
This post was part of a blog Merry go Around, where I have got together with some friends to talk about a similar subject on the same day... a nice way to meet people!
Sara (me) from http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/
Ruth from http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com/
Charlotte from http://fancypicnic.blogspot.com/
Lily from http://lilypangart.blogspot.com/
Marian from http://florcitasart.blogspot.com/
Fabs from http://www.freewebs.com/easterya
Anna from http://halfanacreblog.blogspot.com/
Agathe from http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com/