Saturday, November 7, 2009

I'm Considering...

Dear Ones:

I can not believe I am about to post this. I guess I would like to know what you guys think (I think) I am nervous. Let me give you some background as to why. You see I have been a stay at home Mom for the past almost 14 years. I would not trade that for anything in the world. I view that as a MAJOR blessing and gift. It has been my passion and still is. I also have wondered though what else there was to me. What else I had to offer. Not that I felt there is lack in being a Mom because nothing could be further from the truth. I know society can look down on that position and I find that very sad. I also know that life changes. Kids grow up. It at times was a very difficult struggle for me to think when I am at that point, then what????
You see I have no education past high school. No special training. I often times felt I had no special talents or skills. So what is a girl to do when you are done wiping bums etc. etc. ?

Well to explain my nervousness a bit further when we started our adoption process I thought I can earn some money from home to help with expenses but still be here with my kiddos. All I needed was to find the perfect opportunity. So the quest and trial and error began. I tried so many things to make a buck: Coastal Vacations, photomax, Send Out Cards, Disciples Cross, Mary Kay. All with HUGE failure or LITTLE success. I really felt worthless and plain stupid to be honest. How did I time and time again fall for the hype? I so badly wanted to be good at something. It was a big blow to my self esteem.

Since then I have discovered new and true passions. I LOVE photography and learning is such a pleasure. I have also started knitting on looms since my son bought me looms for my birthday and have to say I am quite proud of myself. Finally, I started making personalized hand stamped silver jewelry. These are things I genuinely enjoy. So here is my consideration. I am considering opening an etsy shop to sell my crafts. I think the difference here, compared to everything else I tried before is I will do these things (Photography, knitting, jewelry) whether I make a single cent or not. The cool thing is, people are paying me to take photos for them which is amazing! One person ordered a bracelet from me which was tons of fun! There just is nothing better then to actually be paid for doing something you LOVE!

So I risk asking you what do you think? Should I go for it?


Bracelet I made for a friend of mine. Her daughters nicknames.
I made this for myself because Baby Girl is our little "Hootie"
A phrase that brings me much comfort on our adoption journey.
Love this hat!
Hat and Cocoon set
First hat I made for Baby Girl

Blessings!

11 comments:

  1. I am so proud of you for never giving up Michelle. So many people would have just quit. I think your creations are awesome (I think I recognize that little hat and cocoon from your photo shoots) and your photography is very moving. I encourage you to hear God through Eric - and not worry too much about the opinions of anyone else. If you are one with Eric on this and you've heard God thru each other, then He is in it. Love you...so proud of you. :)

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  2. I say GO FOR IT!! You obviously have the talent and desire. I'll place an order for 3 of those knit hats with the flower!
    (Christmas gifts)
    When we are finally blessed with a son(s) I will order 2 beanie and cocoon sets :) The bracelet will have to wait but I WILL get one eventually :) You got me sold...

    GO FOR IT :)

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  3. You know that I think success is possible with Etsy. But it MUST be treated like a job. So many times I hear people grumble that they don't make it on Etsy and rant and rave about how terrible Etsy is...but the truth is that they don't put the work into it...you get what you give. If you jump in and treat it like a job and don't just list things and run...I think you could do something with this...especially with your cute jewelry. You know who to ask with questions. :) Love you! :)

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  4. Go for it! You are very talented and if you are passionate about it then even better.

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  5. Thank you sweet Ladies. The encouragement and support is so meaningful to me. I have thought about this for quite sometime now and my hubby is completely behind me. I think it is just a matter of time now. I'll let you know. Thanks for being willing to help Crystal.

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  6. I agree with the above comments! I adore your jewelry, Michelle! So cute! And your knitting is beautiful. I used to knit and my products did NOT look like that! ;-) And how great to have Crystal to go to for advice/help/ideas!?! She's like the queen of all things ETSY. ;-) My sister just started a business on ETSY making stuffed animals a few months ago and has been amazed at how it's caught on. I think you've got what it takes! =)

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  7. Go for it!!! I love the photos you take and just the photos of these beautiful hats are getting me excited. I think that when you enjoy what you do it is not so much "work". God has given you a talent and it is wonderful to see you using them for him. I am excited for you....

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  8. Beautiful creations! You should definitely go for it!

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  9. Wow! I'm very impressed:) You stamped jewelry is lovely...I'm a sucker for that stuff for my daugher. Like you said, if you would do it anyway, why not bless other people with your talent and help your family...I just entered the "photography" arena and it's such a compliment to get paid for doing what I love and the passion God has given me. Take your opportunity and enjoy the journey!

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