I can’t believe that it is nearly 2 years now since I went self employed. I haven’t made any money and I don’t seem to have got anywhere with anything. As you can probably tell, I am on a little bit of a downer at the moment. But the last couple of years have been ups and downs all the time. The only thing that is keeping me going is the time I am able to enjoy crafting. But I am getting to the point where I am realising it doesn’t pay the bills or put food on the table.
One minute I am looking at a job website, then I am trawling through the craft forums. I have invested so much money (alot to me anyway) and time and effort into this that something has got to give. Christmas is around the corner again so I am trying to think about that too. There just isn’t enough hours in the day.
My workshops are non-existent, even though I keep changing them to get interest. I know the kiddies are on school holidays at the moment, but I haven’t had one enquiry so far this year. I can’t reduce the fees as I am supplying all the fabrics, equipment etc as well as the tuition and they get to take the finished article home with them. So I think the price I charge for a 2 hour workshop is reasonable.
The little craft fair I attended last month is holding another one at the end of this month, so I am making my Rag Bags to fill the stall along with my paper baskets. This last week has been a lovely quiet, creative week in my ‘studio’ doing what I love most.
My new Rag Bags are thicker, flufflier and (I think) alot prettier than my previous ones. They are still made from recycled fabrics and are all ‘one of a kind’. I never make 2 the same. After the craft fair they will be for sale on my website along with others I will be making working up to, hopefully, Christmas sales.
I am going to be holding an open day for people to meet me, see my studio, see what and how I make my baskets and bags and to answer any questions they have about the workshops. It will be by invitation only, so if you are local and would like more information and an invitation please contact me through my website.
I must start concentrating and stop going off at a tangent, and keep changing things and starting new things. Perhaps that would help. So it is just my paper weaving and Rag Bags from now on. I have streamlined my website, cut down on my workshops to concentrate on Rag Bag making and decorating sessions. Now all I have to do is sell ……………………