If you read my last post ‘Self-love and striving for happiness’, then you will know that I am unemployed and have been for the last 3 years. Having to stop working was not an easy decision to make, however, due to the circumstances, it became my only option. Although I have come to terms with the fact that regular 9-5 employment is no longer a feasible option, I know that I need to do something with my time and would like to save some money for the future. In this post, I would like to talk about a new venture that I am hoping to pursue.
I have always been quite a creative person. I took both Art and Textiles at school and thoroughly enjoyed coming up with new and inventive ideas. I did a bit of painting here and there as my school preferred that you stick to the more traditional forms of art. However, I preferred to make things that were 3D and once spent hours creating a bust out of plaster of Paris, modelled from a mannequin and decorated it using inspiration from tattoos. Even when I did paint, I still added dimension and interest by using other materials. I created an obscure portrait that emulated the topic I had chosen (the art of advertising). Half of the face was Marilyn Monroe, painted in the style of pop art with acrylic. The middle was a skull painted using oil paint. At the other side was inspired by the Damien Hurst Diamond skull as I used individual diamontes to create the desired effect. More recently I have started Scrapbooking as I love to use various different media to showcase old photographs. It is amazing how the stories in the photos can come to life when you frame them in the right way.
My love for creativity had recently led me to make the decision to open an Etsy shop and share my creativity with others. Whilst searching for inspiration, I came across some beautiful Shadow frames and that sparked a tirade of ideas. They looked like so much fun to make and there was such an opportunity to personalise and create plenty of alternative, themed frames. I spent the next few weeks bringing my ideas to life and playing around with different materials and embellishment to create something that I was proud of. My first few items have been up on my shop for just over a week. I know it is going to take a lot of trial and error as I am new to Etsy and there is plenty to learn, however, I am eager to learn all of the tips and tricks to running a successful Etsy shop.
On a side note, I have found that there are downsides to having an online shop. Everything recently has become more of a popularity contest rather than focusing on the passion and time that has been put into creating a product. In order to be noticed, you have to have the followers, post religiously and share your items on other platforms. If you are unknown online then I can be much harder to kick-start your business as you have to do the legwork in order to establish your shop. However, I am up for the challenge and will work hard in order to make my plan a success. I have worked hard to create pieces that I love and will continue to do so, so in turn, am hoping that others will love them too.
Thank you for reading. I can’t explain how important your support is to me. I love reading your comments and suggestions. I would love to hear your plans for the future, big or small and how you keep yourself motivated.
If you would like to check out my Etsy shop, the link is below 🙂