So this is what I've discovered recently.
1. Stress and creativity don't mix.
2. I am easily distracted.
3. I think I am on the verge of some really amazing life changing events but there have been some shark-infested waters to get through first.
4. Setting up an Etsy shop takes a lot longer than you think. (More of that to come.)
I do realise all this sounds a bit cryptic and probably too philosophical for a design blog but it's my rather obscure way of trying to explain why I've been rather conspicuous by my absence in blog-land recently.
At the moment, I am in the middle of a week long event that I am calling "Open House". This is basically where I have set up my dining room to look like a shop and have put out all my handcrafted items that I have for sale. Last weekend, I designed and made invitations for all the neighbours etc, inviting them to come round and offering free crafting activities for the kids and free refreshments. I also said I would donate 25% of all sales to the local hospice charity which I hope will attract more "customers" as well as raising money for a very good cause.
The reason why I decided to do this was because from a design, crafting and financial point of view, I had a disastrous day at a local indoor market last week. I had anticipated selling quite a lot of my stuff and making quite a lot of money as it was an all day event and I'd been led to believe that the footfall would be between 2,000 and 4,000. Unfortunately, the footfall was nowhere near this figure and all the other traders were saying that it was the worst day they could remember! I didn't even make enough money to cover the cost of the stall which was only ten pounds.
What was particularly annoying was that I'd been ill and had got off my sick bed to make a load of new stuff, working round the clock to get everything ready. So when it all arrived back in the dining room, it seemed like a good idea to try and sell it from there instead.
This is only the second day but I've already taken almost four times as much as I did at the market. There are still another five days to go and there are still plenty of people who have said they will come but haven't yet, so here's hoping.
As I indicated at the beginning of this post, I've not been quite as focused or as productive as I would have liked to have been in recent weeks. However, I did design some new A4 framed wall art for the market and I've included a couple of those pieces in this blog. They were both designed using the CS English Town Digikit from Serif which is one of my favourite digikits of all time.