It's already Day 6 of the #MakersGetReal challenge! Today is all about dealing with discouragement. While this is my first year really selling knitwear, I've had an Etsy shop for several years now, and I've had my share of discouragement and negative reviews. Not many, but even the few are the ones that weigh on you. Just tonight, I had to remake a print to send, because I let my quality control slip, and I sent out something that wasn't perfect. It's a blow to receive the message that someone is less than happy with your product, but I've learned over my 16 years in retail, just do what you can to make it right when you need to. This one was my mistake, and I took responsibility for it. You're not going to please everyone every time, so you learn to take responsibility when you should, and let it roll off when it's out of your control.
#makersgetreal day 6: dealing with discouragement 🤪
When I feel frustrated and burnt out and like a total failure and a fraud, I love to look at pictures sent to me from happy customers of products that I've made for them, like this one.. 👼
This sweet little baby in his star swaddle sack reminds me that discouragement and frustration are fleeting, and not the whole story of my maker career. There are bad days and there are good days.. and usually a good night's sleep and a little reminder of the good days will make a bad day blow away 🌬️
And BESIDES, how can you feel any discouragement or frustration when looking at this sweet baby? 👼
My Autumn Chill cowl for my #cozycowlmal is finished. Want to test knit the pattern when it is ready? Keep an eye here on Instagram and on the Ravelry group for the announcement. .
Are you taking part in the #cozycowlmal ? Check out the Ravelry group, Comfy Cozy Knits, for more details. Bonus entries for using my yarn and/or pattern. Don’t forget to use the hashtag on IG so I can look at all your beautiful projects. .
Yarn from @havenfibrearts on her DK base in the Gold In Them Hills colourway. Isn’t it stunning!!! 😍
Day 16: Temptation
So it may look weird that this is what I come up with for temptation until you find out that I am an avid crafter/knitter/crocheter/yarn enthusiast, my "collection" is extensive and yet if I see a pretty ball of yarn it calls to me like a siren. And I love alpacas, it's my life goal to own at least 1 alpaca and pygmy goat. *epic narrator voice*
And thus, The Adventures of the Crimson Alpaca and the Incredible Yarn Ball, were born!
Maybe someday I'll do an actual comic strip for them,but I wouldn't hold your breath, I've had this idea for almost a year and this is the first time I've drawn them!
Day 5 of #makersgetreal something you’re afraid to share of IG: hmmm this one was tough to come up with!
I think the most difficult thing to share is that motherhood has not come easy to me. When my daughter was a few weeks old I felt like nothing I did for her was right. She was always upset (or at least it seemed that way to me), I was exhausted, and I just didn’t feel like myself.
Fast forward 4 months and though we have gotten in to a groove, I still have days where I feel I’m not enough for her. I don’t love her enough, I don’t cherish my time with her enough, she’s not happy enough.
Motherhood is not as glamorous as they make it out to be in the movies. Motherhood is frustrating, exhausting, but in the end, oh so rewarding.