I've known for a month I'll be doing this fair, and have a reasonable size stock to take to it. I've even ordered some business cards! But working towards the fair has made me realise something that I've always taken for granted since getting more serious about my crafting - I'm not interested in selling at fairs
I almost typed that I don't want to do the fair, but that is a lie - I am looking forward to being in the environment, drinking a coffee and knitting, chatting with other crafters and (hopefully!) selling some of my makes.
But I, along with many others I am sure, love to craft different things; once I've made something I am happy to move onto the next thing, rarely using a pattern more than once unless it's something I really love, or a special request. I've also come to love more and more intricate projects, ones that require many elements and details and some time putting them together. The problem with a craft fair is I feel have to make multiple items of reasonably simple things which is not what I enjoy most in my creativity.
Since starting this blog in March (gosh I never thought I could keep this up!) I love writing about the things I make, and since starting to make patterns and tutorials, coupled with working for a local magazine in which my editing responsibilities have been increasing somewhat, I know that my passion lies in writing patterns and writing what I like about certain things I've made or tried, and not as I first thought in growing into a profit-making business.
I'm not going to lie, I would love to make money from crafting, but in dipping my toe into the sea of money-making crafts I know that making isn't what I want to do, but designing - writing and sharing patterns, working towards a book years down the line, and if I can working for a craft magazine! And working towards this craft fair has just stinted me in the time I can spend on designing and making the things I really want to make.
Ravelry is another area I would like to become more adept in - it is such a wonderful pattern database and from everything I read online it is a splendid community as well, though I am so pants at that sort of thing I know I need to spend the time to work out how best to utilise it for myself. My mum was so good at online craft communities and she met lots of lovely people all round the world - I want to be able to do that too. I also want to support Ravelry as a community as well because it is such a wonderful resource and I plan on writing and uploading as many free patterns as I can!
|my own pattern - available on Ravelry|
As a result I am wondering whether or not to close my Etsy shop, but I think I would like to keep that open just as a go to with anything I make for the fun of making but no longer want to keep, or to sell the inevitable left over stock I will have following this craft fair!
So as you can imagine, and I am sure you yourself sometimes feel this, that there is just so much to do and so much that you want to do that it can be overwhelming and start to take the fun out of the activities you love. And so an important realisation, even if it may seem a small one, can open the floodgates to optimism and reinvigorate ones passion - as I feel it has done for me! Hence the alternative title for this post - a crafty ramble - as at this moment so many thoughts are simply spilling out!
So with a renewed sense of excitement, I am treating 1st November as a bit of a personal turning point; get the craft fair done (and enjoy it!) and then focus on what I love now about crafting, moving towards improving my blog around/after Christmas, and focussing on designing patterns without the worry of making money, because that isn't what crafting is about for me. :) Also I should be able to afford a laptop again and won't need to type my posts over lunchtime at work or on my tablet at home.
I also need to really develop my Marvel character dolls - I am ever so keen to have my own collection thought up!
Finally, if you are in Stockport or even Cheshire area and can get to The Civic Hall in Poynton on 1st November between 10am and 1pm come and find me at the Autumn Craft Fair - leave me a comment and I can look out for you :)