Every month I aim to set myself, and complete, a ‘crafty challenge’ – a personal goal to help improve my knitting and crochet, and to embolden me to react to all the patterns and inspiration that is available on the internet! By sharing this with you I feel more encouraged to branch out and do these challenges by the end of the same month, and hopefully you will be interested in what I am working. Perhaps it will help inspire you to try something new as well?
According to BBC Radio 2 this morning, today is the first day of autumn on the meteorological calendar - how does that make you feel? I don't know about you, but it makes me feel great! Summer has been fairly non-existent for a little while here in the North West of England (where was that heat wave we were promised?) and it feels good to finally just accept that autumn is (sort of, officially) here now. I love autumn and winter so so much, and Christmas is finally looming once again.
How does all this relate to my plans this month? Even though I have been in full time work for 2 years (wow that's flown by!) I still think of September as the start of the year - schools start again, the season's start again, and my holidays at work regenerate (if we think of the working year as a video game). And with this September, me and Ben are hoping to start something new together which, to me, is very exciting.
me and Ben - on route to Manchester Comic Con 2015
Open a new Etsy shop with Ben.
Recently Ben has really found a creative hobby in painting, and has been doing some excellent Pokemon canvases for me. Early August he made an off-hand comment about how he could sell them and at what sort of price. The next day, I started to think about Etsy and how Ben actually could sell his canvases (of which I will share on a blog post with you when the shop is up and running!) and how I could try selling my makes again alongside him, together, as I feel this is the way we would really succeed at this! Doing something together will help us encourage each other to do better and to succeed, plus my old Etsy shop is no good with my blog name change.
Since then we have been slowly building up some stock to put online and sell. We need to make some more stock before we can open up, but that's this month's challenge, along with ultimately opening the shop in the hopes that leading up to Christmas we can iron out any bugs etc. so that people will buy presents from us.
And we plan to put all of our profits towards finally organising our wedding, which I think makes it all the more exciting!
The one thing we are falling down on though is a shop name - could you help? We need a name that describes us and what we will sell best. As a starting point I've made a list of odd words that describe us/what the shop will be, in the hopes it will spark our creativity