I've been mulling it over for a couple of weeks now and, I think, I've decided to close my Etsy shop, at least for awhile. I never started the shop for a profit (would have been nice!). I initially started it to sell handmade scarves and accessories. Somehow that morphed into selling the pendants that I've been peddling for the past couple of years.
I want to say I don't have the time to dedicate to the shop that I should be putting into it. But, that's not really true. I could make the time if I really wanted it. A successful Etsy shop requires a lot of constant and continuous time and dedication to self marketing and such. I feel like my crafting life may be taking a different route. I love the little pendants I've been creating, selling and giving as gifts. But, lately I find myself spread a bit thin. I knit, crochet, sew and create ATC's. I've been doing the latter the most. I want to finish up some knitting projects and work on my crochet and sewing skills as well. I've participated in a couple of ATC swaps and really enjoy those. I'd also like to do something about our backyard. As in, we need one. We bought the house new but, it came with no backyard landscaping and we live in the desert so, everyday I'm staring at an ugly backyard and I'm kinda tired of it.
I also need to get back into yoga. I'll be 48 this year and exercise in general needs to more of a priority in my life. That goes for reading too. I've only been reading at night before I go to sleep. When I have time during the day to read I feel like I'm wasting my time and reading should never be thought of as a waste of time. I find myself wanting to simplify and minimize things in my life and yes, closing for now is the good thing to do.
Maybe I'll open the shop again. I'm a firm believer in never say never but, in the mean time in order to pare down on some overstock I'll be having some giveaways!
Here is a nice pre-spring giveaway:
If you are interested in participating just leave me a comment and I'll do a random drawing on Friday March 1st.