So I've started an Etsy shop!I've been thinking about opening a shop on Etsy for quite a while, since I love to crochet various things and make jewelry. I finally got the time and the additional motivational push to give it a try in the form of a cutback on my hours at work.
It's kind of interesting how this all came about because what can seem like a bad thing has turned out to be a pretty good thing. First, I was told that due to budget cuts, my hours had to be cut. That stunk--big time. I was happy to still have a job with benefits, but earning less money was not going to be fun!
I had a month to prepare for the "big cut" and while I was waiting for "it" to happen, I was thinking about ways to either supplement my income or replace my job altogether. In a previous life I taught college classes in psychology, so of course I started putting out feelers for part-time faculty positions and looking for full-time positions as well. Full-time faculty positions in Experimental Psychology are tough to come by and when you're not willing to move, well, it's even harder. In any case, I figured the Lord would provide in some way or another, so I tried not to worry to much. I do have a couple of leads on things, but I will probably be earning less through the summer.
This left me with more time on my hands and so I started investigating the idea of setting up an Etsy shop. I checked out tons of books from the library and read things online. I started talking about it with a few friends to see what their reaction would be--they thought it was a good idea. Then, as part of a class my husband and I are taking through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, I heard as inspirational of a message as I could ever hear. Basically it was: Do what you love and the money will follow. Don't do a job just because its a paycheck. Wow--it really spoke to me, and I really felt that God was saying "Go on, try it!"
I have heard of people who are so successful at it that they eventually quite their day jobs. Wow--could that happen to me? At this point, I don't know, but I can say this: it feel AWESOME to be excited about making products and setting up my shop! Since I opened it with a few items on Sunday, I'm constantly thinking about what else to make to put in it, and excited to get to work! It's exciting too because I don't like to be doing the same thing over and over...I like to learn new things and try out new ideas. Since I like to crochet lots of different things and like to make lots of different types of earrings, I think it will be pretty hard for me to get bored!
So I know you're dying to know--what is this shop called? It's DaisyLu Designs and I've named it after my grandmother, Daisy, and her mother, Lula. More on them later!