For a while now, I have been focusing on sewing patterns and sales in my Etsy shops. While the income is fulfilling, it feels like something is missing. The best way I can describe it is if you are looking at a jigsaw puzzle and a couple of pieces are in the wrong place. Nothing glaring, but something is not quite right when you look at it.
At first, I thought it was because my husband is away on a long-term job assignment. Turns out, that is a part of it—we are a unit, a team, and the physical separation is extremely difficult. What is really missing, thought, is ignoring my creative outlet. Fixing the images for my online store is only so gratifying. My mind craves creativity and the recent hyper-focusing on my shop greatly reduced the amount of time I had available to create.
I opened my Etsy shop as a way for me to satisfy my desire for a creative outlet and to bring in some extra income. Creativity is the heart and soul of my online shop. The Granny Squared: it’s a play on words, a play on the most easily recognized crochet motif, the driving force behind my online shops. Time to get back to what drives me.
Picking up my crochet hooks again has made me happy. The rest of my life seems energized now. Back to the litter of project I leave in my wake. Waiting for final completion are several sets of earrings (had to order more earring hardware), several sewing chatelaines, a baby blanket, a king size blanket, and a shawl made from vintage wool that was produced back in the 1940s. Life is good, business is good, it is because everything is back in balance.
What do you like to do? Do you play an instrument, sing, craft, sew, knit, or crochet? What are the creative forces that drive you. Leave a comment and let me know.