Do you prefer to work to a crafting deadline or would you rather pick up and put down various projects as the feeling takes you?
Does crafting become a chore when you have to meet a birthday or due date? Or do you find you are more likely to finish a project if you have an event to work towards?
Do you enjoy making a commission or do you prefer not to be restricted by someone else’s colour way?
Hmmm. Interesting questions.
We all took to whatever craft we enjoy, initially for pleasure. But when does the pleasure and relaxation that it brings just becomes another chore on a list of things to be completed?
Take my upcoming craft fairs in August and September. Having written off doing local sales and markets through appalling sales I have stuck to my decision to sell at these three popular agricultural fairs over the summer; apparently the ‘cash cows’ of the craft selling year.
These sales have added draw that all items have to be homemade so I will not be competing against all those ‘distressed’ fakes that are bought in bulk at a gift shop wholesalers.
After these three fairs I shall decide whether to continue to restock (that’s a joke after the past sales) or just run down my stock through giving my makes away as Christmas presents and other gifts.
I always secretly hope that the next fair will be the turning point, the time when I cover my stall fee, the cost of my materials and something for the time I have invested. I work hard for many evenings in advance of the sale to ensure that all my stock levels are high just in case I sell out and miss an amazing opportunity. ( Ha, ha!)
The problem is that for the 4 weeks before a sale, crafting suddenly becomes one of those things on my to do list. It is not as pleasurable as it should be or once was.
So why do I bother with the sales at all? I could never replace the wage the day job brings in, and neither would I want to give it up (most of the time!).
Well, I think we all like that affirmation that someone else ( not biased by being a family member or a friend) likes the things that we have created. We all like to puff out our chests and feel that warm glow that other folk will pay actual money for our makes, rather than buy a much cheaper version available off the shelf.
The funny thing is, I initially started to blog to promote my sales. But now through sharing and appreciating each others projects by blogging I no longer feel I need to sell but can just create for myself, to share with you, my fellow bloggers, and as gifts for appreciative friends.
I enjoy working on a commission and will do so even more if I don’t have a crafting to do list to work through at the same time.
So the decision has been made. I will sell at the three sales this summer and then draw a line under it all. I may even give up my Christmas fair in November which would have entailed an additional amount of Christmas makes as well. I will keep my appliquéd card selection topped up and fresh as I’m regularly called upon to provide these quick pleasurable makes. I will continue my drive to replace all my ugly household items with handmade lovelies.
I want to improve and develop my dress making, try some quilting, and get back to my bread making ( when I can bear to put the oven on again).
So no more deadlines! Apart from those I inadvertently create for myself!
Love, Lucie xx