When I gave the little key-purse to my work-friend for her birthday I had no ulterior motive or expectation of any kind. It was simply a gift and I was grateful to pick up the clues from her to be able to give something that was genuinely useful.
About a week later, I received an email from her. She'd had the idea to give a similar little purse to each of her grandchildren and asked if I would be kind enough to make them. And how many grandchildren do you think she has? Seven!!!
I am so excited - it's my first commission since my brief daliance with machine knitting many, many years ago (I've been searching for my creative niche for a long time)!!
This may be the key to the start of selling my homecrafted items and it's come about by accident. Rather than making random things to sell, I should concentrate on making gifts for others and things to use/wear myself. This would be a way of testing the market and finding out what people like. It could lead to orders and would make people aware of what I do in order to open doors in the future. I wouldn't want to launch myself into things too suddenly so this would be perfect. There's a strong possibility that my job will finish around September this year so I need to have a plan :-)
I promised a handmade bag to another friend at work after she gave me lots of materials during a clear-out, so I'd better get on with that soon. And this time I will have (not so much an ulterior motive as) a plan!!
I used to think it would be nice to have a dog around the place - maybe when I retire and can be at home more - but this experience has made me think again. The dogs were on my mind most of the weekend and I felt guilty when leaving them outside to amuse themselves. It was like having small children again and I felt like I should be entertaining them constantly.
|very useful needlework book I've had since 1983|
Jamie's Great Britain (my son's book)........