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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Taking the plunge and believing in myself

First of all, before I get into today's post I am once again humbled by all the amazing talent that shows up on Rythmofthehome .  First of all this on line resource has always been inspiring but the new spring issue is up today and there are too many give- aways to count over on their blog I don't even know where to begin, I'll just have to spend lots of time reading and crafting I guess.
And speaking of crafting...I finally did it last night, with the help of my monkeys of course.  I actually listed a few hand-made items on etsy I've been a shopper on the sight for years, and though have been told for years I needed to actually sell some of my creations there I just haven't done it.  Procrastination I know plays a part, I mean if I could teach a class in Procrastination I would.  I'm busy, aren't we all?  Mostly though I think I am scared.  I've been selling things I make through word of mouth for quite some time and that's always been hard.  putting a value on something I've made no matter how great everyone says it is means saying I'm good at something and I deserve recognition for it...hmmmm I struggle. 
Now of course I should be yelling to the world Hey look at me, go to my shop, I rock.  But, I'm not, instead I'm babbling about how the things I make aren't as good as others that are out there.  After all I'm not a "real artist" or anything right? 
Seriously this is how my silly brain works a lot of the time and it's just got to stop.  I create because it makes me happy.  Nothing feels better than making something myself to give as a gift to someone I care about and I am so proud and humbled when they tell me how beautiful it is or how talented I am (surely they are just being nice I think to myself).  Yet I constantly find myself looking at things out there in the world that I admire and thinking "I could make that", and then I often go home and try.  I guess not everyone is like that. 
So I've done it, I've officially opened up shop.  There are only a few things listed like these cute little chicks and mama hen:
hen and chicks
 I also listed the play mats I had already finished from this post .  I've got some felt all cut out and ready to go to make some cute little spring bunnies I hope to have up later.  The rest will come with time, the shop will evolve as this blog I've created does and I will choose to be proud of what I create.
Go ahead over and take a look.  Tell me what you think, I'm open to suggestions, ideas and of course custom orders.  I've got a BIG play mat about half done and am busy finishing up some Waldorf style dolls.  As you can see in the pictures below, the kids were also busy last night making dolls while I was taking pictures with more fun filters on my camera phone.
Enjoy your day and be creative.
Molly tying an eye line

Corey working on a ninja

picking out a skin color


  1. Congratulations on the shop, Angie!! It's looks great and I'm looking forward to seeing more - especially those Waldorf dolls!! Way to take the leap - you are so talented and creative! Not everyone can say, "I could make that" and then go do it.
    I've been browsing on Rhythm of the Home this morning, too. So much stuff! i need to get some wool roving - I'll see what I can find at your friend's shop. Another great site! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Way to go darlin! You stuff is amazing. Be proud!

  3. Congratulations on the etsy shop. Very cute stuff indeed. I always find myself looking at stuff while out shopping and feel I can make what I see too! It's just finding the time. Your duckies are lovely. I make little chicks similar at Easter as gifts. They have always been well received. I am in the process of making my first steiner/waldorf doll. I am happy with my progress so far. I don't know why I have put it off for so long as I have made many other steiner things before. I think I had put it in the too hard basket, but no more!
    I have recently finished a smocked nightie for my daughter for her birthday. Now I need to start her birthday quilt that may have to become her Christmas quilt, the story of my life! Happy crafting. Jacinta


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