The other thing that is beginning to feel like a chore somewhat is the shop, to be quite honest. I love it, I truly do....but with summer and sun and warm weather and strawberry picking and the pool open and bike riding and ....you get the idea. I'm starting to feel burnt out on it. I want to craft, but I don't want to do it because I have to. Or at least not this time of year. Maybe in the winter when it's cold and snowy and we're holed up indoors. But not now. I just feel like I spend time working on orders and then I don't spend time working on the things I really want to work on. Like baby and birthday quilts (the number of quilt ideas I have in my head right now is scary). I want to make Noah shorts and have time to do it...not put it aside for another day because I have other orders to fill, know what I mean?
So I've decided to make a change, at least temporarily. I'm closing the shop to custom orders. I'll leave it open for now in case there is something someone has really been wanting to order, but then I'm closing it up for a craft show I have this weekend, and when I open it again on Sunday, I'll only have ready to ship items in there. I will still be selling, but I'll be listing things only after I've made them (when the mood strikes me!).
And I'm hoping that doing this also means I'll be here more often. When blogging isn't about "getting my name out there" for the shop, but more about the art of crafting...the process...and why I do it.
I only learned to sew last May (I bet some of you didn't know that!), and I truly feel that I was meant to do it. I am mostly self-taught (especially in the quilting department), and it brings me joy and satisfaction in a way I haven't experienced often. I love quilting, and feel that is where I am the most creative. I have so many ideas but I just seem to have no time to bring them to fruition. I'm hoping this changes that! ;-)