I'm in this funny place between selling a few things/enjoying it/ having a paying day job that would be very difficult to leave (financially) and desperately wanting to own my own business/ actually wanting to DO something with Thisel and Bean.
I've been dancing arouond the issue for months wondering what to do, when do i register myself, is there any point if I never sell anything?!? For now I've decided that it doesnt need to be all or nothing, small steps are good! I'm going firmly down the middle of the road: I'm going to make when I feel inspired to, sell online as I've started to, keep my records and do a couple of craft fairs to test out what potential customers think/build a bit more of a client base. Then I'll see how it goes...
So I was thinking ahead to an Easter fair I'm looking at doing, trying to work out what I'd stock in addition to my main felt bits, and I decided to try out a few hand puppets. I started by sketching out an Easter bunny and an Easter chick (seemed seasonal) but when i sat at the workbench to make a prototype, somehow my mind had drifted and what I ended up making was a fox and an owl! Still not sure how that happened. Anyway they took hardly any time to mock up and I love them so they came with us to the woods yesterday to have some photos taken in their natural habitat! :-)
Introducing Mr Foxy and Mrs Wise Owl
Someone else quite likes them too!
The photographers assisstant
Is anyone else in a similar position with their craft? What steps towards your own business are you taking?
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