Seven years ago, I made a decision to quit my pursuit of becoming an ultrasound technician, because I believed wholeheartedly that I could make the same amount of money doing what I love—making things to sell. I was inspired by what I saw on ebay that was selling for really high prices—barbie outfits that someone made that sold for hundreds of dollars! I never made that amount. It’s been a long road, but it’s finally come to an end. I have struggled to create a business that would thrive, but it has failed. I have spent thousands of dollars on fabric, sewing and craft items, and endless hours making things, only to see pennies returned to me.
At the peak of my business making custom cabbage patch kids, I got a job outside the home (two in fact) and injured my wrist. I’ve had to quit making custom cabbage patch kids due to my injury and my on-going tendenitis in both my wrists. I’ve also had to deal with anemia, which literally has taken all my energy from me.
We live in a very small house, so the only place for my crafts is in my bedroom, in which I share with my husband. He works graveyard, so I come home after working and have to be quiet and can’t do anything in my room until he awakes, which is when I go to sleep. Thus, I have no time, no energy, and no space for my crafts. It has caused a great deal of stress on me. Seeing all that I have purchased, with so many hundreds of ideas of what to make, just makes me even more depressed.
So I have decided to end my business and my hobbies. My hobbies include scrapbooking, papercrafting, custom t-shirts, sewing, and photography. It pains me to no end that I can’t do the things I want to do!! So the only answer I can think of is to end it all. In a way, I feel like I am having a “pre-estate sale.” It’s time to simplify my life.
I have already started going through my scrapbook paper, sorting, combining into bundles, taking photos, etc. It took me 12 hours to do just that! I will be listing things on ebay. Next I will be listing my stickers and other scrapbooking items. Then I will move on to my fabric and sewing stuff, which I had started a little bit last month.
I will gradually be getting rid of my “sew inspired” names. I’ve already changed it on ebay. My new ebay id is just-a-mom. I will probably just delete my Sew Inspired facebook page, as there is not really a need for it. I will probably keep my Diana’s Patch facebook and blog, but more for informational purposes only. My cpk ebay is still cpkdiana.
"Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending."