Saturday Jeanetta came over and we started going through our craft stashes trying to decide what we want to make for the Christmas Market in December. I suppose we should have been more on top of things and been making our goodies for months now, but we have always worked better under pressure.
Also, it has been hard to get back into the groove. To think about producing multiple items of the same design. My brain and my life don't really work that way anymore. I have always loved making things and the process of creating something from bits and pieces, but I have discovered that I prefer making prototypes over generating stock. And also, I am not great at figuring out what people will buy and I never found my groove at holiday or craft markets. I am not a business person, this we have learned.
I have decided to think of the Market as more of a chance to try out some new ideas. To experiment. I will make small stock of a few things that I hope will sell and the rest will be one-of-a-kind pieces. After all, crafting is no longer my "job" and I won't be depending on my sales to pay the bills. If we make our booth rent back that will be good enough. I am not investing much in supplies (heaven knows I have enough stashed away!) and just getting to spend this extra time with Jeanetta and making the time to work on new ideas is payment enough.
Plus there is the added factor of the broken foot. Most of my crafting has to be things I can do from the couch or at the dining room table with my leg propped up. Also before I begin I have to be well prepared with all my supplies around me. There is no jumping up to grab this or that, no hopping into the car, running to Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's for glitter or yarn, when inspiration hits. I really do just have "make do and mend" with what I have on hand, or wait patiently until someone can run the errand for me, and even then I am limited. There is no impulse buying, no remembering last minute some other item. I am restricted to what of I can think of ahead of time. So I need to have a plan- a solid 'this is what I am making' plan and stick with it. It is a whole new world people, a whole new world.
So now I am wondering -Do you you make things to sell at craft fairs? Do you have a hard time figuring out what to make? What people will buy? Do you shop at craft fairs? What do you shop for? And why are dry dip and soup mixes so dang popular?