I guess the idea is to hook up another domain with the Pattern Shop feature top gain more traffic, but I haven't done that yet. You can find me as myrosevalley.patternbyetsy.com for the moment. I'm just trying it out for 30 days (Free Trial) and then we'll see. Not sure I want to add another 15 dollar cost to my monthly Etsy bills...
For a long time I wanted a "real" shop where I could sell my Tilda yarn and as I have mentioned before I have been working on this quite a lot lately (read about my creative escape here). I really wanted a place for my yarn to make them justice and become more approachable for you all. But I have come to a stall... It is more complicated than I initially thought and to be honest I think my efforts sometimes just make things more complicated than they are.
I'm not a big business and I like it to stay small and cozy, personal and simple. I don;t want to feel pressured to produce tons of patterns to always have something new to offer my dear and loyal customers. I just want it to be my little Happy Shop Corner.
When I started selling on Etsy I did it because I loved selling what I made. Later I stepped into pattern design and it showed that you loved the patterns I made as much as I do. My Etsy Shop started to thrive. I started selling Tilda yarn in my Yarn Shop here on the blog because I love working with Tilda yarn, and so I was thrilled to make Tilda available worldwide instead of just available for us Scandinavians.
I started out from the heart and it became a success. Truly beyond my imagination. Little me selling patterns to near and far, seeing your interpretations of my designs in social media... It is the greatest feeling. I'm so thankful.
Small business and small blog grew big and I kind of lost control along the way. For a long time. My blogging mojo has been a serious roller coaster for such a long time and I've been so close to just call it the day and close down it all so many times.
It's like that crazy first love affair where you just dive in head first and after a while you start to question who you are, who your love is and what the hell you are doing because it grows complicated, big and overwhelming... Should I stay or should I go? And although it tears you apart at times you just don't want to let go. Because it fills you up with the greatest feeling at times. A feeling you don't want to loose.
Today I'm just letting it all pour out, frustration, fear, doubt and love. Because I don't know how to move forward. I'm in a bit of a tough place right now privately and I feel a bit stuck in a hamster wheel. I run and run and run, but I just don't get anywhere. And while running my To-Do list grows longer and longer and longer and I don't know where to start. Patterns are unfinished, photos needs to be taken, shop needs to be updated, yarn needs to shown, graphic designs are left half done, website is stuck, messages are to be answered, blog flow is frozen, the calendar is smock full...
So today I'm trying Etsy's new Pattern Shop feature. I'm updating my platforms with a new graphic design. I'm writing a little on the Maybelle Blanket pattern and that is good. I'm taking baby steps. And I truly think I need to do just ONE THING AT A TIME. Otherwise I will be stuck in that hamster wheel forever.
Now it is lunch time and kids are coming home any minute. So I will turn off Blogland for now and escape to Real Life Me. And be present there. Not in a million places at once. I didn't mean to write this. It was just gonna be a blinker about The Pattern Shop. Well, I guess my heart steered it in another direction this time. That happens... I think I boiled over a bit. :)
Thanks for listening and thanks for just being around. Always.