What It Is, and Why

In 2012, a friend of the family asked if she could buy a pair of the earrings I was making.

I’d been crafting for years, doing various crafts and forever picking up new crafts.  I craft a lot.  I have depression and some other related issues, and crafting keeps my hands and my mind busy.  It gives me a sense of purpose, and the thrill of finishing a project never fades – whether it’s an origami crane or a crocheted dragon egg.

 

However, when you do a lot of crafting you end up with a lot of crafted products.  There’s only so many jewellery pieces you can wear, and there’s only so much shelf space you have to display things.  I was ending up with boxes of pieces just hiding away.

And so I decided to sell them.  I started with friends and family, and set up a Facebook page.  I gradually started going to school fairs during the summer and at Christmas.  When I decided I wanted a website, I decided that I really wanted a craft blog too.  In the last month I’ve set up an Etsy store.  And so Crafted By Colette grew.

I’m still a small little company.  I don’t make very much money.  If I factored in what I spend on supplies I don’t make any money at all.  But it’s something I enjoy, and it keeps me going.  Everytime I get a new follower on Twitter or on Facebook I get a little jolt of happiness.  When I get a sale from someone who isn’t a friend or family member I get a bigger jolt of happiness.  Strangers are actually buying my things?!

And doing the school fairs is fun too.  I don’t particularly like big crowds of people, but when I’m safe behind a table it’s not too bad.  Especially when a little kid comes running up telling a friend that I’m the lady who makes the cute mini aliens.

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I do have plans for a bigger business.  I’d like to have a wider reach.  I’d like to attend more fairs – like proper craft fairs.  I’d like to have a bigger store on Etsy.  I’d love to sell at conventions maybe one day.  I’d love to be a popular blogger.  And my ultimate goal would be to make enough money to actually make a living from Crafted By Colette.

I have lots of little brainstorms and ideas, some of which don’t come to fruition, some do.  Some might do one day.  And some are going to happen a little earlier than planned.

I hope you enjoy my rambles, and my attempts to learn new crafts.  I hope that you’ll keep coming back, that you’ll share with your friends, and that you continue to join me as I attempt to turn my crafting-coping-mechanism into something that I can share with the world.

Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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