On having my doubts

It’s been a whirlwind lately as I try to figure out my process for buying supplies and making my recycled candles. I also wanted to make fabric-covered button thumbtacks, using the scraps of my grandmother’s vintage fabric I have laying around.

But every once in a while, as excited as I am about the whole process, I look at something and go, yeah, that totally didn’t turn out how I thought it would. Which is only natural — I’ve never done a lot of this stuff before. But it kind of puts a wrench in my plans, and sometimes I’m really not sure what to do. There’s no manual for deciding what your personal aesthetic is or what will absolutely sell when it comes to handmade stuff. Believe me, I’m sucking every bit of wisdom I can out of my Craft, Inc. book but it’s still limited.

Take my thumbtacks, for example. I thought they were so cute (and I still do). But when I looked at what others were selling on Etsy they just didn’t quite compare. I wanted to order 10 sets from other people, and that’s not a good sign. So I went back to the drawing board a little bit.

A random tack had picked up a clock pattern from my fabric. I thought it was cute, so I made 10 more.

But I think the most surprising thing was when I glued on some buttons. I might like these best of all. (Hear that mom? I need more buttons!)

Anyway, when that doubt creeps in I think you have to listen to it. Because going with my gut is what got me here in the first place. But then you just have to quickly move on. Give it the hand, before you start questioning the whole operation. Keep your mind open, and that’s when you get the next great idea. Like yesterday, when I realized the perfect material for my tags was the Grape Nuts box sitting in the recycling bin.