1. Haute Couture – Voici Paris!, 2. Upon this Ground I Walked 010, 3. black merz 2, 4. gelb merz, 5. Structural experiments ( Jane Austen), 6. Blue Swirls and Teal Twirls, 7. Rust, 8. comfort, 9. Destined, 10. ACEO 42, 11. . Over The Wall ., 12. . Autumn Story – The Liquid-Rust Ship ., 13. Rainbow Sun Wheel, 14. Uninterested, Portrait of a Boy, 15. February geranium leaf, 16. 5 ways to Spring, 17. 13 Moons (detail 6), 18. 13 Moons (detail 3), 19. so many dreams, 20. Poppyblossom
What are all those things I’ve said about self-acceptance and self-forgiveness?!! Would somebody please remind me right about now?!
I am meeting with a shop owner tomorrow (TOMORROW). She is coming here (HERE!!). She says she won’t even notice any mess (oh, really?!).
I should have already sorted through my inventory with a critical eye, asking — Can I bear to make more of these? Is this completely and totally a one-of-a-kind item (most of my stuff is), and if so, can I price it ‘wholesale’ and still live with what I’d make on the piece?
I was going to make a Kitchen Angel and finish a headless doll that I’m going to be proud of.
(To be fair, I ‘drew’ many faces for the doll and embroidered two, and none are right yet).
My first and only venture with shop selling was last year in a five-week holiday shop in Brookline. It was a bust. Some selling ventures are. I accept that. But here’s the thing, I spent TWO FULL MORNINGS preparing an inventory, working with the price tags (they were taking 40%, so I had to raise most of the prices at least a little), boxing my work and driving it there or picking it up. That’s roughly 8 hours. I sold six items (one small quilt, five pillows) and my take? $126.00. That is about enough to cover the work of prepping for the event. I forget what I paid to ‘enter’ my work into their jury.
That’s obviously not sustainable. In that case, the query, “Was it worth it?” was a resounding NO, even BEFORE I took into account labor and materials, which somehow or other, I OFTEN do not take into account (and that is just wrong).
So, while I’ve been busy with other things (lots of other things), and my ambivalence about the possible venture is getting in my way, I ought to have been further along than I am in prepping for this meeting.
So what am I doing sitting here? you ask.
Good question. Bye!
Enjoy the mosaic!!!