I'm really happy blogging for pleasure-- no strings attached, good friends made, no money changing hands (outside what typepad charges anyway)-- so it seems silly for me to foul that up by trying to open a kind of web shop. Now don't get me wrong here. I would have a fair bit more money if I wasn't such a huge fan of buying handmade online and at craft shows around town. I love what people do and how they put it all together. I love the connection that things bring to people and vice versa. At Studio Craft , Lisa noticed one of Sarah's Loop Troupers hanging from our bathroom mirror and commented that it was from bits of fabric that she and Stephanie had shared and then passed on. Beautiful. Add to that, that it's one of my favourite things in the house and VOILA: connection. Double it again with the notion of being able to support people I care about, or buy from artist's I respect and it all becomes a tiny bit more than a paypal transaction.
But do I really need to throw my hat in the ring? I like the way I can blog with stupid abandon and not really worry about being professional. It's hard work and I am picky and weird about the details. Like most of you, if I can't get it right it won't leave the house, let alone the sewing table. That goes double for the packaging and identity stuff (which I actually hate to think about, seeing at how well so many people do it), not to mention the "behind the craft" garbage of taxes and proper business licenses, etc, etc. Alicia and others have written some really great posts about craft as business, and in this case knowledge is as wonderful as it is burdensome. It's hard work! It might not be worth it! The market is flooded! Good luck! Information like this so great because it's like a gigantic "I told you so" before you even get started. Some people hate it, but I can't get enough.
So in the meantime I've set about making things in quantity. I'm calling it a trial run in product testing, or rather, maker testing, to see if I can maintain some kind of production level. I'm going to post the results as I go. Feel free to be honest with any feedback. I can take it. I am, as my dad put it to me in my teens, "sturdy". Hopefully the things I make can be labeled the same. For now, I give you the double-sided placemat. I would be lying if I didn't think a fair bit about the Machine Made Patchwork books, and these or this one while I was making them. It's got a quilted front and an appliqued canvas back. It will withstand much washing. Oh! And speaking of the meantime and supporting people I care about who have it together in nearly every area, Sally is going to be ready to rock this Tuesday. I Cannot Wait.