Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Reopening My Etsy Shop

Just recently I convinced myself to open up my Etsy Shop again.  Since I've taken up jewelry making and have so many new mixed media pieces I've created lately, not to mention that I can only put so much in Ten Women Gallery due to space restrictions, I decided that maybe it was time for me to listen to that nagging voice inside my head. 

I come from a Jewish family where nagging was a past time and guilt was called "just part of your personality".  So when my nagging voice made me feel guilty for having so many "things" hanging around the house, I went and did it.

The trouble is however, I started to feel some trepidation and fear.  "What if I don't sell my work?", "What if I'm not received well?", "What if it just sits there and I have to keep paying for it sitting other words...I'm not good enough?".  The dialog goes on playing paddle ball in my brain and I'm not sure I did the right thing now.

When I was young(er), I was brave and fearless.  I did so many things that a lot of people would say "wow" to, I'm proud to say. I might as well give myself strokes for something every now and then, right?  I'm 66 now, tired, experienced some unbelievable things in the past few years that scared me senseless but also did some powerful things that got me where I am today. 

I am seeing the world changing in a direction that takes roller blades to keep up with.  The competition is fierce, the technology is awesome and you need energy to keep up with every little thing if you want to be acknowledged and successful in the art field.  Whew!  I'm tired just talking about it. 

However, I think there's at least some people out there that can relate in some way.  They say to talk about your fears.  It releases it's power over you.  Okay, so I'm talking about it.  I'm not sure I'm feeling any better but I'm willing to chance it and keep posting at least one item every day in my Etsy Shop.

Here's what I have going on in there...
"Forgiveness" a mixed media painting with a sculpted letter "F".

I love the way the light shines through this natural mineral crystal necklace.
"Appreciation"...This is one of my favorite pieces. Handmade shadow box  frame to the polymer clay focal piece.

Will I ever get comfortable taking a chance to promote myself?  Only time will tell.

Well, here goes nothing that I hope is something.  Thanks for any feedback.

1 comment:

Jane Farr said...

Wishing you all the best for your Etsy relaunch, Renee! Your "Appreciation" is my favorite piece of these three as well. Not sure if it's encaustic, but it has that look about it which I LOVE. :) xo