Remember how I was going to open an Etsy shop someday? And then I got all frustramatated because I wanted to make stuff for kids and there was all that stupid CPSIA malarky that scared me away from pursuing that?
Well, that happened. And it really took the wind out of my sails for awhile.
So I shelved it.
Awhile later I resurrected the shop idea but decided to switch the focus because the CPSIA was giving me the heebs. I shifted my eyes to Bags. Purses. Clutches. Not because I am a person that needs to change my bags out constantly . . . more because they're fun to make. I'm all about beautiful and USEFUL. :) So I got my sew on and made an assortment of goodies for my eventual shop.
And then I sat on them. For like A YEAR. Umm . . . more than that. A variety of other factors took the wind out of my sails about the shop idea AGAIN and those precious items were (lovingly and sadly) put aside for the *someday* that seems to never have come.
Then I got a call from one of my very best friends who wanted to know whether I had ever gotten around to opening that shop that I was talking to her about a year ago? As it turns out, she had seen some of the things that I made oh so long ago and had been waiting for me to "put them up for sale" so she could buy a specific clutch purse from me.
Whazza?! Why the world did I not sell it to her a year ago when she was right in front of me looking at it and telling me she wanted it? I have no idea. Seems silly now . . . I think at the time I was in the headspace that I wanted to have an impressive "opening", and it was taking me longer than I thought it would to create my first batch of inventory.
Anyway, the moral of the story is, if someone is standing in front of you holding an item you made and offering to buy it . . . SELL IT TO THEM RIGHT THEN. I know what you're thinking . . . that's some impressive kind of special knowledge I have of business dealings. I should start a class. Oh wait . . . then I probably shouldn't have shared that little nugget with you. I should have just sat on it for a year plus while I proceeded to come up with like 5 other little nuggets of joy that I would proceed to never share with anyone since that seems to be my M.O.
All this to say, my overly patient and loving friend recently became the new owner of this gal:
It was made using a pattern by Noodlehead. I'm sure some of you recognize it. I love buttons in all shapes, sizes, and colors so I added some of those to give it a bit more . . . ahem . . . heart. I have to say, it was my favorite of all of those kind of clutches that I made, and my heart sings a little bit knowing that one of the best people I know will take over her care.
Here are some shots of the inside that I took a million years ago that were not at all professionally staged (HA - - as if anything I photograph is) so the quality is not awesome . . . but it gives you an idea of what's happening inside:
You know what . . . it felt good to sell one after all this time. Maybe I'll do it again sometime.