I have deep familiarity with analysis paralysis. I had no idea there was a non-information based equivalent when there are SO MANY shiny ideas ping-ponging in your brain leaving little trails of “I should TOTALLY make that.” Even though you KNOW the smart decision is to pick ~4-5 types of things to focus on (each having a little variety in sizes or styles) and see what does or doesn’t do well first.
But I am ONE person.
But I have NO STORAGE SPACE.
This inner dialogue could continue for quite some time. I am at my weakest late at night and think, “well, it couldn’t hurt to make just ONE of these….”
Speaking of shiny. My dad and I visited with some dear family friends this weekend, and one of them (Hi Debbie!) gave me some lovely cross-stitch and needlepoint magazines/books that she’s been saving. It was so thoughtful of her. And yet–did you see the picture of my head exploding?
I want to make ALL of these. Plus items that you can’t see, but I found while browsing through the magazines. Last Christmas, I haunted Etsy looking for 12 Days of Christmas ornaments for my tree, and I couldn’t find any I liked and it just didn’t even occur to me to make them myself. And now I can.
Except, the point is kind of to make things for OTHER people to buy, not to keep for myself. Hmm. I can see that this may be a slight flaw in my business model.
Addendum: Spending four hours doing laundry to pre-wash, dry, and fold all the fabric has put a tiny dent in my enthusiasm. This dent is much smaller than the dent caused by the prospect of ironing all of the fabric.
On the other hand, those four hours gave my plenty of time to think of MORE ideas. It’s a vicious (virtuous?) cycle, clearly.
Last night I started making fabric templates. Of course, I could have bought them online, but after poking around the internet thought, “Heck no, I’m not spending $20 for a glorified ruler!” I already have the basics of quilting paraphernalia as far as rulers and mats go with angles marked and such, so I shouldn’t need to buy another just to make shapes that aren’t squares or rectangles. I definitely refuse to buy a compass or a protractor.
I went to a Quaker school for high school, and have very distinct memories of my 9th grade geometry teacher, Kaye. (In my experience, Quaker schools don’t go for the whole “Mr.” or “Mrs.” or “Ms.” Last Name for teachers/administrators–first names, all the way. It was such a transition from a very proper English-modeled primary school. I think I spent months trying to avoid addressing teachers directly.) I really liked the math problems that had these seemingly abstract piles of shapes with only some of the angles filled in, and you had to figure out the rest of them based on all the rules about “side angle side,” the Pythagorean theorem, and so forth.
You’d think that drawing a hexagon–on graph paper, no less–to use as a fabric-cutting template would be easy. Well, apparently I forgot stuff. Because I did end up with a hexagon. It just wasn’t symmetrical in all directions–which is problematic, when you want to cut a million of them and sew them together like a honeycomb.
So I tried again this morning, this time actually using the rulers marked with angles that I have and being a bit more meticulous about hypotenuses. Turns out, when I thought I was being clever about adding a seam allowance, I was also messing up the proportions of the shape on some sides. This time around, I went old school: One equilateral triangle, traced six times next to itself. Success! I wonder if some Mod Podge would help thicken the paper and make it easier to trace on fabric?
You know how irritating it is when stores decorate for Christmas 🎄 before Halloween 🎃? I complain about it ever year. Time to eat crow. (Also, I have to make a Halloween costume for my dog. Yes, you read that correctly. Last year she was a mad scientist.)
I have a degree and transcript and everything to prove I went to business school, but rather than doing a ton of market research and business planning yesterday I just decided to try a variety of products on Etsy and see what happens.
And yes, I’m starting with Christmas-themed items. Specifically, some very cool (if I do say so myself) Christmas tree skirts, and some other secret goodies.
Here’s a snap of the skirt I made for my tree lasts couple years ago year–fully reversible!
Poor lighting notwithstanding, doesn’t a pretty skirt look SO much nicer than the ugly plastic bag that will dispose of the tree after the holidays? Not to mention the hideous tree stands? Yup, that’s all under there!
Now I have some fun ideas to get creative with the skirt pattern (and size, of course), and am eagerly awaiting some amazing holiday fabrics to get started.
Some will be available as solid, single-color tree-skirts, and others will only be available as special piecework skirts, due to limited supply of fabric. (All will be reversible!)
So please keep an eye out for the opening of my Etsy store–better yet, sign up to be emailed when the grand day arrives. There will be more goodies, and doesn’t everyone like goodies?
I promise all that stuff about privacy.