Hello, friends! You may or may not (probably not) remember me from my former blog, Shelly’s Cabaret. If so, hello again! If not, let’s get aquatinted!
So much has changed since I last wrote a blog post six months ago, and obviously I have reverted all my old posts to drafts as to start anew. I struggled to find a niche for Shelly’s Cabaret. Most of the time I wrote was in my heart, sometimes I shared a DIY, sometimes I made it a photo dump, and all the time I asked myself what the freak is your niche, girl? I struggled to find a purpose for it other than loving to write; but as you know, a lot of work goes into blogging and why would I be doing all this work if I could simply write for myself on some actual paper?
Well now I have a purpose that I am so excited about and committed to. This January I started my own Etsy shop selling handmade jewelry and accessories. I went into it not having any expectations. Hell, I didn’t even really have a plan! I just knew that I enjoyed making stuff—seriously, I could make stuff all day. Every now and then I would make a pair of earrings, a bracelet or necklace for myself, and loved when people (strangers especially) complimented whatever it was I was wearing. So I thought, Okay, Shelly. You always wish you could do something creative and enjoyable and make a little somethin’-somethin’ from it. You wish you could feel productive outside of doing laundry and potty-training and cooking dinner while you stay at home with your adorable baby boy. WHY WISH? You can!
So here I am, ten months into the journey and having more fun than I’d ever imagined! And I’ve done a zillion times better than I’d ever anticipated. Seriously, when I say I had zero expectations what I really mean is I had sub-zero expectations. Anything that has come since has been bonus.
Making the jewelry and accessories makes me happy.
Hearing the “Chaching!” notification from my Etsy app is music to my ears.
Conversing with and getting to know customers fills me up.
The organized, methodical act of packing and mailing packages is right up my alley.
I am enjoying this SO MUCH. And I can’t wait to share the process with you all. I promise it will be good and worthwhile.