If I Worked in a BoutiqueThursday, September 08, 2016
When I think of retiring, I never thought of it doing what I do...making crochet and knitting fashions and home decor. But, the more I create, the more I want to do this full time after my career is over. I have an upcoming post coming Sunday called "My Dream Career" that will go into greater detail. Hope you read it!
When I was in my 20s, I didn't even think of the future. When I got to my 40s, I had made some changes but now that I'm in my 50s, I'm really thinking of how to finish strong. I get so much joy out of crafting more than any other job I've ever had. Life is so short, and I've spent most of in jobs that I had to do to make a living. I got some positives from them like soft and hard skills and the ability to be a business owner. I don't take that lightly. But, when we moved to Oregon and I discovered crafting to the point of crocheting and knitting until 1 AM everyday, I knew my heart was happy.
What Would a Typical Day in the Life of Crafter look like?
My vision of what I want to do is really simple:
- Looking through YouTube crochet and knitting tutorials to learn new patterns
- Designing new collections based on altered or original patterns
- Social media marketing and sharing
- Writing new content for the blog
- Selling collections or individual items
- Purchasing yarns and researching new tools
If I had to count the hours I spend learning new techniques, stitches, patterns now, I'd probably have to say around 20 hours a week. And, the other fun part is adding accessories, flowers, ribbons, pom poms, ear flaps, whatever I feel like the final product needs. And to see the look on the face of a happy customer sends smiles up and down my face. It's truly a great feeling to know that I've made something that someone can wear and use. This is more than a designer/customer relationship, it is truly my ministry.
Thanks for reading!