For far too long, I’ve been in the “selling” mentality. I’ve had an Etsy shop for over 5 years with my paper roses and when I think of the amount of time, energy plus the supplies I have amassed over the years…it is daunting. I’ve had over 200 orders over the years…bridal bouquets, toss bouquets , and boutonnieres(especially the comic book ones).
It all started when my daughter was in college and wanted something special for her favorite English Literature professor. I had just started playing around in making the paper roses(watching the various instructional videos and perfecting it along the way0. I made a bouquet of Pride and Prejudice book paper, wrapped the stems in ivory lace and ribbons. It was primitive in regards to what I do now but it was lovely anyway and both my daughter and her professor were pleased.
My second project was making the rehearsal bouquets for the wedding my daughter was in that summer…for the bride and all the bridesmaids. Since then I’ve made the rehearsal bouquets for all of the weddings of her friends along the way..
Working with brides(and grooms) holds a special spot in my heart since I worked in the Juliette Bridals in Pottsville years ago as a bridal consultant. You are working with a dream and although there have been “bridezillas” along the way, the vast majority of them were a pleasure to work with. Like everything else, the time I spent on the roses has not been wasted…the pleasure I’ve had developing the technique is never lost and the many brides and grooms who wrote back to tell me(and show me with photos) of how special the flowers made their day.
My roses have gone to many places over the years…US, Canada, Australia, England and Europe. Some hairy incidents with the postal service…such as the time the box had been held in the clearinghouse because of flooding and made it to the bride on the day…she had gotten a back up…just in case. The bride who needed it in time before she left for her destination wedding. Comic book boutonnieres for the groom/groomsmen who refused to wear flowers. The bouquet that we finally got figured out…over 50 emails! The entire bridal party’s bouquets, wands and boutonnieres that went to the Netherlands…5 boxes worth…and the bride sending me gorgeous pictures of the whole affair. The brides needing something within the month. The bride who told me I charged too much…I very nicely told her that there were plenty of Youtube videos showing the process and that she could get her bridesmaids together and do it as a group project. She thanked me. Two weeks later, I received an email telling me she had done that, they all each made one miserable rose and her bridesmaids told her, “order the flowers cause we aren’t doing this!” All a learning experience.
I’ve decided December 31 to close my Etsy shop…the realization came that for far too long, I’ve focused on items to sell and make. For far too long I’ve left my love of mixed media art, art quilts and upcycling clothing behind…I’d think about doing it and then thinking…oh no, you need to concentrate on making more bouquets to put on the shop… This is the year for me to focus on what I used to love to do and leave the selling mentality behind. Who knows, I might even get back to my doll making/repairs again.
A new year is coming up…time to spend a little time thinking about what is and what is not working in your life…I’m not talking about resolutions or goals or anything like that…I’m just saying that maybe it’s time to spend a little time and see if you are focusing on things that really don’t give you the joy anymore…just a thought…
til next time…Eva