I don't know what I'm doing.....
This space has been a bit quiet of late, and I'm sorry for that. I have this little fancy that I'm going to make up some kids clothes and other bits and pieces and open a little etsy or Big Cartel store and sell them. I have no illusions that I will make thousands from doing it - really, I'd just like it to be able to pay for itself and perhaps a bit extra to finance some of the kids' taekwando lessons. You know, fabric and fighting fees.
So, I've been sewing up little things, set up an instagram account, set up another facebook page and another blog, all with the intention of leaving this one behind and heading full tilt into my new project. Because, I thought, I can't possibly do both. If I'm spending all my free days sewing up goods to sell, I won't have any time to make up new tutorials or any other of the fun stuff I do here.
And that sort of saddens me. Because I love doing this. And I miss it already.
I may not have (and have lately, not had) the time to write up tutorials, but still want the option to be able to do that, especially as I have had piles of ideas, and lots that would complement the clothes I plan to make. I could write up tutorials on the other blog, but to be frank, the idea of starting all over again makes me feel terribly mean, as if I'm abandoning everyone who has supported and followed along on my adventure here thus far. And, as I'm sure has been mentioned in passing a hundred times before within these pages over the course of the last four years, I'm very lazy.
Besides which, when the kids and I make bird heads out of cardboard boxes, we want to be able to show them to you without them looking like they were placed on another blog by mistake. Although I love making kids clothes, and hope that I can sell some, I've kind of worked out that I still need my space for all the other things I love to create and share.
So, my blogging journey is about to take a bit of a turn - it might be a temporary detour, or turn out to be something more concrete. In the next few weeks, you will see a shop link in the sidebar, which will direct you to my (Etsy or Big Cartel) store (I've not decided which yet). My store is called on june or janet (the Maker*land moniker didn't really fit my wares, and I've learnt that it is actually the same name used by other pages/websites - I didn't want there to be any confusion). It'll be a bit like being my own sponsor, I suppose. I've changed my Instagram account to @makerlandblog and it will incorporate both my shop and what I do here (with a couple of happy snaps of the kids and sunsets thrown in for good measure). I'm putting the kybosh on the other blog, but will keep the new facebook page (feel free to visit it and click that 'Like' button).
I hope you'll bear with me during this time. It's a bit of a transition and one I hope will happen smoothly. I want to share everything I'm up to, but at the same time, I don't want to be shoving my new venture down your collective throats and for this blog to become about promoting my store. I may share one or two photos here and there so you can see what I'm up to, but will leave the hard sell to the store's facebook page and Instagram, which you can visit if you're interested. That's the plan anyway, we'll see if it works.
And what's to say my store won't be an epic fail and all this worrying was just a big waste of time and words. In fact, that's the most likeliest scenario yet.