Well I finally did it. I entered the blogosphere.
I always wondered what my blog would feature. My writing samples that I have dreamed of being published in a literary magazine? My interest in interior design and decorating? And of course it hit me, knitting!!
Last month, I decided to finally open my very own Etsy shop. I have been dreaming of doing this for years, but was intimidated by the process. What if I never make a sale? All that time and effort for nothing? I realized that failure didn't matter to me. I would be doing something I loved and was passionate about. And if I never tried it, I would always be wondering what it would be like.
Back in 2012, I graduated from the English program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I had extremely high hopes that by the end of the summer, I would be done with my first novel and on my way to being published. It's been two years since, and I am still on page 35 of my first story. I knew I had a passion for writing, but without the college setting, I didn't know if I would succeed. I didn't have my writing friends to push me or help me with a new story. I decided then that I had to refocus. If I combined my many interests, I would have something I wanted to wake up for.
Knitting has been an interest of mine since I first learned at age ten. My first few projects were the typical wonky scarf that ended up with five times the amount of stitches that I started out with. Unintentionally of course. I tried many different crafts growing up, but knitting was the one I knew I wanted to succeed at. I started out by making bright and colorful blankets for a children's shelter. It was so rewarding to make a tangible product for a someone I knew would need and cherish it. Especially for someone my own age. I kept pushing myself and kept learning how to make new projects. I loved making children's mittens and being able to customize them to a child's tastes and preferences.
In the fall of 2013, my mom came to visit me at my new home in River Falls. We visited a local art shop, Garden Divas, that sold many different pieces from local artists. A sign in their shop said, " Know someone who makes cool stuff? Send them our way!" I introduced myself, and the owner and I decided that I would make child mittens and women's fingerless gloves for her to sell at the store. I had checked back a few times and my knitted goods were being sold! I knew then that I had something going for me, and I really wanted to expand that passion.
I wasn't sure where to begin, and it took me many months to finally gain the courage to open my own Etsy shop. I was afraid of putting my own work out there. I took the leap, and I am extremely glad that I did. I'm still in the process of building my shop and my stock, but I know it will do well. It just takes time.
I decided to name my shop after my kitty Leo, who I had for one year. I was renting the basement of a house from a family that lived on the main floor. Leo was a rescue kitty that my housemate had found on the side of the road. He loved coming down to the basement and playing with whatever he could get his paws on. Fluffy yarn, my current projects, or anything that was laying out. Unfortunately, he passed away this past Christmas, and I knew I had to dedicate my shop to his memory.
So please come visit me at my shop: www.LeosLovelyTreasures.etsy.com. I have items that are ready to ship to you! And of course, if there is something else you would be interested in, I'd be happy to make a custom order for you!
I'm a recent college graduate, living the dream day by day, and knitting as much as I can.