If my family lived near Cape Cod I would move there in a heartbeat. We visited for a short time the early part of last summer for a beautiful wedding. I fell in love with the cottage style homes and landscaping with an abundance of hydrangeas growing in every yard. The foliage and trees reminded me of the place I grew up but still right on the ocean where you get the waves and the breeze. In my mind the Cape set a tone for a simpler way of life, a slower pace if you will. Maybe it's because I equate the beach with vacation and not having to rush, rush, rush. To top it off I've been swooning over the homes that Erin from House of Turquoise has been featuring and they all have the color scheme and decor I've been licking my lips over.
I said all of that to introduce you to one of my latest projects and I sure hope it makes you smile. My husband and I recently acquired a couple of beach cruisers. L-O-V-E them!!! They're a lot of fun to ride around our little development. I ride mine down to the garden and I wanted a basket so I could carry my fresh pickings back with me. Now I think I just might need a crate for the back of the bike. I'm getting so many squash and zucchini and this is just the beginning of harvest season. Anyways, back to the subject at hand. I picked up this great basket at Tarjay but it wasn't complete. I had to put my own stamp on this lovely little find. I developed my own pattern, picked out the fabrics I wanted to use from my existing stash and then embellished it with pennants strung along a thin red ribbon. There's even a strip of pockets along the inside of the liner for my cellphone and keys. The fabric patterns and colors are so fun and when I'm riding my bike I feel much younger than I am and it conjures up fond childhood memories. You should try it.
So I've been agonizing over whether or not to start up an Etsy Shop and start selling these lovely little liners. Then in true form I over think E-V-E-R-Y detail because that's how I am. What if I invest the time in this start-up and nothing comes of the venture? Is there a big enough market for my designs? What if no one likes them? How will I handle fabric choices? Will I even have the time to make these for others? Is this really what I am supposed to do? Is it the right decision? Should I focus purely on graphic design? Oh my word it's like a broken record that plays in my head and haunts me with every idea I have and instead of launching forward, I freeze. Then frustration comes. Frustration with myself for not proceeding forward and missing a possible opportunity.
"A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." This scripture applies to following Christ and being on the fence, not following wholeheartedly. It can also apply to every decision you have in life. If there is constant indecision it leaves you in a state of paralysis. Is there anything in your life that you haven't moved on because of fear or indecision?
What's stopping me? I've got a wonderfully supportive, handsome, husband. I had to throw the handsome part in there. After all, it's true! There won't be huge start up fees with an Etsy Shop.
I'm pretty sure you will be seeing an online store with my name on it in the very near future. So if you want a basket liner for your very own beach cruiser let me know.
Good news... as of this morning (06-15) I opened my very own Etsy Shop. I've only got one item listed and it's the basket liner but if you love her as much as I do maybe you'll want one too!
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p.s. While I typed up this post my wee one covered herself in Desitin. I cleaned her up. Then she went on to emptying the end table packed full of blankets all over the living room. If that wasn't enough she sat in the kitchen sink and emptied dish soap all over herself
I need a vacation. What are the chances that I would get whisked away to Cape Cod for a long weekend without children?