Well, I kept hoping that Friday’s post would appear by magic, but no luck there. Today’s post is a quick look into how my mind works. Be scared, be very scared. As mentioned in this post, I am a scientist in my real life. My “pretend” life is a different story. This is going to be a meandering tale so stay with me please.
A year or so ago, the company where I work was sold. We were told that within two years our jobs would be going south to Texas. Well that spurred me on to think about the future. I decided I needed a hobby to carry forward into retirement. Making leather bags was what I chose.
I know, golf or bridge would have been easier. So off I go, merrily making bags. Of course, I never thought past MAKING the bags, like what to do with them afterwards. A 100 bags later, everyone I knew (and some ladies I did not know) started saying “STOP CATHY, we do not need anymore %^$*@ bags”. And the same nice ladies said I needed to sell my bags. Well duh, that had not occurred to me and I had to think about that. By thinking about that, I mean I jumped right in.
So, I opened an ETSY shop (here) and off I went. That lead to a need to learn photography, marketing and coming up with a store name. Sheesh, all I wanted was a hobby. So, as any scientist would do, I researched the heck out of this ETSY stuff. I bought books and more books, scoured the internet and drank heavily! Well, those dang books said I needed a BLOG! Of course that entailed buying more books and even more books, more googling and a trip to buy more whiskey.
And I haven’t even started on the photography angle that is needed for blogging and for selling bags…of course, that is obvious!! I also do not own a camera!
After all my research, I decided to enroll in the THE BLOG CLASS. That turned out to be a fabulous decision, a great class and very patient teachers! Thank you Emily and Ryan.
So, now I have my hobbies, my job is going south and I am moving to the next phase of life. So let’s get to the reason I am writing this post. I have sold two bags on ETSY. Since I think exponentially, that becomes 20 bags, then 200 bags, then 2000 and so on until….I get to 2 million bags pretty quickly. Of course, I have to make those bags,
keep up this “bleeping” blog, learn photography, design said bags
and generally buy a lot more whiskey. But next thing you know, my bags will be splashed all over PINTEREST and just like that, I have become the NEXT KATE SPADE! It could happen, she is from Kansas City and so is my husband. Kate Spade went to Notre Dame de Sion all -girl Catholic prep school and so did my sister-in-law. She is young and cute and I am …Okay, let’s just say this one doesn’t fit, shall we?
So, there you have it. Cathy’s brain works in mysterious and strange ways, BUT I keep going forward and buying more whiskey!9 Comments