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
Brandi is helping out at a craft show in Russellville today. She just texted me and said “I love craft fairs”, which does not surprise me at all.
Maybe you can hook up with her and on weekends or maybe over Christmas break she could attend some craft fairs and sell your hand bags.
I’m in! They are starting to take over my house!
I emailed Brandi this website so she can check your stuff out
Funny how are minds work!! I will popping over to check out your bags on etsy!!
Thank you Maureen. I am enjoying your blog!
I need a Mabel and Jean bag before they go mainstream!
Mainstream and cathy in the same breath is stretching it!
Glad I’m not the only one that Etsy and blogging are driving to drink! 😉 Good luck! Definitely going to check out your shop!
Thanks Jayme for being a kindred spirit! Love your blog and want everything you “pinned” from etsy on your blog today.