I no longer have the energy for a traditional job. I've done my time with that. I put up with a lot of BS over the years and that includes when I was working night and day designing counted cross stitch. From here on in, I do things my way and in my time.
Now, Etsy, in it's infinite
Honestly, do those of us who work our butts off to make quality, genuine handmade items need the extra challenge of trying to break through that kind of competition? And I don't want to hear that "if my items are good quality, they'll sell". My items ARE good quality! My mother and I are expert needleworkers and seamstresses. But for some reason, it's damned hard to get consistent sales despite the quality of our work. Despite my good photos, excellent descriptions and customer service which is second to none! Despite my online reputation and despite everything I've done to make at decent living at this.
It's almost as if Etsy is deliberately trying to weed out the little guy who can only produce so much work so fast. Quality takes time. And as far as I'm concerned, if someone wants mass produced junk, then go down to the Walmart! Etsy has always been about handmade. I guess they've gotten too big for their britches and lost the mentality that handmade comes from the heart.
But mom and I haven't lost that mentality. Our handmade items ARE quality, they ARE genuine handmade and they DO come from our hearts!
So with all that said, and Etsy, I hope you're listening to this Handmade shop owners opinion, I will share our latest quality genuine handmade items.
My mom has made 2 more pretty Handmade Hanging Hearts: