printing fabric for some new goodies
Hullo everybody! My name is Kathleen and the super sweet and super wonderful Liz has asked me to do a wee little post about my shop.
I run Scout & Lilly, an Etsy shop where I sell vintage and handmade items. It’s a little bit of everything – I screen print towels, do lino block prints, and sell a mix of fun (and sometimes a bit random) vintage goods. I opened the shop in August, and it’s been pretty crazy from the start. Being a self-taught artist has led to some frustrating times (ok, being honest, they were pretty much meltdowns). But it’s not all bad! I really do love it. It’s a learning process and there’s ALWAYS somewhere to improve. I’m sure Liz can agree! (Editor’s note: Yes. Liz can agree.)
making a mess
Here are some things that make me super duper happy:
1. My ADD is fully satisfied, because I get to dabble in WHATEVER I want. No seriously – ANYTHING. I get to paint, carve, cut, silk screen, collect, print, or sew. It’s amazing.
2. I get to use my hands. I used to work in the floral industry, then chose a job in local government (for all the standard reasons – more money, more stable hours, blah blah blah). While it was a great experience and I learned a lot, I ultimately realized that I need the kind of employment that will challenge me mentally as well as encourage my artistic faculties.
3. The freedom. It’s wonderful to be able to do this on my own time. While risking stating the obvious, not having a traditional job enables me to do more because I have more time.
… and these are the things that suck noodles:
1. I get to do whatever I want (sensing a trend?). While this is a beautiful thing, it’s hard to know which direction to take the shop. I have SO MANY IDEAS, but lack the funds and the experience to know what to make. It is so frustrating sometimes!
2. I get to use my hands. Being self-trained, everything I do is an experiment, which means a lot of mistakes are made. It’s equal parts aggravating and rewarding to someone with as many OCD tendencies as I have.
3. The freedom. While I have the time to do whatever I want, I’m also able to procrastinate like nobody’s business when I’m stuck, so I have to set myself short-term and long-term goals to keep myself on track.
So in honor of the shop getting started, I’m giving away one of my neon pink and gold lino block prints! If you’d like to win, just leave a comment and a winner will be randomly selected! Good luck!
Thanks Kathleen- for being honest about the good, bad and ugly of owning your own business, but also for the super sweet giveaway! Leave a comment to enter, folks! Winner will be announced next Friday!
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