Hello all you lovely makers!
Kelly here, back with OML's question of the week.
Accomplishment. It's an interesting word, and one that holds different meaning to each and every one of us. This week, we asked some of you knitters and crocheters a tough question: what is your biggest accomplishment as a maker?
Maybe your biggest accomplishment is learning to knit after years of crocheting. Maybe it's seeing your handmade items displayed in the window of a local retail store. Maybe it's hitting 100 sales in your Etsy shop. One maker's norm could be the accomplishment of a lifetime in another's maker's book, it all depends on our dreams and goals, what we have already accomplished, where we are in our handmade career (if a career is what we want to call it at all), and how ambitious we are when it comes to our maker lives.
Ready to talk about accomplishments? Let's go!
For me, leaving my 9-5 job and delving into the handmade market scene full time last fall and winter has got to be up there in terms of my biggest accomplishment. With only a handful of events under my belt as a vendor from the previous year (when I did my very first market, ever), I still had a lot of questions and uncertainties as an entrepreneur. Yet there I was, leaving behind a safe, steady income to plunge into the depths of craft fairs. Crazy? Probably. But I'm so proud of myself for taking that chance, and now I'm getting ready to do it all over again starting this September.
Accomplishment to me was conquering my fear of essentially channeling my inner saleswoman as a shy and timid introvert. It was facing my own personal doubts about putting my work out there in person where I couldn't hide behind an online shop. It was overcoming the challenge of working day and night to stock and restock in preparation for the next event. It was conquering that bad habit of second-guessing my handmade business, about whether supporting myself as a small business owner was possible. I say accomplishment is relevant, because I met vendors who did all that 15 years ago.
At first I felt discouraged. The level these other makers had reached years before I even considered entering the handmade market world almost dulled my excitement. What they had accomplished, the goals they had already achieved, almost gave my accomplishment a little less sparkle. Almost.
We see the words time and time again: One person's success does not mean another's failure. Instead of kicking myself for taking so long to get there, I gave myself a pat on the back for doing something out of my comfort zone. I made it. In my own time, at my own pace, and I earned the right to be proud of my accomplishment because I worked hard.
Here's what Jenny of Fru Nordström, Michelle of MJ’s Off The Hook Designs, Olga of
Oilega, and Michele of @144stitches had to say about their biggest maker accomplishments.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as a maker?
What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment as a maker? No matter how big or small you feel your successes have been, we want to hear about your journey! Share your story with us in the comments below, or tag us with#ourmakerlife on our @ourmakerlife IG with a cool pic for a chance to be featured on our feed!
If you have a question in mind you would like to see answered by fellow makers, just send us a quick 'OML QOTW' email - we'd love to put together a QOTW with you.
Kelly, OML dream team
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind @knitbrooks: handmade modern knitwear inspired by nature’s endless beauty. After completing a photojournalism program, Kelly used both knitting and crocheting as a way to relax after a long day working as a reporter/photographer. This hobby has since transformed into a way to combine her love of creating fashionable knitwear, with her passion for photography, a cozy lifestyle, and her awe and admiration of the untouched wilderness.