*takes deep calming breaths*
I'm coming clean...
The reading slump is real, but's it's only half the story. The truth is I've been distracted and this is the cause of my distraction:
So WTF is November12?
I've become a crafter and November12 is my new baby. It's a "label" I want to create that offers handmade bookmarks, boutonnière, bows & blooms (hair accessories), and other things that I can craft and think of later down the road. I try not to be trendy, I do take inspiration from other things that I like, but mostly I am going for a more traditional, classic, (hopefully) timeless pieces.
November12 is or was my mom's birthday, and she was the premier crafter of the family. I grew up to her making all sorts of things from decors to souvenirs. She passed away several years ago, and now that I've taken up her crafting mantle, my son and I thought that it would be a fitting homage to her.
How & Why?
In a nutshell, my sister started a children's clothes line and she suggested that I make accessories to go with the stuff she's making. I played around, found much enjoyment from it, and I never stopped since. November12's been over a month old and I love how it's become this exciting creative outlet for me.
I've been joining my sister in her bazaar's and other events. It's been fun meeting people and fellow crafters. It was scary at first, challenging because I want to have my own thing that's different from what everyone else has, and exciting at the same time. There's competition everywhere, but I've applied my blogger guts to the whole thing and decided to go for it.
I must admit, coming out to y'all about November12 is fucking scary! I've been procrastinating on this post for a couple of weeks now and just decided to bite the bullet and go for it. For some reason I feel vulnerable, I guess it's normal to feel protective over this so I try no to overthink it.
Ultimately, I guess it's the fear of being judged, of having people thinking that what I created won't be good enough. But then again, my blogger guts would kick in and I've adapted the mentality that just like most things, not everyone is going to like/love what I do. What's important is I stand by it and I'm enjoying this new project.
I haven't decided if I want to start an Etsy store yet. I'm still studying the pros and cons, my concern lies on the shipping and if it's more costly than the product itself. I still have to study Etsy so for now, you'll see my stuff here on the blog or on my Facebook and Google+ pages.
Show Us Already!
Because I'm a bookworm by heard, I'll start with some of the bookmarks that I've made. These are made of grosgrain, silk, and other fabric ribbons. It's adjustable and has two sizes: Small (paperbacks) and Large (Hardbacks).
And because it's handmade, no two pieces are alike and I can mix and match colors depending on your specifications (team color, holiday theme, motif, etc.). Like in the photo below, a friend asked me to create a bookmark based on her favorite College football team and a Halloween themed one. Currently, I'm selling these for $4 a piece.
My new venture might not exactly be book related, but I thought I'd share with you why I've been inconsistent with my book blogging duties lately. I'll be sharing more of my pieces later on and I hope you'll like them. If not, I still thank you in advance for checking it out.
Thank you for allowing me to share this with you, I hope y'all have a fantastic week ahead!