It is difficult at times to keep your spirits up when you sell your creations. There are so many little things that can bring you down.
I don't know about everyone else but the actual creative process can get very frustrating. There are many times where I just can't get the materials to do what I envision in my mind. Or maybe I daydream while I am making something and have to go back and correct boo-boos. Then there are the times when I get "writers block". All the ideas just seem to leave my brain and I can't put 3 beads on the same string.
Once a piece is finished it can't be listed in the shop until I get good photographs. Now there is a chore. Jewelry is very difficult to photograph. I have taken as many as 50 pictures of an item before I get a half-way presentable picture.
Now the item is listed and the wait is on. Every day without a sale feels like a week. You begin to question your creations, your photographs, your descriptions. Sometimes it gets to the point that you question your ability. I have even come close to closing my shop on two separate occasions..
Both times, within a week of making the decision, I ended up having a great sales day. The first time I sold a bracelet, realized I needed a bubble envelope and while I was at the store, I sold a pair of earrings. Yeah!!! Happy Days!!
The second time I decided to close my shop was last Friday. Today I sold a bracelet early in the day. It is one of my favorite designs. Then late this afternoon I sold 2 pair of earrings and a bracelet to one customer.
You can't buy this feeling. But I sure wish I could bottle it and save it for those frustrating times.