A (big, huge) part of running a tiny handcraft business is PR, which, unfortunately, is not something I happen to be a big huge fan of doing, mostly because my time is pretty well used up with the making of stuff, the parenting of kids, the trying to have a conversation with my husband now & again, &, lately, the obsessing over fabric. However, sometimes everything falls into place, I catch an opportunity at the right time, & I get in on some cool stuff, like the latest thing I've been working on: a big batch of my star felt bracelets going off to be part of The Sampler's* goodie bag at the gift lounge thingy for the MTV Movie Awards (you know, when celebrities get to go into a room & be given lots of presents just for showing up & being famous? Yeah.).
I've already sent in some superstar tees in adult sizes, & now I'm getting to ready to send these:
Because I have no idea who's going to be getting these, I tried to avoid too much pink glitter, so they're a little more understated, colorwise, than my usual batch of wristbands. (My standard bracelet customer is female, but every now & then a guy will pick one up & look completely fantastic in it. It seems to be self-selecting: if a guy even thinks of trying on a glitter wristband, chances are he can totally pull off the look.)
Turns out that having to put a zillion snaps on a whole bunch of bracelets is the perfect moment to listen to Alicia's interview on CraftSanity, which I recommend as a charming & inspirational way to pass the time. Those of you who have heard it will know why it was amusing to listen to while I was doing assembly-line style work. I am slowly figuring out a good balance between my work crafting, which is often "mass production" (although really, how "mass" can it be when it's just me doing the producing?), & my pleasure crafting, for which I often choose painstaking, one-of-a-kind projects. I find different elements of each type of work satisfying, although there's always some place in the middle of any kind of time-consuming project that I wish I was doing the other thing.
With this out the door & nothing too "mass" coming up next, maybe now it's time to take time to plant the tomatoes I picked up at the annual Tilth sale, maybe get started on that next quilt I've been thinking about. Relaxing, painstaking, rewarding stuff.