It’s way after midnight and I just sat down after a long day of loom building. I’m sleepy and happy that there will be quite a few CraftSanity Looms under trees around the globe this holiday season. While I have barely begun my own holiday preparations, I’ve been shipping out looms as fast as I can this week because this is what you do when you operate a handmade business.
You take the business when it comes and you bust your rear during the holiday rush.
You keep making stuff even when you’re tired.
You cheerfully field lots of questions in between making and packing boxes because you continue to thank your lucky stars that people are interested in what you make.
You price your products fairly because you believe you (and every other maker out there) deserve a living wage.
You work harder than you’ve ever worked for anyone else and you feel both liberated and exhausted by your independence.
You thank the people who make what you do possible, from your customers to the kind stranger who holds the door for you at the post office to the people who love you unconditionally and put up with the messes you make during a typical handmade business day.
You don’t expect to get rich or famous, but you stick with it because you know in your heart that it’s the right thing to do at this exact point in your life.
You high five other handmade business owners because they get it.
We are makers. This is what we do.