Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Quit Talking And Begin Doing

It's been five months since I wrote my Magic Maker post where I rediscovered and redefined my purpose.  And it's been five years since I first made my Mickey American Flag dress that I debuted on the 4th of July in 2016.  I'm so proud of my dress and how much people love it.  I've gotten so many compliments each time I've worn it!

The Mickey American Flag dress was just the beginning.  I was so happy with it that I created a few more.  I've worn my Mouseketeer one a few times- including at the D23 Expo in 2017 and for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2019.  I wore my Disney Cruise Line dress on Embarkation Day on our first cruise.  The cast member at check in loved it so much that she let Eliot and I go in the Castaway Club line!  Then, I wore my Halloween print to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2016.  I also have a few other dresses in my closet that I just haven't worn yet.  (Let's just say that I wasn't 100% happy with how a few of them turned out.)

I haven't worked on any new designs in years.  However, I did have a few other dress and skirt designs that I made on my old college laptop before it died.  (When I lost my computer, I also lost access to my designs and the software.)  As you know from my Calendar Conundrum, I haven't replaced the software yet.  But that ends soon.

For five years now, I have talked about opening my own clothing shop and dreamed about creating a clothing line.  I've never jumped in for one reason or another.  I've talked myself out of it so many times that it's ridiculous.  At one point, I thought I would need physical samples or no one would buy them.  (Not true because I know of a few other successful Etsy shops who only sell based off renderings.)  Other times, I've been afraid my designs aren't as good as other shops.  (My ideas are different... which would probably be beneficial.)  Most recently, I've allowed not having my old laptop and my design software to stop me from moving forward.

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."  - Walt Disney

This afternoon, I finally quit talking and began doing.  I prepared to take the plunge to open my Wish Upon A Wardrobe clothing shop over on Etsy.  In an ironic twist of fate, once I finally got myself logged into my account, I realized that I had already taken the steps to open the shop way back in January of 2019.  For almost two and half years, it's sat there untouched just waiting for me to return.

So instead of opening the shop, I spent a few minutes this afternoon updating the shop and setting a few things up.  Right now, it's pretty bare bones, but I've gotten over the biggest hurdle by opening it and making an effort to prepare it for opening.   

Over the next few weeks, I'll be making item listings and getting the shop policies and announcements set up.  It's going to be a much different business model then both Happily Ever Hatter and Snowblade Creations so I can't just copy & paste everything word for word from those shops.  But I've got plenty of experience working with Etsy shops and shop design, so I'm not too worried about doing that part.

Soon, I'll be selling the dresses that I've waited five years to release.  I'm also working on getting my design software again.  I've recently realized just how much I've missed designing- especially when working with Canva making stuff for my blog updates.  

I still have a ways to go before I'm running at full capacity.  I'll probably have to re-learn a bit of the design software.  I'm also planning to learn totally new software that I can use to digitally draw things on my iPad Pro.  But all of that will come in time.

For today, I'm celebrating this small milestone on the path to my dream of having a clothing line.  I can't wait to see you grow up Wish Upon a Wardrobe!  °o°

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