Are you bothered?

When one works for themselves, you look to those who came before you.

There are lots of artists that offer us inspiration.

The ones who succeed, we take what they have learned and try to apply those lessons to what we are doing. The ones who aren’t, well, we take that experience and tuck it away to remember and also remember a good idea, poorly done, is just as bad.

There is so much to juggle. Not only making the art you want to sell, but also the booking of shows, the advertising, marketing, promotions, blogging, emails, etc.

We’ve been doing this full time for about two years now. We’re still trying to get a schedule and routine down.

It’s not an easy thing.

The show part, we’ve got down pat. The rest of it, well, we have a few hang ups.

First of which is the mentality of “Oh, I don’t want to bother people with that post, photo, email…”

We also realize if we want to succeed at an online business as well as an in person one, we have to get over that.

Our customers have to know where we’re going to be and what new things we’re doing. We have to keep them interested so they will come to us.

We’re learning that is where advertising and marketing come in.

My rational mind knows this. The not so rational part…not so much.

I see other maker run businesses that we follow; I wait (sometimes not so patiently) for their next FB post, or to see the newest thing they’re working on via an IG post. Or, during the morning email check, I see the new sculpture, photo, painting, doodle, or whatever and damn it, I’m so happy to see it!

Then I think, maybe other people might be doing the same thing I am and are eagerly awaiting the new WeeGonza Bazaar post. It could happen.

Good wishes, much love, much happiness, and look for us much, much more.

Updates are coming!

Things are changing here at WeeGonza Bazaar! We’ve been busy making new things, participating at shows and Comicons, and lots of R & D!

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The benefits of lists

I make lists all the time for Jonathan. Not to do lists, you understand, just lists. Mostly about how awesome he is or how much I love him, or all the things he does for me so that he knows how much I appreciate him.

We are doing a big clean out of the rooms in our house, getting rid of things that have been owning us. You know, the “I’m going to do something with this someday” kind of shit.

He came across one of my lists that he had kept in his studio. It is a “thank you” list for some of the things he does for me that I am thankful for. Among those items was an entry for “supporting me with my bead stuff”.

Now, this list is probably five or six years old by now. All these things on this list are still very relevant. Including that entry. What is different, however, is the “bead stuff” entry. He has successfully brow beat me so that my “bead stuff” is now Weegonza Bazaar. A legitimate avenue for us to pursue our creativity. My “bead stuff” now includes, paper craft, mixed media, silversmithing, lapidary, props, costuming, and metal work. Not to mention, more creativity in my daily life… should see my garden!

His support has made it possible for me to get up the guts to actually take the dive, and do this for real. We spent a long time watching our friends do what they loved to do while making money for themselves, working for themselves. For the longest time, I was to afraid of failing. What would I do if I failed. How would that change me in Jonathan’s eyes?

He gave me some good advice: “Fail faster. It’s the only way you’re going to learn.” I didn’t believe him at first. Now I do. I look at it like a piece of jewelry I’m designing. I spend hours designing, fiddling, and moving pieces. When I think it’s the way I want, I put it together. Then, the moment of truth…..sometimes, I hate it. So what do I do? Is there much gnashing of teeth? Tearing of hair? Wailing? Probably not. There is disappointment, yes. Frustration? Certainly. After all that, though, is relief. I can take that piece apart and either re-do it a different way or take out components that don’t work and try something different.

I look at what I’m doing now and I realize that I can apply that to everything I do everyday. I give it my best, work around problems or come up with solutions. The important part is that I love what I’m doing and I love who I’m doing it with. Me and him.

Running your own business is a good way to thicken your skin and boost your self-esteem for sure. You are responsible for what goes in and what comes out. There is no supervisor over your shoulder yammering at you about dead lines, or the company line.
Which is scary and freeing at the same time.

So, thank you Jonathan, for teaching me to fly.