When folks see the stuff I make right after they get done laughing or saying "too cute!" the next thing out of their mouth is:
You should sell this stuff.
Putting aside the fact that I tend to sew from non-original patterns (which means I technically shouldn't make a store filled with stuff I made from the pattern--though I have separate thoughts on that but that's for another day) I can't imagine how much I'd HATE my sewing if I had to do it "for a living".
Face it. To make money from handmade goods you have to have one (or more) of the following:
1. Fabulous luck
2. All the time in the world.
3. Very few bills and/or earthy needs.
Am I being dramatic?
Yes, a bit.
But lets be honest here.
Most folks are too cheap to pay a "living wage" to someone making a handmade item like, say, a stuffed toy. You see, stuffed toys are easy to come by and have little "value" ("it's just a toy") so folks just aren't going to spend a lot of money for them.
Yeah, some wil but those are few and far between. And to make a living finding those folks you have to WORK. HARD. All the damn time.
Just the thought of that makes not want to ever pick up a needle again and that makes me sad.
So there's no etsy store (or other such thing) in my future.
But that doesn't mean I don't sell stuff. Hey, if someone wants me to make something for them and they want to pay then who am I to stop them.
All that is to say, I have a commission I'm working on now (for a stranger) and after seeing the puppies my mother wants one (for my aunt) and my sister wants six for a friend and THEN, just yesterday a co-worker comes up to me asking if I still make sock monkeys. So I may have a commissioned monkey in my future.
But I'm still not starting a store or any such stuff. I don't want this to become a JOB. It's a fun hobby that might just pay for itself (once in a while).