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Is it a failure or a lesson learned?

In April of 08 a friend and I decided we would try to sell our quilting on line. We opened a shop on Etsy and watched it every day for sales. We got the treasured hearts which told us folks were looking at our work and liked it. That was a boost to our moral but no sales came. Then finally we sold something. It was very exciting. Our first sale was to a lady in Paris, so we were introduced to shipping out of the US. We continued to sell items, but not enough to make it worth while. We learned a lot threw this experience, but sadly we decided last week to close our shop. With the these hard times this just wasn't the time to try to sell our work. 
At first I felt like I'd failed, but after giving it some thought I felt differently. I went out on a limb and did something I might not have done only several years before. I took a chance. I also know how much I learned doing this. I am grateful for this experience. One of the best lesson I learned during this time is what I really love to make. I think large quilts are beautiful and really admire people who make them, but my true love is for wall hangings. I love the freedom of designing my own patterns and mixing in my other loves of painting and drawing. I had no idea when I first started making quilts that my creations would ever end up in this direction. It's a wonderful way for me to express myself. So all in all I've learned a lot and would have to say it's been a success. Now moving forward I am going to finish up several larger projects I'd let sit (UFO). After these are completed I plan on making not what I think will sell, but what my heart sings to create. I look forward to this next part of my quilting experience with excitement, and a fresh outlook. 


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