Etsy Selling & Doing What You Love

July 22, 2020

My Etsy History

When I was active in the new age and occult I had an etsy shop called the Mystic Emporium.  I sold occult stuff (which is always a very easy sell) and while I worked at the shop sporadically, everything I listed sold with a wide profit margin.

I closed that shop in 2017 not long after I shut down my home tarot reading biz, local tarot classes and popular metaphysical blog.  

3 False Etsy Starts


I started a new shop in 2018 but really did not know what to do with it.

I had ideas of course.  At first I was going to do Bible art, then I was going to make rosaries, then I was going to sculpt or at least repair Holy statues, then I was going to buy vintage religious items at local flea markets and sell them in the shop.  

In some ways each of those ideas made sense.  I do like art and rosary making and I love buying (though not necessarily selling) old religious stuff.  But the truth is that I don't love any of those things enough to do it all day long which is kind of what a successful etsy shop requires - at least in the beginning, in my experience.

Doing What We Love

I'm not a completely sedentary person.  I have a family and a garden and a partially remodeled house and all of those things require movement.  But I do like sedentary things like reading and writing and digital design (not because their sedentary but because I love to do them).

These are the things that I can do for hours and while I'm doing these things I completely lose track of time.  I lose track of time so completely in fact that if I don't do my housework first and set phone alarms for gardening and remodeling and dinner none of that stuff gets done.

The funny thing is, this is something I've known about myself since I was a kid.  And yet, in the years in between, I got a nursing degree, worked in the field  for fifteen years, made stained glass, learned to sculpt, became a card reading and tarot teacher and remodeled 3 houses (5 units) from top to bottom - not including this one which is far from done.

I did do somethings that were more appropriate to me - like graphic design school and novel writing and blogging - but these were always side gigs.  I have always had a tendency to marginalize what I loved.  

The reason?  One part part wanting to provide for my family.  One part people pleasing.  One part low self-esteem.  

The providing for the people part is understandable and to some degree most of us need to do this.  The people pleasing part, for me at least, has always been about wanting people to validate me.  Because the truth is I like it when people say things like congrats on your promotion or that's a great stained glass lampshade or look at all the cash you made at the psychic fair or thank you (which you hear more than you might think in nursing).  

The low self-esteem part has to do with the need for validation certainly.  But I think that what is at the root of it for me is the idea that what I like doesn't matter.  I would even go so far as to say that this has been an issue all my life.  

So I've had to work at reframing it.

How I Reframe It

I know that ignoring what I love (and what I'm good at) is a way of not honoring who I am.  But reality of it is even bigger.  Because ignoring what we love to do is also ignoring  the talents that God has given us.

That doesn't make us bad people.  But it does make a little ungrateful to the God who created us as well as very out of sync with His plan for our lives.

It also makes life hard.

Those six or seven hours that fly by when I'm writing or designing can move very slowly when I'm doing other things and I'm guessing, that if you have the same problem, that's also true for you. It's not like we never get caught up in or enjoy other things but there is a sense, just the same, of continually moving against the current.

This can be tiring which is why I believe that when we get the chance we should do what we love and go with the flow of that.

Bringing This to Etsy

With etsy, this translates into filling our shops with things we love to make.

It may take a bit of thinking or journaling or praying but if we keep at it we will find that thing that fits our innate interests and talent and makes sense.

For me this means Catholic printables, like vintage style prayer cards and bookmarks, to start, and other items over time.  And I'm hoping that it will also mean epub or pdf versions of my own ebooks when I get them done as well.

And it meant starting this second blog to be accountable and to write a bit about my shop's progress.

By the end of July I hope to have at least six items in my flagship prayer card line.  Which sounds so much easier than it really is...lol.  But that's okay.

Because I love doing it.
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You can visit my shop on etsy at CatholicBookAndCard.com or browse my listing in the Shop right here on this website.  And please let me know what you think.  

More prayer cards coming soon!

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