Remember me talking about the online shopping site for all things handmade? Etsy?
Well, late, late that night, I did. I opened a shop on Etsy called grayson’s creations. Figured I’d have a few days to figure out how to get it set up well. You know. Read the fine print. Research a bit about shipping costs. Check out the competition. Research the name a bit better. (I have owned the graysonscreations.com domain name for a while, as well as the same name registered to me on Etsy…so it seemed like a good idea…)
BUT, to open the shop, one must list at least ONE item for sale AND link a bank account. So I did. With 20% sales going to local Orange, VA charity called the Christian Emergency Council. (Same charity I supported by knitting and selling over 30 tiny Christmas trees this past holiday. More on that another day.)
Feeling frisky, I also set up an event on facebook through my OrangeVACommunityMakers group to teach a local fleece hat making workshop for today. Raising funds for same local charity. (More on that side project also in a later post!)
Well… my. world. is. now. all fleece. all. the. time.
Etsy item sold. Emails led to 3 more sales. Workshop happened. Only a few folks, but they wanted to help make hats to raise funds for donation. Orders need mailing… Larry the Squirrel is running circles in my brain.
Now, how to leverage this energy and move forward, creating a sustainable business that can support me, my family, and my local community? It all comes back to human rights… if I want to live my life with integrity, I have to put my energy to this end. Excited to see it happening.
Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
Remarks at the United Nations, March 27, 1958