The third and final part of my Bible restoration project...
When they say something's sucked the living life out of you and drained you till you're devoid of emotion, this unfruitful online business of mine is definitely it. I spent a decade horning-in on my craft and spent 4yrs running an online business that's only yielded few sales with a great amount of 'Likes'. Meaning, people like the products but it's not translating into sales.
In that time, I spent countless amount of money building the business and at the end of the day, have nothing to show for it. So, I sought advice as usual from my father and on his wise counsel, I decided to close down the business.
I will still take-on commissions as I seem to get more work offline than online and have repeat customers offline too. I will also keep writing my blog as it's my creative outlet and even if I don't make crafts to sell, I won't stop crafting, as it's an extension of who I am.
I just had to face some home truths about running an online business and realised that I no longer have the energy to pour money down the drain. Especially in the days of algorithms.
I have given this business my all and it has taken a decade of back-breaking work that has yielded no fruit, so like my father said, 'A business that's not yielding profit is no business at all' and on that note, I've decided to take a break to re-evaluate things.
As I write this, I feel somewhat excited and free at the prospects of spending more time crafting just for leisure. This is by no means the end of my business escapades, as I'm not one to give up on things. Actually, I'm like a dog with a bone and this time, I must simply let go of this bone, for there are other bones I can surely chew on.
So, as I take a hiatus from selling online, you can still contact me through the links below:
You can also find me on my You tube channel by clicking the You Tube Channel Icon on the top right corner of the website above.
Please note: Kemiwestdesigns.com will no longer be active from 30 June, 2018.
As they say, it's not good bye, it's see you later. Stay blessed and well loved! Kemi xx
Here's the second part of my Bible restoration project...
Couldn't help myself when I saw this over-used Bible on a recent visit to see a loved one. I just knew I had to restore it back to its lustre form. Will post my working progress and the outcome on completion of the project. I had fun doing it and look forward to doing more projects like these in future.
For me, the definition of wealth is subjective. When I think of wealth, I don't instinctively think of money, abundance or opulence. Instead, I think of the things I deem valuable, the simple, imperfect things in life that's often ignored. These are the things that puts a smile on my face and enriches my life and that, is what I call wealth. For this reason, the quote below echoes my sentiments exactly, as we all have something we hold dear, which may not mean much to others, but has great sentimental value to us.
Long before I started working for myself, I worked full-time in a non-creative role. When I started the business, I decided to continue working full-time as I knew it would take some time for the business to grow. Aside from this, I realised that the business may not necessarily generate regular stream of income like my day job and I needed the regular income to pay the bills. It's simple, paid bills leads to a clear head and having a clear head gives me the freedom to create.
Living in London, means seeing almost three-fourth of your income go towards rent, so it's safe to say, having a day job makes good business sense for a small craft business like mine. Even when I make little to no sales, I am still able to create work I enjoy and not create work just for the sake of making money. In the process of creating work I enjoy, I've had some work commissioned which ended up being more rewarding than the crafts I made to sell.
My decision to be self-employed and have a full-time day job, is by no means unique to me, as most of the self-employed people I know do exactly the same. Without the privilege of a day job, I don't think I would have been able to set-up a business, let alone run and maintain one.
I have learnt through my day job the art of self-discipline, as no matter what happens, whether good or bad, I must show up and deliver the job I am paid to do. It means even when I've had a busy week crafting back to back, attending workshops and fulfilling orders, I still have to be on my utmost best when I turn up for work, no matter how tired I am.
I have also adapted the discipline I gleaned from my day job to my craft making, as it has helped me immensely, especially when working to strict deadlines. Personally, I find that it is a necessity to have a day job until the business grows and one is in a position to give up the day job.
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Had great fun at the wellbeing festival today at Cooltan Arts making different crafts such as embroidery, card making and recycling old materials into new crafts. It's great to see arts and crafts being used to improve mental health and wellbeing.
I recently had a conversation with a fellow artist who was convinced 'creativity can't be taught'. He felt creativity is an innate ability which someone exhibits naturally and reckons no amount of education can make someone creative. After our conversation, I started to think and ask myself this question, 'Can creativity be taught? Or is it an innate ability?'
Before I could explore this question further, I had to reflect on my own creative journey to ascertain what creativity means to me. Looking back, I realised I had some natural skills that I knew how to use intuitively without being taught. Yet, there were other skills I had to learn in a taught environment which helped me improve creatively on the long-term.
A good example of this, is learning how to gain new inspiration from one's surroundings, which is a great tool to have when experiencing creative blocks. There are many more creative skills that can be taught to help foster innovative thinking, that can in turn, lead to pioneering inventions. Therefore, I strongly believe creativity can be taught.
It is also important to note, that creativity is not in any way limited to the Arts. It's a process that can be applied to any works of life, as innovative ideas are prerequisites for any organisation looking to grow. Even society at large, can reap immense benefits from creativity as it's a great problem solving tool.
Whilst researching this topic, I came across the You Tube video below by Sir Ken Robinson entitled 'Can creativity be taught?' and was glad to find I wasn't the only one who thinks creativity can and should be taught. It's a very insightful video and I hope you find it useful. Let's keep creating and keep teaching creativity so we can add value to ourselves and others!
No one is happy twenty-four seven, life is not that perfect. Therefore, the next time you see someone in a happy place, don't be envious, because you don't know their journey. Neither do you know what they've been through inorder to get to that one moment in time when they feel happy. It's so easy to see someone at their best and think they are more successful than you, just remember that everyone's gifts, talents and time, is different. Ultimately, we must learn to be comfortable in our own skin and to be equally confident in our calling once we discover what it is.
There's a wise African proverb that says, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' Therefore, Mothering Sunday is for every woman who has ever helped to nurture another, with random acts of kindness,
good deeds and encouragement. To you I say, Happy Mother's Day!
Welcome to my random blog, where I share the things that inspire me from time to time. My faith, nature and the simple or imperfect things in life, are what brings me joy and inspires my work. Do feel free to stop by and browse.