Commitment and Creating

I am terrible at commitment. I prefer to visit people than to have them over, because then I can leave on my own terms. Collins aside, I have never stayed at a job for a full year. I am always starting a new story without finishing an old one. I sometimes change my clothes two or three times in a day. And don’t even get me started on relationships!

My commitment issues are coupled with an inherent frustration at my inability to do a thing. For example, despite owning a guitar for months, I can still only play about two chords. It’s not that I don’t want to learn, but I get too frustrated with my current lack of knowledge and talent, and get even more frustrated when I try and practice, because I can’t seem to get it right. I can’t do it yet so I put it off, so I can’t do it because I put it off. It’s a vicious cycle.

All of my creative pursuits are often like this. So when I decided to start The Elegant Fox, my friend asked me that question I was secretly dreading; ‘will you stick with it?’ At first, I wasn’t sure. That’s partly why I put it off for so long. But the more I thought about it, the more I came to realise the answer. And it’s applicable to all of my creations. Basically, I don’t need to be doing everything all at once. And the beauty of doing my own thing, is that I have some leeway. None of my creative pursuits are necessary, and I don’t do them for anyone else but me. So I have all the time in the world. And if I need to take a break from sewing so I don’t get bored or overwhelmed, then I can. It’s incredibly liberating.

I’ve woken up every morning for the last week thinking about sewing. It’s all I want to be doing! If I could afford to take time off work to sew, I would! So this weekend I sewed another apron for the shop, and today I made the first of my bow ties. And it occurred to me that even if I’m not sewing all the time, I’m invested  enough in it that I can justify opening the shop and selling my stuff. And there’s my answer.

Maybe the solution to my commitment is being able to walk away and remember why I love something. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that. If nothing else, it’s a theory worth testing out! I’ll let you know, but in the meantime, here are some of my recent creations.

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More aprons, aprons galore.
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Batman bow ties are my current fave.

A Fox and a Fledgling Business

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Recently, I made the decision to go ahead with my plan to start a small ‘business’. I don’t own a shop, and I didn’t invest in anything. All I did was decide that I would start putting my sewing skills to good use, develop them a bit, and hopefully start making a little bit of extra cash. But I’m a hopelessly hopeless adult, so it’s been a somewhat slow process.

The first thing I did was register my business name and secure myself an ABN. Basically, this allows me to trade under a business name, and I’m registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. When I received the letter in the mail telling me that I was an official business owner, I got a little bit excited, and thus, The Elegant Fox was born! There’s something about taking that first step that just seemed really positive. From there, I kind of got sidetracked. Life has a way of…well, getting in the way.

The next step in the process was to organise a logo. I contacted my tattoo artist (an insanely talented fellow and all around rad dude) and threw some ideas at him. He was happy to oblige, and within a week, I had myself a dapper little character to go with the business name. Once I was happy with everything, and had a logo ready to go, it was time to actually do something productive and open a shop. I scouted a bunch of online selling platforms and settled on madeit.com. I set up my details, created a business paypal account and then…didn’t do anything about it for a solid two weeks. I want to blame it on life again, but in this case I was just lazy and unmotivated.

Finally, this week I put some items in my madeit shop, and for the first time since I got my letter in the mail confirming my business name, I felt like I was doing something productive. I made a Facebook page to help promote what I do, and that was that. Now I have to get sewing, so people can get buying, so I can get buying more fabric, so I can get sewing, so people can start…well, you get the picture.

Please feel free to go and check out my shop here or my Facebook page here. Both are a little naked at the moment, but I have things in the works, I promise!