I realized yesterday that I forgot to show you the ornaments I made. I had wanted to try this for some time now. I took fleece and embroidered these by hand, with a blanket stitch.
I’ve got them in my Etsy toy shop, and they come with personalized hang tags.
I made a decision today that gave me a great deal of relief. I decided to focus on making ready-made toys for the holiday season, and not focus on custom toys. People tend to order all at once, during the first two weeks of December, and I can never predict what anyone would like. So, I end up feeling unable to prepare, which makes me feel anxious. I don’t like to let anyone down, and I can never guess what anyone will want. Plus, sometimes I get orders for a dozen or so custom toys at once, and I just can’t do them as quickly as they might be needed.
This way, I can make whatever suits my fancy, still have personalized hang tags for the toys, and hopefully have more for people to choose from. And I won’t feel like I don’t know which way to go. Already I feel so much less stress than I have been feeling.
I’m sure I will do some custom toys, when asked, but I’m going to be switching out most of my custom Etsy listings with ready-made listings. I want to be able to feel organized when December comes around, and I don’t want people to have to wait when I’m sure they will be anxious to have their gifts ready for giving as soon as possible.