Friday, October 26, 2007

Missed Opportunities

Opportunities are constantly throwing themselves at me and I don't know what it is but I think I feel like if I go with it that it will consume too much of my life and I won't be able to do ALL the things I want to. Take for instance a couple of days ago. I went to an art gallery with my mum and two of my aunties to see an exhibition of very good paintings done by local artists...some of which were superb. Anyway, while I was there one of the ladies that volunteers at the gallery noticed the charm that I had made that I was wearing. The gallery has a gift shop and she was very keen for me to make some to sell in the shop. At first I'm very delighted that she would think they are good enough to sell in there and kind enough to offer. Then, the same old thing that always happens when I go home-I start to have self doubt and talk myself out of it. Normally I'm not like this as I'm a firm believer in the old saying..."if you don't open the door, you'll never know what is behind it". This has happened on several occassions but now, all of a sudden, I think I am up for the challenge. To really make a go of it and to see what I can do. I have had offers from a couple of outlets to sell my charms so I think I will decide on themes that are unique to each shop. Because my charms contain miniature water colours I think that I will make batches of them and offer these for sale, that way I'm not hurredly trying to fill last minute orders. I have to be in the mood to paint so rush orders just wouldn't do.
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I would really appreciate if you would leave me a comment. Happy days to everyone until next time. I think I will make a coffee and relax for awhile in one of my favourite parts of the garden...where the smell of honeysuckle scents the air.


  1. hey, I'm not sure why you're holding back and why the doubts? sound unsure if it's really what you want to do. But I would say, if you enjoy 'the doing' then why not? You've got everything to gain and nothing to lose! And you know you're never going to find out the answer until you do it!

  2. Hi honey
    Well you know how I feel about this...You are one of the most talented and I must say well adjusted people I know and I know you will make the right decision for yourself... But I think the world is definitely ready for some Angela originals .... You know if I can help in any way I will... Take care Cathy
    PS Just remember we always teach our kids to believe in there passions and dreams and that they can do anything, well I think the same goes for us.....

  3. Angela Louise, I'm sure you'll make the right decision, but whatever you choose, just know that those charms are absolutely gorgeous! You've got a wonderful talent. Maybe you could suggest to the stores that you'll do a certain number of charms, see how they sell and how you feel about it after that first lot sell? Good luck with it!
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

  4. I've told you those charms are gorgeous, and I'll tell you again now. I think Amanda's suggestion is a good one. People often suggest that I sell my roses to florists, but I know the answer is a definite "no" simply because I know I won't enjoy the roses so much if they become a "job". But your case is different, I reckon you can do it. That part of your garden is beautiful too. Those wicker chairs and the tray with stand are superb!

  5. This was just so wonderful. If I had been in your position I would have taken the offer. After all, it's them that asks you and then they can't "order" you to make this and that for them. I think people would love to buy your things though.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Love Elzie

  6. Hi Angela,

    Oh, i am soooo glad you decided to give it a go!! You are so talented and it would be a waste of beauty if you didn`t accepted it. I really love the idea to make Charms in different themes. I have an Idea, look at this shop, gives you lots of inspirations :


    Or you could buy this book :

    I just bought that book, and it is amazing!!Hundreds of ideas..

    I wrote you a message a while ago, asked how you were doing and if you had started on ouw swap. I guess you have been busy. I am almost finnished. Yes, i has taken a while. But i have a lot of orders, so i have to do swaps in between all the other sewings :) I have great news, but i will tell you later on. I hope you will get a lovely weekend. Take good care Angela! Varm hug from Aina

  7. Oh,i forgot to say, CONGRATULATION on your offer!

    I am so happy for you :))


  8. What ever you decide..your charms are absolutly gorgeous!! I too have a hard time taking a risk, afraid of failure..I'm alway's afraid of letting someone down,but we miss out on a lot that way...Congrat's on the offer, They are really really beautiful! I also love your fav. spot in your garden, great place for a cup of coffee and some contemplation!!
    Just remember to do what makes YOU happy!!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Gosh, those charms are just dearly lovely. That is so wonderful about the gallery woman asking you to provide charms for the gift shop. I can see why!!

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  11. Dear Angela!
    You are one of the most talented people I know and your charms are just beautiful. Go for it! The world will definitely be a better place with some Angela originals just like Cathy said. Don`t doubt your talent!

    Lots of love

  12. Hi Angela
    This morning I happened to find your blog and I want to tell you that it is beautiful!!! I will be bookmarking it so that I can return often. Your charms are lovely. I have made a few charms in the past but now that I have seen yours I am now inspired to make more.

  13. Hi Angela, Would you believe a similar thing happened to me on Friday night, and, I suspect, maybe at the same Art gallery. Now, I don't make gorgeous charms like yours, but I do know how easy it is to have lots of self-doubt about your work. So, hows about it, I will, if you will.LOL. Hope to see some of your lovely charms in that gallery A.S.A.P.and I'll get stitching.LOL

  14. Your roses are stunning! Now that I am closing my garden for the season and I have no roses to show I know that I can come by here and see my favorite flower growing in the garden!
    Your creativity is wonderful and it is a pleasure to meet one across the miles..aNNa from Canada!
    I have several friends down under!!

  15. H,
    just popped by to wish you a great weekend! I hope you are doing fine. I am almost ready for sending you a paggage now. Exiting don`t you think? I hope it won`t take to many weeks before you have it. Here it is rainy and lots of wind. We have had a few storm lately and my cat find it more comforting to stay inside making it cosy with me :)

    Sending you a hug and the best wishes for a new week too,
    Love, Aina x

  16. Do you believe in yourself? Your work is beautiful but that will mean nothing to you until you believe it yourself. What do you have to lose if you do this? What do you have to gain? I think the "gain" will be the bigger column of answers. Follow your heart and follow your bliss!!