That is the question I have had on my mind since last night when I got a beautiful message from my friend, Nicole who asked if I would please consider selling her the rosary I had posted on Instagram.
I have been asked if I sell quite a bit. I always take it as the highest compliment but then shy away from it into the little corner of my mind and say no. Sorry I don't.
The main reason being. It scares the hell out of me. Truth be told. I make things I love, things that hold great personal meaning to me. I put my whole self in all I make. I don't have a warehouse full of stuff. When I am out hunting I take great care when I purchase components. And those components I love!! Just looking at them in a storage container can make me happy. Then when I get that brilliant idea (in my mind anyway:) and make something beautiful well I feel giddy. Whether it be a bracelet, a doll, an assemblage piece or even a simple rosary. It's a piece of me.
With that said.......
What if someone doesn't like it, what if they get and think "oh this looked much better under an Instagram filter." Which let's face it everything does lol!! What if it falls apart. What if someone thinks I copied someone else and spreads hate all over social media. Which I have seen happen and it's ugly!! What if they think they paid too much when they open it. What if no one buys them. All these what if's!!!
Then I think to myself I don't live any other aspect of my life with "what if's" creeping in.
Then I thought why with this?
So guess what........
I sold it:)
Then this morning I looked at it one more time, held those precious beads in my hands and sent it off to it's new owner.
I don't want to lose that love for what art means to me.
I can't mass produce that feeling.
I don't want to!!
But the fact remains I have will have 15 rosaries made by the end of the week and they need homes to grace. My hope is that along with being beautiful maybe they will inspire some to pray the rosary. To count the beads, remember the story and find peace in it. For some it may just be a beautiful reminder of faith. Whatever your reason may be for wanting one know that each is leaving my hands with love.
I have a lot to think about this evening, probably as I am making more and thinking this one is my favorite I can't part with it lol!! I'll come up with some way to sell these. Stay tuned for details:)
And thank you, thank you, thank you for all the kind comments about my work. I am humbled and beyond grateful to all of you!
My cup runneth over.