This morning on twitter, I saw someone mention "A Call to Crafty Arms" and read it. And sat on it. Thought about it. And read it again.
Do I think I will be picked as a finalist? No. I'm sure the Crafts Dept. at Martha Stewart is being inundated with amazing crafters hoping for the same opportunity. And selling jewelry, an already overly saturated handmade market, I realize I stand a better shot at winning the lottery. However, when I sent it to my husband, his reply was "You can't win if you don't try!"
And then I realized (for the millionth time).
Rejection is part of this whole handmade/selling world. Not everybody is going to love what I make. Not everyone is going to want to buy it. Every time someone looks at my shop and doesn't buy anything, in essence, they're rejecting me. But, some people do buy. When I'm dedicated to petal & pink, I sell. And I sell regularly. Someone out there likes it, and really that's what drives me. Creating is therapeutic to me. Be it jewelry, paper crafts, photography, baking, something about these things calm me, refresh me, and drive me.
Really, the worst thing that could come out of this, is they totally ignore me and move onto someone who I'm sure is amazing and fabulous, and just as deserving as the opportunity. And really, just sitting it out means I don't even get the chance to win...and how cool would that be?! (And I've got plenty of time off I can take at my 9 to 5 to create away for it.)