For months (even years?) I've been thinking of updating my camera. I kept questioning myself: do I really need a new camera? Is it worth its money? I even felt guilty for replacing my trusty old Canon 400d that I bought about 9 years ago and that had traveled with world with me. It still worked ok, why would I buy a new one? And then back in March, I went to Istanbul for a few days and noticed that my camera was really starting to show some flaws. It was becoming slower at focusing, had some trouble connecting to the lens, and so on. Having been to very dusty places like India and humid corners of the world like the Bolivian jungle was starting to take its toll. So I decided it was time to start looking for a new camera.
It took me quite a while to figure out which camera suited me best. There are so many options available! I finally settled on the Canon EOS 70D. I've always been very satisfied with my Canon cameras, so that narrowed down the search a bit. I also considered the new Canon EOS 760D, but decided against it because the 70D suited my needs better.
And I'm so glad I did! I'm absolutely in love with my new camera and it really got me back into photography. Some people say that everyone sees the world only through a lens these days because everything has to be photographed and turned into a nice Instagram. But I personally feel that having a camera in my hands makes me pay attention to details. Of course I still want that one shot that stands out, but to me the process of looking and exploring is worth just as much.
All around me, people are talking and writing about how they can't believe how fast 2014 has flown by. Well, actually...I can. So much has happened in 2014 that the past 12 months feel like at least about 30. New house, new job, new cat (x2), travels...and, of course, the shop and this blog. Obviously, moving from my student housing to an actual 'real' apartment and moving in with a certain lovely person has been a major step. As was getting a new job that was a definite step up from the one before that. But starting my shop was a milestone on another level. It was something I was thinking and dreaming about for years, so actually going ahead and opening one was big.
I can't say that it's been a major success with hundreds of sales from the minute I hit the 'publish' button on my first items on Etsy. I definitely underestimated the amount of work that goes into keeping up your shop, drawing attention to it, etc. Especially with a fulltime (and then some) job, time really flies by. Luckily, my expectations and goals weren't set that high: I wasn't and still am not planning to turn this 'making stuff' into a fully fledged fulltime business. But not being overflown with sales still made me question myself sometimes and I started thinking about what 'success' means to me. I'll get back to that later though. Via this blog I stumbled upon an Etsy blog from 2013, explaining why done is better than perfect. I decided that this (in hindsight) is what 2014 stands for to me (I know it's all hip to have a 2014/2015 'word', but I can't fit everything in one word and then stick to that for a year). Sometimes doing something, just diving in to see what happens and find out as you go along, is better than aiming to do something perfectly right from the start. And, as it was the case for years for me, to let that hold you back from the diving-in part.
Last Saturday, I participated in my first real life market! Together with Jacolien from JCLN, I filled a stall with our products. Unfortunately it rained quite a bit so there weren't as many people there as expected, but we still had a fun day. It was great to see all of my products together and to realize I really built up some sort of collection over the past few months.
Yes, this is how I felt this weekend....no work, just play! Although playing around with silver, yarn, and other creative stuff could technically be considered as work...I guess that is what happens when you're trying to turn your hobby into a little business!