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This FAQ is a complete and total lie.

Are you ready? Here it is...

"You must have so much time on your hands?!"

Me (in my head): Ahem. Who told you that dirty lie?

Let me set the scene on how this question usually goes down:

I am selling at an in-person event.

New customer browses an array of my inventory...art, products, goods and jewelry.

Customer inquires about how they are made. I tell them the story of having a handmade woodburning business. (Sometimes, going in to great detail about what exactly woodburning entails and how slow the art process is.)

*Disclaimer: All this back-and-forth banter is completely enjoyable as I love sharing about my craft.*

But then, new customer widens eyes, and out comes the harmless, but aloof question.

So, how do I respond?

With a smile. Respectfully and truthfully, of course.

Hi, I'm Chelsea, most of you know me as an artist and creative entrepreneur who sells the things she makes. (More on that role in a separate blog post.)

But what a lot of you don't know is that, first and foremost, I'm a homeschooling mom of of four young children. AKA full-time mom, wife, cook, teacher, custodian, shopper, dictionary, photographer, butt-wiper (hey, just the 4 year old), and playmate.

My handmade business was the thing that I desperately needed to feel a part of me again. The extra work I created for myself by starting this business was to get in touch with a part of myself I had long forgotten after years of playing the role of 'just a mom.' My title of mom and artist is now a fluid one. I frequently jump in and out of all the roles multiple times a day. I somehow, miraculously, make time to get the creating part done. This making of time has been achieved by adopting a new system taught to me by my brilliant coach and I am just now starting to figure out - but honestly, most days I'm still winging it.

I get it, at first glance, my art looks like it takes time. And, you'd be right - it sure does! But, one thing I know for sure is that it doesn't come without many sacrifices and precious time stretched between these very busy mom/maker/artist hands.


Are you an artist and a mom? What are some of your challenges? What systems work for you? I'd love to hear them.


And if any of you are looking for a great start to help you on your creative journey, I'd love to point you in the direction of my business coach and fellow busy mom I referenced above, Kristyn Burney.


XOXO,

Chels


handpainted woodburned stud earrings
My hand. Still for a product photo...taken by the other hand.

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