January and February were slow months for me. I packed away the Christmas-themed items, anticipating that I would not see them again until next fall. I worked on new products and new displays, mulling over what worked well - or fell flat - last year. I put old things on sale. I cleaned up the workroom and organized my inventory. I bought new supplies.
Then March arrived and, in spite of the foot of snow on my driveway, I realized that spring is just around the corner, but marketing season is already here. All of a sudden it's time to make decisions: Which craft shows will I do? Should I sell to the same stores as last year? Scope out new markets? Change prices?
As I see my inventory dwindle, I suppress my worries and calm myself with the thought that there really aren't too many jewelry or purse emergencies. I remind myself that I can continue to make things at a pace which suits me - focusing on the quality of my products and taking pleasure in the design and production process. I realize that for my inner Goldilocks, "just right" means working at home with uncommon materials and creating unique objects which make people smile.