Reopening my Etsy Shop on Day 11 of Quarantine

Last week I wrote about my run-in with (or exposure to) Rona which threw me into a 14-day home quarantine.

So far I’ve managed to dodge the bullet and I’m at day 11 still feeling well; no symptoms means no getting tested. Been there, done that with my nursing home hair job as they have to test employees once a month and trust me if you haven’t been tested there is absolutely nothing flattering about someone shoving a six-plus-inch stick up your nose. I don’t think it actually goes six inches or whatever up there BUT nevertheless my brain feels like it wants to sneeze each time afterwards!!

Anyway quarantine hasn’t been bad but I’m also a homebody so I don’t mind, plus it’s cooled off a bit my way so I’m good staying indoors. My homeschooled girl, Mc, on the other hand is chomping at the bit to get out of the house and go somewhere… ‘like to grandma’s or (her friend) Quency’s’…I hear that at least three times a day!!

So what have I been up to during my time of quarantine you might ask?

Well I’ve organized the pantry, created a simple laundry system for my way-too-small laundry area, re-situated the baskets and their contents in our linen closet, cleaned out and tidied the basement storage room, sanitized surfaces a half a dozen times each day…

Y’all I’m feeling well accomplished!!

That basement storage room was no small task! Boxes of clothes, boxes of junk, boxes of nothing, bags of this and that…stuff collects and builds quickly and I’m not a fan.

When I get out of hock (actually quarantine has been wonderful) my first outing will be to the second hand store to drop off this mess of collections. Technically it’s all still good stuff, it’s just things I’ve grown tired of or the kids have outgrown etc….In a future post I plan to write about getting rid of things and not feeling bad about it, and really just getting to the point of minimal-izing (I might have made that word up).

Sorry mom if anything’s in there that you’ve given to me over the years.

Minimalism is something I’m hugely passionate about!!….But it wasn’t always that way…so if you’ve ever felt in the same boat, take heart, there is hope! I’ll be sharing (in an upcoming post) some of the things that have helped me to throw out “stuff” without feeling like I’m throwing my heart out with them!! Stay tuned for that one!!

OK so in my title I mentioned that I am re-opening my Etsy shop….

I’ll explain. Along with deep cleaning in the basement storage room I had to look my jewelry making supplies right in the eye because they share the same space. I felt like it was taunting me….‘what a waste of money…think of the possibilities…Christmas is right around the corner…’

Sooooo two days ago I took the initiative to clean up that space, hammer out a few pieces of metal, and relist some of my items on my Etsy shop.

Rustic Looks Etsy Shop

I actually plan to open an Instagram account as well which is scary — actually terrifying to me. I like simple and practical so the idea of having a few more social media platforms to operate is somewhat intimidating to me.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned during 2020 it’s that life is so unpredictable and with that neither of my jobs (substitute teacher or nursing home hair stylist) are providing a stable income. I’ve decided I’m going to make an effort to get a bit more serious about jewelry making and other odds and ends that I may list on Etsy to create a little extra cash flow on my end. Aside from Instagram I’ll advertise on Pinterest as well. That’s one I use already but not necessarily for the benefit of advertising so that’ll be an adventure in itself too!

As I write this post so many motivating Bible verses come to mind but there’s one I want to settle on and highlight:

Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

That verse encourages me to do what I feel called to do but also (and most importantly) to just simply trust that God is in control no matter what.

The things we dive into, get involved with, create or take interest in may very well flop — they quite literally may. We’ve seen, and hopefully learned, in 2020 that plans change and uncertainty exist — yet even then God is ALWAYS strong, dependable, and His love is steadfast. He never wanes. Ever.

It’s okay and healthy to have the mindset of motivation as we want to release from what might feel like a gripping year BUT ‘motivation that is moved by Him who leads’ is what will bring us through.

As I venture out to re-open my Etsy shop I want my motivation to be stirred and moved by God. I want to listen and follow His lead. I want even Rustic Looks Etsy Shop to bring glory to Him.

Thanks for reading! Take care!

Rustic Looks Etsy Shop

**Feel free to browse Rustic Looks and share on your social media avenues. Adding new items frequently.

**We give 10% of all sales to charity.

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

33 thoughts on “Reopening my Etsy Shop on Day 11 of Quarantine”

  1. Sooo many thoughts! I can’t wait to read the future blog posts about purging and embracing a minimalist mindset! I could use some of those tips.

    And I am so excited to visit your Etsy shop. 🙂 I have been thinking about opening one for digital art and downloads.
    Here’s to only 3 more days of quarantine! You and Jesus got this.

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    1. Thanks so much!!! Oh yes I can see from your logo and Bible verse memes that you have an eye and gift for digital art! That would be awesome if you opened a shop!

      I’m intimidated by the amount of work in upkeep with advertising and even making time to create BUT I’m willing to try hard!! I just need to remember to allow God to lead!

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    1. Ahhh I’m probably obsessed with minimal living…And I could do better (or more aggressive with it) but I don’t think my family would allow me to LOL…I’m excited to do this post because I’ve had a lot of people interested for a while now, even people that come to my house.

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    1. Some of the bracelets could be for men but I really haven’t made anything lately and don’t have anything listed for men right now but that’s a great idea!!!!…Nathan makes some neat paracord bracelets…I’ll get one to you at some point!!

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  2. I am a minimalist too and if I am around someone who has too much I panic and come home and start looking for more to take to a local second hand shop. This shop sells items in good condition and all proceeds go to their food pantry. Clothing and shoes donated go to help families or battered women and children get a fresh start, and proceeds also helps the homeless. I’m such a huge fan of all they do!

    I can’t wait to check out your Etsy shop and hear even more tips on being a minimalist! Glad you are feeling well!

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    1. 😂😂😂I do the very same thing!!! I will come home and start purging if I’ve gone some place with too much stuff..I just can’t handle it!!

      I love the extra care that your local second hand store passes on, that’s so encouraging!! Thanks for sharing Cecilia!!❤️

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  3. I am really good at getting rid of things. I like neat and organized. It doesn’t stay that way, but I like it that way. Andrew hates to get rid of anything. He has had to adapt over the years in that area…. but he still insists on holding onto some things that he will likely never use again. 😑 Glad you’re keeping busy and getting organized instead of going stir crazy in quarantine!

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    1. Thank you!! Ya I’m starting to write my minimalist post…and it’s becoming everything but minimal!!! Ahhhh hopefully I can simplify it over the next few days before posting it.


  4. You have such a cute shop! I stamped and hammered for a while but still find that my heart is really in wire wrapping and working with stones. I do still love hammered frames though! Good luck with your shop :-). -Sophia

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