This is the site that I go to regularly for ideas, inspiration and tutorials.
If I come up with ideas on my own, I go to Pinterest to find out how others have accomplished it. Occasionally, there is no help. When this happens, I try to work it out for myself and if I can't work it out, then I abandon the idea, for the time being.
At the beginning I visited Pinterest to find out how to start creating or making things to sell. Unfortunately, this meant I had to buy materials especially for the project, thinking that:
a) it would be something I would want to do a lot of or all of the time.
b) that I would find that particular craft project easy or possible for me to do.
This led to hefty purchases of Stock which, it turned out, I inevitably could not use. A small flat coupled with huge stocks of materials do not mix, as you can imagine. Plus, I have the worry of excess water in the air because of the oven, the kettle, the shower etc in such a small space. This leads to water damage to stock materials or makes, as well as my clothes, furniture and books. Now, I will need to buy a dehumidifier to combat this problem, another big purchase coming out of an already very small budget.
Instead of using Pinterest to find something that I could make, that I would enjoy making, be good at making and made use of materials I already owned, I put myself out of pocket right from the start. Unfortunately, I didn't and, still haven't, learnt my lesson very quickly so even now I have to stop myself buying materials just because I like the look of them, and think I can use them.
I am the kind of person that likes to try everything, so learning a new skill is always possible. This, in turn, leads to problems finding my USP and niche. That then potentially could be a problem in the long run. It means I would need to keep excessive amount of materials in stock (things I may not require for long periods of time), just in case I become bored, or the market changed or for some other reason. To throw them away would be a waste of money.
Right now, I am working through my stock materials to make some room, but I'm finding a vast amount of space is taken up by craft tools and books (more about them later).
Have you found this to be a problem for you? Or, am I totally alone?