Monday, February 4, 2013

Crossroads Hypothetically Speaking

I have piles of old shirts and fabrics. What I need is some enthusiasm about living life and get some creative juices from out of my head and into action. I was looking on line today at recycling old shirts and clothes and redyeing them into something special.

It's an interesting idea, redyeing something. I'd like to try it. Instead of looking for pretty fabrics I could look for anything in the fiber wanted and then make it into something pretty.

I'm still thinking about what to do to earn some money. Thinking doesn't accomplish much, doing does. But what to do? That is the question.

I think sometimes when there are too many options and too many distractions that it becomes hard to focus on one path and just start walking it. Cross roads are like that. There are a lot of paths facing me. Would I like to go back to school and be a nurse practitioner? Yes, but the funds is an issue and so is the work. There are a huge questions around that whole issue.

What about writing? Well I do my writing for free. My spelling, typing, grammar, punctuation is atrocious. People have said I should write a book but I don't have an idea for a book. There are a lot of questions about that too, like marketing.

The path of an artist. I have always been attracted to this. I am artistic but can I do something people will want to buy? What about the economy? Is anyone out there not on rice and beans like we are?
Truthful questions. I see the Etsy shops, but do items sell? What sells? That is the question all of America is asking right now, not just me.

Today I am thinking about the recycled aprons. How appealing are they? Hypothetically would you buy one if you saw it on Etsy? What would you pay for one?  I made so many at Christmas and didn't take pictures which is a bummer,  but you get the idea. So I ask you what does the survey say?


Heather said...

The aprons look cute, but I have not had much success with etsy it seems that the time put in is not worth the amount made in sales....but that has just been my experience. Is your church hiring at all for office or cleaning. Maybe ask around and see if you can come up with any job opportunities that would work for you. School is so expensive I often think about going back but I do not want to go into debt. I have been thinking about taking an equine massage therapist course it is 70 hours and affordable and then I would be able to massage horses. Good Luck with whatever you choose to do just keep praying about it and I am sure God will make it clear ~Love Heather

Jeanie said...

I don't have any answers for you, but I sympathize with your dilemma. Now that I am not working full time I feel like I should be doing something more worthwhile with at least some of my free time. I hope you find the thing that works just right for you.

Kat said...

I bet those aprons would sell like magic! They are adorable. I don't wear aprons that much, but I know many people have an affection for them.

You've mentioned to me a few times that you think I should write a book or send my writing in to publication, but I just don't have the foggiest idea where to start, what to write about, or ...??? I don't know. Life seems too busy right now to even think about it. ;)

Michelle said...

I have thought about selling things on Etsy, but just haven't had the time to get it started. I have to say that the suggestion about cleaning churches/offices sounds like a good one. Even around my very, very small town those are steady part time jobs.

Debbie said...

The apron's are darling!! I love them, as far as price goes, I have no clue, as I don't do crafts, except baking.

God Bless~

Tracy said...

Interesting post. It was kind of like looking into my own mind! Seriously! I have ideas all the time, but acting on them is another thing. I'm trying to push myself into taking some type of action in blogging or creating something most days now. I've decided to commit to work through the summer and see how it goes. Like you, I too need to make some money. I know that people succeed with the Etsy thing, but I'm still trying to work out how they do it. I think being aggressive with blogging is the best way to get people to see what you're making. That's my guess, but I've only just started. Good luck!