Gettin’ my Creative Juices Flowin’
I have often heard;
“you are so talented, you should start a business”.
That would be WONDERFUL, I’d love to do that.
The question is; how? I have no business sense and the coin purse is empty. And you know the old adage; it takes money to make money.
And then, there is the lack of confidence in my talents
It’s not that I do not believe that I have any talent, it’s just that I feel there are people out there that are so much more talented than myself.
It doesn’t stop me from enjoying the creative process though. And sometimes I even impress myself with the outcome 🙂
My creative talents have included:
Drawing – it’s been a while, I did a lot of drawing as a child and in my teens. I have only recently taken it up again. I even tried some creative drawing on the computer to make some matching t-shirts for our trip to Disney;
Trip Planning – YES I definitely consider trip planning a creative talent!! And I do it well, especially when traveling with a highly sensory child with ADHD/ODD. Accommodations for travel require quite a bit of creativity. Like the badge I made for him to wear that clearly outlined the rules with a visual prompt.
Event Planning – like my DIY wedding where I made everything from the centerpieces to the floral arch to the ring box to the 150 hand-painted Champaign glasses I made to give as wedding favors to each of my guests.
Enough people told me that I should go into business selling my Glass Painting that I decided to give it a try. I successfully sold a few pieces but in the end I wasn’t making enough money to cover the time, effort, and money it took to not only paint each piece , but then to pack everything up and transport them to a little craft fair, where I paid $60 for a table, only to sell a couple of pieces that maybe made me $40, and then have to pack it all back up and bring it back home. It just didn’t pay.
I also have helped to plan a few showers, my sister’s wedding, and quite a few themed birthday parties for kids. I love doing it. Especially the themey stuff
Leon’s 2nd Thomas Birthday Party – he didn’t know how much I put into this party but I had fun doing it
Leon’s 5th Pirate Birthday Party – yes my spoiled little child had 3 parties and 3 cakes
Leon’s 8th Lego Birthday Party;- this was a really fun party!
If I knew how, I would love to make money as an event planner.
Photography – …is another talent I have. More specifically I have an eye for. Ron, often tells people that I am a photographer, and it bugs me, because I am SO NOT a photographer. I WISH I was, but at best I am a photo enthusiast. The difference being that although I thoroughly enjoy photography, and have an eye for capturing great shots; I pretty much have no education in photography at all.
I can really relate to the guy in this Panasonic Lumix commercial:
..see it’s not me, it’s my camera! (which btw is a Canon)
…plus some creative digital photo editing too.
Basically I am just winging it.
When Leon was born, my love for photography grew, and my need to share it grew too. I started showcasing my photos on my smugmug website for all my friends and family to see.
(btw -gardening is NOT one of my talents)
As a result I was asked by two different sets of friends to photograph their weddings. Of course I said yes, it was an honor to be asked. I never expected to be paid, but when one of the couples thanked me with $1000.oo check , it gave me the confidence to try to make some money doing what I loved.
I got a few jobs and made some money, but most of my jobs were for friends and I had a hard time charging them, so that didn’t last too long. I also needed better equipment in order for my photography to live up to my own standards.
In general I don’t know that I am so much talented as I am creative and crafty
And recently I have been inspired to try a new craft;
I was honored when my sister -in-law asked me if I could make a few things for her wedding. She pointed me in the direction of Etsy.com where she had seen a few things she had really liked. I was already familiar with Etsy, but I had never really perused the wedding category. One of the things she had pointed out to me, started to get my creative juices flowin again. It was something that I have tried my hand at before, but I didn’t really feel that there was a big demand for it. But with the trend of weddings being a bit more green, the rustic look of woodburning seems to have become a bit more popular.
Woodburning – is now a talent I am trying to cultivate. And I am really enjoying it. And who knows maybe I can even sell a few pieces on Etsy….
Besides what else is there for this SAHM to do?…uh, besides taking care of an ADHD child, managing my Fibro, keeping track of $800/month medicines, PTA volunteering, School Newspaper editor and author, caring for my 3 year old niece, plan playdates, etc.., etc…, etc… …oh yeah and maintain this blog.