This 3 part Feature series is presented by Brittany Wende of BW Silver Jewelry
Looking for a project to stay busy? Exploring the possibility of starting a creative business? You’re headed in the right direction! There are so many things that are available at your fingertips and can be delivered right to your door or found out in town. . Here are some projects to consider along with helpful websites, stores and resources for you to find what you need to get started…
Photography: This is more of an investment hobby, but the outcomes can be so rewarding and possibly profitable. With the right camera, your possibilities of shooting amazing photos are endless. Take time to explore the base and your surroundings. Doing well enough can lead you to taking family portraits, homecomings, engagements, weddings and more. You could have your own photography business in no time! A standard digital camera works just fine, but if you want to get more advanced and professional with it, I’d look into purchasing a beginners SLR photography camera. Go to www.consumersearch.com and search “digital SLR cameras” to read about each one and find the one that might be perfect for you. There are even links to purchase them once you decide, or check out www.amazon.com to see if you can find a better deal. Or you can check your local craigslist www.craigslist.com to see if someone is selling their barely used or lightly used SLR camera.
Looking to sell your handmade items? There’s always www.ebay.com but I’ve come to find that the fees associated with eBay are way more than I want to shell out. Try Etsy www.etsy.com, Artfire www.artfire.com, Dawanda www.dawanda.com or Big Cartel www.bigcartel.com. All of these are great ways to start getting your items out there and are very affordable, if not free to use! Take a look at them first to see which site is the best for you.
Need further inspiration? If you can’t make it to your nearest Borders or Barnes and Noble, try searching on Amazon (www.amazon.com) for endless amounts of sewing, photography, jewelry making, painting, and other crafty books. Here are a few to check out:
Beyond Beading: Jewelry Projects to Instruct and Inspire by Erika Knight (May 6, 2008)
One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins
The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting: Learn to Knit with More Than 30 Cool, Easy Patterns by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O'Connell
Remember that happiness depends on you. It’s ok to be sad when your spouse is away, but it’s healthy to have a creative distraction or hobby to keep your mind churning and motivated. You can learn new things every day and turn your craft into a profitable business or cherished item. Whatever the case may be, keep your head high and your hands busy. Get the kids involved too, they will love the projects and making those memories together will be priceless!
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