Finding the Right Craft Project

An early attempt at painting on wood.

An early attempt at painting on wood.

I’ve been working through a small mid-life crisis by trying to figure out what I want to do in my creative life.  I’d like to find something I enjoy doing, develop my skills, and make a little money on the side by selling the fruits of my labors.  In the past, I’ve enjoyed making table runners, and have sold a few at our Just The Right Things store on Etsy.

I decided to try lots of different types of crafts and see if anything peaked my interest. I’ve spent many hours on Pinterest, lost myself in the beautiful creations at Etsy, and watched countless instructional videos on YouTube.  I’ve purchased materials and worked with fabric, wood, paint, stamps, stencils, felt, gelatin, batting, burlap, paper, computer, foam and much, much more.  Through this process, I’ve learned a few things about myself.

  • I don’t want to sit at a sewing machine for hours on end.
  • I have zero drawing skills.
  • Fun is important.  Otherwise, I should just go get a real job.
  • I like quirky things that probably don’t have a huge audience.
  • I have the attention span of a gnat.
  • Precision is not my strong suit – I will not be using beads anytime soon.
  • I like natural products.
  • I am not good with “messy” projects.
  • Many, many people on YouTube aren’t very good at what they’re doing.
  • I like recycling (or if I want to be trendy I’ll call it upcycling) materials.
  • I’m not actually that creative.

I’ve come up with a few things that I like to do AND make me smile.  Here’s one of them.


It’s not unique – you can find them on Etsy.  But not with a pig on the front.  I have almost enough patience to sit and make a tote in one sitting at my sewing machine. I found the directions here at Instructables.

This one will soon be found at our Etsy store!  Doink the pig is very proud of me.

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  1. I love your tote! I”m all about quick little project myself especially right now, I sometimes choose longer one but only when life is quiet… that doesn’t seem to happen often though. Your egg sign is great too. Looks to me like you have many talents chicken mama. Hope you’re having a great weekend.
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  2. I’ve seen the pig tote in person and it is awesome!
    Nancy recently posted…Ten Free Printables and Other Quickie Ideas For Valentine’s Day

  3. How fun! I love the tote. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I had fun checking out your blog.

  4. Thanks for the chuckle 🙂 I’m pretty much the same when it comes to crafts! Thank you so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! I hope to see you again tomorrow! Here’s the link:

    Have a wonderful weekend!
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  5. Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Here’s the link for the next hop 🙂

  6. Denise Burg says:

    Hi Joan,

    I love this entry…in fact I could have written it word for word. It mimics my quest as well! I love the Pig Tote! Your blogs are hilarious…you could make money as a writer!

    Thanks for the smiles!


    • Hey Denise, thanks for stopping by! If you had told me a year ago that soon I’d have a pig and a goat and be making feed sack totes I would have laughed myself silly. And I couldn’t be happier!