SEWING! Last year I bought the most amazing Janome Memory Craft sewing machine on Ebay and it's reawakened the artist in me and I'm having a BLAST. I took lessons one summer when I was 8 or so but never did more than curtains or anything square. And NEVER zippers!
My creations of choice...what else, petwear! I started out sewing these little fleece hoods (hatz 4 brats) and it's morphed into a bunch of fun outfits for the furkids.
Thanks to the urgings of my friend Susan http://www.frumsglassmenagerie.etsy.com/ ,
I opened an Etsy shop last January. It's been slow getting started but its SO much fun to meet other creative people and seeing what they come up with! Amazing talent on Etsy. You have to take a peek if you are unfamiliar with it. http://www.etsy.com./
I hope that more people will run the other direction from Big Box Retail and start buying handmade. That's my solution to the economy woes....buy from your neighbor, not China. Or better yet...barter.
Anyway, most days you can find me under mountains of fleece and designer cottons here in my little corner of the world. Occasionally I leave the nest and hang out with my artist pal Monique http://www.moniqueakar.com/ and help with her screenprinting business, which also involves mountains of fleece! She's an inspiration to everyone who meets her, challenging physical limitations and leukemia and WINNING! (you go girl)