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Got The Itch to Make Something New Happen

on 24 July, 2014

I find more and more, that I am drawn to switching careers. Trying my hand at something new and challenging. I have enjoyed a long and prosperous career in technology, and particularly QA, but now that this year marks 30 years, I find I am becoming a bit dissatisfied more and more. I suppose that if I could do the user interface testing that I really enjoy, I might be up for another couple of years of testing, but this back-end stuff is really not the preferred line of business.

And, more and more, I find myself reaching out past technology and into something more creative. I have several ideas that may (or may not – who the heck knows!) garner some success. I have an idea for a line of t-shirts that I think would be extremely popular and I think that I could probably do it the whole thing out of my home if I use one of the more established retail online chains – like FAB or even Amazon – to market the idea. I am thinking that in the next few weeks I may try to do some prototype shirts and get some general reactions.

The other idea, of course, is that I want to do long arm quilting. Quilting is one of those “hobbies” that has come full circle and now has enjoyed a resurgence. And if people are like me, they want to do the creative part of the quilting – that is, making the quilt top – and then handing it to someone else to do the overall stitching (the real part of the process that makes it a quilt). I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 quilt tops that need to be completed, which would really mark the expense of the machine itself – yes, paying someone to quilt 200 quilt tops would be in the neighborhood of $8000 to $10,000. I could use them as “practice” and get good before taking on other people’s quilts. I think there is money to be made there as well.

Of course, I have my Dolls & Cupcakes line still, although the initial reaction to it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. Maybe the venue I chose (a neighborhood garage sale) wasn’t the best way to introduce such a line. I spent so much time on creating product and building that huge dollhouse and trying to get it sold that I almost feel burned out with it. But sometimes I think I have a little creative ADHD… sometimes dropping a project or something new if it doesn’t immediately become successful. I have so many projects that I’ve started, I can’t even begin to tell you. I think I am drawn to the idea of planning and scheming and calculating that by the time I’m well into the project, I have a tough time keeping on track to complete the idea. Or if the initial response isn’t what I am hoping for, I think ‘ehhh, let’s do something else’.

One of the things that occurred to me recently is that I have now lived in my house and in Kansas City for ten years. A banner milestone, as I have never lived in one place for this long before. Ever. I think I have the itch to spread my wings, so to speak, and this brings me back around to the idea of moving or relocating to something other place in the world. I think that moving not only provides me with an excuse to purge, it actually forces me to do so. One has to take a very hard look at what is worth the money (not to mention the time and energy) to actually handle, pack, move and then unpack it again. About the only thing craft-wise I brought with me from California was my fabric stash… and that has only grown since the completion of the awesome storage cabinets that I built specifically to house it. Clean, organized and safe from the fading rays of the sun, I have quite a collection. Or as The Kid calls it, “little Jo-Ann’s”. 🙂

The one thing that I have at the back of my mind about the next career changing direction, is to figure out how to involve The Kid and perhaps get him some much needed on-the-job experience. He’s headed down a slippery slope as he is nineteen and at this point, still not had a real job. I think if this continues, he could be looking at some real difficult times ahead without experience of any kind in the workforce.  Perhaps working for me could be the stepping stone that he needs.

Well, should wrap things up and get published. This is relatively new for me, writing and posting a post two days in a row!

MacCupcake

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