So I can blame this all on Pinterest. Those of you who waste hours every week on there, you know why. If you're not on Pinterest, I'll give you a minute to kiss your friends, family, and free time goodbye.
*A moment of silence for productivity.*
We "Pinners" are a bunch of wine cork hoarders with cupboards full of empty toilet paper rolls, (and yes I need them.) All of them.
It was one of my pinning (a.k.a time wasting) sessions in the midst of a rather drab work day, that I saw it - the cutest little amigurumi.
"What the heck is that?" you might be asking. It's a small stuffed toy made by knitting or crocheting a body and then stuffing to create a three dimensional shape. These can be animals, people, or inanimate objects. Facial features and details can also be embroidered onto the finished amigurumi.
I thought. as I always do, "Pfft... I can make that!" (I swear it's the curse of creative people) and like a magician, mumbling to myself and waving a stick around, I crocheted the first amigurumi.
No sooner had I plopped him on the table with satisfaction, my husband swooped in, scooped him up and with the distant echo of "mine!" disappeared into the next room. Grrr.. and yes, this has happened more than once. You'd think I would've learned to make a decoy by now. Actually…hmm…
I hadn't considered this a business, since most of my inventory kept getting lifted, and it wasn't until a little Pokemon Bulbasaur amigurumi went with us to the 2014 Los Angeles Anime Expo, that I realized that this was more than just a hobby. Miguel (the thief) wasn't too keen on cos-playing, even though I personally love it. Bonus: if your cos-play outfit is even remotely decent, you will get asked to get your picture taken. In the kingdom of nerds, that sh** will go straight to your head.
The interest and response I got was surprising, and the decision was made after the tenth "Oh My God. I love that!" that I heard.
And thus, my Etsy shop was born.
I'm not a millionaire or even a hundred-aire, but I think that's a compromise that most of us find ourselves making. Do what you love and hope you make money or make money and hope you start to like your job.
It's only been a few weeks but for once, going to work doesn't suck. In fact I can't stop working! It feels good and I'm pretty damn inspired. For now, at the beginning, that's good enough for me. I'm content and hopefully somewhere in the chaotic blur, I find a happy medium because I'd rather be crocheting anyways.
April Colon lives in Oceanside, CA with her "thieving" husband, Miguel. You can check out her other creations by visiting her Etsy store, April Michelle Crafts.