Show Me the Money

Besides reading and writing and snogging Logan, nothing gives me more pleasure than making stuff. The interesting thing about making stuff, however, is that unlike reading and writing and snogging Logan, I usually don’t do it unless I have to. The scenario usually goes something like this…

Aa: My friend’s birthday is coming up soon. We don’t have a ton of money. Maybe I could make something.


Aa: I like the way this pile of junk looks all together. I wonder if I could make something out of it?


Aa: I wonder if I could make something out of that accumulated junk for (friend’s name inserted here)’s birthday present?


Aa: I am having so much fun making this out of all that junk. Why don’t I do this more often?

It seems like a good question, right? If I enjoy it so much, why don’t I find myself up to my ears in notions on a more regular basis? Here’s my theory: I think that “crafting” was something inherently practical during my upbringing. My parents made stuff in order to meet a need or save some money. When my sisters and I needed new Sunday dresses, my mother made them. Our couch got a hole in the armrest, so Mom learned to reupholster. At Christmas time, I would help my dad in the woodshed while he carefully cut and sanded and stained quilt racks for my aunts. My mother hand embroidered faces on dolls with raffia hair for my cousins.

When I was eleven, American Girl dolls were all the rage. I saved up money for months until I had enough to buy “Kirsten”, the pioneer doll. That Christmas, my parents’ gift to me was a package of patterns so that I could sew all the dresses for my doll that the other girls were buying out of the catalog. My dad even helped me make a wooden bed, just like the one the real Kirsten had in the books.

But recently the rise of stores such as Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn’s has caused crafting to become a money machine. These days, if I were to begin making my own clothes, I could easily be spending twice as much on the supplies as it would cost to buy an unclearanced dress at Old Navy. This is my second deterrent to making crafting a hobby.

Since crafting still feels innately practical to me and since it costs so much money to actually pull off, I’ve found myself very eager to try to make money off of it. Now, if I divide the amount of money I earn off of a sold item by the number of hours spent in the making of it, I wind up earning around two dollars an hour. But if it’s something I’d do for free anyway, then two bucks an hour looks pretty good.

So basically, I’m in it for the money.

What about you? What’s the driving force behind your creations?


About Aanna

I'm a writer and blogger who lives in southwest Missouri with my husband and daughter. I love to write about fashion, design, health, food, sex, relationships, and Jesus. You can e-mail me at aannagreer(at)gmail(dot)com.

One thought on “Show Me the Money

  1. For me, most of the drive in creating is my love of brainstorming. The idea usually comes to me while bathing the kiddos or folding the laundry, taking inspiration from the day-to-day or a bird outside the window, and then i rush to find my graph book to draw out a rough example of the idea. And then when it comes to making the things, it’s usually when Eddie has to go on a trip, i delve into my graph book, and stay up wayyyyyy too late making them.
    So, my joy in creating is letting my mind roam with what to make while my hands are busy with housework, and then stitching deep into the night.

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