I have always loved the idea of being a crafty person. I wanted to be someone that could make cool, homemade items but I could never find my ‘thing’. I know how to sew but I don’t like trying to cut out the material for the patterns and I can crochet but pretty much only a straight line. I knew there had to be something out there for me that I could potentially be good at and enjoy. So one day after we bought my jeep I wanted a decal for the back of it that said ‘oilfield wife’. Now, there are hundreds of oilfield wife decals out there but a majority of them have derricks incorporated in them which I didn’t want since my husband doesn’t work in that subset of the oilfield. Well, eventually I was able to stumble upon a decal that just said oilfield wife and I actually really liked it. Once it came in, I got to looking at it and thought, “I could do this”. If I got the right tools I could make my own decals that actually fit me and my life. And so, that is where it all began.
I started researching vinyl machines, a Cricut to be exact. I knew there were other brands out there but Cricut was something I actually heard of before. Stick with what you know, right? Anyways, what I was having a hard time getting over was the price tag. It was a couple of hundred dollars for the machine itself. In my head, I didn’t want to spend that money and not be able to figure out how to work the machine or it turns out like all of my other hobby endeavors, locked away downstairs in totes.
So a few weeks to a month went by of discussing it back and forth with my husband and we decided to go look at them in person. Actually, while we were at Hobby Lobby looking at the Cricut machines I kept trying to back out of getting one because I didn’t want it to be a waste of money. My husband finally just picked up the card off the rack and took it to the front for them to pull the Cricut out of the back. Little did I know that I would be forever grateful that my husband did this.
(I got the Cricut Explore Air 2 and it is currently on sale!)
When we got home that night I made a few shirts and a cup decal and I was instantly hooked. At that point, I had essentially no experience with my new toy and didn’t even know half of what it could do but I felt like I finally found my niche.
And so that is how I found my hobby. It was scary in the beginning, not only because I didn’t have a very good track record with starting something new but also the amount of money it cost. Looking back on it now, over a year later, I am glad I took a leap of faith or that my husband pushed me rather.
So, if you are in search of or still searching for your niche don’t give up. It could be something totally random such as a decal for your car that sparks the idea of your next hobby.
I would love to hear from you! What is your hobby and how did you come across it?