Cakes + Crafts?

Lounge By Lenette Updated 7 Aug 2009 , 4:37am by turtle3264

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Lenette Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 4:26pm
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Does anyone do other crafty/creative type things for a living? Or to earn extra money?

I was just curious since I recently picked up some of my old habits (sewing and the like) and wondered if I could use those skills to make a little extra money too.

Even though my kids are in school (and the tuition is killer), I have not found a job flexible enough to allow me to work outside my home. It is on me to be available for days when there is no school, sick kids etc. Truthfully, I haven't worked a traditional job in so long I am not sure I want to.

So, anyone else out there patching together a few skills/talents to make ends meet?


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-Tubbs Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 6:25pm
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No, I don't, but I would love to! I'm in the same position. Have had three kids in three different schools (this year two will go to the same school - yippee!), but at the same time my DH is hinting not-so-gently that he would really like some help making money! My cake business is just not busy enough to bring in real cash right now.

I have heard that people will pay well for proper hand-made quilts.
Do you sew well enough to make wedding/bridesmaid dresses?
If you have a licenced kitchen, what about small-scale catering, e.g. you're doing the cake for a small family party, why not offer to do their appetizers etc too? (this is something I'm thinking of diversifying into)

Just some thoughts - I will watch this with interest...

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nanikins Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 7:16pm
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Check out You might be able to sell some of your work there.

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chilz822 Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 7:20pm
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I have a full-time job and also make jewelry on the side (oh, and cakes!). My jewelry supports my cake habit!... it's a vicious circle!

check me out!

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-Tubbs Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 7:32pm
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Originally Posted by nanikins

Check out You might be able to sell some of your work there.

And of course I had some cookies listed there for a while, and got a few enquiries, but no orders, unfortunately. Etsy's good for all kinds of hand-crafted things.

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turtle3264 Posted 7 Aug 2009 , 4:37am
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I bought an embroidery machine from Wal-Mart for $350. I make cups with the child's name on it. I also embroider baby blankets, purses for little girls and bibs. I don't sell a lot of them, but it comes in handy when you have to give a baby shower gift too. I also got lots of ideas from etsy.

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