I’ve just been watching “The Walton’s” (my absolutely favorite show of all times!) and “Little House on the Prairie” and have realized I don’t think I would have made a very good Pioneer woman like Caroline in “Little House” but I’ve always identified with Olivia on “The Walton’s” and feel like I lived my life similiarly to hers. (I watched one episode yesterday where she took a painting class…. I just finished taking an Art Class – something I haven’t done in decades literally!!!
I remember when I was growing up I loved the Victorian Era and even the Pioneer Era. I’ve always loved long dresses and long curly hair, making everything by hand, decorating my house with home made items…. and in some ways I lived that kind of life.
When I graduated high school I had absolutely no direction in my life. I loved drawing and writing and making things but had no idea how I could make money from my interests. I worked but wasn’t making any money to speak of. I went to college some but still didn’t know what I wanted to do and ended up dropping out. I eventually got married and had two sons. We were not financially stable and so I actually ended up making most everything that I decorated our house with: quilts, curtains, wooden country decorative items, stools, shaker clock, pillows, crocheted afghans, crocheted lamp shades, crocheted lace collars, and all kinds of things. It was actually very satisfying. There were some times that I was able to sell some of the things I made by hand and that felt great! And there were times when I actually worked a job outside the house once the boys went to school. I worked at Rose’s Dept. Store as a clerk, worked at a Photography Studio fixing pictures, worked at a Florist and clerk at an open air florist in a Mall, and did sell country crafts at parties.
It was satisfying in many ways but there were things about it I didn’t like, all the things I didn’t like to do when I was growing up: housework, babysitting, couldn’t cook… were all the things I ended up doing when I grew up. And though my boys are grown and out on their own I still don’t like doing housework, cooking though I must admit I am pretty good at it now.
I ended up divorced and got remarried. I worked for the first five years of our marriage, lost my job, then got sick with Fibromyalgia. My husband, Burton, had always thought that I should do something with my art and so we printed up some cards and I went store to store selling my art as cards. I had my cards in lots of stores in my hometown and in some places in North Carolina plus was selling online. Had to stop because I had Breast Cancer and had to go through chemo and radiation and then recooperate.
I have been trying to figure out how to restart the business, my poor brain is killing me from all the thinking. Now I am beginning to formulate what I have to do. I am thinking of doing an online group funding to get the money to get the business started on and on the ground running! I’ll let you know when I get it started!