I love instant gratification. I'm totally into fast and easy projects, from an emotional fulfillment standpoint. Time-consuming, heirloom knitting is satisfying on another level. And there are just some patterns that HAVE to be made, regardless of the time/money commitment involved. But frequent forays into those zippee-dee-do-dah, "get 'er done" projects just light my fire and keep me motivated.
Not being overly fond of big needles/fat yarn projects, though, leaves me searching high and low for those deceptively delicate and complicated looking patterns that are quick and easy. Any flash of inspiration, burst of creativity or niggling little idea gets immediate attention because I NEED that thrill of finishing yet another project. Lately, crochet lace has really been at the forefront of my creative surge. And the advent of the dance year (and all the expenses involved with it) has lit a new light bulb above this rather addled noggin.
Ergo, a mini business is born. Granted, this is never going to make me a millionaire. There just isn't a huge demand for bun covers (pictured in Dancing Diva's "artistic" photo), scrunchies and crocheted flowers. But since our dance studio has a small retail space attached and I'm one of the top income sources for the studio (not really but it feels that way - oy!), I've been given permission to put a few handmade items in their display case to sell. So, I've been busy cranking out little crocheted items to sell. They are all just made up patterns, figured out on the fly. And I'm bursting with more ideas for more dance hair accessories and have recruited my girls as salespeople/models/trendsetters once dance begins in earnest. With any luck, something will catch on as the latest dance wear craze and I'll get a shot at making a few bucks.
Hey, if I can get enough sales to cover just the cost of tights for 3 girls for the year, I'll be content. After all, there is always that instant gratification thing, too.