Fun Crafts – Hobbies and Interests

Hobbies and interests are fun activities that can entertain us for hours. In fact, a list of hobbies and craft activities will keep anyone busy for a lifetime.

It is safe to say that most people have hobby ideas or fun activities that they would love to pursue, but what if you do not know what hobbies or interests would captivate you?

There are many hobby projects, fun crafts, and art activities that you can personally originate and design or you can purchase hobby kits. There are so many fun activities to choose from that selecting one or two can be quite a challenge.

The thinking error, which I have observed, is people trying to select a hobby from a stereotyped list. I have watched people look at a hobbies list and try different types of art and craft activities only to be disappointed.

It becomes very expensive emotionally, mentally, physically, financially, and timely to butterfly from one hobby interest to another.

How do you select a hobby?

First and foremost, who are you? What is your personality type? Secondly, have you taken a personality evaluation of yourself lately? Thirdly, are you ready for craft activities, sport and action activities, or other types of fun hobbies and interests?

Get started by making a Christmas wish list. Draw three columns. Column number one will read I love to do, column number two will read, I like to do, and column number three will read, I will do. You many want to add a second sheet of paper listing two columns titled with I wish I could do and I do not like or want to do.

This list is a fun activity because it is a way of entering a dream world resulting in fantasy with a possibility for reality.

Man has always fantasized, wished, or dreamed that he could fly like a bird. Man went from attempting flight with manmade wings to steel wings that we see in use on jet airplanes today.

Imagine how your fantasy or dream world can be brought to life with skilled hands.

The quickest way to know your interests is to start with a Christmas wish list. It may start with…I would love to fly and to travel. But, there is a lack of funds, family or employment restrictions, or other responsibilities to restrain your wish. Do not get discouraged. You would love to fly; perhaps it can be done in the future.

Then you think building an airplane from a model kit would satisfy your flying interest, but that is not the same as flying. Also, you know that you are not mechanically skilled. No need to feel discouraged because you are now recognizing a skill that you do not have. As much as you would love to fly a model airplane, ti will not do as a hobby.

Hand gliding might be considered. That would be cool fun! Oops, fearful of heights.

An in-depth look at self discovers that kite flying would be possible, affordable and can be done by self or with family members and friends as it fits your lifestyle.

A simple solution is to review your list of columns one by one and eliminate until you decide on a few choices which you consider as good hobbies and interests which are within your capabilities.

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How to Turn Your Handmade Crafts Hobby Into Cash

If you enjoy creating handmade crafts and you always hear people telling you that you should sell your creations, it may be time to journey into the world of selling your crafts for money.

Like starting any type of home-based business, entering the world of selling handmade crafts should be carefully planned out. There are many websites and venues where you can sell your crafts both online and off.

Before jumping right in to sell your crafts, whether locally through an online website, be sure to take some time and do research first. Ask yourself the following questions as you think about the idea of selling your crafts:

Will people even want to buy my items? This is the most important question you have to ask yourself. If there is no target market for your products, you will have a hard time trying to sell your crafts, not because your items aren’t nice, but they may not be in demand.

Who is my potential target market? This is a continuation of the question above because you need to know who to advertise to and how to successfully draw your target market to your items. It would be a waste of time trying to sell baby clothes, for example, to those who do not have children.

What will I charge for my craft items? Pricing is an important strategy. All too often, people underprice their crafts, forgetting to take into consideration the time and materials that go into a product. Make sure you account both the cost of the materials as well as the time and effort you put forth to create your goods. Also be sure not to overcharge. You may find that your items don’t sell because they are over priced.
Where will I sell my items?
Sell Your Crafts Online
Online websites are plentiful when it comes to selling handmade goods. There are websites such as Etsy and Artfire who only allow the sales of handmade crafts or the supplies needed to make them. eBay is also another popular venue to sell handmade goods. Be aware though, that you will be competing with the other goods that are not handmade and may be cheaper. A good description of the item and its benefits is always a good idea.
Sell Your Handmade Crafts at Craft Fairs
If you choose to sell locally, you can set up a local craft fairs. Craft shows are usually just a one or two-day local sale where you rent space or a table for the day. Other crafters will be there too so you can sell to the visitors and sell to other crafters.
Partner with a Local Store
Check with local stores that sell handmade crafts and see if they’d be interested in displaying some of your crafts on consignment. Be sure to get all of the sales terms in writing, especially if the store owner will be taking a type of commission.
It is very possible today to make some good money selling your crafts. With some work and planning, your handmade crafts hobby may even turn into a full time income source and you’ll be able to “quit your day job.”

Karen Musselman and her husband set up at a several craft fairs during t

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