I got hooked on needle felting, loved creating pictures then turning them into needle cases.
I kept getting asked for patterns and started writing them down. After a while I turned a few of them into easy to follow patterns and put them on my Etsy shop as downloads.
I painted, tried more crafts and kept looking. Then I came across word art. It was very basic but I loved it. It also incorporated 2 things I really enjoyed, words and art.
I played around with it, having fun and learning. I liked it but I wanted to create better pictures. Pictures that were more life like.
I kept practising, drawing new styles and creating prints. They were getting better and I was building a basic collection. A few became a dozen and kept growing, until I had a reasonable sized collection. I didn`t quite have the courage to get it out there into the world much.
Of course sometimes the universe gives us a push.
I was made redundant.
I briefly considered getting another job but then decided I would give myself at least 6 months to turn this sideline in to a viable business.
I was going to call it a hobby but it was always more than that.