Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hobbies, businesses, and other fun things to keep me busy

Over the course of the last two years I have had to find things to do to keep me busy.  At first I kept very busy playing computer games on facebook - farmville, mafia wars, frontierville, and whatever other "ville"s I could find.  Of course, at that time I found no need to find permanent hobbies or other things to keep me busy from the couch or bed because as far as I was concerned, I was going to get better.  It was just a temporary situation.

As time went on and I was not getting better, I was getting worse, as well as receiving the diagnosis of an incurable and untreatable disease, I knew I needed to find other things to do to keep myself busy.  Facebook games were just not cutting it anymore.  I needed a hobby... or ten.  Well, I have done just that.

In fact, I have decided to turn a couple of my hobbies into businesses.  Whether or not they will be successful is a different story.  Successful has a different meaning in this instance, though.  I would just like to have enough business to support my hobby, not enough to make a living (although that would be nice).

The first hobby/business I have started is making hair bows.  I originally started making hair bows because my youngest daughter, 4 years old at the time, wanted to grow out her bangs (okay, I wanted her to do so also because I thought it would look better).  Well, there was no way I was going to do that unless she kept her hair out of her beautiful blue eyes and face.  So, I called a friend of mine who makes hair bows for her daughters to see if she could make my daughter a few.  Unfortunately, she said she was too busy at the time.  So, I thought, how hard could it be.

Well, it turns out, it's not too difficult at all and I actually had fun doing it.  After making a bunch of them for my daughter (in which she has now lost half of), I decided to make a few to try to sell.  Turns out, they were a big hit.  I sold all of the bows I made fairly quickly.  So, I ended up spending quite a bit of time, money, and energy on making hair bows and I still do.  Here's a few examples...

Then, a short while later, I came across a woman on Facebook who makes jewelry.  A lot of the stuff she makes is for mito awareness.  I bought a couple of her items when I realized, again, "I can do that!"  So I did. That is now one of my favorite things to do.  Here's some of my work...
I have a friend working on a website for me to sell my jewelry.  I'll be giving part of the proceeds to mitochondrial disease charities.  It will be under the name  It's not up yet, though, so don't go yet.  I will definitely be letting everyone know.

Last, but not least, I have started making cakes.  I made one for my 13 year old's birthday last November.  I got so many compliments and I had so much fun doing it, I decided to try it again.  I made a beautiful cake for my best friend/cousin's surprise 40th birthday party.  Once again, it turned out great and I received a lot of compliments on both the looks and the taste.  And, again, I loved doing it. Lastly, I made some cupcake toppers for my cousin's daughter's birthday.  I have put pictures of all of those things below. 

I am now trying to turn any and all of these hobbies into businesses.  I am excitedly waiting the opening of my website to sell my jewelry and hair bows.  I will also be creating a website for my cake making/decorating business.  That one, however will be created by me using a program that offers a free website for small businesses for a year.  If you're interested in it yourself, go to  

I started a website through that program for my jewelry and hair bows, but it will completed by a friend of a friend who's starting his own website building company.  He can then use my site in his portfolio.  Plus, since I'm going to be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of my jewelry to Mitochondrial Disease charities, he can write it off on his taxes.  :-)  

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in any of the things I mentioned above, please comment here and let me know what you're interested in and I'll let you know how to get it.  Or, you can also find me on facebook where I post pictures of all of my available jewelry and hair bows for you to purchase.  Robin's Facebook page

That is half of what I do in my spare time.  I will post again with the stuff I do that will not make me money and is pretty much just time killers.  I will also post as soon as my 2 websites are up and running.  

Watch a video of me designing one of my cake Here

" is ultimately the love and support of others that gives people the inspiration and courage to get through this challenging journey." -

"The cure for Mito is living life." - Amanda Perrotta

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