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How about Fun and Games with Redbubble

Throughout the world at present we have little opportunity for movement, so to lighten the mood I got to thinking about what I could to alleviate the boredom of lock down.

Once, had done the obvious chores that had been neglected.

  • Gotten through the heaps of ironing which had been piling up.
  • Cleaned the windows,
  • Swept all the dust which had somehow accumulated under my bed.

I thought, now that is all done, #howaboutfunandgameswithredbubble.

Lauren Kinghorn has a great training on Redbubble so I decided to try it out for myself and so began a new interest and I now have my own online store.

Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would be able to say that, but there you go. One is never to old to learn.

Not only that but I got my sister-in-law, Hazel, to join me in this new venture.

WHAT A BLAST

Spectacular Sunset over the Sea

My thinking was #howaboutfunandgames with the help of RedBubble.

It was exactly what my creative soul required.

This really brings out the creative ideas and makes one forget the problems of the world for a while.

Besides staying indoors and keeping our hands clean, watching our health, worrying about something over which we have absolutely not control seemed senseless.

Finding a creative outlet and having a new business at the same time made a lot more sense.

Having to struggle to make ends meet and have to ask our families to help us out is not good for the ego or the soul.

Not only that, but my sister-in-law was also looking for ways to supplement her income so she came on board and we had the fun of doing this together.

It was great working together as Hazel had not had the opportunity to use Canva before, and as I have used it for about two years, it was a pleasure to teach her.

Thankfully she is a very quick study and grasped it really well.

We had such fun finding suitable pictures for our Redbubble stores.

Choosing the name for our stores was just part of the fun and games we had. Hazel chose a really cool name for hers – giftsbyHazel. You can check her amazing creativity and think of some of the things you could do or buy, to brighten up your life.

There are so many to choose from and it made the decision, which ones would be best, and for what items.

FREE TO BE CREATIVE

We lowered our new bed so Milo could get up easily.

When we began this course, Hazel and I were staying at my very dear friend, Caro’s house in Langebaan and at that time were not under shutdown.

We had no idea that this Covid19 scourge was going to begin.

Therefore, we were able to go around the Estate taking photographs of the wildlife and gardens, which really appealed to us both.

I had such a funny experience when I was walking around looking for photo opportunities.

A number of people in the Estate have unusual statues or objects of garden art to make their gardens unique. One can see a number of artistically arranged cats, tortoises, buck, birds, etc. So when I spotted a really realistic looking buck under some trees, I was not surprised

This one was so realistic and I was very taken with it, as when I was contemplating from which angle I should photograph it, it appeared that the eyes were following me. I thought, my goodness, that is really the most realistic work of art I have seen.

What a laugh I had when the ” work of art ” suddenly bounded off onto the nearby golf course.

Once we were under lock down, we have been able to search through our photographs and friends and family have kindly shared some of their treasures with us.

This really brings out the creative ideas and makes one forget the problems of the world for a while.

Besides staying indoors and keeping our hands clean, watching our health, worrying about something over which we have absolutely not control seemed senseless.

A WHOLE NEW WORLD IS OPENING UP TO US ALL

Have you thought of how the world is going to look through your eyes?Follow the rainbow. Find your pot of gold.

  • What are you going to choose to do?
  • How are you going to cope with the changes?
  • Are you putting a plan, or plans, into action?

Finding a creative outlet and having a new business at the same time makes a lot of sense.

TAKING STOCK

Having to struggle to make ends meet, and perhaps the need to ask our families to help us out is not good for the ego, or the soul.

Being able to start a new business at any age is amazing but we are both retired, and we have found an added interest, which given time, will help to supplement our pensions.

MY HOPE

Is that you are all well and coping during this time of crisis in the world.

It would be lovely if you would share the wonderful ways you are overcoming this time, and also to hear what new things you have found to lift your spirits.

Perhaps you too have embarked on a new business venture, and would love to share it with the world?

Jill du Preez

Creative Entrepreneur ● Seamstress | Quilter | Artist | Published Author | Creative Promoter of Emerging Artists

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