Today, join me in welcoming author Terry Spear to Terry's Place. Yeah, I know it'll get complicated in the comments, but we'll figure it out! Terry creates not only award-winning paranormal romances and medieval historical romances, but award-winning teddy bears also, so learn what happens when a hobby becomes something more!
Have you ever loved creating a hobby so much, you’ve inundated family and friends with your talent and there is no one else to give to without it being too much?
Sometimes just giving away our well-loved creations can be enough. Years and years and years ago, I embroidered, quilted, hooked rugs, made cloth dolls, tie-dyed, cross-stitched, made costumes. All fun and great and everyone had so much of it, that although several pieces are keepsakes, hooked Christmas rugs and cross-stitched pictures, and one quilt for a bed and another Christmas quilt remain…but enough was enough.
Then my father and mother were making doll carriages and other furniture for doll collectors at shows and they needed something soft and unbreakable to use for display. Not cloth dolls. They wouldn’t have the right look for collectors who bought porcelain dolls.
So I created an old time looking bear. After that, I began creating character bears—a pirate with a peg leg who won Most Unique Bear at a show, a Jester who won Best Dressed and another who won Best of Show. My angel and Patriotic Patrick bears were featured in Teddy Bear Review Magazine. Another bear was in Texas Monthly Magazine. And some were in the film: The International Teddy Bear Connection.
From all the crafty stuff I’d done when I was a kid growing up, I ended up creating unique bears to share with the world. They’ve found homes as far away as Australia, Japan, and Russia, and many Celtic Clan bears are now living in Canada also. For my werewolf series novels, I’ve been asked to create a shapeshifter wolf! Maybe one of these days!
A friend of mine’s son creates cake sculptures, just for fun, not for profit. But they’re amazing and maybe someday, he will take his hobby to the next level—a hobby that can be fun, but bring in a little money, if nothing more than to pay for the materials used in the making of the craft.
But more than anything, because most of us who create crafts from the heart know there’s really no money to be made at it as far as earning an income, it’s the sharing of a gift that is unique with the world that can bring joy to the creator.
Thanks so much for having me guest blog with you today, Terry!
Terry Spear’s Wilde & Woolly Bears can be found here: And her novels, including the new releases: Deadly Liaisons (Jan) and Legend of the White Wolf (Feb)can be seen at www.terryspear.com