Of the three things I listed the earliest passion was making. I have always loved creating things, arts and crafts at summer camp, sewing in home ec, wood working and welding in industrial arts... I just liked it. This led me to choose to go to RIT School for American Crafts where I double majored in wood working and metal working. In the years since I graduated I have always had a studio. For the last year and a half I have been supporting myself by the work of my hands, half time working for someone else making jewelry and half time working for myself making jewelry, prints, doing a little sewing... Money is tight at times and I need to learn how to market my work better, but I am glad I made the choice to do my own thing.
A couple years ago at the urging of some friends I started combining the running and making by creating prints to celebrate some of the marathons I have run/ will run. The most recent print is for the New York City Marathon which I will be running next month.
Selling prints has helped me to be able to afford to travel to races. I have also made prints for Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon. I have talked to a company that puts on local races and I may have a chance to do a print for a half marathon in the spring.
Hmm, I guess I should try to wrap up this post somehow, but as I said, writing is not something I was made for... So, thanks for reading. I'll try to add something in the next few days.