I've launched out into bag-making (hence, the gap in blog-time.)
Painting, sewing, etc. has been a lifelong lifestyle of mine, and I refuse to let it all go. My grandmother and my mother taught me how to sew many years ago, and I took it to another level: tailoring by the time I was 15 years old. I used to make my own coats, purses, and jackets, and wore them all the time. So I'm returning to my first love, and am designing and creating bags, pouches, totes, and now cell phone/iPod/Sidekick cases.
Each design is my own, and that gives me a sense of pride in knowing that I am contributing to life via my talent... something to remember me by.