Long time readers of this blog know how much I enjoy crafting and a vibrant economy in massive titles. I often get so carried away, being a purveyor of virtual goods becomes my primary activity. About 2 years ago, I expanded my love of crafting into a real life endeavor by designing and selling handmade accessories on Etsy. I’ve had a blast even though the effort dominates my free time. It’s been a wonderful form of creative expression that pays for itself. It was also an on-time sanctuary and balm when my mother passed away suddenly. I could sit down and express myself without words and be left with something that was at least to my eyes, beautiful – tangible.