I like to say that my weakness for Dr. Pepper is my only vice. While you may disagree, I bet you will agree that Cherry Coke is NOT a substitute for DP! I can't tell you how many times this is offered as a substitute when at a restaurant. It just seems so silly--like substituting rocks for apples.
I have been trying to stock an Etsy store. I have been working diligently on it. But, then I need a baby shower gift or something for my own children or an unfinished project needs to be completed. I have to substitute the "I need to" projects for the "I want to" projects. And, somehow, the Etsy shop is still empty and I wonder if I will really get there at all.
But the satisfaction of making something for someone else as a gift really doesn't compare to much. Today I made an outfit for Alison's teacher. She is having her first baby next month and guess what she is naming her? Allison! I like to think that it is, in part, after my own sweet Alison. Who knows! But what I do know is that, while I would like to have a few of these outfits for sale, I loved giving her something handmade. I loved her knowing that we care enough about her and appreciate her enough to take the time to make her a special gift. I feel this way every time I make a gift for someone else.
Someday, soon I hope, the Etsy shop is coming. Until then, I will take the substitute!