As many of you know, Ansley, our second daughter who is 18, has finished high school and is staying home and working this year. Next year, she will go to Ecuador for several months, then on to college. She has some good jobs teaching English and is working a lot and making some good college spending money.
Bronwyn did the same thing when she graduated from high school. However, this summer (winter for us), she is home but not working. It would be hard to get a job for just 3 months and she really needs to be available to help out with family things as well as with Stephen and Weston who don't speak portuguese, but are here to help out (and are doing a great job of it so far, by the way).
So.... she is going to need some college spending money. We have been thinking of ways that she could earn some money, but I thought I would ask you all to weigh in on some of our ideas and maybe add some of your own....
1. She is going to sew a bunch of stuff for the next craft sale at the kids' school. The last sale, I made pillows as well as the cookies. These little owl pillows I made sold like hot cakes. I had to go home each day and make more and they sold as soon as I got to school. It was crazy. So, there is a sale coming up in October, so during these months, Bronwyn is going to make a bunch of little critter pillows to sell.
2. What about setting up an etsy shop with things from Brazil? Like she could go to the craft fairs and buy handcrafted jewelry, etc. and resell them on etsy. Do you think that people would buy from her? She could also add in other things that she would make - she is pretty good with a sewing machine.
(this is one example of the kind of thing she could buy and resell - source: etsy.com)
3. She could get a job at school. I know this is an option, but I would kind of like to avoid it if possible. Her hours are really full and she also has some other activities going on that she has to do in order to keep some of her scholarships. She is a great student and I know she could do it, but I just thought something else might be better. I'm all about thinking outside the box :)
OK, now let's have some of your ideas...