As I've talked about previously, I used to design ladies' accessories. Some days I miss it, then I remind myself that I can apply design to anything. A color palette for handbags, could still work for stationary. A geometric design used for apparel, could still be applied to home decor. It's pretty endless if you have an eye for what works and are flexible enough to try something else when it doesn't.
Oh, ya! And you don't have to get paid by someone else to do what you love. That just has to be the case if you want to make a living from it. If I feel like sewing, I have the tools for it at home. If I want to design handbags again, I have the resources and what I don't have, I can find. Sometimes it's hard to shake the mindset that you can only do what someone pays you to do. Maybe that's a drawback from working in a creative field, but as soon as I remind myself that in my free-time, the sky's the limit, it's on!
Here are some sketches from 3 or 4 years ago when I was designing wallets. And one illustration thrown in of a handbag I was working on.
Kind of neat to look back at them and remember what projects I was working on...