Lufkin woman falls on hard times, turns hobby into money maker

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "I just got to make a little extra here and there. And, this is how I can do it," said Lufkin resident, Rhonda Grisham.

Grisham refuses to let anything slow her down. She turned to crafting to cope after her husband died last year from health complications. Her boss even notices the difference it's making.

"People who are resourceful seem to do well in life," said Lufkin Barbeque owner, Paul Stringer.

When she's not working her job as a waitress at Lufkin Barbeque, Rhonda says she's crafting to help make ends meet. Rhonda had a stroke shortly after her husband's passing, adding even more medical bills to be paid. She also battles arthritis, but says it's not going to slow her down.

"It can be devastating, and it can stop you in your tracks. It's rewarding for me, because I'm not letting it stop me," said Grisham.

With the help of her boyfriend, Grisham sells hand-made Easter baskets for kids.

"She's made it. And, you know, you can't just go out and buy that just any place. And, none of their little buddies are going to have the same thing," said Grisham's boyfriend, Michael Key.

Timeless gifts for her 23 grandchildren.

"Not so much the candy and stuff like that, but it's just the idea that they are going to get something that they'll get to have for awhile," said Grisham.

Her hobby even evolved into making Easter egg costumes for school plays.

"It's a talent you either have or you don't," said Key.

Easter is a special time of year for Rhonda, when family comes together and for her to make a little extra money.

"Whoever needs something made, if I can make it, I'll make it," said Grisham.

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