Hobby Adventures Part I

I’m not sure if anyone pays attention to the categories I tag for each post, but there were 6 of them. I have now added a 7th and it is Hobby Adventures. I mentioned this new category in my Mother Earth News Fair post. It came about during a great talk hubby and I had while driving to the Fair about my need to figure myself out.

I am going to try as many hobbies as I can, with a project or two, and write about how they go, how I liked the projects, whether I was any good at it (which may be obvious by pictures), if I will continue with the hobby, etc. Some of the hobbies are ones that I used to spend time on either before the girls came along, or when they were younger, or with them as they got older. I am going to mention those in this post, thus the “Part I.”

One of the first things I did was sort through all of the craft type books on the book shelf. I am giving away quite a few that I will never use. Most had projects I was interested in for the girls when they were younger. Here is the pile that is moving out.

craft books

For example, I used to scrapbook.

scrapbook

This example page is from one of the many figure skating competitions my eldest took part in. I have about 5 huge scrapbooks from over the years, nothing more recent than about 10 years ago though. I do not think I’ll go back to scrapbooking, but it is a reminder that there are still a ton of pictures which need to come off the computer onto paper and that there are a ton of pictures in boxes that just need to go into albums.

I used to crochet (though not for very long).

afgan

I made a few afgans. The biggest success was one like above that I made for the in-laws. To this day, it is my mother-in-law’s favorite blanket. I would like to work on some knitting and crocheting projects. I am very lucky in that my mom is a champion with the knitting needles, so pretty much any sweater/hat/scarf/blanket/etc that the girls or I have ever wanted, she has been able to produce. That is a hard act to follow.

I used to stencil.

garbage cabinet

stencil fence

The top was a quick add on to make the garbage cabinet slightly more decorative. The bottom was a pretty amazing project in the youngest’s room, but at the old house. I stenciled the fence and then my mom helped with the freehand flower vines. One thing about artwork directly on walls is that if you move, it doesn’t move with you. I’m not sure I feel like randomly adding stenciling in the house, but two of the new hobbies I would like to try are to re-finish furniture and build furniture, in which case, there might be some stenciling involved.

I made a quilt…once.

quilt

It was far from perfect, and it wasn’t really the traditional style of quilting, but it came out reasonably well. I still like the colors/prints. I definitely want to do a quilting project, but I’m not sure if it would be another blanket.

I used to cross stitch, quite a bit actually. I made a number of gifts for babies and weddings, etc. This is a partial picture of my biggest achievement, big in terms of time and size.

cross stitch

I will try a smaller project and see if my eyes can still manage the close up work.

This is a pretty good summary of the previous hobbies I’ve tried. Some of which, I’ll try again. In another post, I’ll include some new hobbies I am going to research. I want things that can be done at home. I’m open to suggestions.