Thursday, October 6, 2011

I Must Ask . . . What Is Your Hobby?

Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life. –Simone Weil

The “aye's” have it. Thank you to everyone who voted to continue with I Must Ask. And to the one, lone nay-sayer, may I suggest a new hobby? Because that's what we're talking about today. Hobbies. How do you like to spend your leisure time? There are so many amazing and fun things to do when the work is done {or if you're naughty like me, instead of the chores :mischief:}. There are so many things I love to do. Reading. Gardening. Paper crafting {mostly rubber stamping/card making}. Writing. I even don't mind cooking, especially when Mr. Bug does the dishes :wink:.

I'm an “all-or-nothing” kind of girl. Hence, my motto, Go Big or Go Home! So, whatever I'm doing, I'm usually all in. The trouble with that is that I have fairly time-consuming hobbies so whichever holds my interest tends to overshadow all the others. When I'm reading a good book, I can't just read a few chapters and put it down until the next day. I kind of like to devour it. When I get tired of one hobby I rotate it out and pick up something else {which is kind of bad for the gardens, since those are perennial commitments :lol:}. I did some serious rubber stamping for about 6 years, selling hundreds of dollars of stamps and accessories and teaching several large classes each month. During that time, I cranked out hundreds and hundreds of cards as well.

Right now, and for the last 3+ years, sewing has been my pursuit. I've always loved to sew. According to the bible, if you train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it {Proverbs 22:6}. It must be true, because I learned to sew when I was about eight. I sewed all the way into my very early twenties and then took a little break from it. There were about 12 years that I didn't do much sewing, but I feel like I've come back to my creative roots. There is something so satisfying about working with fabrics.

There are as many hobbies as there are people under the sun. This is the largest poll ever, in terms of choices. I tried to include a broad number of categories, but I barely scratched the surface. Vote for as many as you like and then comment and tell me what you love about your hobbies. I'll pick a few comments to share with you next week. Go on then. Today I must ask . . . what is your hobby?


Shay said...

This was a great question. I have 9 hobbies and hadn't realised I was so well rounded!

Quilting, blogging, sewing, home repair the list just goes on and on!

Don't you listen to to the naysayer- they obviously dont know what they're talking about and probably hit the button by mistake since they didnt leave a comment.

Beth said...

I definitely see a shift in what I'm involved in, both seasonally and through the years. Sometimes based on what is "due" next and sometimes because I've gotten bored with the medium I'm working with. The last few years, I've come back to the things I loved most in my childhood and teen years but didn't have time for in my 20s. And there's other activities that I know I'll come back around to as my children grow and become more active and involved in the organizations I was a part of. Such as camping and hiking. As a Girl Scout of 14 years, I participated in these monthly and, although I would love to do them now, work commitments and vacation restrictions and other "adult" responsibilities prevent me from making them a priority. So I didn't count them as a "current" hobby.

SewSara said...

hi elizabeth! i have gotten horribly behind with blog reading (why is there guilt over this? silly huh!)
just wanted to say hi :)

Paulette said...

I clicked a bunch of choices, so I guess I have a lot of hobbies. No wonder I never seem to get anything done! :)

Jill said...

I crochet, although not so often now. But I count it! Music, listening and playing. I also love to walk. Reading is a biggie for me, I've already read 24 books this year! Watching TV cannot escape me, and I find myself a bit obsessed, possibly addicted. I will not allow (or afford) cable/sattelite TV in our house--I'd never get anything done! The one I noted, but found a bit surprising to myself, is home canning. I really kind of enjoy it! I made cooked peach and pear jam this year and freezer strawberry jam. Last year, I did peach, raspberry and strawberry jam. I also canned 18 quarts of grape juice last year, and did a few jars of grape jelly the year before that. I haven't ever done vegetables, but we are trying to plan a garden for next year, so maybe?
The hobby that I always claim, when asked, though is not listed. I am a Puzzle Girl. I love jig-saw puzzles (even the photo-mosaics) up in the 1000's. I love word puzzles, and some number puzzles. I do the daily Sudoku and CryptoQuote in our newspaper every day. That is my most regular hobby!