Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Other Hobbies

Do you ever think you could get sucked into another hobby? I remember when the scrapbooking craze started. I could so easily have taken the plunge and charged full speed into that hobby.

My sizeable stash prevented it, however. My brain kept screaming at me, "You  have too much money sunk into that stash, you can't afford to start another hobby!"

So I resisted.

Then, I thought I'd like to learn to knit. I have about 8 skeins of yarn, several sets of needles and so many scarf/mufflers that I can't possibly wear them all. I won't allow myself to learn more than the basic knit and pearl stitches. I could so easily fall over the knitting abyss!

Then along came crochet. I can't do this a lick, but I have 3 or 4 hooks and a couple of skeins of thread (is that the correct terminology?). I have pinned countless images on Pinterest showing some beautiful how-to's and easy projects, but, again, I don't dare let myself be sucked in.

Now, I have found a new hobby to tempt me--beading. I just love those Pandora bracelets and all the variety of beads that are offered, but my gosh, the price!! So I just browsed through the aisles of our local Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's Fabrics. I picked out a few things to make a bracelet in the Pandora style. OMG, I could get so into beading!

 

With Emma home on spring break, we "played" in the beads the other morning, and she helped me make this bracelet. It was fun! There were some beads that would not be threaded onto that elastic band, because the holes were too narrow. Turns out they weren't needed. I had leftovers of both the blue and silver beads. In the pic below, I have the leftovers making  earrings. (They are just beads placed on the table; they aren't really strung together)


I had the correct materials for making the bracelet, but not the proper materials for making earrings. With the leftover beads, I think I should go ahead and make them. So I will go looking for that stuff next time I am going that direction. I will not buy any more beading "stuff" however, as I do not, repeat, DO NOT want to be sucked into this hobby.

Besides, I really don't wear that much jewelry, you know?

No, I am happy with quilting, and I feel like it is the hobby I am meant to be doing. The fabric in my stash will outlive me, but I hope I can get quite a lot more made before that time comes!! *gracious!*

So, friends, how many of you have succumbed to hobbies other than quilting?? How do you manage it all?

Happy Quilting, Friends!
 

5 comments:

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

You are smart to resist! My big 3 are quilting, making mosaics and beading followed by knitting, cross stitch and crazy quilting. Now I've added back embroidery and have pinned a few crochet patterns. I mostly quilt in the winter and mosaics are warm weather as my studio is in the garage and it's messy when you do the grouting.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

You are smart to resist! My big 3 are quilting, making mosaics and beading followed by knitting, cross stitch and crazy quilting. Now I've added back embroidery and have pinned a few crochet patterns. I mostly quilt in the winter and mosaics are warm weather as my studio is in the garage and it's messy when you do the grouting.

Chris said...

My hobbies have hobbies. I am trying not to adopt any more. Lol. Cute bracelet :)

Betty Lou said...

Your bracelets are beautiful and would make nice gifts BUT I CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER HOBBY!

Sarah said...

I was a cross stitcher before I was a quilter, but that's fallen by the wayside since I began quilting 11 years ago. I haven't taken up other craft hobbies since! I'm not into paper craft, I don't like the materials. I think it's always fabric and threads for me!