Page 5 of 5 FirstFirst ... 345
Results 41 to 48 of 48

Thread: How did you get interested in your hobby?

  1. #41
    Senior Member iris lilies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    12,494
    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    IL, well done. You have won in so many ways - the prize for the entries but more important, IMO, you entered to give some life to the competition , demonstrated artistic effort in your own unique way inspiring others and simply giving enjoyment to those who attended the viewing. i always appreciate the participants showing the multiple dimensions of any competition.
    Thanks for that! Our big iris show is often on Mother’s Day which is super crowded at the Botanical gardens, so it is fun to have such a big crowd view your works.

  2. #42
    Senior Member SteveinMN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Saint Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    4,800
    Congratulations, IL! It's always good to see passion and skill recognized and rewarded!
    If Americans expended even a fraction of the energy on civic engagement that we spend on consumer ideology, our democracy would be much healthier. Can you imagine people camping out to vote? -- Charles Roberts, Amherst, Mass., Nov. 25, 2006

  3. #43
    Senior Member iris lilies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    12,494
    Quote Originally Posted by Lainey View Post
    One aspect I've been thinking about is how a hobby can be a shared interest for a couple. I'm remembering a poet, Donald Hall, who talked about how couples need that "third thing" to focus on (I'm paraphrasing). Basically, you have each other, and you have work, but it helps to have that other interest/passion.
    I know for some couples it's their pet, others it's a shared love of the outdoors, others love cooking, some are active in their church, etc. For some it's raising their children but when the children leave the nest it leaves a big void which can become a big strain on their relationship.
    So I've been pondering that myself and will be exploring that more. Right now it seems one of our regularly shared interests is going to matinees in mid-week with the other retirees :-)
    I have been gardening for decades, and DH has been gardening since he was a child. It is a strong mutual interest of ours. So great, right? It keeps us together. Hahaha not always. This has led to us fighting (or, ahem, “negotiating”) for every square foot of ground on our properties.

    But really, gardening is such as big discipline that there is room within it to pursue sub topics (ornamentals vs vegetables, houseplants vs outdoor plants, specific genus vs wide variety of plants) that we can share an interest yet have our own sub specialty. At theend of a summer day DH will often come by “my” garden areas to see what I accomplished that day or what flowers opened, and I will go by his areas to see what is growing well and what he is doing. So we are separate, but still shari g.

  4. #44
    Senior Member rosarugosa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Eastern Massachusetts
    Posts
    3,591
    I am in agreement with that "third thing" concept. DH & I share a love of gardening and nature and our pets.
    Congratulations, IL!

  5. #45
    Moderator Float On's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    By a lake in MO
    Posts
    4,403
    Congrats IL!
    Float On: My "Happy Place" is on my little kayak in the coves of Table Rock Lake.

  6. #46
    Senior Member Selah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
    Posts
    1,054
    Honestly, my favorite hobbies are those that make me money! Doing surveys. selling used books online, tutoring, doing the odd voiceover gig, searching for rebates, etc. Every once in awhile I'll do something crafty, like woodburning, beading, painting, baking, etc., but I do that far less often than I work on my multitude of "side hustles"!

  7. #47
    Senior Member IshbelRobertson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    The other side of the pond
    Posts
    1,637
    I have loved knitting and tapestry work since I was a child. My Mum was a great knitter, ditto my two Grannies. Dad’s Mum was a highlander who knitted the most wonderful FairIsle patterned sweaters, cardigans, tammies, scarves and gloves for all the grandchidren. All the patterns were memorised, none written down. I still do my tapestry projects but have had to give up knitting because of arthritis.

    Genealogy and history. Have traced my family lines back to the 1500s but having hit a wall, I haven’t done much for 5 years or so.

    Gardening. Nowadays I call myself Head Gardener and my husband plants what I want, where I want it planted! The garden is now getting too big for him to manage and we employ a gardener for a few hours each week.

    Visiting National Trust properties all over the UK.

    Cooking. I’ve taken lots of courses all over Europe, some with Michelin-starred chefs. I first got interested as a teenager and managed to take a 6 week, intensive course at Cordon Bleu cookery school in Paris when I was 19. You should see my knife skills!

  8. #48
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    4,576
    When we lived in WI people never made much off their crafts. A friend of mine quit doing it for that reason. My Mom kept doing it because she was retired and it was fun for her.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •