Survival hobbies – strange name? Not for me. I’m a ‘hobby kind of girl’. It’s not a bad subject for where we are in the world right now with so many at home who aren’t used to that. I have had numerous hobbies over the years and this just might start a ‘mini series’ on my blog about hobbies.
I never have a problem being bored – it’s just never been an issue for me. If you don’t have a hobby – in today’s world there are many thing you can find online to do. Don’t have the correct supplies? Most things can be ordered online. But please, stay at home!!!
A friend taught me to cross stitch after I watched her. I told her, “that would drive me nuts”. Her reply, “you might be surprised”. And I was. Felt really strange at first, but I was hooked before I finished my first “little starter owl”.
That was 40+ years ago and there’s no telling how many times I’ve ‘stabbed’ that little needle into fabric.
I had done a bit of embroidery as a child – my grandmother had tried to teach me, but that wasn’t my “thing”.
Now, back to cross stitch. I’ve been doing this for so long, and have worked part-time at a cross stitch shop for 14 years so I have plenty of projects & supplies just waiting for me to start (or maybe finish).
And my house is filled with finished cross stitch – most I’ve done, but some were gifts. Even won a blue ribbon at the fair one year.
The above are not “nearly” all but a good sampling and all ones that I’ve done. So, I’m never at a loss for something to do. There have been MANY gifts given and a few received.
The above is one of my favorite ones – but not one that I did. It was a gift from a lady who used to stitch models for the shop. She did lovely work. Every square in the cross stitch fabric is stitched. It hangs over my TV and I enjoy it every time I look up.
Oh, Iris, what beautiful pieces. I am a cross-stitcher but never learned how to do it right. So I am certain my pieces lack the polish that others would add to theirs. I have made pictures or birth announcements for all the nieces and nephews. And things for my daughters when they were little. And then I bought projects that I started and never finished. Haven’t done much in years because those little Xs are smaller and smaller these days. I am a hobby girl, too, and have enjoyed these quieter days that have enabled me to do a little… Read more »
Well you are certainly right about one thing. Those little Xs do keep getting smaller and smaller. I don’t stitch much without a magnifier lamp these days, but I still love my stitching. It’s very therapeutic to me. I’m sure your pieces are find and will create wonderful keepsakes for family and friends. And yes, we all have projects we haven’t finished. I’m glad you have things you can do. It sure makes life more enjoyable.
I’m with you about having lots of fun things to do. I’m sure it’s because I was an only child. But I still miss seeing all my friends!!
I hear you. I’m missing friends too, especially my church family. Only child here too.
These are lovely! I’m still searching for my “craft” I do believe that every person is creative; the trick is finding the activity that sparks. I’ve dabbled in so many – knitting, cross stitch, jewelry-making, painting ( a few paint-and-sip parties), gardening. Nothing has quite hit the spot. For one thing, I don’t seem to have excellent fine motor skills.
Now that i’m retired, i’d love to find the at-home activity that I can be absorbed in – – like your cross stitch. Good for you! I’m a bit jealous 🙂
Ahh, thank you, and thanks for stopping by. I do love my cross stitch. I also tried knitting and crochet, and even quilting – just didn’t do it for me. I’d love to paint, but unfortunately I don’t have those skills.
I’m sure these’s something out there that would be “your thing”. I hope you find it.