Survival Hobbies

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.


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Leslie Susan Clingan

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 »

jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo

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!!

Marceline Miller
Marceline Miller

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 🙂