You may (or may not) be wondering some of the hobbies I do to balance out the demands of my work/home life. I'll admit that neither of them is truly that demanding, but I couldn't think of a more appropriate word.
Ever since I was a child, I have always been involved in arts and crafts. I've continued that into my adulthood, although I can best be described as a "serial hobbyist." I spent three years making ceramics. It was very enjoyable and almost therapeutic spinning a block of clay into usable vessels. The big turnoff came at the point I realized the studio I had been visiting almost daily had absolutely no ventilation system; even the kiln wasn't vented. That and other safety issues sent me packing, which may have been a good thing, since I still have a closet filled with pottery. I would have been approaching one of those eccentrics you read about who are found lost in a maze of ceramics.
I decided returning to painting was the way to go, so I immersed myself in making acrylic paintings that I like to say "only a family member would love."
This was quickly followed by a year spent crocheting: scarves, blankets and a shawl. Notice all of these pieces are flat. I'll admit I wasn't quite able to grasp the more advanced patterns and I quickly discovered that I could only use so many scarves, living in a moderate climate.
Not sure what hobby will be next, but for right now I am having a fun time blogging away my fears and frustrations and I don't seem to be running low on either of these!
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