Exploring My Hobbies

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To say that I’m a creative person would be an understatement. I have so many hobbies that I love doing that I spend a lot of time not doing them at times because I can’t decide which one to focus on.  I have actually been on something of a creative hiatus because I haven’t been overly inspired.  The last few months, I’ve had a few ideas fermenting in the back of my mind but they weren’t quite ready to come out and play, so I’m hoping that break is about over and it is time to get back into my studio.

My most recent, and probably most focused, hobby has been jewelry.  I even took it so far as to create a shop in an effort to make it something of a business, but I learned pretty quickly that I’m not one to really create on a mass produced level or even just a level to build stock.  I thrived on creating custom pieces that I got to work with a client to customize from the ground up.  Each piece has a personality that way and that method of creation is pretty much the only way I really want to work.  Sure, I can do the general stuff, but I’m so much less likely to sit down and make a piece to just make a piece for no particular reason.  More times than not, I’d end up too attached to the piece to actually post to the shop site to sell.

One of the things that I loved the most about running my shop was that it covered a ton of my hobbies in one thing.  I had to draft the design (drawing), create the piece (while playing with metal, fire and gorgeous stones), photograph it, create the website, design graphics for the site and then play on my geeky side by building all my back end databases, reports and website maintenance.  I had a lot less downtime trying to figure out what I wanted to work on when I was actively working on the shop, but there ended up just being way too much other legal and licensing garbage that got dumped on top of all that and it sucked all the fun right out of it.  Considering I really only wanted to do this as a hobby and not as a full time job, I let it mostly go.  I’m still keeping my site and will take on a custom project if a request comes in, but I’m going to do so as just a hobby this year.

Outside of the jewelry, photography and graphic design, and those really are 3 of my top favorites, there are many other hobbies that I like to dabble in.  I’ve done so many things over the years that I truly had to draw a line and refuse to try out anything else.  Besides the fact that any new hobby tends to cost a fortune just to get started, I really don’t want to have to try and talk the hubby into converting the entire basement into a new studio.  Taking over the dining room that was too small to ever be used with a family as large as I have was bad enough.

I did some scrapbooking when the kids were tiny, but didn’t love it enough to keep investing in all the accessories required to do the really cool stuff.  I still do a little here and there, like creating fun cookbooks for the kids to add their favorite recipes to so they have a place to start when they are old enough to be on their own.  Embroidery was sort of the same, but ended up being something that I liked and was decent at, but didn’t out and out love.  When I already had so many that I did love, it never really took off for me.  I do love to knit and crochet, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve not been able to really do either for any length of time before my hands get achy.  I will do a project here and there, especially if I need a baby gift, but it isn’t one of the ones I get to spend a lot of time with.  I love to sew and have made quite a few things over the years, more often lately it ends up being for a new Halloween costume (which I go all out on every year).

Other than those three that I consider truly artistic creative outlets, my other top is baking, but because that is such a huge piece all on its own, I am doing a separate blog for that one and am keeping this space just for all the non-baking art.  I’m hoping this blog will help encourage me to find a better balance between all my biggest hobbies and help keep me organized along the way.

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mother of 3 who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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