I see I posted a little about my hobbies in this thread four years ago. I could tell more about my textile handcrafts: knitting, crochet, sewing, nalbinding are the ones I do on a regular basis. I probably tried out every textile technique at least once. But I like making things I can use, not all techniques produce useful things (many are only embellishing). And did I tell about drawing and painting (watercolours)? I illustrated a few children's books. most in black-and-white pen drawings, one in coloured pencil drawings. Or I draw just for fun (because it's a hobby), mostly in an 'illustrative style'. Sometimes I join a group of Urban Sketchers, I like sketching (with pen and watercolours) 'from life', but I don't like doing it on my own.
Going on bicycle-camping trips can be called a hobby too. Often I go for about five days, sometimes a longer 'tour' of several weeks. Taking everything needed with me on my bicycle, including my doggie (in the basket, do you see her?).
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
I agree that a benefit of PEP is the encouragement to try a wide variety of things. I like to experience and experiment with a lot rather than master one or two. Guess I haven't found that one thing that entrances me enough to master it.
My main hobbies --
Baking with less common ingredients, like my chocolate chip mesquite cookies and maple rutabaga muffins. I don't leave recipes alone and am always tinkering with them.
Reading, a variety of fiction and nonfiction.
I dabble in different arts and crafts. Lampworking and glass fusing was fun, as was wood burning. Painting is my favorite. Crafty upcycling ranks high.
(Reminder to myself) God didn't say, "well said, well planned, and well thought out." He said, "well done."
The last couple of years it has been hunting wild mushrooms. So much to learn here. I’ve come a long way but have so far to go yet to consider myself good at identification. I like how it gets me out in the woods, and takes me to so many places I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
In the winter, I’ve been experimenting with mushroom growing. Success and failure there, but I’m getting it down. I’ve tried quart jars, grow bags, logs, straw beds, straw bales and straw buckets. Success so far growing oyster, shiitake, lions mane and chestnut mushrooms.
Oh gosh! If I only had just one. I'd have to say sewing/quilting is my top hobby for the winter as I'm always trying to create something new from old clothing. I sporadically work on a wooden dollhouse that I bought and dismantled in hopes of turning it into a dilapidated dollhouse and my hubby just brought home six 1:24 scale wooden houses he rescued from a garbage pile, so I'll be busy redoing those for the next few years. I have a new interest in card making and papercraft using scraps and recycled items too. I have enough art and craft supplies to last through an apocalypse and have secured a table at a craft show next month in hopes of using up some of my excess and bringing in a little extra cash.
Lori Ziemba wrote: I love post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction.
Me too. My three top faves though are "A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World", "The Last Dog on Earth" (they are not related or even a little bit alike, they both just have dogs...a talking one (or rather you hear his thoughts) with a Cockney accent on Audible in the case of the second) and the Biodome Chronicles, which features permaculture heavily. I actually won the first in the series here. I also knit and sew. Not nearly as stunning as your embroidery hobby Tyler!
These past few years I've really gotten into windsurfing. I used to go to the gym on a fairly regular basis, and then covid happened, so getting out on the water become my main form of cardio exercise.
Lori Ziemba wrote:Ooo, I love post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction.
I've read most of Louis L'Amour's westerns - several times in fact. SO, I got turned on to William W. Johnstone's westerns and while browsing through used books at a local shop I noticed another book by this author - a post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction which just blew me away.
This is a series and I only have books #2, #6, & #10. I'm assuming that book #1 covers the apocalypse in the U.S. and book #2 continues with super dude becoming President for a short time and trials and tribulations after that. It put me so much in mind of where we are almost at in our 'society' in the U.S. that it is scary. Hope you get at least the #2 book and read it through!
Fire in the Ashes by William W. Johnstone, Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing, August, 1996, The second book in the series!
I just came across this post; Tyler, and looked at your link to your embroidery; its great to see someone else with a weird soul like mine and hubby's! *LOL*
And, Lori, I never knew those little Boston bulldogs could do cart racing! I know that they are bulldogs, yes,a nd are very powerful little guys...it so cool to see them racing and helping out with mobility and chores!
I have some prickly pear cactus that I know we will be harvesting fruit from in a few years, looks like I am gonna have to look into making it into wine...
I loom knit, paint, cook, collect recipes, watch Youtube videos on a variety of topic, do crafts...not much I can't do, given the resources and instruction...
Wow, all these practical hobbies! Mine are not saleable but I enjoy them immensely: challenging jigsaw puzzles, as in all one color or the full moon with only a few shadows around the craters, 5000-piece puzzles that take all winter to put together, though any jigsaw puzzle will do even with pieces missing, Sudoku puzzles, logic puzzles, anacrostics, and number puzzles. I'd like to take up wood carving.
Just started wheat weaving, a.k.a. straw work again. Did the baskets in 2007 when we were camp hosting. I found some white plastic twine and pulled some grass stems around the campsite. To my amazement, the baskets are still just as pliable as 15 years ago despite our living mostly in conditions of low humidity...
Our daughter wanted some Christmas ornaments that would not hurt our very active granddaughter if she pulled on them so I am making as many of those as possible, while practicing various techniques.
I like painting in watercolor, mostly various scenes of the sky. Don't know why I have never taken pictures and I can't look at them as I give them away as soon as they are done. I like night scenes and storm clouds and reflections on water. I've done the northern lights and full moon with craters and shadows in the craters. On my desk right now is about the 20th attempt at lightening, and it's looking pretty good. Assuming I don't have to start over again, thus not being done in time, it will be on its way to express how shockingly old someone will be in a couple weeks.
Nothing ruins a neighborhood like paved roads and water lines.
Hobbys! I’m loving retirement. I do knit/crochet/sprang/macramé/naalbinding but mainly I hoard yarn, lol. I garden/guerrilla garden/subvert gick landscaping and am easily (and often) distracted by plants & bring home twigs/cuttings/seeds relentlessly. Does mining seeds out of cuffs & pockets count? Flinger of avocado pits. I seem to acquire stray teens who stay & tolerate my old-fashion strict house rules, cant run ‘em off. The most recent just graduated high school with honors. I volunteer at the local food co-op supporting local food system. Peruse permies - a lot! Since I’m outside a lot, and nosey, I’m an informal security system (gossip is intel) Local hummingbird & squirrel servant. Guinea Pig rescue. Did I mention gardening?
Still slingin’ Avacado pits
Gravity is a harsh mistress. But this tiny ad is pretty easy to deal with: