It's Friday again and a bit of a mish mash of topics. Little ditty's that are on my mind, but not really part of a theme. I should really use Friday to practice loading pictures if I'm not going to write about anything particular. Hobbies need practice. That sort of leads me into my topic of chatter, hobbies.
I don't have hobbies like many people do. Sure, I like to read, I like to cook (when I don't have to) and bake (again when I don't have to), take walks or dare I call them hikes. I like to play Trivia with friends at the brewery, and have happy hour with friends and siblings. But if someone was to describe me in terms of what hobbies I have it would read something like this, "Sam is an avid....I'm not really l sure what she spends her free time doing." I watch too much YouTube. I like to read old magazines. I like playing cards. These are activities I enjoy, but hobbies? I described some of my side goal schemes to bring extra slush funds to our budget as hobbies. Maybe not, so if playing online games for gift cards, or blogging aren't hobbies, the only two things I really do with regularity, then I guess I am hobbieless.
Many people craft as a hobby. I think there is a difference between Craft and craft. Craft, capital C, are those things that take some talent and skill while crafts, little c, are those busy things that might turn out a cute end result, but 9 out of 10 people could pull it off if they took time and patience. That's not knocking those who craft because I'm in the 1 out of 10 that can't get a paint by number to look like the item on the box. Now art, if I had the inclination to spend my free time in this way, I might be able to pull something off. It is in the eye of the beholder, and I can behold my creations even if no one else would. Kim had a post last week and talked about Youtube mom's and crafting beaded Tiered Trays. I'm a very uncool blogger and had to look up what the things are. Here's some crafting I suppose I could do. Then all the people I associate with that regularly hold English Tea's would be all set in the gift department. Curious, do any of you have a beaded tiered tray? Do any of you have a tiny bicycle to place on said beaded tray?
|This piece will set you back $82 from |
Antiquefarmhouse.com or make it
yourself with Kim's new bead stash.
I used to get into philosophical arguments with a former preschool director when it came to art with my kiddos. She hated my version of art time, basically giving kids the medium and letting them have at it. She wanted crafts, not art, because crafts look pretty slapped on windows and bulletin boards. Art by 3 and 4 year olds looks like a lot of messy incoherent blobs and a mishmash of colors and stuff strewn together-and I loved it! Both have a place in a preschool classroom, but they really sit in different developmental domains. We compromised and I added both to my lesson plans. As for art, which the kids were often the most proud of, I had my creative corner, and I saved projects in portfolios to discuss with the parents. Some got it, the learning behind the result of mixing paint colors, gluing ripped pieces of paper on top of another; others just saw mud paintings and scraps, but oohed and awed over the same version of rainbow fish as all the other kids had done.
My own crafting trials never get beyond concept. Remember my crazy quilt plan for winter 2021? It's a pile of shirts, an old sheet, and a couple pillow cases. I have a bag of wine corks from the Tree Project of 2015. Then there's my attempt to take up embroidery again. I spent many hours at the lake October of 2020 stitching away. The same dish towel is unfinished.
|Maybe another year of lockdown type vacations|
and I can finish "Roll"
I follow many a Craftsman, crafter, and hobbyist blogs. I poke fun because I am envious of the pretty things they create for their home and for others. I enjoy their process and end results. Just because these things are not me, doesn't mean I don't respect and appreciate the talent. I'll keep following along. Just like my lack of gardening, justified by "Farmer's Markets need shoppers", I'll stand aside and let you all do your thing, and be happy when some of the things make their way to me as gifts.
What are your Friday Free For All thoughts?