Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, The Writing Life

Hobbies!

I am curious about what you all do for fun. You know…the times when you do something just for you. Writing used to be that for me, until my first book was published, then it became a job. Don’t get me wrong, I still love writing, but I don’t see it as a hobby anymore–as that thing I do just for the fun of it.

Most of you know that I have horses, so they are definitely one of my hobbies and those guys are members of my family. Well, I’ve also hand-quilted for many years. It’s something I don’t do as often as I used to, but I love it. It’s relaxing and something I can do while sitting in front of the television. But about six months ago, someone made me this beautiful horse-and-boots-themed quilt because…well horses! And that quilt, made by a very accomplished seamstress, was (gasp) machine quilted.quilt gift

I remember studying quilts to see how tiny and even the maker’s stitches were. I’d always been kind of a quilt snob. And yet, this machine-quilted beauty had all kinds of fun and intricate stitching. All somehow accomplished on my friend’s sewing machine. That’s when I decided I had to try my hand at that. And there were actually classes on that very thing: machine quilting. I felt like I’d been living under a rock. So I took a class and visited my friend to watch her work and to pick her brain. Then I stitched up my first machine-quilted project–on my fifteen-year-old sewing machine. A very simple table runner that I gave as a gift to someone. quilt front

Well, I’m hooked. I love the speed, and I love trying to coax my machine to give me what I want. It’s kind of like my horses–it’s a partnership that brings immense satisfaction. And now I’m envisioning a new sewing machine in my future. One that is made with quilting in mind. It’s new and exciting…and it’s just plain fun. quilt back

How about you? What do you do for fun? It can be a hobby or something else. I really do want to know!

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5 thoughts on “Hobbies!”

  1. Hi Tina

    For me reading is what I do mostly, I used to knit a lot and I have done some crocheting and hand embroidery over the years, I don’t seem to do any of that these days I have way too many good books to read 🙂

    But my best friend has an embroidery sewing machine and does lots of quilts and all sorts of handy and beautiful things with her machine and I love seeing what she has made 🙂

    Have Fun

    Helen

  2. Scrapbooking, if I ever get around to it. I had pics, etc.already in magnetic albums up to 1989 when my toddler ripped them out, page by page. From then on, I put everything into monthly file folders. Then, in 2007, I found out about scrapbooking. I am now up to scrapbooking 1994 things (including pics, newspaper articles, etc. from the late 1800s), having thrown out THOUSANDS of duplicate and just-plain-awful photos. (People gasp when I say I threw out dozens of my first child’s baby pics, but one really doesn’t need a dozen of him lying on the hospital bed. Back in those days, you took lots of pics hoping for a good one. Now I keep the best photo and use the rest as scratchpads until I can shred/recycle them.)
    One of the bonuses of having all the scrapbooking supplies on hand (in an organized fashion) is that I can make greeting cards easily. I often write my own poetry to insert in special birthday and/or anniversary cards for friends, then embellish with stickers, etc.
    The trick to most things, though, is getting around to it. I was sidetracked in 2006/2007 when my mother-in-law’s memory was failing; she had 16 photos in “the home” that weren’t in frames, so I asked all known relatives to contribute pics (with dates, events, and names) to insert into her own album. Got it done (with over 200 contributed photographs dating back to the 40s) in time for her 80th birthday “open house”. Shortly after that, we learned she had Alzheimer’s. When she started ripping paper without realizing it, we had to take it away from her and only bring it out when she had company. I got updated pics 10 years later for her 90th BD open house and she passed the following year. That album came in handy for her celebrations and her funeral, and now I have it in my home. Siblings have their own copies of it. I am soooo glad I did this for her and for her/our families.
    I was also sidetracked back in 2015 when my daughter got married. She had done her own albums (handwritten in 8×8 books that her cousin had given her), but mine was a 12×12 album done with a label maker, pretty embellishments, and pictures spread out. I probably should just GIVE that album to her now (rather than waiting until I die), but I still get enjoyment out of it. She often borrows it to show others in the meantime….
    Today I am sidetracked because I offered to update our badminton club’s album. It only had pics from 1993-1998, but I have gone through all my own records and asked for digital/print contributions from club members, so I will soon print over 250 pics to insert into new 12×12 albums, as well as to insert into the current album. Due to time constraints and limited funds offered, there will be no label making, no embellishments, and no pretty papers. It will be completed on plain white 12×12 acid-free paper that I am donating, with names of everyone printed on my computer to insert. It’s a huge undertaking, especially with inserting names of everyone, trying to squeeze everything in around what’s already glued in. (The other girl had taken file folder labels and stuck them on top of the old pics for labeling, plus she used glue that rips the back of pictures off when trying to remove from the non-acid-free pages, so I can’t really remove the pics to put into bigger acid-free albums, and she didn’t include the full names of anyone.) Once my company leaves (they’ll have been here a month), I can finally print them all and whip them into albums – before WE leave on vacation in early Sept for 6 weeks. At least that’s the plan….
    I used to knit (scarves only), embroider (just pillowcases), “help” quilt with woman across the street (when I was a teenager), and hook rugs (my son still uses my rugs with pride), but they have all fallen by the wayside during the past 45 years. No interest anymore. Especially no time when I have other things I’d rather do.

    1. Laney, your sidetracked periods created beautiful memories for others! I’m amazed and impressed by your dedication. I’ve done some scrapbooking, but still have a lot of years to go to get my kids albums up to where they need to be. Hopefully in the next couple of years I’ll get back to it. I bet your albums are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! You’ve made me want to pull out my boxes of pictures and start going through them!

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