Saturday, October 20, 2007
Linda blogged earlier this week on the plethora of hobbies and crafts out there. I'm embarrassed to say I've tried almost all of them. If the term had been around when I was kid, I'm sure I would have been diagnosed with Something-DD.
I have a short attention span, no discipline, and get bored easily. The way I deal with this is to add another project or hobby to my life.
One time I was frustrated with the designs on common items like dishtowels, sweatshirts, babies' bibs, Frisbees. So I made up some with designs I liked. Instead of a teddy bear on a bib, I put an image of Marie Curie, and a quote of hers: "All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child." Instead of a mushroom, I put Marconi on a dishcloth. Instead of a puppy, I put Einstein on a Frisbee. I learned silk screening to do this, but eventually outsourced that part of it.
That done, I moved on to cartooning. Then I'd be able to make my own images for products. I made up a Christmas card one year with a cartoon drawing of my husband and me, then moved on to beading.
The next year, everyone I know got beaded presents as I mass-produced zipper pulls and bookmarks. Another time they all got ornaments that were small balls to which I'd glued a computer chip and painted the greeting: "Tech The Halls." The image above is of a card I designed with the same sentiment, in the era of 5-in. floppies.
Every baby of a friend who turned one got a numeral one, made of colorful fabric that I sewed and filled with batting (an alternative to stuffed animals in costumes that belittle them).
Of course there has been the usual knitting, wreath-making (using electronic components), crocheting, embroidery, calligraphy, stamping, and scrapbooking—but not the way Joanna does it, which requires Discipline, Attention, and Patience, not to mention Talent.
That might be it. I am DAP- and T-challenged.
The only two hobbies that have been long-lasting in my life are dollhouses/miniatures and card making. I wonder why.
If anyone would like a sample product from any of my above-mentioned hobbies, let me know!