appreciating doing something other than work

17 Dec

so i started thinking

before i started writing this blog, that i’d write about hobbies and my lack of having one.  however, during the real in-depth research i do for every post, i discovered – HA! – i actually have several. i’ve also discovered that i do not like the word hobby.  maybe because it reminds me of holly hobby and i always thought she was stupid.  but also the word hobby doesn’t really do what it means justice.  case in point, if you like designing grand pieces of abstract art that demonstrates your radical existential viewpoint on life but you don’t make a living at it, is that your…hobby?   i guess so.


i guess a hobby i have is photography.  i don’t have the fancy cameras, in fact, my phone will work just fine.  i love capturing everything.  what i think is important is then transferring those photos to something tangible like a book.  i haven’t gone that far yet.  with my photos, i like to capture a city’s beat or pulse.  i like to capture moments and make them look pretty.  for some reason, this year, i love capturing in-flight photos.  maybe because i appreciate God’s ability to get me up in the air and give me a glimpse of the earth from 15,000+ feet. i also like ‘slice of life’ photos – for the same reason i like woody allen’s slice of life movies.

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so that’s photography.  now

my other love, which kinda links into yesterday’s post on home offices, is to make collages.  and don’t use that term …what do they say?… can’t think of it now but it’s some french term.  who knows what i’m talking about?  DECOUPAGE (just thought of it) it’s not that.  i like collages because i liked ripping stuff out and blowing up pictures and putting it all together as one big thing I like made of small things that i like.  does that make sense?  here is my work i’m so proud of.  it hangs in our extra room…

these are two panels and include:

photographs taken when katie and i went to stay at the broadmoor resort in colorado after dad died – just to get away, photos of chicago landmarks for me, snippets from magazines and things that i like.  i need to do more and have been inspired by the work done by eva :

lastly, a hobby i want to be able to do – actually two – one is sew and another is knit.  i found some cool knitted stuff on etsy:

i love all of these – what a unique yarn scarf above and the mug warmer – adorable!  you can get more info here on all of these etsy finds.

so – what hobby do you do – or what do you want to do?  XXOO

4 Responses to “appreciating doing something other than work”

  1. Sarah Prendeville December 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    I was talking to my mom the other day about how I want to learn to knit too! The knitting pictures on pinterest are inspiring

    • amyefulford December 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

      We should both learn to knit and exchange presents each holiday that we knitted! you might get a mug warmer though!

  2. Jeanie Guthrie Hornung December 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    I think you’re a very talented photographer. Check this link out and move forward on sewing.

    I want to take tap dancing and singing lessons this year. Two new hobbies might be a bit aggressive but I’m one of the two will happen.

    • amyefulford December 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks Jeanie! I did already check out her website and i love it. I want to sew the laptop bags on there!

      I can totally see you tap dancing! Singing…we’ll have to go sing karaoke before I make a judgement call on that!

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