I start lots of hobbies and my house is full of evidence of this. I have a blanket box full of craft items for card making and scrap booking. K loves going into this box as she can find lots of exciting things, however she only goes near it on daddies watch as she knows I don’t allow her to use all my things without asking.
Card making lasted a long time and I even went as far as making wedding invitations for a friend and often passed on cards to family and Friends. I gave it up when got pregnant with K as I was so sick I couldn’t enjoy it.
I then moved onto scrap booking as a logical next step, I had many of the items needed and loved adding to them. I bought numerous scrapbooks and papers and even bought lots of different bits in New york on holiday. I completed one scrapbook for K’s first year and started a second one for her second year- I think I also started a holiday one but can’t remember! I know I didn’t finish anymore than the first one and didn’t start any for Buster or for R as I had planned. the empty scrapbooks and equipment is all still in the house and I still think of doing things with it but know the odds are slim of that!
After scrap booking I moved to cake making, I still enjoy this but don’t get to do it too often mainly as buster and I can’t eat the cakes so it feels nasty to make buns and cakes and not allow buster to sample them. I have found some recipes Buster can have but I can’t decorate them in the same way. MrR bought me a huge tool box of equipment and its constantly being added to, I now have two smaller ones to match and all three are full.
Last year both MrR and I went to a sugar craft course hoping to learn how to make models, unfortunately the information on the course was not correct and in fact all we learnt how to make were flowers and leaves etc. this was very intricate and interesting but too slow for us and not want we wanted so we bowed out half way through the course and just when I had finished buying all the equipment we needed.
The one hobby I have maintained is photography. I started this when R was alive and I loved taking black and white photos of him which I treasure. Once K was born I went into overdrive and have thousands of photos documenting her first years. For my 30th Birthday MrR bought me a digital SLR which I still have and use every week. Since then he has added to it with lenses, a flash gun, tripods, a backdrop and frame and a beginners lighting kit which I don’t know how to use!
I don’t take as many photos these days as poor Buster suffers from second or even third child syndrome but my camera is never too far away and I can be found at most parties etc in the corner snapping away.
I have done a few portrait sittings and my photos of peoples children are on some of my Friends and families walls. I also did one wedding on my own and took back up photos for another friend at her wedding as she didn’t gel with her photographer and hated the photos he had taken.
I have started to attend classes but due to work etc I don’t get to attend them to often.
I really want to take more photos, learn about photoshop-although I prefer to try and get the photo right without having to spend hours editing it – and try and improve my very amateurish skills.
I am always on the look out for new ideas and just need the time to put them into practice. I like taking photos of people especially children and have little interest in landscapes.
My photos will no doubt filter through on here and any criticism you have would always be welcomed.