Monday, February 8, 2010

Hobby Heaven

According to the Herald Tribune, Venice has been named one of the top ten locales for hobbies. I’m not sure exactly how that distinction came about, but I do see lots of people playing golf, fishing, and bird watching. There is also a large arts presence in the area.
Mike’s hobby is walking the beach each morning searching for sharks’ teeth. There’s a competitive little group out there every day--the serious ones getting out there first with flashlights in hand because it’s still dark. Mike found these two nice teeth this year even with waiting until the sun is up and without consulting a tide chart.
I go for a walk on the beach, but I am avoiding picking up any of the detritus that tempts me there. I have boxes of shells and coral and rocks enough to fuel any craft project I may contemplate (and never actually carry-out anyway). There are only so many bowls of shells and rocks you can pass off as decoration.
I've been doing some knitting. I find that is a good way to keep my hands out of the chocolates in the evening. This hat goes with a little sweater I made. I'm donating to them to a fund raising auction.

I've made a number of kittens and bunnies and kind of burned myself out on that, but they were kind of fun for a while.

I am not all that comfortable using some one else's sewing machine (even with permission) but I saw this pattern for kid's craft aprons and had to whip up a couple. Is it just me, or is it getting harder to find a good fabric store these days...unless you're into quilting. There seems to be an overwhelming supply of quilting shops. I do appreciate the workmanship that goes into quilting, but it seems like way too much math to me--which would not be a fun hobby.


  1. I think you're right about a dearth of fabric stores. We used to have a couple, but they closed a few years ago. I don't think they could compete with Walmart.

    By the way, if you like to read poetry, try She's a wonderful, very prolific poet.

  2. I found a Tiffany silver bracelet at the beach once. That's my biggest discovery

  3. I've only seen the ocean once but I would love to roam a beach in search of treasure. Our town has lost 2 fabric stores that I used to frequent and there is now only one remaining devoted entirely to fabric. We still have Hobby Lobby thank goodness.

  4. You should listen to my husband tell about the amout of craft 'stuff' we got rid of when we moved. I work constantly now not to let my yarn stash get out of hand.


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