Hobbies , how many is too many?

One of five glass pieces for lamp projectI am the kind of person that enjoys many hobbies. This can be a little overwhelming at times.  There are so many projects just waiting for me to get to or to finish. Often times when I start a project I am still in the middle of a couple others. You would think by now after decades of doing this that I would learn my lesson and get one  project done before I start another. No no that is not how I work.  I have different hobbies that fulfil different needs.

I have been working on a stain glass project for over a year. It is a lamp.  There are five panes of glass that I am putting together in an oak custom made lamp shade.  My brother made this piece of furniture that is a book shelf as well. I do all my own designs for the glass so each piece is original.  I tend to make pieces that are quite complicated hence these pieces take a lot of time. I enjoy working with glass. The colours the textures are so beautiful when you put them in the sunlight. I am close to completion on this project and it will sit proud in my cabin this summer.

Stain glass offers me the ability to be creative, challenges me in design, and always wows me once the piece is finally complete. That’s why I like doing it.

I have two crochet projects about 90 percent complete. Crocheting is something I only do in the winter. I think it is because working with wool feels cozy when it is dark and cold outside.

In the summer months outside projects are my passion.  I love working with stone , sand and rock.  The lake property is loaded with natural rock and sand, so I have a lot of materials right at my fingertips. I also enjoy using my chainsaw and bucking up wood for the wood stove and firepit. Then using the axe to split the wood. Chopping wood is therapeutic to me.  There is great satisfaction at the end of the day to see the neatly stacked pile of wood.  Call me crazy…and I know there are many that will, but I get a natural high out of it.

Yesterday I commented on :

Why have hobbies? auntbeulahblog.wordpress.com  I was inspired.

“Like your piece…I have several hobbies. The trick for me is to get a project complete. I tend to start two or three different projects at the same time. They eventually get done but it takes awhile.

So I ask you, how many hobbies are too many?   I don’t think you can have too many. If your hobbies inspire, challenge, give you a joy of any kind, my vote is go for it. Even if it takes years to finish. We all need something to fulfil our inner creative self .


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