The Oxford English Dictionary defines a hobby as:
An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.
Recently, I realized that I don't actually have any hobbies. Everything that I do has a purpose. I know that reading is probably one thing, but it is rarely done in a relaxed manner...usually I eat up a chapter of something or other when I'm having a tea break, or over breakfast. I wouldn't call gardening a hobby because I see it more of a necessity in my life. I think it's an important element to my lifestyle...not really something I don for the fun of it (although I do enjoy it immensely).
So yesterday I surprised myself by doing something purely for the fun of it. I have a large collection of internet tutorials and inspirational images gathered over the years. I always mean to sit down and do one of them. So yesterday I actually did... mostly because I was up at the crack of dawn and had done literally everything else I could think of.
Vases are a thing I don't have a heap of, and pots for that matter, but that's for another day! I do however have a handful of old glass bottles and jars, dug up over the last few years from our veg patch...they didn't really recycle 70 years ago. So, with tutorial firmly planted in my head, I set myself up outside and began wrapping...!
All you need is PVA and some wool or thread or string (or tissue paper etc). It's so easy and methodical, I could have sat doing it all day. The electric green one is a stringy wool made of lime green and a grey/purple which looks bizarre, but very cool (I think). The large bottle is a wool that is dyed like that, with all the colours changing. It's really nice to crochet with too.
I know, they are a bit made, but I really REALLY enjoyed making them and can see the potential in them as well.
Also, my hydrangea is beginning to bloom for the first time in...4 years (?) Check that blue out. I can hardly wait for the globes of prussian blue to appear! They will be here and in the house and in my hair and in my car...JOY