Today I’m answering a question from PCGuyIV of Thoughts and Theories who asks about hobbies.
With the exception of blogging (assuming it’s a hobby and not your profession), do you have any unique hobbies or pastimes?
I have a lot of “gunna” pastimes. One of these days I’m gunna get back to making teddy bears, cross stitch, longstitch embroidery, scrapbooking and other crafty pastimes.
My true hobby, apart from blogging, is collecting dolls. I’ve been at it for more than twenty years starting with some childhood dolls and spending many happy hours hunting through markets, op shops and antique shops. These days the majority of my doll shopping is done online but I do enjoy the thrill of finding one in person.
Of course once I have them I want to learn more about them so there is reading and researching, and writing as a doll blog is part of this hobby. I clean up the sad, dirty ones. When I worked at an Op Shop myself as a volunteer I often used to take home dolls with ink stained faces and rats nest hair and fix them up before taking them back to the shop. I didn’t like to see sad, unloved dolls and I also felt that people would be more likely to buy them if they looked nice. This week I’m going through some of my vintage fashion dolls and giving them a bit of a makeover.
This hobby spills over into some other areas too. I’m currently knitting a little dress for a vintage baby doll because I didn’t like the outfit I got her in. Knitting was one of my gunna hobbies. I used to knit a lot but now don’t have the patience to knit for myself but I knit for the dolls. I’m just getting back to it after a break.
I also like photography and of course I photograph the dolls. They are my tiny models and I enjoy playing with them in this way but I love to get out with my camera and photograph the world too. I’m not very technical, I use auto settings a lot. It’s more about capturing what appeals to me. Blogging has become a part of this as photo challenges have expanded my ideas about what makes an interesting photo.