What are one of your hobbies?

My maternal Granny was an artist. Apart from also being an amazing piano player, knitting and crocheting beautiful blankets and jerseys for us grandchildren, baking the best cheese scones I have ever tasted, a Scrabble Queen, and a poet – she wrote some amazing poetry!
She was an extremely talented individual. πŸ˜‰
Her paintings were often shown at local art exhibitions, and she even managed to sell quite a few. She was brilliant with both watercolours, and oils.

I often think that my small abilities/talents in all these areas (nowhere near as great as hers were!) have a lot to do with her. Because Granny was the one who taught me to knit. When I expressed such love for her scones, she taught me to make them – but mine have never tasted as good as hers did πŸ˜‰ She included me in her and Grampie’s games of Scrabble – I eventually beat my much older brothers. When she was typing on her old typewriter, I would be sitting reading her poems – and sometimes she would take a break and explain to me the things I didn’t quite understand.
The smell of oil paints was a favourite for me as a child….because I would be sitting at a table not far from her, with a small easel of my own, having been allowed to play with her older watercolours.

I spent a lot of time as a child at my grandparents home. And I know I am speaking about Granny here… but I spent more time with Grampie πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ But the point of telling you about Granny today, is to share a hobby of mine with you.

I am nowhere near as good as Granny, but I love to paint and create πŸ˜‰ I do a lot of homemade gifts for friends and family… and sometimes even take requests from them to make gifts that they want to pass along to someone else. So I thought that today I would show you some of my stuff, just for fun πŸ˜‰

Please share with me one hobby that you have πŸ˜‰

One of my favourite items that I painted is my Cracked Pot. I bought him as a plain old ceramic, and handpainted him. He reminds me of the saying, ”We are all broken – that’s how the light gets in.” I smile every time I look at him πŸ˜‰

 

For Christmas, I painted these plain wooden boxes and filled them with treats, and a bottle of wine, as gifts for friends πŸ˜‰ (handpainted writing – not so great, but it was cherished πŸ˜‰ )

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box hamper1

And there’s my frog in my garden… (it’s Autumn here now, and everything is a lot drier than it should be because we have water restrictions too… but he really shines in Spring and Summer when I plant a bunch of purple petunias around him πŸ˜‰ )

frog

So I’m no great painter.. but it’s something I enjoy πŸ˜‰
Please remember to share one of your hobbies with me πŸ™‚

Be safe, and be well ❀

8 thoughts on “What are one of your hobbies?

  1. I could not help but smile when I read this post! Your story enthralled me and I could almost see you as a child growing up, learning from Granny and Grampie. What precious memories! I love your description of Granny too. She sounded like a fascinating woman!

    Now on to you — you are a brilliant artist my friend. I adore your cracked pot. Most of all, I love how it reminds us all that we are beautifully broken. Our story is in our lessons learned from the pain. We can’t experience healing if we weren’t first broken and bruised!

    The gift boxes are amazing too! I can only imagine how happy your friends were to receive those. It’s a perfect and unique way of saying I love you and is a gift they can cherish forever. Love it! The purple flowers are my favorite.

    Hmmm, a hobby of mine? It would probably be design – whether it’s interior decorating or creating graphics on the computer. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about needing to have more of something I do just for fun. I’m terribly guilty of always feeling like I need to be doing something “productive” or that produces an income somehow. Yet our mental (and physical) health depends on us simply doing things we enjoy for the sake of enjoying it. God is the Master Creator. We have creativity in our veins!

    Sending all my love to you, dear friend. Sorry I’ve been so behind in replying. We’ve been working on getting our plant nursery business ready for Spring. It’s fun but a lot of work. πŸ™‚

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    1. I love working in the garden – even getting my hands dirty πŸ˜‰ And yet I wasn’t blessed with a green thumb. Weird. I do manage to grow the most beautiful weeds though πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ Thing is, I’ve noticed, those weeds have some really pretty flowers attached to them. I have one that fills with little purple flowers… so it’s purposefully in my garden, ha ha ha! (Purple is my favourite colour)

      The gift box with the purple flowers is my favourite. And was done for a very good friend who tells me that whenever she sees something purple, she thinks of me. πŸ˜‰

      I’ve learned that when I create, even if I can’t earn any money from it, that I AM being productive. Because I am using the talent I have to produce something that I enjoy and is a part of my heart – and I believe there is reward in that : hence, it IS productive, just with payment of a different kind πŸ˜‰

      My Granny was a lovely old soul – Grampie was my favourite though πŸ˜‰ One day I will share some stories of him πŸ™‚

      Much love to you, beautiful Holly. xx ❀

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  2. Hi Meg, It’s lovely to hear about your childhood times with your grandparents and how their passions have shaped your interests. I love that with your love for painting is a family history of sharing interests. What a great image of you with your granny getting to use some of her older paints. I love baking! My mom and I would bake for nearly every holiday and my best friend and I would try new recipes together! Blessings on you this Easter! ❀️

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    1. There’s just something about baking… even when it flops πŸ˜‰ Most times, it’s still edible – except the time when I was 11, and used salt instead of sugar by mistake – same storage bottles, but I didn’t read the labels, ha ha ha!

      Blessings to you for Easter too ❀ ❀ ❀

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