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Old 06-13-2017, 07:19 PM   #11
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Hi Starz! Finding things to occupy our time is tough some days. You are very creative and innovative so I'm sure you will be able to figure something out so you can continue some of your hobbies. Check out some of the assistive things online, like grabber gloves, as you may be able to purchase them or get ideas on making your own.

Have you tried clay or plastering? You can make it as easy or as hard as you want. It can be inexpensive or expensive and everything in between. Making your own would be an inexpensive way to try it out. Pinterest has lots of recipes besides the standard salt dough. You can purchase silicone candy molds to press the dough into. You can color the clay so you don't have to paint it. You can make a bunch as Christmas ornaments and give them away or sell them at a bizarre, craft fair, or even a garage sale.

You also may be able to do some paper crafts/scrapbooking. YouTube has a ton of videos you can view to see if you think you would be able to do some. Paper is cheap! Plus, there's all sorts of paper trimmers, scorers, and rotary cutters that you may be able to safely use.

Those are just a couple of things I thought of right now. If I think if more I'll let you know.
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Old 06-13-2017, 08:53 PM   #12
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I've always wanted to take up birdwatching or photography. Those would be pretty easy to get into.

I spend a lot of time in my garden when it's not hot as well. I like to take photos of my flowers. If you can have raised garden beds it's easier to maintain them as well.
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I do love gardening and have some nice raised beds as well as just regular beds throughout my garden but it just get sooooooooo hot down here, that I really can only care for the garden in early spring and late fall through the winter... good thing is snow doesn't cover everything down here in the winter and some plants will still grow so I don't have to worry about things to do come winter normally. I also have a great dsrl camera my DH got me, but once again the heat kills me in the summer so the camera sits on the shelf throughout the summer months unless I make a trip to NH.

I will have to look into playing with some pottery though... I used to do a lot of pottery when I was younger, heck my mom had a whole China cabinet filled with my works before we moved from NH to GA, then unfortunately like so many other things we had they we sold off to help pay for the move , bankruptcy bites let me tell you... but I hadn't really played around with it since the move over 20 years ago, short of salt dough ornaments with the GB last Christmas and i think one school project after we moved... though thinking of it... that was before the move.... anatomical figure of a bottlenosed dolphin easiest A I ever got... it was erosion and stream patterns down here dirt was free.

But yeah, I could see giving pottery another whirl (both figuratively and literally ) and if the cheaper doughs work out, I can always have the DH build me a nice little wood burning kiln... we always have plenty of brush to burn why let the energy of burning it go to waste... and I would like some new dishes, we just have the simple white Corneille ones right now, and there's tons of different dip dyes out there for ceramics along with different stamps for making patterns in the wet clay...ok creative mind is churning up a storm now and excitement is building over possibly making my own dinnerware again. THANKS
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Old 06-16-2017, 02:04 PM   #14
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Oh the poor DH, he's not going to be thrilled with me for a bit... got to thinking about the gardening dilemma down here and now trying to convince him to build me a garden on my kitchen wall lol. I've seen a few different ideas like using mason jars that would be water tight so as to not flood my kitchen every time the plants need water to setting up water tight boxes and attaching them too the wall.

A nice plant light (which they make in LED form now) overtop the "wall" of plants and I can grow everything from strawberries to lettuce bug and heat free and all throughout the year... another option is turning the aquarium in our living room into a hydroponic garden wouldn't even need to worry about fertilizer with the little fishies keeping the plants well fed while the plants keep the tank clean. And all the while the plants can help keep the air in the house nice and fresh too.

Plus if I get into pottery again, I can make my own planters too... poor DH is going to have quite the little projects ahead for him, now I just wonder if I can bring him over to my side of it being a good idea by telling him I'll stop asking for an addition window in our kitchen and we'll make the plant wall where I wanted the window to go lol. Though I might have to offer more compromises if I want my garden to be rotating (pulley like system so I can move the plants on top down to a place easy to reach to tend to them)

I think a locking bicycle chain and gear would work for that... maybe even find some old peddles so it can be hand wheeled to rotate the garden around as I need to and hang the whole thing from the ceiling almost against the wall... hmmm need to work out the particulars still... but I'm thinking this could work... providing the DH is willing to put in the initial grunt work... failing fancy gear works, I suppose my mom and I could just make something and put it up and "surprise" him when he gets home one day lol.

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Old 06-16-2017, 10:13 PM   #15
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Awesome! It sounds like you have found your new/renewed hobbies. You will have to take pictures as the project progresses and post them here for us to see.
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Old 06-21-2017, 12:26 AM   #16
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Well DH is so far saying no on my ideas for a wall garden, but he did send me to michaels carte blanche so I picked up a few different crafty things, mostly silly little kits to try out some new things... Needle Felting is my favorite new craft . I can do it with either hand...it's not much different than sculpting with clay aside from the numerous pokes you're making but requires less deft fingers than clay work. No waiting for it to dry, or kiln required and I can make pictures by felting 2D or sculptures in 3D all with the same needles and wool... I can even start saving my cats fur to wash, card and then felt. And I'm actually considering going to the local pet groomers and seeing if they won't bag up some fur for me from when they groom. In which case it'll be free minus some soap and dyes.

Hey less bags in the local landfill and free "wool" for me, sounds like a win/win to me. What exactly I'll do with pictures no doubt aplenty and tons of little sculpted animals I'm not real sure yet, but I figure I need to get my supply line down before worrying about it too much, even though the wool roving is pretty cheap too, 200 grams for $10 plain and 100 for $10 colored, still if it's free off the groomers floor why pay for it? And there's a few natural dyes I can gather up from my garden soooo even that would be free minus the $1.00 a gallon vinegar and some water.

So far in from just a bit in the morning I've managed to roughly shape the fox's tail from the kit I bought, isn't it cute? Needs a bit more shaping and a few more wisps of white at the end, but don't think it's all bad for a first time attempt
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you might like this

I've never needle felted, not sure if I would like it. It looks kind of cool though.
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My little fox is done... for now at least I might play with it some more since the wars came out a little too big and the tail could be a bit fluffier.
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How cute, Starz!! I'm so glad you found a new hobby and enjoying it. I have heard of felting but don't know much about it. I'll have to check out some YouTube videos on it.

I like Kickers idea of using dryer lint. You can accumulate a bunch of it.
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