Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What is your Hobby

Everyone has a hobby , it could be sewing , shopping , scrap booking , blogging , fashion ,doing your hair , collecting , cooking , golf ,travel there are no limits to what hobby or hobbies you can enjoy.

I would never have thought my hobby would be home improvement , I really love the thrill of transformation . I tease my husband and say I am "such a boy" but truth be told I don't know any other girls who window shop the newest and latest powers tools at Home Depot like I do.

What tools do you consider yours ?, I started out with a hot glue gun and staple gun and now I wield a mean brad nailer with compressor and I have spent many hours in front of the miter saw , I really need to get a new one , a sliding with a clamp to hold the wood for me , aw a girl can dream .

What is your hobby ? hobbies?

Do you feel guilty to indulge in your hobby , is it wrong to want time for yourself , I don't think so we all need to ask for time for ourselves , we can not just give and give I don't ask for time for myself , or go on girl's weekends well EVER but I do ask for time to make our home the vision I see in my mind, the backdrop of our lives. This is not the kind of hobby you can enjoy late at night in the quiet while the kids are dreaming, for my hobby causes a racket , sorry neighbours , so I do long for school days, even if it makes me selfish I know I give my children nearly all of me.

I also love showing my daughters a strong role model , I am a woman who gets things done , who can myself make changes , my Mother was always a get it done kind of woman , and so am I , its just the way we are wired I suppose, it will be interesting to see if they follow my lead or not , Sophie has shown an interest asking to use my drill and to help out.
I am always thrilled to hear I inspire other woman who read my blog to try things they never have before , to think that they can do it too , if I can , and that is exactly why I started blogging to share my talents and to inspire women to take things into their own hands if they want to .

21 comments:

susie.m said...

Hey Chris, Everytime I visit your blog (2-3 times a day), I am awe struck by your work - even my husband is impressed!!!. I think you have passed on the itch... I want to do so much in my home now that it makes my head spin, I just have to find time to put this itch into practice... working full-time and then coming home to my 5 & 10 yr olds doesn't help my case.... but I am determined to start redecorating my daughters room in a couple of weeks, starting with the window frame design similar to yours (thank-you for that post). I will let you know how it goes. Once again thank you so much for all the time you put into your blog, all your hardwork and inspiration you pass on to others, You are truly amazing.

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Nice post, Chris. You are indeed inspiring... managing to do all the design stuff you get done while running your household and mothering your daughters. I've said before, sometimes just reading about it all makes me tired!! Home dec and improvements and gardening are my top hobbies. I just need to find more time (and borrow some of your energy!).

Anonymous said...

I too am a woman who likes to take charge.. My husband lovingly refers to me to our friends as Martha Villa. I love the feeling of knowing I accomplished something myself.

Cindy Harvey said...

I just found your blog today and have enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures...lovely! I haven't graduated to the big leagues as far as power tools, but I did teach myself to sew and I make handmade soap from scratch. I've been blogging for years, have madeover 3 homes now, and love to fix up left-behind furniture...you're inspiring me to try my hand and those big tools!

Anonymous said...

The biggest reason I love your blog is because you aren't afraid to do what is typically a man's work.
I too, am a lover of all power tools and the like. I was a teenager when Home Depot first opened in California. I was hooked from the get-go! Friends would tease me that I would rather be at Home Depot than at the mall - And they were right! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the smell of lumber, paints, etc! When my husband and I go there (or Lowe's) I'm like a kid in a candy store and my husband is ready to leave the second we get there.
Thank you for all your inspirations! My hobbies are; all kinds of home improvement (everything except electrical) Decor/Painting, Cooking, Gardening and soon...Sewing. I'm about to takle re-upholstering two small sofas. I can't wait!

Someday, I'll start a blog...However, I'm not a writer or photographer. So it may be awhile :)
~Kim

Mrs. Classic said...

Don't feel bad about your hobby. I would love to see the reaction of buyers if you ever did sell your house. There are so many extra details that who ever bought it would be so lucky! I would doubt there is a better house in your area.

G said...

I am so glad you blog about all of the improvements you've made, because they've inspired me to no end. I look forward to each day that you post a new and amazing transformation. You have empowered me, as a strong woman role model, to take on tasks that I previously thought were too complex or difficult. You've also inspired me to not procrastinate when it comes to home improvement and to just take the plunge and see how it turns out. It's almost always good, certainly better than the 'before'. Thank you!!

Katrina Chambers said...

No one should feel guilty about their hobby - especially one like yours! You are adding value to your home, so I think your hobby is the best one to have. :)

AnneYarbs79 said...

I agree- Kids need to see that their Mommies are more than just that. Luckily, I have a husband who understands that my itch to make something is like his itch to golf. Fair is fair- we both make sure the other has time to indulge. And bless his heart, I love that he just nodded in agreement when I asked for a table saw for Christmas!

Lisa said...

Very inspiring post Chris. You always inspire me to do more around my house. I almost feel guilty because I don't do more and I don't have kids yet. That being said, thanks for the Congrats. K and I are very excited for our new bundle's arrival in February. I'll be sure to post about the nursery and the bathroom renos we have planned. By the way - I'm having trouble leaving comments when I read your post. I'm not sure what has changed, but I guess my workplace is blocking something. Anyway, thanks again.

Take care,
Lisa

Anonymous said...

My Christmas gift last year was a table saw! I love my power tools. I have a Router, Mitre saw, Scroll saw, Ban saw, drill press, Nail gun, even a wet saw for tile. I have replaced my Dremel tool three times. We would be the best of "girlfriends" if we lived near each other. But... I live in Northern California. My family just shakes their heads when I want power tools for gifts.

Anonymous said...

you go girl...i'm proud of you. I have hobbies, it used to be scrapbooking now it's reading blogs...can that be a hobby. I wish I had your gusto to pick up a power saw or any kind of power tool for that matter. I saw this really neat dresser that needs major work....should I get a sander and attempt it?

gabrielle at home be inspired.

The Cottage Cheese said...

Ah, you are a woman after my own heart. I love my power tools! My hobbies (aside from blogging) turned into a business. When I bought my first home, I renovated it from top to bottom and created a large cottage garden. Then I bought another house and did the same thing. My husband and I have since renovated 3 more of our own houses, and now do home and restaurant renovation work for a living.

My newest hobby is making little wooden figures, created with my scroll saw and dremel. I haven't had much time for this hobby since last autumn, but I'm sooo ready to carve out time to back into this.

MilkMaid said...

Woman after my heart as well. MilkMan doesn't like to, nor is he encouraged to....touch my saws, sanders, nail guns, screw drivers....LOL

Jane said...

Chris, You are truly inspiring! I don't know how you find time in your busy day to complete all you do.
I love to refinish furniture. Unfortunately right now I am dealing with heat and rain, which limit my time since I have to do my refinishing work outdoors. (The garage is filled with the "garage band" stuff...guitars, drums, amps, speakers...and the band member doesn't even live here anymore!)

Jane (Artfully Graced)

My House, My Garden said...

Hi Chris ... My dad is an extraordinary carpenter and he is actually starting to teach me woodworking skills, etc. I cannot wait!! He has so many unbelievable tools in his workshop but he is starting me out slow and helping me build a place to work in my garage. I can't wait!! Never thought as a girl I would desire to learn this but I do.
www.myhousemygarden.blogspot.com Vikki

Megan said...

I have always been impressed with your skills. You never shy away from a job, big or small. The improvements on the space is always big with minimal. Maybe one day, I could figure it out. I think I could do it. I sent you an email from your design site and haven't heard back from you. Thought maybe it went to your junk mail. Just curious if you are still doing advice on a tiny little part of my project. Thanks!

Kathi said...

I am so impressed with your go for it attitude and your skills! You have done some amazing things with your home!
I'll just stick to my little mini making for now. It's a lot easier to remodel a dollhouse than it is a real house! I know!
Thanks so much for sharing your projects and inspiration!

Angie said...

My husband has a building full of tools. Because I wanted them. You are not alone.

priscilla said...

My mom was a diy-er and so am I. My fav tool is the chop saw! I don't use it a lot, but boy, is it satisfying.
I do use the pneumatic staple gun for upholstery. What a difference that makes on the old hands.
Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

My husband is slow to get things done. He's a hard worker, but he does a little, walks away, does a little somewhere else. I've been thinking of getting some things done on my own. I do drywall, all the painting, the 'detail' work. But it's the cutting, measuring and nailing (compressor scares me) that I have yet to attempt. You inspire me to do it on my own. It's good to see other women who do that type of work, too. It's not like I don't work in a man's world or I feel too feminine...it's just a new thing for me that I've never tried, like changing the oil in the car. :) Thanks for sharing and encouraging others. Hmmmm, maybe I'll go tackle the baseboard he 'didn't see' when he put in the door casings!