Monday, November 28, 2016

5 Hobbies #FridayReflections

Unfortunately I missed the Friday Reflections prompt last week and I really wanted to write on my 5 hobbies and why I love them. So thank you Sanch for the prompt this week - write on any November prompt. defines a hobby as "an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation".

When I was young I collected stamps and postcards.  I still have my collection tucked away in a box somewhere. I also loved writing letters and at a point in time I had over 100 pen friends. I shared my thoughts and my life with them through my letters. I also had a fascination for stationery. Paper gave me a great thrill and I was forever making things from origami to little books, cards etc. And I loved to paint and colour.

Unfortunatey stamps and postcards collecting has gone by the wayside as has snail mail letter writing. But some of my earlier hobbies have transformed into the hobbies of today  (in no particular order) ...

I love writing. It's been a passion not since my young but my little days. Writing is so therapeutic. When the world of blogging opened up it was like a fabulous gift that was given to me, a chance to share my thoughts with the world with the hope that my words inspire someone. I also love poetry and share my poems on my poetry blog Reflections of my soul.  Poetry brings me great joy. So in the end letter writing transformed into blogging. 

Watercolour Painting
In November 2015 I came across some youtube videos on watercolour painting and I had to try my hand with it. I absolutely loved it. I paint on postcard size paper so within 20 minutes a painting emerges. Painting is so relaxing and watercolours are so unpredictible that more often than not the effects they produce are unexpectedly delightful.

Mixed Media Art Journalling
When I was young, I used to keep diaries of my thoughts and ramblings but when I moved to NZ I destroyed my diaries. I have no regrets as they served their purpose at that time. Over the years I tried to pick it up again but couldn't sustain it. Then I discovered mixed media art journalling. Now this is so much fun. I keep my journalling simple - a mixed media picture, scene etc with some words to go with it.

Crafting - Card Making
Mixed media art journalling led to card making.  This year I decided to make all my cards - adding a personal touch. Card making really challenges my creative skills. I'm hoping that this and my watercolour painting are hobbies that I can convert into post retirement charitable creations. My aim is to create and then donate my creations to places like hospice shops so they can sell and keep the profits.

I've loved photography from ever since I can remember. My late father was an avid photographer and my love for photography comes from him.  Photography for me is not about taking the perfect picture but about capturing a moment in time that you can remember forever. My photoblog Photos Are Fun is my photo showcase.

Some of my creations ...

sharing my thoughts from a snail mail challenge - a letter I wrote to a blogger, and my photo

my watercolour painting - Mt Fuji and Cherry Blossoms - the story behind this painting

from my mixed media art journal - I love this quote.

 one of my handmade Christmas cards. a few more shown here

Written for:
#FridayReflections at The Write Tribe - 5 hobbies and why I love them

Linking to:
Inspire Me Monday week 256
#openslather at One Mother Hen
No Rules Weekend Party at Sincerely Paula
#MicroblogMonday #118

Wishing you all an inspirational week. What is your favourite hobby? Do share in the comments or write your own post.

Warm Regards

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  1. The watercolour painting and the mixed media journal are beautiful. It is such a blessing to have some creative pursuits like these - really helps us get in touch with the beauty inside us. Thanks Suzy for sharing a bit about some of your hobbies with us.

  2. Beautiful art. I love your Mt. Fuji painting. Continuing to write in handwriting may become a lost skill - kudos to you for continuing that practice. The Unknown Journing

  3. Lovely art & images! Kudos to your creativity, Suzy!
    I share some common hobbies with you :)

  4. Loving your creativity. I quite like to create too.

  5. I adore people with creativity in their lives. Great to know about your hobbies Suzy. Loved the mixed media card.

  6. You have awesome hobbies with awesome creativity at its best... Loads of Love.

  7. Your artwork is SO lovely!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! :-)

  8. The words you wrote in your journal touched a chord with me. You are truly creative, Suzy. Simply love your paintings and the mixed media journal entries!

  9. I've seen cards before. That mixed media is simply beautiful. You have a gorgeous view at your window Suzy - plenty of inspiration for your artwork.


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