Hobbies and the Homeschool Mom

I’ve been writing a series for PamBarnhill.com about Hobbies and the Homeschool Mom.  When I told Jason about it, he asked, “What’s your hobby?” And, frankly I don’t really have one.

I’m a dilletante.  I dabble.  Occasionally. A look at the variety of boards I have on Pinterest will show that clearly.

I decorate three cakes a year and pipe Christmas cookies with my mom.

I like to write and love the social aspects of blogging, so I blog a little.  And I read things to blog about. And I read a lot.

I love to cook so I cook.

I like the look of calligraphy and have always been interested in it, so I play around with hand lettering from time to time.

I go geocaching with my husband when dragged (don’t tell him I like it).

I have been trying to improve my photography skills because of my slight obsession with Instagram.

I can crochet. I am able to sew just enough to get me into trouble. I can do some cross-stitching (although not patiently nor neatly).

I have a vast collection of crafty stuff in my basement: stamps, scrapbooking, sewing, craft paints, yarn, felt, stuff that needs to be organized and useable. I’m pretty good at following directions. Except knitting. My left hand is essentially useless.

As hobbies go, I’m pretty unsettled. Nothing has really caught my fancy like my friend Heather’s photography. I don’t have a passion for any of those things – nothing to drag me in and really make me desire to expend the time and mental energy on learning to do them really well.

Anyway, I’m thinking about it now because I’ve convinced myself that it’s important.

Two weeks ago:


I’d love it if you’d join me over at Pam’s and chat with me about it.


  1. I'm like you. I used to sew a lot but haven't in ages — mostly I like having sewn something more than the actual activity. I used to arrange flowers, that's kind of expensive. For awhile I made fancy birthday cakes for my family, but they prefer things like cheesecake and Baked Alaska so decorating has fallen by the wayside. I can crochet and I used to enjoy crocheting dishrags when we had lots of read-aloud time. I can knit a little and I've made a scarf and a pair of socks and a few dishrags. I've refinished a few pieces of furniture. I've made ONE quilt, and bound ONE book, and started a calligraphy book of the Psalms. Last year I took pictures on most of my daily walks but I don't like messing with them afterwards. Occasionally I make lotions and herbal remedies, but not enough to call it a hobby. Sometimes I'll work on a piano piece for a few weeks but then it gets hard having my own time at the piano. I studied French on my own for two years until I couldn't go any further alone. I love ballroom dancing, but Mike busted his knee a couple of years ago and we had to stop. . . .

    I expect I'm hopeless by this age.

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