I recently was fortunate enough to spend a week with a friend at Myrtle Beach. We spent most of our time beading which is our primary craft. However, I do enjoy photography, and walking on the beach at sunrise provides a wonderful opportunity for some great shots. It was at this time that I was hit with how much crafts and hobbies overlap.
Let’s take me for an example. Photography is my hobby, but what will I do with those pictures? Why, they go into a scrapbook of course. They might also go into some sort of mixed media project. I often play with them first on Picasa which in itself has become a craft of sorts. I might take a subject or item from one of my pictures, focus on it, and use it as an item of jewelry, either by making it a resin pendant or by burnishing it onto polymer clay. Yes, photography can be merely a hobby for some, but for others like me it can be a means toward my crafts.
Anyone who has gone to a beach in the early morning has seen the shell seekers. They walk, head downward, and look for the good shells. Some of these folks realize that they could go to the store and buy a bag of shells for a dollar so they only seek the really sacred shells. Others are looking for shells not because they are rare but because of the thrill of saying they found them instead of bought them.
What will they do with these shells? I can’t speak for everyone, but I went shell hunting the other morning. I had some purchased shells at home, but I did want to be able to say I found something. I also hoped to find a few different items for a mixed media project. For those of you who don’t understand what I mean by a mixed media project, it is simply what the name indicates – it is more than one type of craft item and technique involved in the process. For example, I recently made a little book of decoupage pictures. The outside of the book is painted and stamped. It also has some scrap booking aspects involved. I’d like to adhere some shells to the front of the book too, and possibly some beads. I’m mixing different types of media onto one project – mixed media.
I saw a musician as I walked on the beach playing his harmonica. It made me nostalgic for my pennywhistle. How can a musical instrument be both a hobby and a craft? One year at Christmas I made CD’s of me playing my whistle and gave them to my friends. I made cute cover for them – very crafty.
It is good that our crafts and hobbies overlap. In this manner you can use what is the best of you in more than one way. How unfortunate it would be if I could only share my love and proficiency with color with the world through my beading! But I can play with paints on walls, clothing, and even on cookies. I can take pictures. And now I’m learning how to sew.
However, sometimes it is good to get away from it all and relax. I find the best relaxation in nature – could it be because of all of the wonderful colors? The beach is a wonderful place to relax and find inspiration. As the tides go in and out our heart rate slows down and our stresses melt away. The beach is the perfect place to reflect on your hobby or your next craft. I highly recommend a visit to the beach if you are able. I believe you will come back with new ideas and ready to jump right into your next craft project.