Win Get a Hobby Book

April 30, 2007

I have 3 copies of Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle by Tina Barseghian to give away this week. I own the book and love it because it turned me on to many new ideas that I hadn’t thought about before, a few I plan to try. I’d love to share this book with you, so if you’d like one, here’s how to enter…

Win Get a Hobby Book
Rules: To enter, Simply comment below and tell us, if money and time were no object and you could have any hobby in the world, what would it be? Only ONE dream hobby and only one entry per person. In order to qualify, you’ll need to include one of the following below your answer: 1) your blog address 2) email address, or 3) your website address. Please post your email address like this: Jane AT yahoo DOT com to avoid spam freaks. If you do not include a place where we can contact you, you will not be entered in the contest, so make sure you include a link of some kind. Thanks!

How winners will be determined: I’ll read through the comments that you leave below and the most bizarre and unique answers will be grouped into my top ten list. I’ll then post the top ten list on Saturday morning, May 5th and I’ll reveal the 3 that I selected as favorites. I’ll also email the winners to notify them. Winners: At that time, you’ll need to reveal your full name and mailing address so I can mail the book to you. It doesn’t matter where you live, the contest is open to anyone, and I’ll pay for the postage on it, so it’s 100% free all the way!

Have fun!

[UPDATE: 5/1, The publisher, Harper Collins, was so impressed by the response that they are giving us additional copies of the book so we’ll have more than 3 winners! Yay! Keep the entries coming, this is fun!]


  • Reply susan April 30, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    This is too much fun!

    My dream hobby would be to become an expert in and collector of Scandinavian pottery. I would specialize in the most notable of periods, from the 40s to the 70s. Of course, I would need to travel to Scandinavia, to the auction houses, especially the twice a year modern auctions.

    I would also need to continually uncover those special, hidden, and not so famous, but fantastic, pieces in the small antique shops and flea markets in the villages across Scandinavia, eating freshly smoked herring when possible accompanied by a good Tuborg beer.

    If I collected some things that were particularly amazing and rare, I would donate them to a museum in the country of origin.

    This would be a satisfying, interesting, and fun way to spend my time pursuing my hobby!


  • Reply Michelle April 30, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    I have way too many hobbies already but my boss is in desparate need of a hobby so pick me!

  • Reply An Odd Duck April 30, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    My dream hobby would be to be a bookbinder/book artist/printmaker. I guess this is cheating because I am trying to do it now so i’m trying to make dreams a reality, but honestly time and money still get in the way.

  • Reply Kristin April 30, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    I would spend my time traveling with my small art supply kit, making gorgeous little travel journals; remembering what I ate, who I met, what I gathered along the way … Then (since money is no object) I’d do a small publication when I got home and plan for my next trip. Travel and books, two of my favorite things :)

    kristin_crane AT hotmail DOT com

  • Reply Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. April 30, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I just discovered your blog. My brain can?t keep up with all the magnificent images my eyes are trying to take in.

  • Reply preeety April 30, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    tough question.
    i would like to travel the world collecting bizarre souvenir, and set up a really cool museum with it, staged like a house, where people could travel the world through souvenir shops. or just have those miniatures around the house so i could look at them…

  • Reply Anonymous April 30, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    My dream hobby would be to have a shop that carried all sorts of vintage finds with a modern twist. I love going to flea markets and antique stores. You never know what you will find and I love restoring items and making them look wonderful. Last week I found an antique painting inside this gorgeous beaded frame. The painting wasn’t too attractive, but I ended up taking it out and using a mirror instead so it doesn’t take away from the frame. Having my very own store would be my life’s dream.


    kathrineclarkmail AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply solaana April 30, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    My dream is to be able to cross-stitch competently, so that I could pixelate the pictures I take and turn them into cross-stitched masterpieces I can give my mom.

    I’d also love to knit 9 foot long scarves, but I can technically do that, I just keep forgetting how to halfway through.

  • Reply Mandy April 30, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    I already scrapbook and there are soooo many products out there that I want to buy, but not enough money, and not enough time to try out all of the ideas that come to my head. So…I would scrapbook all day long and buy every product in sight! :)

    Here’s my contact info:
    mandybeth01 at hotmaail dot come

    Thanks…looks like a great book!

  • Reply Shefali April 30, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    If time and money were not an issue, i’d want to blow glass ALL THE TIME! i took some lessons last year and had such a great time but it’s an EXPENSIVE hobby. i would love to be in a studio all day making all sorts of creative glass pieces – lamps, vases, glasses, etc. it’s the most relaxing thing i have ever done.

    shefali_daftary AT hotmail DOT com

  • Reply Hol April 30, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    My dream hobby is to be a (jewelry) silversmith.

    I dabbled in it during college since I took a course and had access to the equipment. I can not afford the items I need at this time – so it will wait. For the time being I create jewelry with some sterling silver elements, semiprecious stones, beads, etc. but this is nothing compared to silver smithing.

  • Reply Amy Durham April 30, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    I would collect homes. Yes, a sprawling mans on the French Riviera, a stone cottage in the English countryside, a mid-century modern somewhere in upstate New York.

    If money were no object and I could do anything for a hobby, I would be a home collector. Beach front, urban lofts, rustic ranch homes complete with scenic acreage and horses. The list would go on and on. I would travel the world in search of the most unique homes, living a short time in each one, hiring the finest interior designers to enhance the architecture and bring the charm of the home to life. And then, when I had amassed a collection that was the envy of every design-diva in the world, I would give one away to each person that I love. And start over.


  • Reply Natasha April 30, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    My husband is always telling me to get a hobby! What I would love is to become a trained somallier, conduct private wine parties/classes and travel the wine regions of the world. I’ve been keeping my wine journal now for a few years and would love to make better use of it.

  • Reply paintedfish April 30, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    if i had the time, space, and money, my dream hobby would be model trains. i’m not really even into trains i just love watching model trains going around a track and all of the miniatures. i think my model train would travel to all of the exotic destinations i dream of visiting. ooh or the orient express! totally kooky.
    btw- love your blog. it’s my juming off point for decor!

  • Reply hillary April 30, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    If I could live out my dream hobby I would be a collector of rare sea shells. I would travel the world seeking out the most isolated beaches and combing the sand all day. Ahhh sweet fantasy land.


  • Reply Anita April 30, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    I have had this dream for years: to travel the globe photographing the Chinatowns of different cities around the world. And if money were no object, I’d do it tomorrow.

    I can only imagine the walls of my home filled with photos of dim sum from Vancouver, Sydney, New York, Yerevan, Oehringen, Sevilla, St Petersburg, Mexico City, Brasilia, Beijing…

    Strange, huh? But I guess like Kristen above, this combines some of my others hobbies (and passions): travel, food and photography.

    I’m at anita AT sodapresents DOT com.

  • Reply LauraB April 30, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    This is more of a gluttony than a hobby, but I would want to go around the states (or I guess world if money really is not object) and make a cake-tasting documentary, tasting all sorts of different cakes and taking pictures to catalog in a book. I would even make it partly sociological, noting when and how different parts of the world eat their variety of cakes. It’s my favorite food (as in meal), and maybe afterwards I’d be caked out and wouldn’t crave it so much all the time :)


  • Reply decor8 April 30, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    these are so much fun! wow you guys, you’re making my job HARD. ;)

  • Reply Masquaradj April 30, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    If time and money were no issue I would love to design and build little miniature scenes, like the kind you see at museums. It would be like building movie sets, just teeny-tiny.

    coeliettarrae at yahoo dot com

  • Reply mooi hoor... April 30, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Dream hobby…hhmm…have you seen the film “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Am?lie Poulain” (The fabulous destiny of Amelie Poulain)? The main character in the movie is (of course) Am?lie. She works in a Parisian Caf?, but her real job (destiny) is to be a “happy-maker”. She looks carefully at the people surrounding her, sees their (secret) wishes and helps them fulfilling these wishes. An inspiring film and…if you want to do it right (Am?lie is very creative and discrete: Her friends allways think they did it all themselves): a time and money consuming hobby.

  • Reply greengelato April 30, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    i would want to attend as many international weddings around the world as possible- and then write a book with sumptuous pictures. i find it so fascinating how every culture has their own particular way of celebrating marriage- from the feasts, clothing, rituals, and music.

    of course, this is not a realistic hobby since i need to be invited, hehe. but from my own travels, i’ve found that many cultures- mostly non-western- extend an open invitation to all visitors. i’ve been to turkish and indonesian weddings (i didn’t know the bride and groom) and they were both so gorgeous and creative in their own right.

  • Reply juleswt April 30, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    My dream hobby would be to flip Eichler houses. So many people don’t understand mid-century modern architecture and have tried to make these beautiful simple homes into somthing else, badly. I would lovingly restore them back to what they are supposed to be. Simple. Modern. Beautiful.

    juleswt AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply Phara April 30, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    If money and time were no option, my dream hobby would be to name OPI nail polish. I mean seriously, where do they come up with those names?! I love them. I just have it in my mind that someone is sitting on a front porch overlooking the ocean, drinking a margarita and coming up with those names in a somewhat inebriated state. Now that’s the hobby for me.

  • Reply robin b aka urbandebris April 30, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    1) 2) robinb AT mail DOT com.

    If I had my zakka dream hobby – I would travel to Japan and find all things Zakka. I would collect, create, covet and return to the US and open a shop of great exthetics! What is Zakka? It is the art of the handmade every day. It is what we as artists do – we take items that we see around us and arrange them, re-create them, color them or change them into art. My favortie zakka shop is kitty-craft. I would also learn Japanese so I could decipher those patterns and lovely magazines!

    robin b, zakka-phite!

  • Reply studio wellspring April 30, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    with no constraints of money and time,
    my dream hobby would involve travel and crime.
    researching the italian maffia, following their historical trail;
    collecting stories and photos and revealing an infamous tale.
    i’d highlight their style & homes (it’s my passion too),
    and share the secret knowledge with the curious like you.

    my email is: anjie DOT joon AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply vera April 30, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    I would definately love to learn pottery if i had the time and money. It’s something i have always wanted to do. :0)

  • Reply Kristi April 30, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    I would take up ceramics. I just attended a ceramics conference and I want desperately to stick my hands in mud and create something beautiful out of it. However, the price of a wheel, clay, glaze and the kiln makes the hobby a little pricey.


  • Reply Anonymous April 30, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    My dream hobby would be to spend time with craftsman from all over the world. To spend time in India and watch how they make those incredible beaded embriorderies, lampwork beads etc. To travel to Morocco and watch old man making goat skin lanterns and lamps. To Thailand to see sheets of handmade papers being born in all colours of the rainbow. To Africa to witness basketmaking. Aaaaaah wouldn’t it be great !!! I would bow my head and treasure them in my memory forever.

    But you know some dreams do come true :)!


  • Reply Anonymous April 30, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    I own the book, it’s great, so I won’t be entering but this post is the best Holly. I love seeing what people would do. My freakin’ god how cool are some of these. I am loving them all.


  • Reply Kelly April 30, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    My dream hobby would to be able to travel the world photographing and journaling my experiences to then publish as a series of books

    bowkerke AT keldesign DOT NET

  • Reply the antibride May 1, 2007 at 12:09 am

    my dream hobby would be to stay, eat, drink and sleep in every design boutique hotel around the world to make a top ten list of the bestest ones… DREAM HOBBY allright!


  • Reply cicilia May 1, 2007 at 12:21 am

    My fun-dreamy hobby is making cupcakes (with animal decoration) for my lovely friends/family members’ birthdays based on the animal year they were born.

    For example, my boyfriend was born in the year of the monkey, so I just created the monkey cupcakes for his past birthday party.

    Thanks for letting me shared my short story.

  • Reply DrMom May 1, 2007 at 12:23 am

    If time and money were not considerations, and I cloned my self so I could play at my hobby and still play with my kids, I would delve further into my love of creating Judaica out of polymer clay…about a year ago I discovered Fimo and I have been trying to make mezuzahs and menorahs and tzedakah boxes. There are some phenomenal artists in PC who inspire me and I would love to take what I learn from them and create pieces to share with friends and family (and alas, perhaps, potential buyers).

    judaicajournal AT blogspot dot com

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2007 at 12:37 am

    My dream hobby? Interior design magazine reading. HA! I would sit and read and read all day long, surrounded by stacks and stacks of delicious magazines. I would snip snip snip all those inspiring images and tape and paste them into my inspiration binder and OH! what I wouldn’t give to have all the money in the world to afford some of those pricier mags (I am referencing you, Living ETC!) and all the time in the world to drool with abandon! (And ok, I would have to throw a little Lucky magazine reading in there too!)


    stacy DOT theberge AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply Carlene May 1, 2007 at 12:40 am

    I would travel around the world visiting the studios of all my favorite blogging artists, crafters, and designers, interviewing them, photographing them and their studios and homes, and purchasing a piece or two from each.

    Then I’d document it all in a beautiful photo book. No, books. It would have to be a series, because I’d never want to stop.

    Doesn’t that sound great!? Gives me chills of joy just thinking about it.

    But flipping Eichlers sounds really good, too.

  • Reply Carlene May 1, 2007 at 12:45 am

    Flipping Eichlers would also be a great name for a band.

  • Reply Chickengirl May 1, 2007 at 12:49 am

    My dream hobby would be to build various chicken shrines. Mini temples and installations for chickens.

    Or have a line of products based on my art. I hope it will happen one day!

    jannie AT chickengirldesign DOT com

  • Reply Lauren May 1, 2007 at 12:54 am

    The hobby of my dreams is beekeeping. There is something so mysterious about keeping bees. Peering into a hive is like catching a glimpse into a whole other world.

    At the same time, you create art by keeping bees. It is an amazing skill to be able to coax bees to produce honey and beeswax, two beautiful and complex substances.


    laur enl mos er AT gmail dot com

  • Reply Missy May 1, 2007 at 1:00 am

    If money and time were no object… I would learn how to make stained glass. I think it is fabulous and timeless.


  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2007 at 1:05 am

    I must admit, I had to think about this a bit. I think I would have to say – if money was no limit, I would write letters. Not just any letters, but travel letters. I *love* the care and concern I would put into letters when I have lived away. They were often letters that would reflect the local culture – Montreal is all calligraphy pens and brown ink and coffeshops, while when in Turkey, I once made ink from indigo and tattooed the page with pomegrante juice designs, and when I was in Taiwan it was all about the kistchy Japanese-imported /style papers, with lots of stickers and ‘pirri culu’ (Print Club) mini photo stickers. My guilty indulgence? I found that when I was away, my letters would become more reflective, more insightful, and more meaningful. So I copied them, and kept copies of them for myself.

    So that is what I would do as a hobby. Go off to exotic locals and look for the tiny details (labels, fabric, papers, photos, scents, even!) that define the place for me, and send them off to friends in the form of a letter – and this time, make COLOUR copies/scans for my letter archive (a big photo album, with blank pages)

    Holly (funny – there aren’t too many of us around!)

  • Reply Kathleen May 1, 2007 at 1:08 am

    I have a grass collection, where my friends get me blades of grass from different places they’ve been. (I think the best one I have is Sri Lanka). If I had time and money, I’d travel around the world and get grass myself. Also, I’d get some sort of device that would tell me the chemical composition of the grasses or something.

    kchen AT fas DOT harvard DOT edu

  • Reply Heather May 1, 2007 at 1:17 am

    A dream hobby would be to scuba dive and find and photograph all the wonders under the sea. I know its not very ‘out there’ but I do believe that it is a place, the ocean, that still holds many untapped wonders and I would like to share them through my photographs.


    I have been reading your blog for about 2 months now. I have to say that you have some of the best articles and pictures of design together in one place. I love to see what new and wonderful things you have to show us everyday. Thank you.


  • Reply erin scissorhands May 1, 2007 at 1:35 am

    wow, what a great topic!

    if i could have any hobby in the world, i would most definitely become a beekeeper.

    i have always admired bees, or at least since kindergarten when i visited the apple orchard where they kept bees.

    i find bees to be very charming and they are really marvelous creatures. i would love to harvest the honey and put it in jars (which would be fun to collect during thrift store visits!) and give honey as gifts to friends and family. i would also give the beeswax to my friends who bind books so they could wax their linen tread with it.

    erinscissorhands AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply joybucket May 1, 2007 at 1:50 am

    I would travel to meet my favorite bloggers from all over the world and document their day. That being of course if they’d let me and not think I’m a complete freaky stalker. I love to meet people especially in their own environments.
    joybucket AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply joybucket May 1, 2007 at 1:55 am

    crap. I see I wrote the same thing as Carlene. That’s what I get for not reading the other comments.

    Flipping Eichlers IS a great name for a band or blog.

  • Reply Rose Red May 1, 2007 at 2:02 am

    If I had my druthers, I would be an amateur folklore collector. I would visit remote parts of the world, learn new languages if I had to, and record myths, legends and fairytales from any willing storyteller.

    I would also of course have the free time to study all about fairytale scholarship, eventually becoming an expert in the field.

  • Reply Tiziana May 1, 2007 at 2:05 am

    My dream hobby:

    I would love to be a collector of rain…..

    traveling, splashing, smelling rain from all over the world.

    info AT tizianaagnello DOT COM

  • Reply Laidback Chick May 1, 2007 at 2:25 am

    I would spend a year traveling through Europe, Tokyo, and Japan, photoblogging textiles, design, street art, and fashihon and I continue to design my own on the road. I would design graphics and textiles while sitting on roadsides watching the natives. This trip would be spent with my 8 year old in tow (who will of course be keeping up with his schoolwork) photo blogging as well. He has a great eye and it would be great to see things through his eye as well.
    tina at laidbackhome dot com

  • Reply D. May 1, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Currently, I’m a creative writing major with an emphasis in poetry. If there’s anything unfortunate realism has taught us, it’s that poetry is not the most lucrative field one could choose in 2007.

    But alas, if given the opportunity to explore a hobby with unlimited funds, I would fulfill my dream of opening a dynamic art installment. I have been working on a poetry collection for some time now that reflects one of my favorite activities: flea marketing and thrifting. I buy random objects that tend to have some significance in one’s personal history (photographs, china, wedding dresses, journals, you name it) and then write a poem from the previous owner’s perspective on the object. I would love to renovate a warehouse space into a art gallery where these items, along with their respective poems, could be displayed and purchased.

    Ahhhh, if only…

    d.gilson AT c4group DOT org

  • Reply Barbara May 1, 2007 at 2:38 am

    I would get a narrow boat, learn how to “drive” it along with my boyfriend and daughter, host family tours on it in various European canals, stopping at small towns and villages for food, sightseeing, and mingling with the townsfolk.

    Oh, and blog about it :)

    barbegrl25 @ aolDOTcom

  • Reply I am my life time designer May 1, 2007 at 2:42 am

    I enjoy watching commercial, always lift me up when I’m down, the make sense one though.
    I wish to collect all my favorites one somedays so I could have my own top 10, my own grammys or tonys winners. I would download them all in my ipod so I can watch them whenever i want to.
    If I have extra money and time I would love to meet all their creators and hug them all.
    Well I guess I have win this contest first then.

    I think my second hobbies would be reading everyone comments here, and who knows I can create my own commercial out of these comments.

    I’m not cheating, am I?

    Good luck with all your dreams everyone, we all are winners here already.

  • Reply Elizabeth May 1, 2007 at 3:33 am

    So so hard to pick one, but if I had to pick I would take up furniture making. Really high end, super detailed, using amazing materials and techniques, all done completely by hand furniture making. I would slowly outfit my whole house and the homes of all my family and friends, and then the homes of strangers, all for free (because money would be no object.)

  • Reply sfgirlbybay May 1, 2007 at 4:01 am

    This is fun contest Holly, and although there are so many fascinating replies so far, I felt like entering for the fun of it. It’s sometimes a good idea to put your dreams on ‘paper’ so to speak.

    So…If time and money were no object, I would rent a VW Camper Van and load it up with all my cameras, my laptop, my espresso maker and last, but certainly not least, my best friend and dog, Cooper.

    We’d hit the road, traveling perhaps along Route 66, and then heading down South through Atlanta and then up the eastern coast where I’ve never really been. From there to DC, New York, Maine and then down through Chicago and across the Midwest. I’d love to photograph people in their homes – real people of all generations, tastes, cultures, economic status, and politics. I’d go from state to state and absorb as much of the neighborhood feeling as possible.

    I’d try to eat in their homes, their local diners, and spend time getting to know what they were like, as much a local as possible, which is always the best way to travel. There’s nothing like being somewhere as a total stranger and being invited into someone of the region’s home.

    I’d gather all the photographs from the trip and put together a book, which I would then add narrative. Just explaining every simple story I’d heard and what makes everyone unique and special. From the barber, to the farmer to the hot dog vendor in NYC. It’s really an endless project, but one I would happily take on.

  • Reply I am my life time designer May 1, 2007 at 4:10 am


    here is mine

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2007 at 4:22 am

    [Having trouble posting my comment, sorry if it has already been sent through five-trillion times!]
    There are many self-indulgent hobbies I would take up, (one of which would be using the money to commission an artist to live in my small-town and teach me the craft of making resin jewelery), however sometimes it is good not to be selfish and we could set up a worldwide organization of knitted food for hungry mouths. We would have a deal with big food suppliers and well-off farmers that for every knitted item of food submitted they donate an equivalent item of food, and with our endless money get the food to those who need it. So if we knit a bag of rice, someone gets a bag of rice, we knit a zucchini, yes, someone gets a zucchini. We could re-use the wool, by unraveling each piece of food and starting again.


    jadekinss AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

  • Reply Mary Jo Matsumoto May 1, 2007 at 4:29 am

    My dream hobby would be creating unbelievably gorgeous perfumes in small hand blended batches, 100% organic of course. It’s a lifelong learning process so I would need skads of free time to travel to all the top perfume houses, learn the most delicate secrets from the oldest living perfumers, and figure out how to make and mill my own organic oils. I would also love the process of coming up with the perfect evocative names and search out the most lovely perfume bottles, plus design the packaging too!

    Mary Jo from
    maryjomatsumoto AT adelphia DOT net

  • Reply jaime May 1, 2007 at 4:50 am

    My pet peeve is bad food photography. My first hobby (that I’ve had no time for these days) was photography. I would combine these two things into my new hobby.

    I would go to all the restaurants with horrible food photography (usually of the hole-in-the wall-but-dee-licious variety) and take beautiful pictures of their food to replace the ones that make you want to reconsider your options as you walk in the place. I LOVE food, LOVE eating, and strangely also love good food photography.(read: Cooking Light or Martha)

    It would give me great satisfaction to make all of the world’s good (if perhaps under-rated) food look more photogenic.

    jaime AT jaimezollars dot com.

  • Reply Nancy May 1, 2007 at 6:35 am

    I would learn more about the history of illustration, collect the masters and seek out the new talent across the world. If money were no object, I could build a funky museum, to hosts great parties of interesting people.

    Since money is an object, I will continue to seek out illustrators that seem to catch my eye and I can afford to buy from and continue to try to understand the masters. I’ll still host great parties with interesting people, just wouldn’t be able to have it catered or do the hosted bar thing.

    decor8 has been a great help in linking me to some of the budding artists I’d like to discover

  • Reply Mette May 1, 2007 at 7:44 am

    I would knit furniture… and a boat!


    Mettetation AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply Alexis May 1, 2007 at 11:33 am

    There are lots of responsible hobbies that flew through my head like becoming an environmental philanthropist.

    Since money is no object, I could hand pick individuals, businesses and corporations that are developing the most promising technologies and processes to reduce the human footprint on the planet, as well as those who are doing the best to educate the public on achievable ways to live green.

    But then decadence reared it’s pretty head and made me admit that I’d love to be in charge of approving new cupcake flavor combinations and designs. A more perfect marriage of beauty and deliciousness there never was. I could travel the world to all the specialty cupcake bakeries and shops, tasting and judging.

    The winning cupcakes would then get a tea set designed especially to match. Can you stand it? I couldn’t. It would be too awesome, I’d have to retire early.

  • Reply idanasi May 1, 2007 at 11:51 am

    this is sooo cool!!
    my dream hobby would be to become an interior designer. but i think it will come true because i’m only 16….


    idanasi AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply ellie p. May 1, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    I am a mom of 25 boys! That is right… TWENTY-FIVE!I have a 4-year old, a one and a half year old, a 19 year-old brother-in-law from Russia who lives with us and I run a dorm at a boarding school with 22 ninth and tenth grade boys! I need a hobby besides trying to keep track of 25 boys! I always say that I will discvoer my true passion in the summer but then the summer flies by so quickly. This is the summer to find my passion! :)

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Money and time being of no consequence I would become a student of regional architecture and design through restoration of homes around the country?maybe even across the globe. Be it a shotgun house in Louisiana, a Spanish Colonial Villa in Texas, or a Vermont farmhouse?taking neglected diamonds in the rough and making them sparkle as they were intended. Learning things that studying books can?t give you and involving my family in the passion of the work as well.

    sigh?I?m going to go daydream some more

  • Reply Mama Boots May 1, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    I used to work at this great diner in Charlottesville back in college, and on the counter by the pie we had an Elvis lamp, the type with a plaster bust and big shade like this one listed on ebay:

    As you can see this shade is horrendous! So my dream hobby would be to go around the states collecting and salvaging these kitschy lamps and styling them with new hip shades. Imagine your Elvis lamp with a citron shade for spring, or a silk faux-bois shade from Design Public, or perhaps a bold patterned shade from Rocket St-George. Of course, I would open a store to house these Elvis lamps and have doughnut tastings on the side.

    ecbrackett AT mindspring DOT com

  • Reply NEW YORK MUHTARI May 1, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    If money was not an object, I would build schools for the girls in underdeveloped countries, honoring my mom’s name. Because she was born & raised in a village and never given an opportunity to go to school. Me and my sisters were luckier than her, we all went to school, excelled in our classes, and graduated with honors.

    I always tell her, if an opportunity is given, she could be the next president, cause she is one of the smartest people I know.

    newyorkmuhtari at yahoo dot com

  • Reply Kate May 1, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    If I could, I would gift wrap all the time. If I thought I could make more than $10 an hour, that’s what I wuold do now. I love it! When you gift wrap you help create this moment. You are involved in the happiness of someone giving something to someone they love. I think that counts as a hobby, right? It would if I could do it…

    katewestrich at hotmail dot com

  • Reply monica May 1, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    ohh fun, if i could have one hobby maybe sewing so i could make some of the clothing ideas i get in my head

  • Reply Melissa May 1, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    If talent were also no object, considering I have no idea if I could even accomplish this, I would spend my days making elaborate pop up books!

    I am obsessed with paper, and I’m not afraid to get down and dirty with my X-acto. So I feel like if I were to try, I could probably create something pretty cool. If only the bills didn’t have to get paid!

    mel829 AT mac DOT com

  • Reply emmckim May 1, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    I would travel the world taking photos of local retaurant kitchens and alleyways. I once worked in a gyro shop that had a chair hanging from a pipe on the ceiling in front of the oldest walk-in cooler with a wooden & iron door! I’ve been kind of obssesed with idea eversince then. That & finding out there is a former gynasium in the middle of a city block here. Working showers and everything!


  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    If money weren’t an object…hmm I always wanted to learn how to sew. I’d be able to open my own business travel the world and purchase the most beautiful fabrics. My business would be making beautiful slipcovers, linens, and curtains! Anything whimsy and ofcourse be able to update my sofa and chair/ottoman at the drop of a hat!

    eif31 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply Ms. O May 1, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    I would choose photography. Once you take a great picture there are so many things you can do with it. So pick me!!

  • Reply Whatever Dee-Dee wants May 1, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    I would love to publish my own magazine.
    When I was a little girl (8 years old) I made my own magazine, it was on paper that I stapled together. I picked a bunch of random addresses out of the phone book and mailed them, I really hoped someone would subscribe to my little magazine but no one did. I am sure who ever received my funny little magazines had a good laugh.

  • Reply Becca May 1, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    I would build entire storybook cities for real people to live in! From the architecture right down to all the itty bitty details of the entire city.

    Like a medieval city with thatched roofs with ponds and charming landscapes.

    Or a Toon Town (like at Disneyland but for real people to live in) with large, curvy exaggerated lines–doors slightly askew etc.

    And I would get to have fun naming all the streets. For instance, my Toon Town streets would all be “Way”. Like, “No Way!”, “Yes Way”, “Her Way”, “His Way” etc.

    Yes I’d like to say I live on “My Way!” That would be cool!

    becaroni2002 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply KiWi May 1, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    1) your blog address-

    I would make pottery. I would make outrageously colored and imaginatively shaped dishware, ceramic jewlery and ashtrays.

  • Reply pamela May 1, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    My dream hobby would to become a potter. I’d make all my own coffee cups in weird shapes and sizes, and I’d make plates with a good lip on them so I could walk around and not worry about spilling.
    pj AT 925studioDOTcom

  • Reply hc May 1, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Oh, to tie flies…
    and to fish by and by.
    “You?!? Tie flies?!?
    Why, you’ll just ruin your eyes!”

    “Besides, you’re a girl,
    You should knit and purl.”
    The nymphs I would twirl
    Would show you’re a churl!

    With my hooks and my hackle
    And great fishing tackle
    I’d laugh like a jackal,
    To the creek with a cackle.

    The smooth flowing stream,
    The sun with its beam,
    The fish in their team,
    I shall catch some bream.

    I would love this pursuit
    But it does not compute
    With my job that’s acute
    And my extensive commute.

    Great contest! Love your blog!

    greggyd AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply Eve May 1, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    This is so much fun holly.. you have more collection of hobbies here than that book might have.Yesterday when i read your post there was just one comment by susan .. before i went to bed I checked again it had 51..and today 70.. This is growing in leaps and bounds..But the underlying hobby i see in every post is that people want to travel to different places.

    Same with me.. I want to travel to different parts of the world but more than big cities I would like to visit the rural areas.. small villages.. countryside.. and visit with the locals. See how people set up their kitchens in different parts of the world.. (not the city folks).. see what kind of utensils they use.. how they make use of local fresh produce and turn it into a simple meal which is delicious and healthy….How they store their grains and spices..If they dont have a fridge how they take care of their veggies..DO they grow their own veggies and have a farm?do they sell their produce or do they have just enough for the family..Who basically runs the kitchen .. is it the grandma?? or the daughter in law??(if its a large family) What are the family recipes?? How many meals a day do they cook?/ do the men help out or is it just women who cook?? do they have a family meal time?? Learn lots and lots of ethnic recipes from such folks who have a wealth of knowledge.. right from the basics of cutting vegetable in thailand or learning stirfry in beijing..there is soooooooooooo much to learn holly..take plenty of pictures and write a book. which will have all this info with all my favorites recipes.

    What sort of hobbies do they have which may be kitchen related or food related. Like growing of gourds and drying them and doing gourd art.. or growing lavenders and making it into scented sachets.. or pickling veggies or making jams..Or how do they take care of their kitchen waste.. do they make compost out of it..Any and everything kitchen related..

    The title of the Book is
    “Simple Meals prepared in the Kitchens around the world”

    As Zig Ziglar quotes” You have to vision it first to do it” Thank you holly for giving us that vision.

    Eve…vkhade AT hotmail Dot com

  • Reply jen May 1, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Only one, that’s hard!! If I must narrow my dream hobby down to one it would be creating my own batik fabric. It’s one of those things that seems like it would so cool to do, but requires time and space neither of which I have!

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    I have never considered myself to be “creative” but I so admire “creative people”—and unfortunately I was at the end of the line when creativity was handed out.

    But if $ and 00:00 were no object –I would purchase [one item] from each of the talented artisans on ETSY and give [each of those items]to someone less fortunate that would love the item as much as I did. There is so much beauty and talent on that site~~~I am in awe each time that I visit.

    I love to “give” to others and the true joy of seeing someone’s face when they receive a gift is priceless. I would also hire the young lady that loves to wrap gifts in the post above~~the presentation is just as important!


    Accumulate a variety of items from many of the artisans on ETSY and develop a printed catalog to give to all of those people that are not Internet capable or savvy ~~ and represent those artisans through mail order.


    The very best hobby would be to set up boutiques for the many GREAT artisans from ETSY at the craft malls all across this big state of Texas [a grassroots program]!

    Love your blog, Holly. You are ONE talented lady!

    sbarney724 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply bowiechick May 1, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I’m living my “hobby”! Well in truth there are OTHER hobbies I wish I had more time for so that is why I visit your blog and others like it. But there are only so many hours in the day.

    My boyfriend and I have ships. Yup, ships. Not pretty ships, yet. It is a work, actually multiple works, in progress. There is never enough money, time, energy, resources… But it is an interesting and unconventional life.

    It is a reality TV show in the works and maybe it is just one big sociology experiment.

    I have a web site for the ship mvbowie dot com. It is old and I just can’t get around to updating the darn thing. I do however maintain a blog. So much easier to update than a static old web site.

    The blog is called Waterlogged. mvbowie dot blogspot dot com.

    It’s a crazy, chaotic, lifestyle that is hard to stay organized and on top of. Alas, I don’t and I am getting over worrying about doing so anymore.

    Thanks for your blog. It gives me ideas and inspiration.


  • Reply sunny May 1, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    My hobby would be traveling from country to country to buy magazines that are crafty, design-y, and very pretty.

    I’d research magazines, arrange meetings with the editors, and discuss the vision of the magazine and the images used in them.

    I’d then return from an around-the-world trip and set up shop in the U.S. or online – selling or giving away the amazing magazines so that I can share them with others.

    there. a dream hobby. totally unreaslistic but something to sigh over.

    thanks for asking about our dream hobbies!

    sunnysblog (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Tonia May 1, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    I would build tree houses for children and adults. For children, I would build a house that represents a spaceship or submarine with lots of switches, sounds and lights. For adults, I would build something to escape to in order to have peace and quiet, read a book and be away from the computers, cell phones and television.

  • Reply amber May 1, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Well, this will sound odd, but since money and time are no object, here it goes: I read a book once of short stories that were inspired by songs. I loved it! Since I can’t write songs, I’d love to write short stories inspired by them and also make some sort of clothing piece to go along with the two. I guess I’d make little three-piece kits of inspiration. Haha.

    gibbsca0 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    My dream hobby would be to become a gardener. Money and time not being an object I would cover every inch of the world, where needed, and plant a garden filled with beautiful flowers, vegetables, and fruits. My skills would be free of charge for every country I visit so when I leave the gardens they’d be tended to. Depending on the climate and water availability I’d grow what was adequate for that region. Again, since money and time are not an object I’d have a private instructor teach me every language of every country I visit!

  • Reply lemon melang May 1, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    My dream hobby would be to visit and document all the little bakeries across the country, every nook and cranny shack, every grandmother and uncle or aunt or mom and pop who passed on recipes and methods and who’s legacies live on through them. Then I would make a book and sell it in my own little bakery
    Nicole Lang/lemon melang

  • Reply alyson. May 1, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    hi Holly, my hobby isn’t exactly crafty, or decorative, or fashionable, but my boyfriend and I are what you might call “beer snobs”. we drink beer for the flavor, to evaluate it, and mostly, to experience the unique craft of beer. we’ve tasted close to 150 different beers, and actually, that means we’re beginners and have 1000’s more to taste. we save each label from all the beers we’ve tried, evaluated and rated each one, and keep them all together in a journal which I’ve made.

    so for my dream hobby, if money were not an issue, I would set up a home brewing system. we’ve been dreaming of starting this together, where we can create our own, unique craft brews. adding flavorful things to the brew like coriander, nutmeg, orange peel, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, and much much more. and that’s just the beginning!

  • Reply Tonia May 1, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Shoot – I’m resubmitting because I forgot to add my email address. Sorry about the duplication. :0)

    I would build tree houses for children and adults. For children, I would build a house that represents a spaceship or submarine with lots of switches, sounds and lights. For adults, I would build something to escape to in order to have peace and quiet, read a book and be away from the computers, cell phones and television.

  • Reply Amy May 1, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    My dream hobby would be to take art classes.

    I have a job that requires constant attention to detail, focus, precision, and little room for error or creativity. Therefore I refuse to focus on one hobby in my personal time and sometimes leave projects unfinished just because I can.

    I work at an art school and would love to make a hobby of just dabbling in all of the different areas – jewelry, wood working, sewing…Not as a serious student but in an effort to become a jill of all trades and master of none.

    amy at rustyletter dot com

  • Reply Lisa May 1, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    If I could do anything, with money being no object, I’d LOVE to do pet photography.

    I’d have my own little studio in a big city. Maybe even a small little gallery for my personal photography as well. But I love animals, and my pets have always been the subject of artistic photography. None of that Princess Fluffy sitting on her plaid pillow. Take the dogs for walks, build a small desert for the reptiles. All the fun things like that. Animals are nicer than people anyway. I’d even do free photography for vet clinics/shelters in the area.

    I live in a fairly decent sized city now, but it’s not so animal-oriented, unfortunately. Otherwise I’d give it a go.

    lnk416 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply Melanie May 1, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    I would take up welding. I want to make furniture out of steel, bed frames, coffee tables, dining room chairs and book cases. I would set up my shed as a welding studio and practise. Part of the fun, of course, will be designing the furniture but the most fun will be welding the pieces together.

  • Reply drey May 2, 2007 at 12:10 am

    if money and time were no object and baby took care of herself, i guess for me it would be being able to create letterpress art (large sizes) and being able to get access to all kinds of designs and motifs. i’d create very large letterpress arts (3m x 0.8m) and frame them and sell or give away to loved ones. would love to develop letter-press style wallpaper or panels!

  • Reply mortimersmom May 2, 2007 at 12:54 am

    If money and time were no object, I would love to renovate houses for other people. I feel like I am filled with ideas, but I can only redo my own sppace so many times, and some of my ideas aren’t really good for my family’s lifestyle, but they are still good ideas!

    mortimersmom AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply wants a book May 2, 2007 at 1:25 am

    My dream hobby would be to restore and old barn and turn it into an amazing artist studio/creative space complete with all of the art supplies one could ever possibly need — all carefully/beautiful organized and displayed in a way that inspries anyone who steps in. Color and light would abound, and my friends and I would work on creative projects all day, while listening to the Flipping Eichlers — a outrageously successful band that I manage and write tracks for in my spare time.

    missy stew at gmail dot com

  • Reply Marion May 2, 2007 at 1:48 am

    My dream hobby is to collect all sorts of antique keys and their original locks. I’d want to travel all over the world, collecting sets from all times, people, material. I’d love a few doors with interesting key holes and keys to display like artwork on the wall of my living room. I invision my house becoming like Sir John Soane’s house/museum, where my hobby surrounds and defines my life.

    Alas, I am a graduate student with no money living in a crappy apartment. A girl can dream!

  • Reply Edith May 2, 2007 at 2:24 am

    My dream money-is-no-object hobby would be to fly around the world collecting fabulous fabrics and making period costumes from the Byzantine, Roman and Greek times to the early 20th century. I make costumes now, but since I’m a student, the budget is rather limited, and therefore projects take me much longer than I’d like.
    Then I would hold costume parties all the time, where costumers-alike can come dressed in their favorite garb, dance all night and eat fantastic food! It would be like something out of the movie “Labyrinth”… minus the poisoned peach of course.


  • Reply JHAYNE May 2, 2007 at 2:37 am

    my husband and i both love beaches. . .we’re always drawn to visiting beach towns, wish to one day have a little beach cottage, etc. my dream hobby would be for us to spend our lifetime traveling the world together to catch the sunset or sunrise at every single beach on the planet. our last stop on our life-long journey would be to watch one last sunset on the beach where we first kissed, which is also where he proposed.

  • Reply paola May 2, 2007 at 3:00 am

    I don’t dare win that book.

    I already have far too many demands on my time – though funnily enough if I had unlimited time and resources I’d pretty much be doing what I’m doing now (running my own shop)just much bigger and better – say four or five shops worldwide and a big mail order operation, and doing it all from a wonderful stone mas in Provence, with an olive grove, and a vineyard, and a beautiful garden, oh and frequent buying trips to Paris and Italy…and I’d make my own olive oil and wine and have my own brand ranges of food and bath smellies and create an exquisite little boutique hotel in the Provencal countryside and spend my afternoons swinging in my hammock in the orchard reading design magazines…drinking rose’ or homemade lemonade.

  • Reply charlene May 2, 2007 at 4:09 am

    Weaving and dyeing in Japan. It’s the one hobby I don’t dare start right now because I know I would get completely sucked into wholeheartedly and not be able to do anything else. But who knows, maybe later on in my life when I decide I don’t want my career any more…


    mcbride AT echonyc DOT com

  • Reply Paris May 2, 2007 at 6:02 am

    Apart from blowing glass or becoming an Interior Designer, my dream hobby would be to sew gigantic or especially small clothing for animals who can’t shop in stores or don’t have clothing in their size for those much colder nights in foreign countries. This would provide with not only the opportunity to fly to magical countries that I’ve never visited before, but allow me to learn to sew and meet many new characters and creatures.

  • Reply Maryam in Marrakesh May 2, 2007 at 8:39 am

    My dream hobby would be create a full sensory book on life in my new home town of Marrakech. The book would have a map that you could fold out of the souk or median, a list of amazing hard-to-find shops with quirky stories and photos about shop contents and shop owners, snippets of handmade sabra cloth and moroccan embroidery, all kinds of small envelopes with surprise treasures within, little clear packets of colorful spices from the spice market, and sticks of Moroccan incense. And of course lots of gorgeous black and white and color photography, as well as a handmixed CD of Moroccan music.

    It would be like having Marrakech come to you, if you couldn’t go to Marrakech. Ah, a girl can dream…

    I can be reached at maryam dot mtds dot com.

  • Reply juliette May 2, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Fantastic contest!

    I would combine my fascination with foraging, travel, and cooking and open a roaming dinner club – clientele by invitation only.

    This hobby would allow me to hone my skills in the kitchen, learn about food opportunities worldwide, and let me travel around the globe.

    Since money would be no object, I would donate all proceeds from dinners towards sustainable farming education and development in needed areas around the world.

    jrautenberg AT google DOT com

  • Reply Anonymous May 2, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Busy as a bee ~ I completely forgot to add my name n email. I’m the anonymous one (gardner) :) who forgot to add my name and email. It’s…

    nica 21 AT msn DOT com

  • Reply Anonymous May 2, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    My dream hobby would be to paint huge jungles and rainforests like Henri Rousseau in ugly buildings, train stations, underground stations to make people feel they are outdoors and they can hear the birds sing.

    I really like your blog !

    amreinsusanne AD yahoo. CA

  • Reply Viv May 2, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Dream hobby: Traveling to orphanages all over the world and teaching kids in them to knit. Then sharing their creations in galleries around the world, along with a photo exhibition to raise awareness of the plight of parentless children worldwide.


  • Reply hollye May 2, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    I’d love to go around the country on a train and research mustard. I’d do thousand of taste-tests and rate the mustards on things such as flavor, density, fragrance, color, texture, and stainability. I’d ask the creator/manufacturer of the mustard to create a “painting” with each of the mustard on a washable wall in their home/business. I’d then photograph them with the painting.

    Finally, what I’d do is take all of my research and photographs and compile them into a book.

  • Reply Ren May 2, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Love your blog – this is my first time leaving a comment though…

    My dream hobby would be to produce a coffee table book of unusual signage. I would travel the country photographing the signs and then design the book. I have a couple to start with including one in front of a church that says “Git R Done Fer Jesus, Bikers Welcome” and a neon sign at a gas station that says “Coffee & Worms” As a graphic designer with a love for photography and type, I can’t imagine a better way to spend my time.

    reneleake at gmail dot com

  • Reply Deepa May 2, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    eI have a farm in India (famous first words!).

    My father now farms it organically. It is his post-retirement hobby.

    If time and money were no object, I would love to fly back and forth to India during planting and harvesting seasons and work on the farm. My father has acquired a wealth of knowledge which I would love to learn from him firsthand.

    He sells the produce weekly at the market. I just sewed and sent him cloth bags for the regulars who shop. I made simple labels for the produce and sent those over too. But I would love to get my hands dirty!

    deepecon AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply Anonymous May 2, 2007 at 4:27 pm


    My dream hobby, which i hope will one day be a reality, is to build furniture , ideally while living somewhere in coastal Maine.

    Maybe not the most exciting entry, but something I’ve been dreaming about since I found out being a scientist wasn’t such a fun job afterall.


    erinn.grady {at} gmail dot com

  • Reply hampton May 2, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    I would have a farm and train seeing-eye dogs. I think that would be a really fun way to spend a lot of time with animals and also do something good for others. I’ve heard that a good number of the dogs that train for the program don’t end up getting accepted to work as service animals, so I would put my “graduates” who didn’t get picked to work on the farm. i don’t really know what a dog would do on a farm besides run around and be a dog, but I think it sounds nice.

    findblancomeow AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply courtney May 2, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    My dream hobby has always been glassblowing. I would love to spend all day just making beautiful glass works, I would probably need to be rich not only because I have heard the studio time for glassblowing is expensive, but I would also want to keep everything I made.

    courtina1227 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Reply Anonymous May 2, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    I’d become a name authority, that is personal names, primarily first names. I’d love to be a name counselor, helping people select the best names, and understand the meanings (connotative as well as historical) of their name selections.

    The best idea I read though is house collector!! Love that idea.

    nancynu AT comcast DOT net

  • Reply Anonymous May 2, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    i think my hobbies would be:
    a professional spa reviewer–testing out the best spas in the country and writing about them.
    writing more than i am now.
    letterpress printing and bookmaking
    and doing makeup for sick people or those who couldn’t afford it otherwise. they deserve to look pretty too.
    katalogued AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply Yola May 2, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    I love collecting broken glass, especially on a beach. They are to me some of the finest treasures (it?s also something good for our planet, recycling) One day, with my glass collection, I?ll make unique sculptures with them.

    vanyolla AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply Yola May 2, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    I love collecting broken glass, especially on a beach. They are to me some of the finest treasures (it?s also something good for our planet, recycling) One day, with my glass collection, I?ll make unique sculptures with them.

    vanyolla AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply paula May 2, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    When I was little, I was obsessed with birds and checked out all the bird books at the library. One of them contained instructions for building a complete aviary in your back yard (I forgot about this until I started thinking about my answer to this post). So, my dream hobby would be to build the most beautiful + stylish indoor/outdoor aviary you’ve ever seen and fill it with parrakeets and finches. And then everyone would be happy for the birds instead of sad that they’re in a cage!

    Of course, I’d also need a house and a backyard first…

  • Reply Kristin May 2, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    I’m almost bummed I responded so early, I would have embellished more ;) Reading all these fun responses has been inspiring!

  • Reply Susie May 2, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    My dream hobby would be woodworking. I would love to be able to create my own furniture and just learn the intricacies of the wood and design. Of course, given that I live in a small apartment in a city, this dream is a long, long way away.

    Susie, susyblue AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply decor8 May 3, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Okay so I’m going to sort through all of these. I have A LOT of books that I need to send out, the publisher just sent me 20 more, so I’ll be contacting 23 of you soon! I thought instead of ME doing all the judging, I’d open it up to READERS to decide. So tomorrow, Friday, May 4th, I’ll post a survey so YOU can decide. I’ll post the winners next week here on decor8.

    Keep your entries coming, last day to enter is when I post the survey, which will be tomorrow!

  • Reply Jessica May 3, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    If I had the time and money, I would take up fencing. I’ve wanted to for so long but you wouldn’t believe how much equipment costs.

    walljh AT email DOT uc DOT edu

  • Reply Anonymous May 3, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Inspired by Marie Antoinette’s mock peasant village, and PBS’ reality shows frontier house and 1900’s house, I think it would be great to spend a few weeks a year living in a completely accurate reproduction of a period house, complete with authentic period garb and tools. A real educational experience.

    It would be as close to time travel as you can get. Of course, I have no idea how this would be possible to pull off on my own. But it would be great if there were tour companies around the world that specialized in this sort of thing.

    You could live on the western plains, in a Japanese tea house, or in the Maraist in Paris. The possiblities could be endless!

  • Reply Anonymous May 3, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Inspired by Marie Antoinette’s mock peasant village, and PBS’ reality shows frontier house and 1900’s house, I think it would be great to spend a few weeks a year living in a completely accurate reproduction of a period house, complete with authentic period garb and tools. A real educational experience.

    It would be as close to time travel as you can get. Of course, I have no idea how this would be possible to pull off on my own. But it would be great if there were tour companies around the world that specialized in this sort of thing.

    You could live on the western plains, in a Japanese tea house, or in the Maraist in Paris. The possiblities could be endless!

  • Reply Jaime May 3, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    If I had the time and money (and space!) I would build and decorate Victorian dollhouses. I love miniatures, especially food, and could spend hours lost in my tiny make-believe world. I’d electrically wire the houses so that the lights would actually work. From little chairs to itsy oriental rugs, it would be bliss!


    jaime.e.angel AT gmail DOT com

  • Reply Abbey May 4, 2007 at 12:18 am

    I work as a commercial interior designer…and have been gradually losing my passion due to tight deadlines and budget restrictions. I used to wait near the mailbox for my design magazines, but now even reading them feels like hard work.

    My dream hobby, if money was no option would be to quit my job and do residential interior design for FREE.
    I love to create beautiful spaces and it would give me pleasure to watch how it positively enhances the lifestyles of those who live in them. It is amazing how much your living environment can effect other aspects of life. It would be my own positive affimation gift to those people.

    kissofdawn at hotmail dot com

  • Reply superdumb May 4, 2007 at 12:55 am

    I would love to be able to be a culture collector. I would travel the world, collecting random bits of coolness- recipes, homespun crafts, songs- to share with the folks here at home.

  • Reply Sarah May 4, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Hi Holly

    My hobby would be a gift giver. Gifts to people I know, people I’m getting to know and complete strangers. I’d want be able to pay for the person behind me in the queue and when it comes to be their turn they get told ‘your ticket/item/petrol… has already been paid for’. That would be so cool.
    Thanks, this is really cool too.

  • Reply peanut and planet May 4, 2007 at 11:11 am

    I already have a little book problem in the way that some people have a little heroin problem, so why not call it a hobby. I’d like to spend hours in musty used bookstores collecting good books for myself and books to give to friends and passersby. I want to have a hobby that ends with living in a house with walls of books in several rooms. I want to be able to buy the books I read reviews for and then be able to send them on to my family of readers – my father, my mother and my sister. I want to be able to have a conversation with someone in a bar about this wonderful book I just read and be able to reach into my backpack, pull it out and hand it to them.

    I want to go to book fairs and museums with glorious collections. I want to visit archives and the Library of Congress.

    I want to be a reader.

    Speaking of which, you guys who want to learn beekeeping, there is a lovely but out of print book, “Following the Bloom”, about commercial beekeeping that is worth reading. It isn’t a textbook, but the non-fiction story of some commercial beekeepers traveling the country with their hives.

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  • Reply mj May 4, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    My dream hobby would be to read books on tape, read poetry out loud to audiences, and do story times and readings at libraries and independent bookstores. I don’t really want to write my own poetry or stories- I just want to share the words and thoughts of others to inspire thought and discussion.

  • Reply carrie May 4, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    I would love to take up glassblowing (again). I did it in college and it was a ton of fun. Because I was a student I got to use the university’s glassblowing studio for only $60 per semester. Of course now that I’m out in the “real world” and no longer a student I would have to rent studio time and it would be phenomenally expensive :(

  • Reply Anonymous May 4, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    My dream hobby is to grow orchids that have pretty blooms and do NOT appear to be tasty snacks to my cats.
    Hopefully to all cats they would not be tasty but I am willing to start small, and get blooms that MY cats do not adore to nibble.
    I do not expect to live long enough to complete this goal, however, I can dream.
    My unfortunately extensive experiments in this area have already proven that cats can hork technicolor orchid bloom remains with no lasting damage to the cats.
    The same cannot be said for the orchids or light colored carpets.
    Research continues and you did NOT read that if you belong to the Society to Prevent Unspeakable Abuse to Expensive Botanicals.

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  • Reply Carmen May 5, 2007 at 2:22 am

    There are many things I would love to do and learn, but lately I have been wishing I could travel with my parents. They are in their mid to late seventies and my dream hobby would be to go back to the places that they lived and make a permanent record of their memories. I would do this for myself, my siblings, my nephews and niece.
    My parents came here separately to this country from South America and have made their life here. However, they always talk about their lives in the old country and the hardships (or so they seem to me) they went through. To travel with them to all those places from their past, would help their stories come to life for me and I would pass them on to the next generation.
    Then if I still had time, I would take them to new places they wish they could go and record new memories with them. This way I will never forget the little things time can erase from my memory.
    I don’t know if this is much of a hobby, but if I had the time and the money it is something I would do.
    By the way, I love your blog and want to thank you for all your guidance to some of us hapless decorators. Your blog inspires creativity, which is what I personally need. My husband, on the other hand, does not thank you as much. All this creativity means more projects for him. Oh well, we can’t make everyone happy, right?
    Thanks again Holly.

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  • Reply Karen August 11, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    It is so fresh I must report that my Dream Hobby would be a beachcomber!
    beach?comb?er /?bit??ko?m?r/ [beech-koh-mer]
    ?noun 1. a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.
    2. a vagrant who lives on the seashore, esp. a nonnative person living in such a way on a South Pacific island.

    I just returned from the wonderful beaches of Maine.
    Gosh ..I would travel the world to be a collector of beach goodies.. from shells to washed ashore whatchamacallits to beautifully eroded seaglass..
    I would categorize my treasures from country to country…who knows what I might find!!

    I can’t think of anything I would rather do or be!!!

  • Reply Fruzsi Kenez September 2, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Ok, so if money and time were no object and I could have any hobby in the world it would be .. To study the behavioral patterns of trees.

    So many times I have wondered if trees have their own individual personalities and dreams and desires like a person. If they really do react to their surroundings, and external influences like music, or traffic.

    Trees are so beautiful and each one is full of history. Just like pictures paint a thousand words, trees could tell a thousand stories! And I would like to be the one to discover them!

    So the job of a tree-behaviorist (I m sure this word exists..) would go splendidly with my love for the outdoors, as well as the joy I get from photographing nature and feeling the free beeze on my sunny face!

  • Reply Fruzsi September 2, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Ok, so if money and time were no object and I could have any hobby in the world it would be .. To study the behavioral patterns of trees.

    So many times I have wondered if trees have their own individual personalities and dreams and desires like a person. If they really do react to their surroundings, and external influences like music, or traffic.

    Trees are so beautiful and each one is full of history. Just like pictures paint a thousand words, trees could tell a thousand stories! And I would like to be the one to discover them!

    So the job of a tree-behaviorist (I m sure this word exists..) would go splendidly with my love for the outdoors, as well as the joy I get from photographing nature and feeling the free beeze on my sunny face!

  • Reply Anonymous October 21, 2007 at 2:33 am

    oh and that was..
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    – Fruzsi

  • Reply Ashley June 24, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I would make and design fine papers and stationary. I feel that it is a wonderful everyday luxury to have beautiful stationary. A darling notecard or well designed letterhead would convey my love to the recipient and would be a true joy to receive. Grosgrain ribbon, metallic inks, simple embossed monograms and clean lines. I’d make coordinating sets and give them as gifts for life events: marriages, moves into first homes, and new babies. Ideally, I’d have my own press and each piece would be uniquely created for the recipient.


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