Thank you for joining us today as we go BEHIND THE AUTHOR with author, Tamara Hughes, to learn about what she fancies when she isn't writing! Hint; she might have a hobby...or three!
When I was asked what kind of hobbies I have, I almost choked on my coffee. While my husband would say my hobby is to collect miscellaneous crafting supplies and store them in our back office just to drive him crazy, I like think of my hobby habits as whimsical. I dabble in one thing until my mood shifts and then I move on to something else.
When I was a kid, I didn’t do a ton of craft type stuff. I latch hooked a few rugs and cross stitched some towels. But once married, I got the itch to be creative. It started out simple enough, using craft kits. I made ornaments for our Christmas tree – felt mice holding wreaths or gingerbread men. I also continued some cross stitch, giving away pretty much everything I made. When the kids came along, I stitched them stockings.
The kids got older, and for a while, I played with my sewing machine. I made aprons and oven mitts as Christmas presents, a shirt for my dad, a bed skirt for my bed (with accent pillows to match), Trick or Treat bags, and Halloween costumes, even dresses for my daughters.
Then for some reason I stopped. I saw a book on making jewelry in a craft store and decided that looked like a lot of fun. So I made necklaces and earrings for myself, my mom, my sister, and my kids.
Then one day, my teenage daughter was taught how to knit from a friend. She showed me how it was done, and before I knew it, I was a knitter. Scarves and hats. Gave away some of those too.
Yes, the closet in our back office is overflowing with fabric, yarn, beads, and more. But while my husband sees these things as abandoned clutter, I remember how much fun I had working on my projects and how much I learned. And who knows? Maybe the whim may strike me, and I’ll be back at one of these pursuits again.
What are some of your past and present hobbies? To celebrate the release of Tamara’s newest release, Tempting the Pirate, one commenter will win a print copy of her first book Once Upon a Masquerade (Int’l winner will get a digital copy). Please fill out the rafflecopter below.