Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Christmas List - The Hobby Edition

One of the great things about being a SAHM for me is that I get to have hobbies. Not that I didn't enjoy doing some of these particular things when I was working out in the real world (aka the nerve wrecking public), but I just didn't have the time to fully delve into them. Now that I'm home I've gotten to really focus on my interests and actually do something with them and it's been great. 

I figured out though that hobbies have a catch. That catch is that you need to buy stuff to do them and grown up hobbies can be costly. Now, I can't remember the last time I actually made out a Christmas list. Sure there have always been things we have needed. Notice the words I used there..."we"...."needed". Yeah, those lists were the grown up Christmas lists. This year when I sat down to think about what to ask for, I actually found I had a lot of things I wanted.

I have such a love for taking pictures now and I can already tell how far I've come this past year when it comes to using my camera in manual mode. I feel like it's time to take my pictures a step up and actually start editing them beyond what Picknik and iPhoto have to offer. I'm a bit scared to jump into this editing thing blindly (which is why a how-to book is also on my list wish), but after talking with several different people Lightroom seems to be an easy way to go. This is certainly at the top of my list! 

I thought about some other lenses too of course (apparently lenses are addictive!) but I can't decide what I need next. I love my 50mm but I have a hard time using it in tight spaces, so I think I might need either a 24mm, 28mm or 35mm next. Decisions, decisions right? In the meantime I'll be wishing for some lens accessories like UV filters and lens hoods to eliminate those pesky sun spots that show up from time to time.

Now this is a hobby I haven't fully explored yet. I can come up with fabric projects galore, but I always need the help of my mom and her sewing machine to actually see them through. For my mom's sake, I think it's time for me to ask for a sewing machine. See, even though this is my wish list, I'm still thinking of others...

I have no idea what to look for in a sewing machine. I need something basic and something my mom can actually help me use so I think I'll be leaving the final choice up to her! I'm hoping to do crafty home decor and possibly some appliqu├ęs, but we shall see how it goes. 

KitchenAid 5-Quart Glass Bowl

This particular item, I should have asked for long ago. It makes soooo much sense to have 2 mixing bowls. Hello, you need one for cake batter and one for icing right??? Right. Well and I love that this one is glass which means you can even microwave it to melt chocolate. Oh, and it comes with a lid which means I can keep that extra frosting in the fridge to snack on um, I mean use on a cake, later!

I have to admit that I've had a ton of fun making a wish list on Amazon this year. It's kind of reminded me of registering. Remember that? When you got to ask for everything you dreamed of?'s been like that. A little out of hand, a little over the top. I'm still in touch with the real world though and am fully aware that some of these things will completely remain wishes only for now and that's totally ok, because wishing is fun right? Besides there are always birthdays, bonus checks, and anniversaries... ;)


  1. I have just started getting into sewing projects too, but have only been able to hand sew since I don't have a sewing machine. I have been looking online to find one to ask for Christmas but quickly realized I know NOTHING about sewing machines. Please let me know which one your mom recommends for a beginner!

  2. I just got a sewing/embroidery machine for my birthday and I have not been more pleased! The embroidery part I am still trying to figure out but I got the sewing part down. I think everyone needs a sewing machine!

  3. This is such a fun post! I still make Christmas lists because my mother and MIL ask for them! :) But it's true - grown up hobbies are expensive! I find myself asking for things for the kitchen, which is my main hobby. The Lightshop program is such a good idea, too! I thought about asking for another lens but didn't know which I should ask for next... I might steal your idea of that Kitchenaid glass mixing bowl :)

  4. I would love to get photoshop but afraid I would never learn it. I think even if I didnt have children or didnt work at all I could never learn it all. Seems very intimidating to me.

    Also that mixing bowl is awesome. You a barely ever see mixing bowls with lids. Might add this to my list. Thanks :)

  5. All very awesome and very practical gift ideas!! I hope Santa brings all of it for you ;)

  6. I love to cook and bake!! I need this too! I am a SAHM, so I understand the expensive hobbies. I basically cook and blog and that's it. I would do photography but im not good! haha

  7. Love that glass bowl! I'm in the midst of making our Christmas lists and it's too much fun!


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