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olivia of course
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   Posted 10/7/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if we could try something new.

What do you for fun or as a hobby to keep your symptoms in check?

I like to paint (most artsy things), read and sometimes write. This allows me get rid of some of my stress.
Here are some links to some of the works I did:
http://s117.photobucket.com/albums/o46/ltesfu/My%20Art%20Works/   - The link does not work from HW, if you copy and paste it in a new window it works fine.  Sorry about that I didn't think it would be such an issue.
--I updated the links and they should work now; these are not anything special.  Just a few pieces I created for class or in my free time

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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 10/8/2008 4:42:59 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/7/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I was so excited, Olivia, but the links don't work. cry

I knit to keep my hands busy and calm me down. I'm working on a pair of mittens right now. It's the first pair of mittens I've ever done. I just finished the first one. It's a homely little guy, but it fits. :-)

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   Posted 10/7/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Olivia,
Yeah, serafena is right. I wasn't able to view your links as well and I am very excited to see some of your artwork.  blush  
Well for me relaxing and trying to de-stress is what I need a lot of now. So I like to curl up with a good novel by Jan Karon or Fannie Flagg and chill on the couch all comfy with my KiKi and fuzzy blanket.  lol
Sometimes I even watch a children's program that comes on daily called "Little Bear". I use to watch it with my daughter when she was little and I find it very calming....lol. Oh and I love to watch the Antiques Road Show.
Watching baseball games was always a relaxer for me all summer until my team made the playoffs and lost AGAIN!  mad  
Now that baseball season is over for me and with the weather getting cooler and the days getting shorter, I'll probably spend more time baking.
I'm pretty much a loner and like it that way. Oh and I do like to spend time surfing the internet! smilewinkgrin

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Leo Buscaglia

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   Posted 10/8/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I also enjoy doing artsy things. I like to put together scrapbook frames. I made one for my mother and mother-in-law for Mother's Day this year. I'm getting ready to do a frame for my son's baseball season. I love having a project to work on and being creative helps release my stress. I did just finish my daughter's first birthday invitations. I made them on Microsoft Publisher and had them professionally printed. I have finally figured out that I need a project to keep my mind off the negative things. When I was struggling through my pregnancy, I went to garage sales looking for old shelves to repaint and decorate for her room. That was my saving grace. I agree that in order to get through depression, you have to have an outlet, something that gets your mind off things.

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   Posted 10/9/2008 2:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I like to do toll painting, cross stitching and am learning how to sew. I can knit but I have severe eczema on my left hand, so therefore I stay away from knitting. My problem is, I'm otherwise into my hobby wholeheartedly, and don't want to put it down, which causes problems because everything else in life gets neglected or I do it in drib drabs, sometimes never finishing a project. And I can never remember when I stopped and where I need to start again. confused
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   Posted 10/9/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I love writing, I write songs and poetry all the time. That really helps me escape everything, because it helps me control my thoughts while still being creative.
I’m lonely; gotta look for a party
And dance with somebody tonight
Cuz I’m lonely; I feel empty inside
Can’t you make me feel alive?

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   Posted 10/19/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I like to play guitar, so I think about my band and sometimes I even play!

olivia of course
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   Posted 10/19/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I know it can be hard to keep up with hobbies or the things that calm us down when there is so much chaos around us. I am glad to have my outlet around when I need it and I hope yours is a helpful source to you as well.
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   Posted 10/22/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
i trace and try to draw. i designed my own tattoo and got it. i look up music and play lots of music to get throw the day i am going to try some more crafts.

great stuff everyone!
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