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Thread: Husband hobbies

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    Senior Member Woodster's Avatar
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    Here's one for the hubbies....

    I need help finding an affordable do-at-home in downtime hobby. My hubs is a builder, and with construction so slow, he's looking for stuff to do (and he NEEDS something other than the computer to keep him busy).

    He plays golf on occasion ($$) and cuts the grass. He's not a reader, and doesn't have a lot of patience for tiny details (ie, building models - that sort of thing). With winter coming, there won't be much in the way of yard work and no golf. Yikes!

    He used to collect coins, but now that you have to buy the coins instead of hunting for them, he says that's no fun.

    He does like to draw/re-do house plans (on the computer, of course!!). That's about the only thing so far I've seen spark an interest. We used to have an RV, but it went back to the bank, so he can't invent trips anymore (and we couldn't afford them now anyhow!).

    He and a couple of friends have obtained 8 mobile homes and are gutting them out and re-doing them for people to purchase (very affordably). It's a great idea for low low income people to be able to have their own home. It sure will improve the area
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    Anyhow, if anyone has any suggestions, I'll pass them on to him and see what the reaction is!

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    How about quilt pattern design, or perhaps building bird houses. I also know around here we have trouble getting someone willing to do small home repairs.

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    If he like woodworking, how about a quilt rack. You have a good source for posting pictures & lots of potential buyers.

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    I was going to suggest the small home repairs also. We are trying to find someone reliable and honest to do two bathrooms and some work on our den and let me tell you (as we say down south) "It's slim pickins". Nobody want to work on anything but new home building and they just aren't going to find much of that these days.

    I hope you find something for him. (It will make it easier on you too. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchingmemories
    I was going to suggest the small home repairs also. We are trying to find someone reliable and honest to do two bathrooms and some work on our den and let me tell you (as we say down south) "It's slim pickins". Nobody want to work on anything but new home building and they just aren't going to find much of that these days.

    I hope you find something for him. (It will make it easier on you too. ;-)
    The home repair thing isn't high on his list of priorities! He knows what needs to be done and how, but doesn't like to do it and sometimes does a half-a** job on a project! (He actually calls me Mrs. Fix-it because I do most of the stuff around here!). Must be in my blood - my brother in Northern NJ has a handy-man business and does really well - always busy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammyp
    How about quilt pattern design, or perhaps building bird houses. I also know around here we have trouble getting someone willing to do small home repairs.
    I suggested the quilt pattern thing to him a while back and that went over with a dull thud!

    I think he's being waaaaay to picky and won't even give some of these things a shot. Funny - my Mom suggested bird houses, too. I'll suggest it and let you know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    If he like woodworking, how about a quilt rack. You have a good source for posting pictures & lots of potential buyers.
    I'll suggest it!

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    wow, i finally got my hubby reading. that helped a lot.
    good luck

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    Quilt hangers for the wall? Thread racks? Clocks?

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    How about bird feeders? Or squirrel feeders? I have seen and bought some really creative designs. These go really well at craft fairs here. You might take him to a craft fair- there should be alot this time of year. And maybe he'll see something that sparks his interest.

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    You know how they have the "barn quilts"? Maybe he can build bird houses with a small quilt painted on the side? This could identify all the quilters in your area if he sells them!


    Quote Originally Posted by grammyp
    How about quilt pattern design, or perhaps building bird houses. I also know around here we have trouble getting someone willing to do small home repairs.

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    My hubby no longer is in construction yet the whole garge is full with odds and ends tool wise that people gave or he collected over time. It is his man cave. He does all kinds of stuff in there like making small wooden puzzles as gifts and small wooden boxes out of pieces of wood that he got free like firewood and drift wood. We are also both now into collecting vintage sewing machines. He loves the wheeling and dealing and then the fixing up of them. He also fixes used furniture and our house needs maintenance on a regular basis. The sewing machines do take some innitial money but if you can stand to part with some after fixing them then you could easily offset the cost. Sorry to hear about your hardship and loosing the RV. Ours is paid off but we almost sold it last year because of need for money. I hear you.

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    When I was single, I couldn't find ANYONE to help with the small stuff around the house! Advertise him as your "honey-do-guy" and that you'll hire him out!

    Have HIM do the cooking and cleaning this winter so you can sew all you want!!!! :)

    Why do you have to BUY coins??? I thought coin collecting meant watching every coin that crossed your palm for "the" one!!??? :?:

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    Maybe a doll house? I use to have a big one I stored my fq's in, but I think I busted the roof off of it! lol. Well, if nothing else, be glad for football season! My DH lives for golf, and I asked him what he was going to do without it, he just looked down, kinda sad & said he didnt know. Maybe I will teach him how to quilt.

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    There was a post on craigslist a few days ago about a gentleman who made wood quilts they were amazing maybe this might be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    Quote Originally Posted by stitchingmemories
    I was going to suggest the small home repairs also. We are trying to find someone reliable and honest to do two bathrooms and some work on our den and let me tell you (as we say down south) "It's slim pickins". Nobody want to work on anything but new home building and they just aren't going to find much of that these days.

    I hope you find something for him. (It will make it easier on you too. ;-)
    The home repair thing isn't high on his list of priorities! He knows what needs to be done and how, but doesn't like to do it and sometimes does a half-a** job on a project! (He actually calls me Mrs. Fix-it because I do most of the stuff around here!). Must be in my blood - my brother in Northern NJ has a handy-man business and does really well - always busy!
    I'm the same way. I fix everything. Hang drywall, mud, sand, paint, do tile, repair window screens, caulk the windows, you name it. If I waited on DH the house would fall down around us! ;)

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