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    Quilting is a wonderful hobby, but what else do you all enjoy? I have a hobby started in 6th grade ( about 50 years ago) ! I collect wooden pencils! I especially love bullet pencils, but they are hard to find anymore. Woods with advertising that includes the city and state. Banks, Schools, Insurance Co. or anything. If you have any unsharpened ones laying around, I would pay postage if you want to get rid of them! There is even an organization for us...The American Pencil Collector's Society. We meet every 2 years and have a ball. Joy

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    OH I may have a couple I will have to look.

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    Wow! I never would have thought of collecting those! That's cool:) I have a collection of music boxes from all over the world from my travels. I no longer collect them but I love the ones I have. I did it for around 30 years. I have a charm bracelet with charms from the US places I've been and those collectible spoons but that one is finished also. I don't even display the spoons- they are in attic maybe even ruined from the heat/cold :( I golf, cross stitch, crochet, knit, paint and do all other kinds of crafts. Beading is my lastest hobby.

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    We are campers and along with that we do a lot of hiking, kayaking, birdwatching, wildlife watching, wildflower/tree/etc. identifying.

    I also have a large flower garden and vegetable garden.

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    I also enjoy counted cross stitch, reading (got a Nook for Christmas), my flower gardens, and I collect Father Christmas in statue, patchwork or cross stitch.

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    Quilting is more than a hobby--it's my avocation. If I'd discovered quilting earlier, I'd likely have gone to art school instead of graduate school. My thesis would have been completed years earlier if I could've quilted it. I also love gardening, especially medicinal herbs and foods to feed the family. Then, there is cooking...my husband and I make that family time and my/our daughter loves joining us. It's actually how she and Steve bonded when he came into the family. Before quilting, I did lots of knitting, garment sewing, cross-stitch, crewel embroidery and needlepoint.

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    Just curious...how do you store or display pencils?

    I write, read, knit and sometimes cook something fun or creative.

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    I know this doesn't count, but i still have some pencils i ordered with my son's name on them when he was little. he's 43 now!!

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    Do you trade them with other members! In the pencil group? I have several of one that are not sharpened.

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    I race homing pigeons.

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    I have butterfly gardens. One summer I had at least 25 chrylsalis on my deck and for days there were all stages of the butterfly at a glance! I loved going to the Spice Bush and seeing the googly-eyed catepillars-too cute! We also collect pottery (McCoy and Roseville), and antiques. The antique category covers a LOT! R.A. Fox prints, anything related to sewing, Iris and Herringbone depression glassware, old linens and doilies, etc and too much ETC!

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    How cute is that!! :)

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    i collect buttons and tins; but as far as other hobbies go...i knit, crochet, hook rugs, do locker hooking, weave baskets, felt wool, dye-design fabrics, cross stitch, embroidery, needle point--always working on something :thumbup:

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    How cool is homing pigeons and butterflies and all these posts!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    I know this doesn't count, but i still have some pencils i ordered with my son's name on them when he was little. he's 43 now!!
    that is sooo funny!! so do i! plus name tags to put on his clothes. he is 30yr w/2 little girls now :)

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    and i also used to knit, crochet, needlepoint, crewel, cross stitch, garment sewing, home decorater sewing, chicken scratch....then i took a quilt class....so now i just quilt, read, garden -love growing/eating my own fresh vegies/herbs/fruits [tree] & photography

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    Wish I had some of the pencils my kids had for a fund raiser (for school) they said "DON'T DO DRUGS" the lead point part was at the DON'T end and DRUGS at eraser end once pencil was used and sharpened said DO DRUGS needless to say pencils were a hit with students and sold out twice: once teachers realized.. pencils were taken from students and given plain #2 pencil. they then reordered with saying going other way.

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    Yes, each member is assigned a number and we all try to collect other members personalized and numbered pencils as well. They are displayed in numerous ways, one friend lined the walls and ceiling with hers. Mine are sorted into shallow file drawers and some are on display boards or in pencil boxes and in tall colorful jars. There are a thousand ways to sort and display. Thanks for asking!

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    I also crochet, cross stitch, hand embroider, and read.

    Your pencil collection sounds interesting.

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    I knit, crochet, needlepoint, bake, read, love going on a car cruise with my DH, hiking and most of all, spending time with the grandkids. I'm a cool grandma...I can text!

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    I collect roosters & hens. Also have been collecting Christmas village for 25 yrs. I love to crochet & read & collect old coins.

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    My other hobbies are genealogy and reading. I also enjoy riding around and going to car shows with my husband in one of our antique cars. Lots of good times.

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    That is pretty cool, I have never heard of anyone collecting pencils, but it is incredibly fascinating to hear about!

    I knit and crochet as well, scrapbook, and I love just about anything creative. I garden and collect seeds, you will sometimes find me involved in seed swaps which are really fun. I also love antiques and collect McCoy pottery, sewing antiques and vintage linens I find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltlonger
    Wish I had some of the pencils my kids had for a fund raiser (for school) they said "DON'T DO DRUGS" the lead point part was at the DON'T end and DRUGS at eraser end once pencil was used and sharpened said DO DRUGS needless to say pencils were a hit with students and sold out twice: once teachers realized.. pencils were taken from students and given plain #2 pencil. they then reordered with saying going other way.
    That is kind of funny, kids love to do things like that don't they? Geeze. LOL* Good that the teachers caught on though. ;)

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    I love collecting old match tins,i have 5.All i want to do is Travel. Connie in CO

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