Country Crafts and Collecting

Some of us never seem to grow up. We seem to retain a childlike wonder at the world around us and enjoy a good bit of crafting and creation by our own hands. If not crafting then we maintain our childlike wonder by collecting toys of some sort – vintage, antique or simply decorative. For some, having a child or a grandchild around all the time will spark an interest in toys or re-kindle a favorite past time. Toy hobbies and collection ca easily keep a person young at heart.

Men are not unlike the women who have a love for collecting dolls or figurines. As is often the case, women who have an interest in dolls may turn to crafting their own. This is just one of the reasons creating reborn dolls is such a hit. The doll lover starts by making clothing and accessories then turns her skills to actual doll creations. It is not uncommon for women to have an entire room of their home filled with these specialty dolls. A similar hobby to doll collection and creations are the teddy bear collectors.
Collecting and crafting often go hand in hand as popular hobbies.
Men, on the other hand, are more geared to mechanics – cars, trains, trucks and the like. Antique metal cars are hot collectibles as are the vintage matchbox cars. In current country auctions I’ve watched near mint Tonka trucks as well as lovingly restored versions sell for thousands of dollars. Keep your eyes peeled for similar construction trucks such as road graders and bulldozers if you are a collector.

If men enjoy wood working they may turn to creating wooden toys by hand. If you’re a country decorator you’ll love finding ways to make these wooden toys into home accents.

The bottom line here is that you never have to grow up or outgrow toys. A toy hobby keeps you young at heart and makes you a favorite among the kids – in your family as well as in your community.

Specialty Collecting

Sports collecting is another hobby that offers a diversion to the day-in, day-out grind of life. Many men collect memorabilia from their favorite professional teams but others collect items related to their favorite sports’ activity such as golf or fishing.

If you are married you may even merge your crafting and collecting time into mutually rewarding hobbies. For instance, creating scrapbooks of clippings about exciting sports games or favorite players. Keep ticket stubs and photographs in your scrapbook along with pictures of you and your spouse at the events.

Collection and display of souvenirs from the event – such as small lapel pins – is another related interest here. Pin collecting is a widely practiced hobby, and sports teams are one of the hottest types of collectible pins. Antique sports equipment and vintage baseball gloves are offered at country auctions as high priced collectibles for the past 20 years now.

I’d be remiss to leave out sporting card collections as this has long been a source of recreation. This is such a popular hobby that some cards are worth a lot of money, such as a rookie card of a famous player.

Either way – crafting or collection keeps us young and excited about the next project. Use your favorites in your home as decorative accents and don’t hide them away. Collecting decor items related to your interests – fishing, toy trains, horses, scattered about a room makes your house a home. If you enjoy hunting with dogs, you can decorate in a hunting dog theme. Collecting and crafting is a hobby that offers many options as well as keeping your youth for a few extra years.

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