this is just reminding me that i am not a normal woman (whether that is a good thing or a bad thing)
Ah, but just what is
a normal woman anyway? Or a normal man? I bet none of us here really fit either category!
That said, I guess I'm just not a normal woman, either. Our hobby is, perhaps, just not a normal hobby.
Fortunately, I haven't ever really gotten much real grief from loved ones about it. Teasing, however, is another manner. My husband is a very teasy man, and also a very thrifty one, managing all the money in the household. He has been known to tease mercilessly whenever I'm abt to spend money on customizing, or when yet another Zuckuss arrives in the mail. (I don't really have all that
many of them! :p ) Fortunately, tho', we make enough (read: he makes enough) that it's not a financial strain. Once in a while he'll balk if I select more than about three figures to buy.
In the end, though, he's very supportive of this hobby of mine. He's never asked when I'm going to stop, and I don't plan to for a long time!
Only thing is that I have to take frequent, extended hiatuses because of the school year, such as right now. I haven't customized anything since the summer. School is currently taking up all my time because I'm studying for oral exams. But I always come back to the hobby as a special treat for the vacation periods.
My mom sort of knows about the hobby; she doesn't have muuch to say, but is perfectly supportive and all. I have a whole lot of relatives and friends, though, who don't even know that I do this, and there's one or two who know and think it's kind of odd & different, but don't really mention it much. It's unfortunately not something I can talk about with most of my real life friends -- just one or two. Sometimes that depresses me, since it's something that gives me such joy. But one gets used to it, as I'm sure all of us have!
Sure, it costs money -- as Darth Ripley pointed out, all hobbies do. But I am drawn to it because it is such a creative hobby, and I love that feeling of completing something creative of your very own. (Especially when it's wearing soft goods.
... the Findswoman