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Free Time Frenzy: What do other lensmasters do when they’re not at Squidoo?

cloudsDo you ever wonder what your fellow lensmasters are doing when they aren’t Squidooing?

Last week’s Giant Squid Storytellers Quest asked Giants to share a bit about their spare time on a new lens. You might be surprised to learn that some of our lensmasters are pretty handy at home repair while others love to bake and still others are busy learning about science topics.  Read through each of the following 18 lenses to see some pretty spectacular lenses and to get a little peek at what others are doing in their free time.  Who knows, you might even find a new favorite pass time.

Shower Room Makeover

1. Shower Room Makeover

The time for make do and mend is over, having done little to our shower room over the years other than replace the shower unit, the flooring and a bit of decorating, it was time to drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The old shower room, w…

Minecraft 4 Mrs. - It's not just for boys!

2. Minecraft 4 Mrs. – It’s not just for boys!

If you haven’t heard of Minecraft: a) You don’t have young people in your life, b) You don’t go to the mall, or c) You live under a rock. I’m just kidding! Really, I am, although if you do live under a rock, please do not take offense….

Spending Time With The Kids

3. Spending Time With The Kids

On weekends after a busy week of work, my wife and I would just grab the kids, jump in the car and start to drive. We never knew where we were going to end up, what we did know is that we always had fun. One of our favorite stops was a State park in Pennsy…

Pop Science in Name Only

4. Pop Science in Name Only

One of my favorite pastimes is to watch shows and read books on Physics and Astronomy. I relish the books that are challenging but don’t read like a doctoral thesis. Yes, the following science authors can be viewed as ‘pop science’ but I d…

Deer Shed Hunting Tips

5. Deer Shed Hunting Tips

If you aren’t a hunter or married to a hunter, you may not know what shed hunting is. Thankfully, I am going to explain this practice and tell you how to do it easily in this article. First and foremost, it is important to realize that we are talki…

Creative Writing: My Freetime Frenzy

6. Creative Writing: My Freetime Frenzy

The image here is a photo that I took of Bertha, the creation of my daughter in law, Diana Hetherington, aka Missus G. Diana is a scrapbook artist par excellence. Bertha arrived in the mail and she is my inspiration to take my free time to chase the dreams…

Matcha Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

7. Matcha Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Did you know that it took me at least half a dozen times to perfect these matcha cupcakes? Yep, that’s right and I’m not even kidding. I have an incredible sweet tooth and it’s a finicky one. If I’m going to indulge in something sugary…

Audiobooks Online, Secret Joys, Private Pleasures

8. Audiobooks Online, Secret Joys, Private Pleasures

It’s a little family joke. Whenever my wife or I discover (or are forced to discover) something we should or would like to do, I suggest that one of us do it in our ‘spare time. ‘ We understand what spare time means, but as artists living in…

Push Button, Drink Hot Coffee. Repeat.

9. Push Button, Drink Hot Coffee. Repeat.

This coffee cup doesn’t leak. Yes, I have spilled coffee down my work clothes from leaky coffee cups. I have also broken the lids of coffee cups in the dish washer. I have melted plastic travel coffee mugs and lids in the dishwasher. And I admit it- I…

Taking the plunge into publishing

10. Taking the plunge into publishing

You must, if you are a writer of fiction or poetry, or both, be aware of that feeling, in the pit of your stomach, that is the dread of anticipation, when it comes to how readers will react to the tales you so carefully crafted, and composed with such zeal…

Enjoying Oregon's Clouds

11. Enjoying Oregon’s Clouds

What do you do when you get tired of the busy- ness that threatens to engulf you? It seems I am spending so much time happily huddled over my laptop, that when I need a break it means one of two things. Marathon cooking or get outside. Living in Oregon has…

Decorating with Seashells in Your Home

12. Decorating with Seashells in Your Home

One of my favorite things to do in my free time is take walks on the beach, but the weather in Connecticut does not always permit these strolls as it can be hard to plunge through a foot of snow just to walk along the shore. During the winter months, I bri…

Monday Afternoons with the Old Girls

13. Monday Afternoons with the Old Girls

In 2010 my ‘Sweetling’ was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in Toronto. He became, along with 15 classmates, the newest clergy members. He is now in a group of men, who dedicate themselves to helping others without payment of any sort. So what…

My Relaxing Hobby- Jigsaw Puzzles

14. My Relaxing Hobby- Jigsaw Puzzles

Ever since I was a teenager, I have loved putting together jigsaw puzzles, and the bigger the better. Give me a 2500 piece landscape and I’ll be busy as a bee for a few weeks. The best jigsaw puzzles are the nice heavy duty types that are thick and ch…

My Passion for Trivia

15. My Passion for Trivia

Picture a kid that sits down voluntarily on summer break and reads the encyclopedia. Now picture that same kid 10- 15 years later playing Trivial Pursuit against her boyfriend, both of them knowing she will most likely win, but the question will be ‘H…

In my spare time I write for Squidoo

16. In my spare time I write for Squidoo

In my spare time I write Squidoo lenses. I am a Giant Squid and the United Kingdom Travel Contributor on Squidoo but I wasn’t born this way! This is how Squidoo came into my life. It all happened quite recently. A few months ago I had a dreadful shock…

Making Jack Skellington... Yourself (from Polymer Clay): Watch These Tutorials & See How!

17. Making Jack Skellington… Yourself (from Polymer Clay): Watch These Tutorials & See How!

If you can’t get enough Jack Skellington, don’t lament – just get out your polymer clay and start molding! Jack is an elegant guy and his elegance is (like all elegance) simple. Jack is a complicated guy too, which is why every Jack Skellington y…

Dog Lovers Favorite Hobby

18. Dog Lovers Favorite Hobby

There are dog lovers and there are cat lovers. These are the two most favored domesticated pets which we allow in or out of our homes. I have never heard anyone rave about their pet skunk (I owned one once, but that is for another story), their pet raccoon…

The stunning image featured above is brought to you from Enjoying Oregon’s Clouds by Merrci.

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    Thanks for including my story in this review!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      You’re very welcome!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    So nice to be on the list. Thanks! Also lovely to see one of my favorite photos up top!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      Gorgeous photos on that lens.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/orgaard orgaard

    Thanks for sharing. Cool stuff.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ajp71555 ajp71555

    Some very interesting reads! I didn’t think the Giant Squids had time for anything but Squidoo! I guess the fact that they do so much cool stuff helps them produce all those awesome lenses.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      Good point!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/tonyleather tonyleather

    Thanks for including my publishing lens!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      Thanks for sharing with us.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/adventuretravelshop adventuretravelshop

    Thanks very much for including me too!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      Very welcome!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kimmilai kimmilai

    I’m so excited to be in this free time frenzy review. The inspiration and encouragement you Robin and all the team give me is so appreciated.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      {blushing} Thank you. It’s nice to hear that.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Upon-Request Upon-Request

    Thanks for adding my Passion for Trivia! Hey, did you know the average gestation period of an African Elephant is 2 years? ;p

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      No. I didn’t know that. :)

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