I started collecting and painting minis just a few years ago. It started with pre-painted plastic minis from WotC, which I began painting because the paint jobs were so crappy. When I couldn't find plastic minis to match my characters I started buy metal ones, Reaper minis. Haven't looked back.
I also collect Monster High dolls, which take up considerably more room than minis, but they're cool and spiffy. I'd like to start customizing them as well.
Aside from that, I play video games with my husband, bake, cook, annoy my cats back, and work.