Chemistry always fascinated me as a kid. Unfortunately, the chemistry classes I took in high school and college made the subject very droll to me. It wasn't until some years later that I was sitting around the house bored and alone one Saturday night with nothing to do when I decided I would pursue home chemistry. I got up off the couch and drove to Walmart and bought a bunch of mason jars, latex tubing, coffee filters, cooking thermometer chemical resistant gloves, and a cart full of houshold chemicals that interested me. Who knows what the cashier thought I was up to, lol.
I setup shop in my garage. I crafted my own alcohol lamp and used mostly makeshift equipment. My first sucessful experiments included isolating hydrogen gas from electrolysis of water, producing copper sulfate using copper, hydrogen peroxide, and sulfuric acid, and creating sodium nitrate from ammonium nitrate and sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydroxide. Most of the experiments I attempted didn't go according to plan but I won't call them failures. No experiment is a failure if you learn something from it. That's really the point of experimenting.
I now approach the technical aspects of the subject with new perspective and vigor. My misadventures in the lab have really driven me to learn more about the theory of chemistry. I think to myself now, if I ever went back to school, it would be to recieve formal education in this exciting field.