We have all spent the past few months self isolating, so I know lots of people have managed to dedicate their extra free time to immersing themselves in a hobby.
Whether it’s a newfound passion or an old favourite pastime, many have found lockdown to be the perfect opportunity to develop some skills while reducing stress.
From learning a new language to improving your culinary abilities, playing an instrument to gardening, there are plenty of fun options out there to help pass the time.
I for one have been doing quite a bit of drawing to help me relax. I also love singing, so it’s been pretty cool being able to practice more often 😊
What about you? How have you spent your extra free time these past few months? Did you learn any new skills or rediscover any dormant hobbies?
Before COVID-19, my favorite past-time was traveling. During the past few months, we've spent a lot of time renovating our Atlanta rental apartment and our home. We plan to do more renovations in St. Lucia. I really do like creating the design and layout, updating the decorations (not sure about my husband though).
@Debra300 I must say I'm also super interested in interior design but I'm not particularly good at it myself, so I love hearing about renovation stories and specially seeing pictures 💖
The work you and your husband did on the new window turned out amazing, I'd love to see some photos of what you've been up to nowadays if you have them!
I learnt to explore parts of Auckland that I hadn't ventured in for a while including our neighbourhood during the daytime and at night when the lights shine within and outside creating a different setting on homes and trees and gardens.
One of my favourite pastimes is exploring streets with heritage homes in and ponder upon who built, lived in those places and the many, many stories those wonderful homes could tell, if only they could talk.
It's fun when there's no traffic on the roads.
We walked along them visualising what it was like to walk along them in there barren states before tarseal and horse and cart, Model T Fords in sunshine and rain.
We also reflected on what style of clothing those before us wore in far more challenging times.
Not to be overlooked, we also reflected on the animals roaming freely where now it's covered in houses.
A little spotting old fences and paddock lines around neighbourhood's adds another dimension to one's life.
What a beautiful sentiment, @Helen427.
Was there any particular spot that you discovered during those walks that has become a regular place you visit now?
Also, you've made me curious about the history of New Zealand. Now somebody has some reading to do 😜
Anything where you make something that others can appreciate. For me it's cooking, music, gardening, and cardmaking. When you look at something awesome and think "I made that" it is the best feeling in the world.
I've been trying to get some DIY jobs done in the house, but I wouldn't call that a hobby. I have also been spending a lot of time gardening (also work, but also very relaxing). That, and trying out many new recipes.
This is going to sound plain weird to a lot of folk but, years ago, a photographer I worked with gave me a large dolls house. It had some random bits of furniture in it but, (like my full sized house when I bought it) needed a full renovation. It had clearly been well used over the years. In my formerly super hectic life, this renovation was not a priority, so I set the dolls house down in a suitable spot and did nothing with it. Many guests admired it but I hope not too many of them looked inside because it's a mess.
Anyway, during lockdown, I decided to start on this long-overdue project and got quite into it. This is a hobby that I know most people find highly suspect but, if you are into history, architecture, costume history, interiors, upcycling and learning new crafts, like I am, it's an excellent way to combine all of these. It's also a way to experiment with interiors ideas without having to commit to them on a large scalse. I can't tell you how strong the urge is to redecorate rooms in my house because of my love for interior design, but it's kind of stupid to spend time and money redecorating rooms that don't need it!
I love painting and I painted my own gift cards and sent them to my friends and family. Everyone seemed to love them and I thought I would try and create a greeting card series like https://onplanners.com