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?
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!
love it @Huma0 , i'm sure you will find plenty of inspiration in that huge pile of collectors edition magazines we spotted in one of your rooms when your beautiful home was featured here in ABB not long after I joined CC.
Then there's always a Dools House that can inspire one at local museums on one's adventures in life
All the best
Thank you. Yes, I do have a LOT of interiors magazines 🙂 It's a bit of an obsession.
There is an amazing collection of dolls houses at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, where I used to take my niece when she was younger. She used to play with my dolls house and I bought her a (child friendly) 'Victorian' one and also an amazing flip up book that turns into a little Edwardian dolls house, which she loved even more. Since then, she has grown out of that hobby. She has just turned 11 and is more interested in her smartphone and smartwatch these days!
It still looks a mess right now. It was a work in progress when I suddenly got my first post-lockdown booking, so had to gather up my tools and materials and shove them all back in there!
Yes, I've had a go at making a few bits (will try to take some photos) but a lot of it has been 'upcycling' existing furniture. I've learnt that dolls house furniture tends to be pretty generic, i.e. a 'Victorian' pastiche of faux mahogany and generally frumpy style.
It's amazing though what you can make with something random like an egg carton and some chopsticks!
@Liv, this is a 'whitewashed wooden floor' I made for one of the rooms using a cereal box and some scraps of wood effect wallpaper I had lying around. I'm not totally satisfied with it so am going to have another go, but was happy with it for a first attempt.
And this is a little firescreen I made from card, a scrap of fabric, a bit of string and some gold paint. Again, a first attempt, so I reckon I can do a better job next time.
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
@Liv this is a great thread and such fun to read about what others are doing. I was all charged up early on in the beginning of stay home and got into baking sourdough bread and then realized that was not the best hobby to be doing as my clothes became uncomfortable - SO I stopped that. My husband David does organic gardening and I'm called the food manager, with canning, and prep and freezing, dehydrating, etc. of course cooking and there's much learning all along. I began growing my own Luffas/ Loofahs about 3 yrs ago and that has become a special side hobby - making them to be just for facial scrubs, soft and gentle and also inside soap for excellent hand washing, esp. these days. I really enjoy plants and have taken a fancy at propagating many plants and have had a recent successful fundraiser with the plants for my people in Ghana. My favorite hobby is weaving in the garden on the very large upright basic frame loom - however, its been so very hot in florida that after 6am its too hot to spend much time outside in the sun - unless you are biking or in the water at the beach....both of which we do. Thanks for sharing info and encouraging others.
@Huma0 love your creativeness - the Dolls House is wonderful and something you can have such a grand time working/playing with.....you are so creative and tiny is wonderful. Enjoy and keep us posted with pics please.