Holiday season is officially over and for many of us that means it’s that dreaded ‘back to school’ feeling. For those that inspired by sea and surf, maybe chucking it all in to open a juice retreat, or re-locating to teach English somewhere far away don’t lose that spirit of adventure.
Make sure once you’re back to the grind – whether it’s the office or school run – you carve out some time for you. Tap into some of your existing talents or try something totally new. Here’s the lowdown on 5 hobbies you can master to beat those post holiday blues!
#1 DIY Trash to Treasure
If you’ve got surplus furniture lying around that you can’t bear to part with, but just doesn’t fit with your home interiors, try a little light transformation. If you have an artistic eye and a bit of patience you can really master this art. Good Housekeeping have picked out some genius ideas for transforming common household junk. Our favourites? This old wall cabinet transformed into a playroom kitchen and scraps of wood to create a designer mirror.
Ellie Harrington from Duck Egg Designs shares her tips on how to Upcycle like a pro and recommends “when upcycling furniture you ﬁrst need to decide what it is that you’re looking for. Antiques fairs or car boot sales can be fascinating places to wander around but they are sometimes overwhelming, so if you go with a speciﬁc idea you can direct a more structured search.”
- Try investing in a simple multi-tool like the Black and Decker MT300 Oscillating Multi Tool Kit, along with some crackle glaze and paints from Create and Craft to get you started.
- Don’t forget to check out Pinterest for inspiration or get started with 24 Sustainable DIY guide to Upcycling which shares step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the upcycled designs of 24 international product designers.
#2 Quiet Knitting time
If you want to try something that gives you a bit of time out from your crazy life then give Knitting for Beginners a go. Budget Girl shares an honest guide on what you need to get started “Knitting doesn’t require a lot of supplies, really. Mostly just a pair of needles and a ball of yarn. There are some tools that make it a lot easier, though”.
Take it to another level with the expert workshops at the Knitting and Stitching Show in October, in London, for everything you need to know on textile based crafts. Here’s our own Knitting and Sewing guide to get you started.
This hobby is an easy one to get the kids involved in too and will keep them entertained for hours. There are plenty of great tools to get started including a children’s loom, knitting kit, and even sewing machine!
#3 A walk outdoors
Now, to many people donning some fancy trainers and pounding the pavement with a ‘sick beat’ blaring in your ears is a fate worse than death, but exercise is important and it can be classed as a hobby if you find something you enjoy. Why not try the latest in Hot Yoga or join a Sunday Walking Club; believe it or not “Walking is the nearest activity to the perfect exercise” according to Professors Jerry Morris and Adrienne Hardman in the Walking Works report.
Get kitted out here so you’re prepared for all weather or if you prefer the safety of your home then try out a home gym. Ramblers UK has a wide range of walking groups and even arranges groups by age (20-30’s and 40’s) so you can find a group local to you.
#4 Writing style
Yes it’s posh handwriting, and yes most of us put down our fountain pen when we left school, but Modern Caligraphy is really quite fabulous!
The Postmans Knock has a great beginner’s guide to getting started with faux calligraphy and then working your way up. Their advice “People love modern calligraphy because it blatantly ignores traditional rules and celebrates personality!”
- Pick up a calligraphy set and a step by step guide book from Foyles, ‘Nib and Ink: The New Art of Modern Calligraphy’ for under £30
Browse creative Calligraphy ideas here
If you’re watching the Great British Bake Off or Masterchef chances are it’s got your creative juices flowing in the kitchen. Give yourself an early Christmas present with a cookery course. Aim for the best with a 1 day intensive at the River Cottage, or get coached by a Masterchef contestant
To help the most in-experienced of chefs, a mezzaluna is a good place to start. It chops quickly and evenly and most importantly keeps those fingers away from the big blades. This Joseph Joseph Mezzaluna comes highly recommended.
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