According to an article from Psychology Today, there are important reasons for having a hobby. Among them, a regular hobby can help with the stress of our daily lives and deepen our character by further enhancing our expertise in something outside of our career.
Consider what it is that you already like doing. Perhaps you always liked baking. Learning how to decorate those fresh-baked cookies and muffins is a great hobby to try on the weekends. Sharing the final creations with colleagues on Monday morning is an added bonus and an opportunity to strengthen your office friendships!
Simple stainless steel cake decorating tools, like slant point tweezers plus grocery store decorating icing and a mix of sprinkles, are all you need to start your creative cookie hobby. The first batch doesn’t have to be perfect — neither does the 10th attempt. What’s valuable is what you discover about yourself, your creativity and your capability while practicing this delicious endeavor.Find High-Quality Cake Decorating Tools
It’s important to think about what your interests are and what catches your attention when scrolling through various social media apps or reading the local magazines. Assess your curiosities and skills and then build on that. You should also consider how much time you can devote to the interest. A hobby should not be an added stress, but an escape from those stresses that our daily lives can cause.
If DIY home furniture is where your passions lie, but you’re not ready to devote entire weekends or spend thousands of dollars on tools and materials, start simple and build towards bigger goals and projects as your skills grow. Starter woodworking hand tools are affordable, require minimal storage space and can be versatile in their end-use.
With a starter kit like the Builder’s Knife and Tool Set, you’ll have the tools you need to tackle small woodworking projects like outdoor lanterns for the front porch or balcony and picture frames to replace those generic ones that everyone in your apartment building owns. Create original wood wall art or spruce up that nightstand next to your bed.
Flex your grey matter to see how many unique projects you can come up with just using a few of these hand tools and wooden dowels. These exercises are small wins that make us feel good.
Tool storage with the above mentioned kit is effortless as all the tools are in a wooden box. So at the end of the project, clean the tools, place them back in their tray and close the box. That’s it.
If you have a flair for fashion and prefer a minimal mess, wire or clay jewelry could be the right hobby for you. Design and make your own beads, earrings and more!
Ready to wear the Audrey Hepburn-esque black cashmere turtleneck this fall and think that black-and-silver stud earrings would be the perfect accessory? You can spend time looking for that pair on Etsy or embrace your search for a hobby. You’ll need a few supplies from the craft store, a small block of oven-baked clay in black, silver foil and earring studs. You’ll also need a K26 hobby knife to cut the clay and stainless steel tweezers to transfer the silver foil. Turn on that favorite playlist and let your imaginative fashion sense guide you.Stock up on Stainless Steel Tweezers
With clay jewelry, start simple with a free-form exercise of mixing colors and creating effects. Ever wonder where clay artists get those beautiful colors from? They make them by mixing the available store-bought colors.
Tip: Pay attention to how much of each color you’re kneading together so that if you land on a beautiful color you absolutely love, you’ll be able to replicate it later. The easiest way to do that is to take a photo before you mix. If you really want to get precise, you can weigh each color on a kitchen scale and keep a journal and corresponding labeled samples of the colors you created.
The tie-dye effect or marble effect is forgiving. Due to the nature of motifs, the more random the color placement, the better! Try creating a slab first — that’s the flat piece where the pattern or motif repeats. Then, try recreating a similar design in a cane — that’s the “log” of clay where the design runs the entire length. It can be stretched so the design shrinks. Practice with simpler two- or three-color designs. You can also combine stretched canes into more canes and shrink that design, too! The possibilities are endless.
Serendipity in a hobby is satisfying. There are little victories in discovering a solution to a problem, creating a new fabulous color or honing in on that skill you never knew you had. Maybe you’ll accidentally drop your clay onto a sheet of silver foil and discover that once patted in and stretched, you’ve created a beautiful effect — and then made beads for a necklace.
The process is the point of a hobby, so enjoy every minute of it. If the Halloween cookie didn’t work out as planned, eat it (or share it) and start a new one. Repeat what worked, and remember what didn’t so you don’t do it again. Get excited, enjoy the process and have fun!