Over these past weeks, we’ve been adjusting to new ways of living and looking for ways to keep ourselves entertained. Settling into the new normal has us coming to terms with how much time we’ll be spending at home. It’s not just about which workout class you’re going to stream or the next recipe you’ll attempt to master, but also finding ways to stay engaged. You’re not alone if you’ve picked up a few new hobbies along the way.
Need a little inspiration these days or looking for some new activities to try? You’ve come to the right place. So here’s to having a bit more time available, and maintaining the headspace to dedicate to some more creative pursuits. We can’t wait to see what you create!
Give floral design a go.
Bring the outside in with fresh blooms. Farmgirl Flowers offers arrange-it-yourself fresh cut flowers, shipped nationally. Their market boxes are the direct-to-your-doorstep version of a trip to your local farmer’s market. In the Bay Area, Matilda’s Bloombox delivers a hand-curated selection of seasonal stems each week (no subscription necessary, just opt in or out). Whether you choose to follow the arranging tips or not, these offer a fun DIY moment to brighten your day. As another option, New York City floral duo Putnam & Putnam’s “Ode to Spring” set includes three bud vases to house your garden and wildflower clippings along with their Flower Color Guide. Check out the Putnam Flower Channel for more tricks of the trade.
Paint without the numbers.
Putting paintbrush to paper is one of the most cathartic activities out there. Stream online classes by Sarah Simon (aka The Mint Gardener) for a lesson in the art on painting botanicals with watercolors. Artist Lindsay Stripling also offers online classes, and even hosts a daily “Lunch Club” painting session. For more abstract designs, check out Brooklyn-based textile designer Rebecca Atwood’s watercolor tutorials. For an elevated take on a “coloring book,” download designer & artist Stevie Howell’s Print & Paint pages—fun for adults and kids alike. If you’re in need of art supplies, look no further than San Francisco-based Case for Making for handmade watercolors and letterpress paper goods.
Stitch things up.
This definitely isn’t your grandmother’s needlepoint. Home of sweaters emblazoned with everything from meaningful mantras to Biggie and Beyoncé lyrics, Lingua Franca is known for both irreverent and powerful pieces. Bring it all home with one of their virtual embroidery workshops. The kit includes a 100% cashmere sweater, all the thread and tools you need, and a virtual tutorial. Sew your own favorite phrase onto something you’ll love to wear.
Burn the midnight oil.
We mean by making your own candles, of course. If you’re looking to add more ambience to your space, Paddywax Candle Bar offers pour your own candle making kits so you can master the art at home and light your own fire. Disclaimer: With scents like Eucalyptus Santal, Bordeaux Fig & Vetiver, and Rosemary Sea Salt, you may become hooked.
Elevate cocktails into art.
From flowers to herbs, up the ante for happy hour by freezing some flair into your drinks. Order the Disco Cubes bundle, complete with cocktail (+ ice cube) recipe book and ice tray to try out different concoctions. These are part art project and part science experiment (think sugar vs. alcohol content and freezing points) wrapped into a mixology lesson. Have fun with shapes and sizes of ice molds to make your drinks a little more festive.
For dye hards only.
Give the summer camp tie-dye experience you remember fondly a fashion-forward upgrade. Mix up some magic with the plant-based dye kits by New York City-based Upstate. Check out founder Kalen Kaminski’s tutorials so you too can master hand dye techniques from shibori, where origami-like folds create abstract color patterns, to more organic freehand approaches. No two results come out the same, but they’re always beautiful.