The first snow has arrived in Nashville. Schools have been cancelled, traffic is a mess, and forced hibernation becomes part of our lives. When this happens, it’s easy for our productivity to come to a halt as we curl up on the couch with blankets and TV remotes.
If you want to stay productive this winter (aside from work and errands), you may want to consider starting a new hobby. Here are three fun hobbies ( I have in mind) that we can start within the comfort of our own home.
Something I’ve never made but wish to make is a rustic loaf of bread. You know, the kind with air pockets, crusty on the outside, soft inside? Yeah, I totally want to try it. The best part, it’s a no knead bread that bakes inside a dutch oven. In my opinion, there aren’t many things as magical as transforming flour, water and salt into fragrant loaves, especially in our Digital Era. Creating a loaf of bread with just a few simple ingredients is very soul and body satisfying.
As a teen I was obsessed with knitting. I probably knitted 30 or more sweaters. My skills were beyond basic knitting because I loved learning new knitting patterns and techniques. Once I moved to Los Angeles, where shorts weather rules most of the year, I became more interested in roller blading on the beach boardwalk. Knitting is a very calming, yet productive hobby. One of the things I’d love to make is a chunky knit blanket. The kind you knit with your arms or oversized knitting needles. Or you can even use PVC pipes.
Do you ever look at cool abstract art and say “I could totally make something similar”? There’s no right or wrong when it comes to abstract art. You can take a paint brush to canvas and go to town. Experiment, learn and have fun. I’m interested in the acrylic pouring technique which provides a very smooth and glossy finish.