- The hobby
- Why start a new hobby?
Today I want to share the results of a new hobby I have. As you might know, I blog as a hobby already, which means I spend a lot of my leisure time on my laptop or phone. My work also involves me spending a lot of time glued to a laptop.
During the pandemic, we also weren’t going out, which meant my partner and I binged a lot of TV shows and movies. Are you getting the idea? Most of my time this last year was spent glued to a screen, which is why I wanted a leisurely hobby that did not involve a laptop, TV or phone.
Around the same time, I was pondering about a new hobby; I was also thinking about what gifts to get people for Christmas, specifically my mum. My mum loves different types of jewellery and seems to enjoy handmade gifts (I hope), so I thought I’d combine the two ideas and make some jewellery.
For some reason, I had some of the needed jewellery making supplies in my craft boxes already. I only needed some earring hooks and pendants to get started. Amazon saved the day there, and I could get started.
I have no intention of making a profit from my new hobby, and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t as they aren’t perfect, but it makes me feel happy to have a relaxing, if not finicky new hobby.
These were so fun to make but a bit fiddly. Once I figured out how to utilise the jump ring opener, the entire process became easier. I made some gummy bear earrings for myself, and they managed to survive a night at a metal gig. I love the gummy bear earrings the most and can’t wait to gift a pair to my sister.
These are my favourite creations, but the most annoying to make. I already had the tiny embroidery hoops in my craft box; I will be honest, I have no idea where they came from; they might have come from some kind of kit.
The first step was cross-stitching the tiny designs. Then you have to manoeuvre them into the hoop. This part was tricky, and because the hoops are tiny, I broke a few.
Then I hot glued the backs of the embroidery hoop to hide the Aida cross-stitch fabric. I placed them underneath something heavy to secure the back. I then used a pair of pliers to secure a keyring and sometimes a charm onto the chain.
Since I only broke the frame of the embroidery hoops, I kept the wooden backings and drilled a tiny hole at the top of each. I sanded them down and planned to try my hand at painting on them to create earrings.
A few of the pendants in the pack did not come in a pair, so I created some necklaces to accompany the earrings. I had a long chain that I cut to size with chain clippers; then, I threaded the charm. I attached a small hoop on the ends of the chain, then attached a clasp. Pretty simple process; however, very fiddly, and I dropped a lot of the hoops.
Why start a new hobby
I started a new hobby primarily to relieve stress and try something new. During the pandemic, days felt repetitive, and it was like we were all living our very own Groundhog day. When work was slow, and blogging tasks were done, this new hobby gave me something to do that felt relaxing and challenging.
In some cases, it felt like a purpose throughout the pandemic, especially when work was very slow. Now, I have little handmade gifts that might not be perfect, but they are personal and created from my newfound passion. Once I’ve used all my jewellery making pieces, I think I might move onto a new hobby, however, as I don’t think I would require any more jewellery.
I overestimated how many I could make from one set of pendants, but I will be gifting them to people or passing them onto my sister for her craft fairs if the other handmade gifts are suitable.
It is a fun hobby to get involved with, as I am resting my eyes, and using my hands to create personal, handmade gifts. The bee keyring, for example, is for one of my closest friends, who loves bees.
If we’ve learned anything here, it’s that I need to go through my craft box properly. I wonder what other treasures are inside.
What hobby do you enjoy? Let me know in the comments.