Winter naturally brings us closer to home, giving the perfect excuse to experiment with new crafts and skills. Whether you already have a hobby that you’d love to make more time for or are looking to learn something new, let these eight ideas spark your creativity. Of course, it always helps to have a superbly organized and fully stocked space to inspire imagination, so for each pastime I have included a few tips on creating just the correct place to support it.
Garden Planning and Winter Potting
There might not be much left to do outside, but it’s still possible to get your hands dirty with a little indoor gardening. Force bulbs to give as gifts, enlarge your houseplant plot or collection out next year’s dream garden.
Setup your area: Put aside a table in your mudroom or kitchen within an area you do not mind getting dirty. Keep appealing supplies, like additional baskets, balls of twine and a nice watering can on display. Tuck bulky and filthy things such as potting soil into a timber crate or bin under the table out of sight.
Cook Winterworthy Meals
If cooking is a passion up the ante in winter by establishing a goal to learn a fresh cooking skill or try a new dish each weekend, even when you’ve got more time in your hands. You could even make it a social occasion by starting a cooking club, or host a book club together with meals related to the narrative, such as blini and vodka for Anna Karenina.
Setup your area: once you’ve chosen the sort of cooking jobs you wish to concentrate on (baking, roasts, soups etc.), take inventory of your supplies and pantry items and make a listing of anything you are missing. Then step back and notice how you are using the area — if you’re planning to do a great deal of baking, for example, you might want to arrange your baking supplies and pantry staples on a movable cart.
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Craft Together With Kids
It is easy enough the majority of the year to send kids off to play outside with friends, but frightful weather forecasts for a bit of additional imagination to keep kids entertained at the home (and maybe in the video games). An advantage of crafting together with your kids is that you might find your own creativity sparked too — it’s not often we grown-ups get to sit down and play with glitter and glue!
Setup your area: when you’ve got a separate crafting or play room, wonderful! However, if not, do not fret — there are a number of different ways to sneak in distance for arts and craft supplies. The dining room is often a fantastic alternative, because the table gives a nice, large work surface to spread out on, and substances could be held in bins tucked away at a sideboard or cupboard.
Join a Knitting Circle
If youare a new knitter, joining or starting a team devoted to the craft may give you the inspiration and expert advice you need to see your very first projects through from start to finish — and develop new friendships.
Setup your area: If you are an experienced knitter, you have probably gathered a substantial stash of yarn, needles and other ideas. Taking the opportunity to organize by color and weight will see you through a winter loaded with jobs. In case you’ve got the space, storing your yarn on open shelves leaves a beautiful, vibrant display.
Always wanted to try building something? Use any extra downtime this winter to teach yourself about woodworking with a couple simple starter jobs. Arm yourself with a set of basic tools and a useful (and entertaining) novel, such as The Handbuilt Home by Ana White, the origin of the creative kids’ play kitchen exhibited here.
Setup your area: A woodworking job of any size tends to produce a good deal of clutter, such as wood dust that may definitely get everywhere. A basement, garage or other space beyond your main living room is best. If you must operate in your property, select smaller, faster jobs and cover floors and surfaces using cheap tarps in the hardware shop to protect finishes.
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Write Actual Pen-and-Paper Letters to Friends
Correspondence has turned into something of a lost art — which makes handwritten and mailed notes even more enchanting. Delight your friends and family this winter by sending updates by snail mail, simply because.
Setup your area: Pretty notecards appear splendid organized on a desktop and will function as a visual reminder to sit down and compose. Utilize a classic silver toast rack, an old shop postcard display or even a box to keep stationery neatly organized. Favourite pens and fun antiques such as washi decorative and tape stamps would round out a writing corner well.
Play an Instrument
Whether you played a tool when you’re a child or always wanted to learn but not had the chance, winter may be a terrific time to dedicate to brushing up on your own musical skills.
Setup your distance: “Out of sight out of mind” is especially apt when it comes to instruments. Keep yours display instead of concealed in an instance deep in the closet, and you will be more inclined to pick it up to practice. Should you play sitting down, be sure you also have a seat or stool of the right height available, in addition to a spot for music storage.
Get Organized and Inspired for Home Projects
For those who, like me, have a hoard of magazines and books intended to inspire, but in reality they’re just cluttering up your shelves, then maybe it’s time to whip up the piles into shape.
Setup your area: Weed out the magazines and books that no longer interest you, then file away magazine clippings in binders with clear plastic sleeves. It helps to provide the binders topics that make sense to you. Take on your own piles a bit at a time whilst sipping cocoa or watching films, and by spring you will have a superbly organized system in place, which makes it easier to keep from there on out.
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