Autumn/Winter Hobbies

The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and with Covid still dancing its way around the globe (and the Netherlands back in a partial lock down) we are spending a lot more time at home again. Time for some new hobbies!

There are a few new activities that I have been enjoying a lot lately. I have been wanting to find some indoor hobbies that are offline. Just something to do that is both fun and relaxing, and that I can do even if we go into a full on lock down again and we have to spend all day every day at home. Things that aren’t just working my way through all the Netflix shows out there (although I love to do that as well) and that I can do even if I don’t feel like going outside.

But then I also just wanted to make a little list of fun things to do in general, share some things I am enjoying or things I want to get into. I did a post similar to this at the beginning of April and I quite liked doing that, so this is basically the autumn/winter version.

Let’s start with the thing that inspired me to do this post: DIY’ing miniature rooms. It’s something that I never thought I would ever do, it never even crossed my mind, I didn’t even know this existed. But for my birthday my dad gifted me this kit from Rolife and I have to say, I am obsessed. It’s actually so fun to do, such a lovely at home project. You basically get a DIY kit with everything you need to build the room itself, the furniture, the decorations, even the lights that actually light up, everything. You get glue, tweezers, paint, and very importantly, directions, and you can just build all the tiny things. I’ve got Sam’s Study, which is basically a library/bookshop room, and I also have Cathy’s Flower House which is a beautiful little greenhouse. So far I have started Sam’s Study and I am loving it. It is definitely a very detailed job, with lot’s of teeny tiny things to put together so it’s not for everyone (Gideon would absolutely hate it, I asked him if he wanted to do anything and he was like “nope, no thank you, absolutely not”) but I find it so relaxing and satisfying to do. I’ve seen these kits in a lot of bookstores, so if you’re interested definitely visit your local bookshop to see if they have any.

Something else I’ve been trying to get into is drawing. I used to do this a lot when I was younger, just doodle and draw random things, and sometimes during a slow day at work I still like to try and doodle some flowers, but I want to actually get into it and learn to be better at it. So I bought myself a step-by-step flower drawing book, that basically teaches you how to draw about a million different flowers, plants, bouquets and things like that. Well, maybe not a million, but a lot. I have so far only drawn a rose, so I definitely need to get into the habit a bit more, but I loved doing it and having those clear steps to follow instead of just having to figure it all out myself. Once I kind of get into it, I will probably pick up another book like it, I would love to get into landscape drawing and things like that.

Staying on the same kind of topic, I want to get into painting as well. Again, this is a hobby I used to have when I was younger, because my whole family likes to paint and my dad is actually a really good painter (and drawer as well, actually). It’s something that Gideon likes to do as well, but he never makes time for it either. We have a lot of painting supplies but we never ever use them, so I kind of want to set up a little atelier in our living room soon, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and just paint. Again, I would love to try and paint something like a landscape, but I feel like with painting it is easier to do something abstract as well and have it turn out relatively okay. Maybe I should get a book about painting for beginner too though, because I am never that good in abstract things.. How fun would it be though to have a home made painting on your wall?

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, reading just has to be on this list. It’s not really a hobby I have to get into, but also, it kind of is. I go through phases of not really reading as much as I want to, so every once in a while I need to add reading to my list of hobbies I want to invest more time in. But if you are not as into reading in general, I feel like the colder, darker days are a perfect time to get into it, especially with the current world situation. There is just nothing better that snuggling up on the sofa with cozy blanket, a cup up tea, hot chocolate, coffee or wine (not a cup of wine, a glass of wine) and a good book. Light some candles, look up a nice reading playlist on Spotify (I am currently loving Classical Reading and The Misty Moors) and get sucked into a good story. I have many bookish blog posts on my blog already, but some of my current reading recommendations are Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and the Agatha Christie books. Yes, all of them.

This is a really random one, but I have been really enjoying finding recipes that are easy, healthy and delicious. We never know what we want to make for dinner, and so we often end up doing something boring and basic or worse, we order takeout. But we want to get better at cooking at home and actually enjoying it, and just eat a little healthier as well, so I have been all over Pinterest trying to find good recipes that are easy as well, because I am a lazy cook and so is G. I have specifically been enjoying trying out all the different soups, I feel like the colder months just scream for soup once a week at least, and it is also just so easy to batch make and reheat throughout the week. I love my grandma’s brown bean soup and I also finally found a good tomato soup recipe. It’s not as good as my grandma’s (the other grandma) tomato soup, but let’s be real, nothing tastes as good as grandma makes it.

Okay, I said this post was about indoor hobbies, but there is just nothing better than an autumn hike. Now that the days are getting shorter again and sun comes up later in the morning, it is finally realistic to go for a sunrise hike again. We haven’t actually done this yet, but I am definitely planning in an early morning hike someday soon, because there is something so relaxing and peaceful about it. But really, in autumn any time of day is great. I love seeing all the red and golden leaves in the forest, but we’ve also been making more of an effort to go on shorter walks around our neighborhood and finding the best (photo) spots there as well. It’s good to get some fresh air and get out of the house for a bit, especially when like me you work from home most of the week. And then after you get home, you get into some really comfy clothes and snuggle up on the sofa with a good book, a bowl of homemade soup and a glass of wine 😉

Ah, so many fun activities to do! If we do go into a complete lock down again, I am all set for things to keep me busy on a rainy afternoon. But even if the world doesn’t shut down again I know what I’ll be doing all winter long 🙂

Do you have any favourite autumn/winter hobbies? Have you ever tried those DIY houses? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by ❤