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New Hobbies

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Posted by: JS77

14th Jul 2022 02:38pm

It's been just over 2 years since the pandemic affected all our lives in one way or another. We would like to hear whether you used the lockdowns/travel restrictions to take up any new hobbies or activities and if so what were they and do you still do them?

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  • 12th Sep 2023 06:44pm

I have taken up crocheting and I am really enjoying it. I have made a couple of blankets, a bag, a napkin holder. I am experimenting to see what else I can create.

  • 27th Jul 2023 11:00am

Thirty years ago when my three children were just 6, 4.5 and 3 years old I decided to cross stitch each of them an heirloom Christmas stocking. After many months I managed to complete them and I then put my needles and threads down as my eyesight was also starting to wane.
During covid, we were blessed with 4 grandchildren and my daughter suggested I make an heirloom Christmas stocking for each of the grandchildren. So, now armed with reading glasses i was able to make each of them their own heirloom stocking 😀

Sil sil
  • 20th Jul 2023 02:24pm

My father & I created a little hobby business during the pandemic, affordable family meals for locals...its been steady, helping Dad look forward to retirement and helping families who are busy and running around now find a way to sit around the table and enjoy a home made meal together.

May Anne32241807
  • 11th Jul 2023 06:29pm

During the lockdown, i spent more time with my roommate and know her better. We cooked and watch movies together which at the moment never do since we become busier in our work.

  • 3rd May 2023 01:00pm

The only good that came out of Covied 19 for me was being introduced to Zoom technology. And it's still being used for live broadvasts today like never before.

  • 16th Apr 2023 06:46pm

I started doing lots of gardening during the pandemic and my love of plants has continued to grow. It started as a fun activity to do outside and keep 4 little people from going stir crazy!! However, it has now become Mums relaxing escape from her 4 darlings.

  • 9th Apr 2023 02:32pm

Yes when covid put us into lockdown I started doing diamond paintings , they are so good you get to do something for yourself , my daughter started buying them for me for my birthdays , mothers day and christmas she would add 1 or 2 for any occasion so i now have a great supply , so once they are finished you can then put them in frames ......which can add up she did buy me some frames of course but I started taking the sizes I needed to the op shops and buying those frames much cheaper between $1 upto $ 10 for a large frame then my hubby bought me a 6 drawer container which has little boxes for storing the excess diamonds ,,,and also a large plastic tub to store my diamond paintings that are not done , plus brown paper , double sided tape , I also have rulers and lead pencils plus rolls of different coloured thick paper for the borders ........if you think you would like this hobbie you can watch videos on you tube on how to do framing its just such an enjoyable past time I know a lot of people that have done them .....and when my daughter and i have too many or not enough walls left we take them to the op shops so they can be used by others that dont want to make them ...........I forgot to say we bought most of ours off of Ebay but they are in a lot of different stores these days ..enjoy ...

  • 9th Feb 2023 07:35pm

Our town continued life as usual, except we spent more time outdoors socialising and appreciating each other,

  • 21st Nov 2022 05:15pm

I also took up a huge new project hobby. I spent months researching species of fish, setting up the tank. I settled on cute personality-rich, energetic tropical fish. It was really fun creating the right new tank envirinment. I will have been fish keeping for 2 years in Jan. I have also interbred a few. They do only last a few months to 2 years mostly. You have to accept that. It is great when they give birth. Up to 20 tiny cute alive fish with interbred colours, and unique personalities. If you live by yourself, cannot have a cat/dog in your apartment, and are into nature strongly recommend pet fish. Do spend time playing with them, near the tank. You will get far more back from them if you do, and they will be happier, and live healthier lives.

  • 21st Nov 2022 05:06pm

I retrained, started studying a cyber security masters in my early 50s! Hoping it will get me a decent career job, since really hard to get enployers to employ you over 45 years in Australia, especially 50 years. Been good for my mind, and confidence! Also, got back into baking cookies in lockdown. Nothing like having your own healthier (know all the ingredients) with your cup of coffee/tea. Healthy snack too. Plus you save heaps not buying our now expensive biscuits. Less calories/fattening so your body will thank you.

  • 4th Nov 2022 07:12pm

I was stuck in lockdown and quarantine and it will take a while to get me back into travel

  • 2nd Nov 2022 12:47pm

Started jewellery making and i still do it now. Also started gardening and now do it for work

  • 31st Oct 2022 11:33pm

I got into self publishing. Started writing stories and selling them on the internet. I've been lazy so I haven't earned that much, but it's been a nice little bit of profit considering I started with $0 for marketing etc.

  • 21st Nov 2022 05:10pm
I got into self publishing. Started writing stories and selling them on the internet. I've been lazy so I haven't earned that much, but it's been a nice little bit of profit considering I started...

Keep trying. Have you gone on Upwork and Freelancer sites?

  • 21st Nov 2022 05:09pm
I got into self publishing. Started writing stories and selling them on the internet. I've been lazy so I haven't earned that much, but it's been a nice little bit of profit considering I started...

Keep trying. Have you gone on Upwork and Freelancer sites?

  • 30th Oct 2022 04:15pm

I refound yoga after too many years away!

  • 27th Oct 2022 07:10pm

I used the lockdown, at first, to work. Paid for 35 hours 5 days a week, worked about 60 hours, 7 days a week. Adter 6 months, I left work due to a chronic illness that wouldn't sync with the work schedule, and to be a full time carer.
That where the fund began.
In every spare minute I was looking at patterns, buying fabric, getting inspiration from Vogue etc etc. I started on some old hobbies- and some new. Including but not limited to:
Beading/jewellery making
Resin jewellery making
Gardening on my 2M square balcony.

So while everyone was panicking about getting sick, I was cooped up (as much as possible) in our spare room that is my wardrobe/craft sewing room!

  • 21st Nov 2022 05:08pm
OMG-so many typos-

Hi there,
I hope you fimd work that allows you more balance. Speaking from experience, no job is worth your health, or wellbeing. Wiah you all the best

  • 27th Oct 2022 07:11pm
I used the lockdown, at first, to work. Paid for 35 hours 5 days a week, worked about 60 hours, 7 days a week. Adter 6 months, I left work due to a chronic illness that wouldn't sync with the work...

OMG-so many typos-

  • 26th Oct 2022 11:19am

Photography has been my go to, I had interest pre covid but during covid it was an escape from what was happening and a good reason to get out of isolation.

  • 25th Oct 2022 05:51pm

I took up a hobby that I learned in grade 3 when I was 8yo..... MACRAME.
I now proudly display my plants in various macrame hangers. The favourite is to just use Jute twine so the hangers a a rustic string. I found a pattern which holds 2 pot plants in each hanger. I found old horse shoes around the property and asked my farrier for any he had & had wire put thru the 2 ends to make a hanger so the shoes did not hang upside down allowing for the luck to run out.
Very happy with my efforts. The bonus is my puppy can't get into my pot plants and destroy them and my cats can no longer get to them to use my pots as outside toilets.

  • 25th Oct 2022 09:25am

Didn’t take up any new ones, returned to more regular hobby activity including knitting and scrapbooking
Since lockdowns ended haven’t done much of either

  • 24th Oct 2022 04:25pm

I did always like painting so that its what I did and I really enjoy it its a great pastime and quite fulfilling. I also did upgrade my bedroom furniture I sanded the draws and bedside tables and painted all white and now they look quite new and also worked a lot in my garden and did lots of cooking so I actually never had a boring day!

  • 21st Oct 2022 01:06pm

I'm trying to find something that fills my heart with joy and allows me to be creative. I did take up photography, and as much as I love taking beautiful photos, I'm finding that I need something that allows me to be creative on a totally different level. I've dabbled with cross stitch, tried my had at crocheting which I failed at miserably and now I'm attempting clay. I'm going to try making some special Christmas decorations. Fingers and toes crossed that they turn out and that I enjoy "ME" time.

  • 20th Oct 2022 10:30pm

I just baked more but that was fine as I gave away lots too. Fills my heart when I bake and get to give it away for people to enjoy.

  • 20th Oct 2022 07:33pm

I do canvas tapestries and they are great fun to do. it relaxes you when you do them. Very easy to do. Buy from Spotlight

  • 20th Oct 2022 04:57pm

It was fabulous at the beginning but things went downhill re. Motivation. We spent some special time at the snow during lockdown, skinning up mountains with no lifts running, imagining what it was like in the good old days. I was learning Spanish, exercising plenty, looking after our naughty new cat and looking for a new home to buy; my work didn’t suffer as I can work anywhere. And what did he do? He built a van, at least the interior - and now we’ve got a big mess to clean up before we move house - wherever that may be :)

Bubbles McTavish
  • 19th Oct 2022 09:34am

I started scrapbooking with. A view to having albums of my parents lives as I lost them both just prior to covid

  • 17th Oct 2022 04:00pm

I haven't started any new hobbies but enjoyed doing more the ones I had. Like reading and watching movies at home. I even had more chances to listen to my CD's.

  • 16th Oct 2022 07:38pm

I used the pandemic time to spend time with my tarot cards & listening to podcasts on learning tarot. This was a very peaceful time to meditate with my cards

  • 11th Oct 2022 08:52am

I managed to get my 13year old back into card making with me. While she has been getting us into painting & hiding rocks for others to find and share on Facebook.

  • 9th Oct 2022 07:01pm

During the lockdowns my local art store had unfortunately closed down, so l instead turned towards digital art using my work iPad and many different IOS art programs such as Procreate and Clip Studio Paint. As much as l enjoyed making traditional art, l cannot deny how much easier and satisfying it is to create digital art. There is just so much more freedom to do something different than l usually would, without having to scrap the whole art piece if it fails. I don't think l can turn back to traditional art at this point, unless for nostalgia's sake.

  • 4th Oct 2022 01:26pm

i continued with some hobbies\interests ie craft /making wool baskets\ reading\sleeping and still do them.

  • 4th Oct 2022 09:37am

I have that many hobbies I have started that my house looks like a craft shop! I now have no spare bedroom (or bed) for visitors, I made it into a craft room. Then that wasn't enough, I have used half the lounge room as well. Oh and the shed is bursting at the seems with it too. A few of the hobbies are pulling old clothes apart and make dog jackets (not very well mind you) and give them to the op shop, fostering dogs until they get a new home, diamond dots, crocheting, plus a few others. Yes, I think I went overboard a tad lol

  • 3rd Oct 2022 11:30pm

Still wanted to comment but I got into tiktok and facepainting for it

  • 2nd Oct 2022 08:08pm

I started studying acting a lifelong dream of mine! Reading texts and classics and scripts and self casting from home to make videos! Something I’ve always wanted to do.

  • 2nd Oct 2022 08:08pm

I started studying acting a lifelong dream of mine! Reading texts and classics and scripts and self casting from home to make videos! Something I’ve always wanted to do.

  • 30th Sep 2022 06:05pm

Got back into crocheting more during lockdown. Although now that I’m back at work I’m trying to do the same amount and sometimes my brain is just too tired/not enough time

  • 30th Sep 2022 11:22am

I was given bird baby budgie ,and having fun teaching him to talk and he does learned few words funny 🦅 bird and I named him Wrecker,everything he has to touch 😂

  • 30th Sep 2022 11:07am

Restarted scrapbooking but since lockdowns ended have not done very much

  • 28th Sep 2022 09:50am

I have found a new hobby and passion for baking that I'm hoping to turn into a little side business by selling cupcakes cookies and slices it has kept me occupied during Covid and is very enjoyable to do.

and it's one hobby that I don't think I will give up any time soon as I really love doing it and the end result is amazing because I get to eat my work at the end of it

  • 27th Sep 2022 05:23pm

I did some freelance writing for magazines during lockdown

  • 27th Sep 2022 01:21pm

Started doing more art and craft projects and really enjoyed doing them

  • 27th Sep 2022 12:54pm

I spent a lot more time on Facebook messenger talking to my friends and loved ones.

  • 23rd Sep 2022 07:04pm

I took the opportunity of so much time to research and try new recipes instead of living on the same ones all the time.

  • 22nd Sep 2022 04:19pm

The covid lockdowns and restrictions were a tough time for many. However, for me it was the beginning of my “wellness journey.” I used the lockdowns to really slow down and to take care of my body. The hobbies I developed were coming up with fun and healthy recipes to nourish my body and ensuring I moved my body each day. I have continued with these hobbies by joining CrossFit and Pilates and by continuing to make yummy and healthy foods. I have found that my physical health has improved immensely but the mental health benefits are what I am most thankful for!

Narrelle 29954873
  • 23rd Sep 2022 10:58am
The covid lockdowns and restrictions were a tough time for many. However, for me it was the beginning of my “wellness journey.” I used the lockdowns to really slow down and to take care of my body....

During the Covid 2 yr lockdown I managed to re commence knitting and do my way overdue embroidery

  • 22nd Sep 2022 03:14pm

Started to learn baking sourdough bread and haven't stopped for nearly 2 years. It's therapeutic and healthy

  • 22nd Sep 2022 01:01pm

I did not start any new hobbies really, I read a lot more and did a few Jigsaws, probably drank more than usual, and face timed family a lot more, but apart from that nothing really much. Maybe a bit more house cleaning.

Taumoor Ababakar
  • 22nd Sep 2022 10:51am

During the Covid 19. every one life was affected snd locked in house. But still that we learned how to cook food and play new games

  • 21st Sep 2022 10:03am

A new hobby that I picked up during lockdown in Covid was writing. I learnt the basics of writing during the end of 2020/start of 2021z from there I went into more comprehensive writing styles, learning to write short paragraphs or stories in every single writing style and getting someone to proofread throughout the rest of 2021.

I am still writing at the moment and I am in the process of writing my own book. I’ve got the dot points down for the plot and first paragraph done.

When I first started it was just something I did for fun. I never thought I would still be doing it, let alone wanting to make it into a career

Avocado Green
  • 20th Sep 2022 11:16pm

I took up a massive plant hobby... Collected over 300 plants and had a balcony greenhouse. (The shame) 😂 I have found myself with much less time to care for them and many have died, along with the passion for them. However, I learnt so much in collecting and caring for them and am so thankful for the joy they brought me during lockdown. I still have about 100... So the hobby is still going on a less intense scale.

I also got really into cooking! That hobby was hard to keep up... Lockdown provided the rare gift of time!! With everything back to normal, it's hard to find time to enjoy all hobbies again. I still have a 1 year old sourdough starter who is going great guns!! Funny the remnants of lockdown that stay with you....

The change in pace and time availability has definitely encouraged me to schedule in regular exercise classes though! I actually found life much more enriching during lockdown with time for hobbies. So the opportunity to see that was invaluable, and definitely something I have taken on board.

  • 20th Sep 2022 07:25pm

Yes! I’m on a cultural journey - to be exact for K-pop, K-drama! The whole family has gone down this rabbit hole. We are planning a trip to Korea. It is probably inevitable to be sucked into this amazing vortex but not being able to physically travel made K-pop and k-drama even more enticing. Blown away by the quality of what this tiny bit mighty country can produce. It’s rewarding to inadvertently learn another language whilst being entertained!
Personally I have also tapped into my creative side. I know some of my friends have also picked up a craft with the extra spare time they have. Be it jewelry making, sewing, painting. Cooking has also been a good use of time, effort and creativity - bonus to have a delicious meal.
Another thing is that I will be returning to studying to pick up a masters - does that count as a new hobby?

  • 20th Sep 2022 01:30pm

I never thought of myself as artistic in any way, shape or form! My older sister was the one that 'had all the talent. But then came the dreaded LOCKDOWN, on top of everything else going on in the world! I suffer from depression & read that art was a great therapy, so I thought why not, couldn't do much else & decided to try Acrylic Paint Pouring, which has been a complete godsend! And the best thing about Paint Pouring, is that you don't need to have any artistic experience. I encourage anyone that might be struggling a bit in life to just have a go! I'm so glad I did. 😁💖

  • 20th Sep 2022 04:41am

Yes, I used my spare time to join gym and develop my body and muscle and strength. I used to travel to Asia before, because of the restrictions I have to stay in Perth,that why I developed my hobbies by going to gym and do cycling.

  • 19th Sep 2022 11:26pm

I was already into a lot of crafts before the pandemic, however I did decide that I should complete my UFP's (Unfinished Projects basket). I am very happy to say that I have only 2 left out of 15 unfinished items and have decided that I should spend 15-30 minutes per day working on my projects. It has been the best decision I made, as I am more relaxed everyday, while I achieve more goals.

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  • 18th Sep 2022 04:06pm

I taught myself to crochet from YouTube , it’s the easiest way to learn as I can stop and rewind. I’ve knitted for 50 years and non crafty people think that crochet is the same, it is very difficult to learn when you’ve been knitting for so long. It’s like the difference between owning a cat or dog, totally different species! It’s a good craft for these days because knitting isn’t allowed in public venues or airports but crochet is ok if it’s a plastic or wooden hook. It’s so calming once you master the basic stitches and remember to listen to your body and give your hands frequent breaks 🙂

  • 19th Sep 2022 10:24pm
I taught myself to crochet from YouTube , it’s the easiest way to learn as I can stop and rewind. I’ve knitted for 50 years and non crafty people think that crochet is the same, it is very...


  • 18th Sep 2022 12:00pm

I started doing Yoga at home 3 days a week and am still doing it and trying at least one new from scratch recipe a week and am still doing that too. May as well be doing something good for your mind and body!

  • 18th Sep 2022 11:25am

I was already into a lot of crafts before the pandemic, however I did decide that I should complete my UFP's (Unfinished Projects basket). I am very happy to say that I have only 2 left out of 15 unfinished items and have decided that I should spend 15-30 minutes per day working on my projects. It has been the best decision I made, as I am more relaxed everyday, while I achieve more goals.

  • 18th Sep 2022 10:51am

You’re right. It did affect all of us, but in different ways. Here in Adelaide, the state politics was very different from elsewhere. I wasn’t allowed any time off work & had to be on the shop floor everyday with no work from home, no sick days (or you’d get tested, quarantined & lose the job), no government help nor extra employer support. Customers too had an extra dose of stupid & I ended up working longer hours unpaid. This was no way to raise a young family. Since May, I’ve been in self-funded retirement. Every day I’ve been working hard getting the family home ready for sale. It should be done by December. The new place will also need a lot more work done. Tradies are very difficult to get, cost much more than they used to (Just spent over $60k & three months on the last one!), take a lot longer to get the job done due to sicknesses with every worker involved & then there’s supply issues and more inflated costs for timber & steel, which tripled in a short space of time.

The extra time spent with family now is well worth it and makes life worth living. Rather than getting home from a twelve hour day at seven to a whole host of issues everyday which I don’t have the time nor energy to fix completely, I can instead be physically present to stop things from happening & fix them before they become worse and stress everyone out. Meal times together are great for building relationships. We don’t waste time watching TV or Social Media. In just twenty minutes, I can set my three year old up for hours of playing Lego Marble Mazes, demonstrating simple principles in physics that he copies and expands upon. When things go wrong, he knows where to find me. We like to light the wood fire on cold nights which changes the energy and it really makes everyone come alive. Gathering and sawing / chopping wood takes up lots of time during the day, but costs nothing else besides and gives us loads of cheap energy.

I do have hobbies of my own, but it will be years before I get the time and space to set up for them. We have been doing a thorough detox throughout this period and long-term cleansing / healing. The future looks bright ahead.

  • 18th Sep 2022 10:51am

I have always been interested in watching wildlife in the various areas I have lived.

During the lockdown periods, I began to take more notice of the variety of birds here. We live beside a river and have a lot of flowering trees in the area, so the range of birds & waterfowl has been a surprise.

I have become so involved that joined Birdlife Australia and have been recording the species visiting.

Most definitely continuing and the rest of the family has now become involved. I am finding it a very rewarding, informative and relaxing hobby.

Jody 31416125
  • 17th Sep 2022 11:14pm

I have always loved gardening but during the pandemic I researched more intensely about growing my own vegetables and fruits. Since I had more time I've successfully grown a multitude of foods and now also, apart from the chooks I've previously owned, added geese and ducks to my lot. We eat all eggs provided

  • 17th Sep 2022 07:54pm

Before COVID I did traditional weaving, lockdowns meant I had more time to spend in this activity.
I did also learn to make rag rugs which has eaten a lot of time, but is coming along beautifully.
As a family, we hit the Lego and enjoyed challenging each other to crazy creations, along various Lego competitions.

  • 17th Sep 2022 12:32pm

Did not do anything new during lockdown

  • 17th Sep 2022 11:46am

How has my life at home changed since COVID? . . . . I know that adjusting to change can be challenging for some but honestly it hasn't been that much personally, if you've got the right mindset its quite easy to comply to routines and plan changes. Here are a few ways that home life for me has changed, I wash hands and use sanitisers much more regularly, I don't see the loved ones, neighbours or friends for their benefit nowadays, at home more now so fewer excuses from family not to help with chores, I am enjoying my food and alcoholic intake much more, playing more xbox360 than before staying up until early hours, shopping once a week in the late hours, binge watching Foxtel, Netflix more so than ever before Enjoying more gardening and renovation projects than ever before. more time to help with daughters homework and play,bushwalks, having more BBQs enjoying relaxing on deck more so than before. Watching much more sport on foxtel thn I was before, more cooking trying new recipes and washing clothes than before, doing more online survey activities than before, sleeping in longer than before, all in all a much more sedentary lifestyle than before because of the more spare time on my hands. . . sheesh my hands are tired from typing, I'm stopping for a while!

  • 17th Sep 2022 11:29am

I have taken up scrapbooking and card making but you have to be careful as this can cost quite a bit of money. I do card making at my local seniors.

  • 18th Sep 2022 04:11pm
I have taken up scrapbooking and card making but you have to be careful as this can cost quite a bit of money. I do card making at my local seniors.

Hi, if you check out op shops and FB marketplace or online craft groups you can often buy unused craft supplies much cheaper. Lots of people took up new hobbies in lockdown and changed their minds or no longer have time, so you might find a bargain! Good luck🌷

  • 17th Sep 2022 10:10am

The lockdown gve me more time to rad spiritual books of prayers and meditation which has given me me a meaning to life as it was then. I became a better person knowing that I was not alone despite the fear and loneliness that the events imposed. Back to real life I am continuing to be more compassionate and caring to those in need of help.

  • 16th Sep 2022 09:28pm

it’s gotten me into writing

  • 16th Sep 2022 08:52pm

During the lockdowns it gave me time to build the vegetable garden and start growing more vegetables and fruit. When vegetables were expensive especially lettuces we had them growing in the garden. We also explored our local neighbourhood and noticed lots of thing that we had been missing as we use to drive every where so we are keeping this up now.

  • 16th Sep 2022 08:49pm

Still doing the same as before.

  • 16th Sep 2022 08:22pm

i have always loved gardening and craft. During the lockdown I spent a lot more time gardening and growing veggies which I had not grown in many years. Also had time to go for long walks with my family as it felt safe because so many people were outdoors walking too. I love walking but a lot of areas do not feel safe so have not been able to go walking as much now.

  • 16th Sep 2022 08:14pm

During the pandemic I couldnt do my favourite hobbes which are photography and travel. I started building lego and different brands of buildings and places I have been to and some I want to go to. Its rewarding to see so many little pieces grow into an amazing looking piece. I know have over 30 buildings from around the world as well as the fab5 disney characters plus a couple of disney castles. Expensive hobbie but love it

  • 16th Sep 2022 07:48pm

I have always had my hobbies and my favourite one is sewing machine sewing in particular machine embroidery. Lock down gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of time on this hobby and so all that practise means that I am much more proficient. At first I spent a lot of time making nurses scrub hats and other good related to covid. I also made gifts for work friends who were supporting my working from home as a thanks and to cheer them up through that time. Now I find I many use my hobby to make gifts. I also had time to use social media networks such as facebook to connect with like minded people and this introduced me to other products linked to my hobby. Also, since I had nothing much to spend my fun money on, I stocked up on fabric and other supplies, which means that now if I feel I can just start a project whenever I want knowing I can complete it with materials on hand. I believe people who had hobbies that were home based copied better than those who were dependent on hobbies that are down at venues. I have heard that mindfulness improved people's mental health and I do think that is true. Now that I have improved my skills at my hobbies I try to complete a project during the weekend and if I get too busy I really miss it.

  • 16th Sep 2022 07:28pm

I took up penpalling. I joined a group through Facebook, which put me in touch with interested people around the world. Through this group, I advertised for pen pals around the world and now have many new friends in the USA, Canada, UK, Sweden and South Africa. At first, because of covid lockdowns, the mail was taking a long time to get through, but it has improved now. I'm really enjoying corresponding with these new friends and finding out about life in their countries. It is the highlight of my day when I find a letter from one of my penpals in my mailbox.

  • 16th Sep 2022 05:07pm

I never took up any new hobbies but rather spent more time on the ones I loved to do in the first place, more time playing guitar and writing music and recording it and also spending more time gardening particularly learning more about the art of Bonsai

  • 16th Sep 2022 03:50pm

I had started painting lessons before the pandemic but then it happened all in lock down, so I did continue painting on my own and really enjoy it! so now I still continue with my new hobby is very relaxing and something I look forward too very often.

Momma Bear
  • 16th Sep 2022 03:24pm

During lockdowns I wished I had a garden to potter in after lockdown I brought a new home in Officer with a garden so have taken to gardening. My front yard is Japanese themed, with a weeping Japanese cherry and weeping maple. I have a coffee table and on top of the table have a solar Japanese lantern, which lights up at night. My back yard had a vegie garden and the previous owners had planted a mandarin tree and grapevine and we planted a dwarf peach tree. Down one side we have a have plants as no room to plant anything in the ground and the other side we have our rose garden.

  • 16th Sep 2022 03:56pm
During lockdowns I wished I had a garden to potter in after lockdown I brought a new home in Officer with a garden so have taken to gardening. My front yard is Japanese themed, with a weeping...

I have a small garden and during the pandemic locks downs I updated my garden position and painted the tubs all in different colors and it got a new look now and is very colorful.

  • 16th Sep 2022 03:05pm

I have always been crafty and creative, but never found a hobby that really stuck. In lockdown during 2020, someone suggested I try cross-stitch and embroidery. I ordered a couple of kits online and thought I'd give it a go. The cross-stitch was ok - it was straightforward to learn and I could see myself making progress quickly. But it was a little boring, and I got so frustrated with having to count stitches and work out the exact place to start the next colour. So I picked up the embroidery kit. I managed to do it, but the instructions were impossible to follow and I just couldn't work out a couple of the stitches they showed. I tried Youtube, but there were SO many videos and the first couple I tried were not much better.

Fast forward to 2021, and I saw an ad for a free online embroidery workshop. It was run by a lady in New Zealand, which was amazing because it meant that the sessions were actually at accessible times; unlike American workshops that are always in the middle of the night! I ordered the supplies I needed and got stuck into the workshop. Everything CLICKED. The lady was an amazing teacher, the stitches made sense, and it was so fun, relaxing and simple. It became the perfect thing to pick up in the evening, instead of scrolling on my phone. I was pregnant when I started, and was able to make several pieces for my baby's room before she arrived - including a name hoop that we shared when announcing her birth. During a stressful period (I also had a 2 year old, and was working in a stressful job until my mat leave started) it gave me an outlet not only for creativity, but mindfulness and slowing down.

I have now been embroidering for just over a year and have made countless pieces, including many of my own designs. I gifted over 20 embroidered pieces for Christmas last year, and have gifted many more for birthdays, Mother's Day and new babies). It is such a joy to have found a hobby that is not only creative and self-care for me, but can be used to bless others.

The lady also teaches frame weaving (in a paid course), so I have learnt that and love it almost as much. It is a lot more technical and a steeper learning curve (for me), but the motto is 'progress over perfection'.

  • 16th Sep 2022 01:58pm

Dear oh dear. I became a drunk and am still a drunk because of covid and lockdowns. The only thing I could find to lift my spirits.

  • 16th Sep 2022 01:46pm

During lockdown I knitted premmie baby clothes for those early arrivals and seeing that I can not have children myself I thought that I would help those that could. I put them on ebay for cheap prices so that they are affordable but I do it for the babies not for myself. I also startd doing jigsaw puzzles and became addicted so It also gave my partner something to do by building me a puzzle table

  • 16th Sep 2022 01:42pm

No, was doing the same thing, study at home and gardening, though I moved house 7 months ago so was spending a lot of time sorting through stuff to get rid of and pack. Now I am enjoying a new garden and growing more veggies. Already picked beetroot, carrots, peas, rocket, spinach, spring onions and heaps of lettuce. I have not had time to do more bike riding which we did a lot of before because my son who came with me is also studying online full-time, hard to find the right time to do it. I still go for walks on the beach when weather is good. I still read before bed, no screen time before bed makes it easier to go to sleep.

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  • 15th Sep 2022 12:27am

I began gardening since 2019 and seeing what food i can grow to my family, its been hit and miss but a great time consumer

  • 14th Sep 2022 03:49pm

I'm sorry to say that I haven't been as productive as others members in this chat. The other people here seem to have really extended themselves...which is very cool. :)

For me, during the lockdowns my NEW routine was to get a covid update in the morning and sometimes in the I was up to speed on all the things I couldn't do or could do with a mask.
I walked more but that was nothing new...I did that before covid, but just walked further. And on occasion limped home with blisters, placing a pause on future walks, pending recovery.
I pretty-much did everything that I used to do...but more. More computer gaming, more reading (not books) just online, more work in the garden and around the house, the cinema and theatre were replaced with more TV.
The only thing that was new, was being confined to my home for 12 days when I was thought to have been a close contact and the excitement of going twice to get tested.

I don't get covid updates any more (probably because the media are under instructions to stop reporting it), and I'm back in my gym, happily in the cinemas and theatre, everything is kinda back to normal (except travel).

In short, no new hobbies or activities, just shifted the emphasis on the things I could do more of.

  • 14th Sep 2022 03:39pm

No new hobbies, just took the extra time to experiment in the kitchen, work on my fitness and bond with my kids. So just enjoying extra time doing the things I already like to do!

  • 14th Sep 2022 12:10pm

Resin art.
I always loved crafty endeavors but resin art seemed a bit too 'much'
But I gave it a go and love it.
I've made many awesome items. Name tags for my work colleagues and pets :)
Gorgeous trays, fancy earrings and hair clips and fun unicorns among other great useful things.
And a bonus, resin art sells. If I put my kind to it I could start a business and attend weekend craft markets.
It takes some practice, makes a lot of mess and costs a bit but I love every minute of it.

  • 14th Sep 2022 11:39am

A new love for jigsaws and adult colouring in!
So relaxing and calmed my mind,
Some ‘ME’ time away from the kids,
I still enjoy both hobbies from time to time!

  • 14th Sep 2022 11:37am

Somehow I enjoyed and appreciated being restricted and isolated in my home, because that brought us all together as a family, we got closer emotionally and realised how much we treasure our lunches and dinners together. We wanted to fill out time gaps when we didn’t watch TV shows or just being stuck on tiktoks and Instagram stories. We discovered a new hobby which we still enjoy on the weekends and that is paint by numbers kits. It is a board/a solid piece of paper which has light markings to indicate areas to paint, and each area has a number and a corresponding numbered paint to use. I can’t tell you how much this helps to reduce anxiety and stress levels built up in all these years, it improves your patience and tolerance, it is similar to meditation, when you also reflect about your life and what is happening around you, while creating a beautiful piece of art. Amazing relaxation and peace of mind.

  • 7th Sep 2022 12:28pm

I took up Dungeons and Dragons, and it has completely changed my life.

At first I really enjoyed lockdown- I like movies and books and there was a certain novelty to it all. But I lived in Melbourne, and the constant, unending drag of lockdowns and yoyo-ing restrictions really took a toll on my mental health, especially when I became unemployed.

One day, a friend asked if I wanted to join him playing D&D online. I had nothing else to do so I joined it. I was really nervous at first; it seemed like such an alien concept, a sort of mix of board game, improv theatre, and maths. I rolled up to the video call with my dwarven bard an introduced myself to these strangers. I didn't really know the rules but my friend was running the game (the GM) and he said he'd explain everything I needed.

Before I knew it, 4 hours had gone by and my whole brain was alight. My cheeks were sore from grinning. I asked to play again, and joined a weekly game. That was early 2021, and we're still playing every week.

D&D provides me with social connection that I sometimes find difficult- I'm a bit of a social klutz and find meeting new people or maintaining friendships challenging. But with this I am excited to see people every week, to talk and laugh, and I've made friends both inside and outside my weekly game by bonding over our shared stories. D&D is collaborative storytelling, it's silly jokes, it's epic moments, and it's extremely cathartic. I find it particularly rewarding as a means to practice having power over my own life- my D&D character can move through his world and make choices and influence things. And so can I. After lockdowns and the helplessness of new covid variants, it's amazing how my little dwarven bard reminds me that I'm still in charge of my own life.

Lockdowns brought me to D&D, and that has changed my life completely for the better.

  • 6th Sep 2022 07:33pm

I actually used the pandemic "down time" to complete a University Honours degree, which I found very fulfilling & challenging. Initially, I was just doing it to keep my mind busy & active during lockdowns in Victoria - a time when people could have really struggled to remain mentally sharp & alert due to being forced to remain cooped up at home with not much to occupy themselves.

However, I've actually found that during this year (2022), after my successful completion of the Honours degree, I've had some job opportunities come my way directly because of my completing the Honours degree, so I now feel like it's going to provide some genuine positives moving forward & will only help me in my career.

  • 3rd Sep 2022 09:48pm

I got let go from my job when COVID/the pandemic was just starting within Australia and lockdowns were becoming a thing. Amongst searching for new work, as best I could given lockdowns etc, I used not only the time off work but the lockdowns/travel restrictions to start talking to my friends online more. It may not be a hobby but since I had a lot of free time due to lockdowns/travel restrictions and not having work, I had a lot of spare time to talk to my friends online. This was good timing since my friends didn't have to go to work whilst their work had to sort out them working from home etc.

Me and my friends also started playing video games together during the pandemic which meant even though we couldn't see each other in person we still got closer and bonded more as friends during the pandemic. This was fantastic because when we worked all day every day before the pandemic, we rarely had spare time to talk to each other. We would only talk/catch up on weekends when we were all available, which was rare.

Therefore, even though I was let go from work and had to find a new job, was locked down and couldn't travel much... it was still a very good time due to the pandemic bringing me and my friends closer together in an online presence due to having more free time during the lockdowns etc.

On a side note, not having work during the pandemic, it also gave me time to update my work related skills, read up on law/legislation relating to my industry that I wanted to continue working in and gave me time to find the most perfect company to work with which I've been with for over 1.5 years now.

Post lockdowns and travel restrictions, it has further brought me and my friends closer together. It has made us realise that anything can happen at any time and that our freedom isn't set in stone. This has made us decide to always hang out when we are able to regardless of what is going on in our lives. Thus, since the pandemic we have hung out more and spent more time together than we ever have in the past. This is a brilliant feeling and something I would recommend to everyone with the future being uncertain.

  • 31st Aug 2022 05:58pm

I took up garden and still enjoying it!

  • 29th Aug 2022 11:10pm

Paint by numbers and embroidery

  • 28th Aug 2022 04:02pm

I did a lot more reading with the lockdowns, it has mostly stayed now that restrictions have eased

  • 27th Aug 2022 08:03am

I taught myself acrylic fluid art making coasters, serving boards and pictures and now sell at local markets and fairs as well as online

  • 16th Aug 2022 09:23pm

I took up water colour painting, but I haven’t done any the last few months.

  • 9th Aug 2022 12:33pm

Already knew how to do Tunisian crochet but during the first winter lockdown took the opportunity of free time and boredom to make single bed sized blankets for my son and husband, the next winter I made myself one and I'm currently finishing off another as a Christmas present for my sister.

  • 23rd Jul 2022 03:50pm

During the pandemic and lockdown I used to paint 🎨 . Also I joined a german language course. It is amazing to use the free time you have to learn new things.

  • 23rd Jul 2022 09:35am

During the pandemic and lockdown I used to paint 🎨 . Also I joined a german language course. It is amazing to use the free time you have to learn new things.

  • 18th Jul 2022 01:43pm

I used to read all the time - as a kid, we were limited to a half hour of electronics (TV/computer etc.)
Now that I'm an adult and have 24/7 access to the TV, I find that I'm just watching TV all the time!

During lockdown, I decided I was going to try and get back into reading more. I succeeded!
Last year I read 100 books, and I'm track to hit 100 again this year.

For me, it was really helpful to see just how much I can actually read if I focus on it and make it a priority.
Obviously I knew once we came out of lockdown it would be harder, but I still find myself sitting down and choosing to read instead of watching TV at least a few times each week.

  • 19th Sep 2022 03:15pm
I used to read all the time - as a kid, we were limited to a half hour of electronics (TV/computer etc.)
Now that I'm an adult and have 24/7 access to the TV, I find that I'm just watching TV...

What is the best book that you have read

  • 19th Sep 2022 03:15pm
I used to read all the time - as a kid, we were limited to a half hour of electronics (TV/computer etc.)
Now that I'm an adult and have 24/7 access to the TV, I find that I'm just watching TV...

What is the best book that you have read

  • 16th Jul 2022 12:36pm

I got back into my old hobby which is gardening and replanted a whole section of my garden as well as really concentrating on structure, a mix of bulbs, shrubs, ground covers and trees and ensuring my lawns are weed free. My garden is a sanctuary and habitat for native fauna now.

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