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Thursday, 8 September 2016

7 Hobbies For A Gloomy Day

As the darker nights and colder days start to roll in, I tend to spend more time at home. This September, I'm planning on spending my time a little more creatively - cutting down on the hours that I spend scrolling through twitter, or glued to Netflix. Instead, I'm planning on picking up a hobby or two, with a mug of peppermint tea in hand and candles burning in the background - So cosy! Here are 7 hobbies to attempt this autumn:

1. Calligraphy. 
There's something so romantic about calligraphy - being able to hand write a note, pen wedding invites or compose Christmas gift tags is the dream. After a failed attempt last year, I'm planning on picking up the pen again to try and learn this beautiful skill. Investing in the Nib & Ink book seems like a good place to start, it looks like such a wonderful book packed full of inspiration!

2. Pom Pom Garlands.
With the help of a pom pom maker, make multicoloured or winter pastel pom pom's to string up or drape over bed frames, bookcases or doors!

3. Knitting.
One of my favourite hobbies, knitting can be so relaxing and rewarding. It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it and there are endless simple things for beginners to make - cosy snoods (love Cat's tutorial!), adorable little hats for Innocent smoothies (the big knit for age uk) and snug slippers, I'm currently working on a gryffindor scarf!

4. Colouring In.
An ideal way to wind down on a chilly September evening, try whipping up a cinnamon hot chocolate and spending half an hour or so colouring in toadstools, wildflowers, golden snitches or cornish pixies in the Enchanted Forest or Harry Potter adult colouring books!

5. Cross Stitch A Cute Pixel Family Portrait:
A la Lauren Conrad, and with a little help from Martha Stewart here - they're unbelievably cute!

6. Bake. 
The colder months are the ideal time to test out new recipes and to make a comforting treat or two. Apples are in season and so are great to use in bakes throughout autumn. Try this heavenly salted caramel apple crumble, these mini salted caramel apple pies, this apple praline bread looks and sounds divine too!

7. Crochet Appliques.
You may have seen my Pumpkin Garland here, crocheting appliqués is a great way to make a cute garland to decorate your home. Crocheting is a little more tricky to master than knitting, but there's so many adorable things to make - it's worth learning the basics. I tend to find something I want to make and then google or look up the stitches on youtube! Try hearts, pumpkins or autumn leaves. A cactus garland is next to make on my list!

Have you tried any of these?
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