Graduating college and being at home more often due to the pandemic has given me lots of time to pick up new hobbies. In today’s post, I wanted to share a few of the hobbies I’ve been indulging in. Hopefully, this will inspire you to learn something new and find a creative outlet. The world’s a f*cking mess, but doing something you enjoy can help ease your anxieties and help you get back to equilibrium.
Making Clay Rings
These clay rings have been all over my Pinterest and Instagram feeds. Many people are also making and selling them on Etsy but my ring sizes were hard to find, so I decided to try and make my own. My rings were inspired by my favorite Sanrio and anime characters. They’re so funky and make a statement to every outfit!
Nothing beats lighting some candles, drinking a glass of wine, putting on some lo-fi beats, and painting with your friends (who are vaccinated). I used to be really insecure in my painting abilities, but I’ve been slowly gaining confidence the more I paint. It’s a very relaxing activity and after you’re done, you’ll have a new home decor piece!
Starting Jaded (my small clothing business) has unlocked a hobby of making my own clothes to wear and making gifts for friends. This allows me to upcycle old clothes that I don’t wear often and give them new life. I love getting to wear my own creations.
Again, these candles are EVERYWHERE on my Pinterest board. They’re sold on many different Etsy and home decor sites, but many of them are pretty pricey. So I picked up some tapered candles from my local craft supply store, soaked them in warm water for 15 minutes, and shaped them into these fun designs. They look super cute in my bedroom (see Making Clay Rings above).
Designing Birthday Cards
Buying a birthday card for someone is a great way to express your gratitude towards them, but designing and making the card yourself is 10 times better. I went on Canva to make these designs and printed them out using the 3M Greeting Cards kit. I don’t think I can go back to buying cards again, no matter how much I love Papyrus.
Shadow boxes make great gifts. I made mine by printing out photos on my Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer and putting them inside of a shadow box with fake flowers that I got from my local craft supply store. I love the way it turned out and I gifted it to my friend Tina for her birthday. Such a fun way to capture memories together.
That’s it for today’s post, folks! If you made it this far, thanks for reading about my new hobbies. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or DM me on my Instagram @iamhamyhuynh. As always, I appreciate all of you who take the time to read The Clothing Statement! I’ve got more posts coming soon, stay tuned…