What New Hobbies/Skills Have You Picked Up During the Quarantine?

Being confined to the house for days on end can seem never-ending and devolve into a sequence of monotonous routines. However, this time also presents the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill or take up that hobby you’ve been yearning to learn but simply haven’t had the time.


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Perhaps you’ve decided to use this time to finally cultivate that in-home garden you’ve been desiring to plant, or maybe you’ve been using this time to learn the art of calligraphy, so that you can send your friends and family “Welcome Back” cards when the world returns to normal… Well, we here at Atlas Obscura would love to know what you’ve been up to!

In the thread below share with us what unique skills, hobbies, or crafts you’ve been honing while spending time at home. What spurred you to finally take up this activity and what are you hoping to gain from it? Feel free to share any tips, stories, or pictures you have as well! Your response may be included in an upcoming round-up on Atlas Obscura!

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I’ve been trying to practise a lot of Chinese calligraphy! I would call it only a moderate success so far :sweat_smile:

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I’ve been pressing flowers! It’s a great springtime hobby, and one that’s easy to pick up. For ideas on what to do with the pressed flowers, there are tons of ideas on social media, including framing them, gluing them to Easter eggs, and adding them to your journaling!

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I’m learning how to draw and do lettering. I picked up a journal and want to put in little drawings like other people do in theirs. Would probably make reading back my journal entries more fun some months or even years from now. Before the pandemic, I also bought archery equipment along with a friend. Could not practice it now, but I’m learning more about it with sources like this and similar others, and hoping I can apply it when the pandemic eases. Also watching more art films and studying up on film theories.

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I’m learning a lot of new backroads in the county I’m living in now. I’m not going anywhere, mind you, just going. I knew a really large portion of the county I lived in in my 20s having spent a lot of time ambling around listening to music, I’m getting back into that mode. It’s really, really relaxing for me. That’s what we all need, right?

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My attempt at ikebana. Quarantine /self isolation reconnects you to long ago abandoned hobbies.

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Working on my coding and making a new website for ambigrams Free Online Ambigram Generator - Make Ambigrams

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I’ve been trying to work on drawing. I keep a little stack of paper squares next to my desk and when I need a little mental break, I take five minutes and draw something. It’s been a nice outlet, and I’ve found that little scraps of paper are way less intimidating than a blank canvas (or even a blank spread in a sketchbook).

Here are a couple of the doodles I’ve done over the last few weeks:

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Amateur Radio!
I’ve had my Amateur radio license for 5 years, and acquired a lot of radio gear (some antique, some modern) in that time, but after I moved 18 months ago I never got it all set up again. So far I’ve built an FM broadcast antenna for my old home stereo, assembled two High Frequency antennas (not quite right yet) and hooked up two mobile radios to their antennas. Those are eventually going in my van and on my motorcycle, but I wanted to test a few things out.

Soldering electronics has become a necessary skill for this.

I’m also making my third attempt at learning Morse code. They have smartphone apps for that, which seems deliciously anachronistic. Give me a pocket computer 10 times more powerful than the Mercury Space Program and I’ll use it to learn 19th century telegraphy.

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@hootmalalie this is so cool and so glad you are finding the time explore this !!

Learning to play Ukelele! Love it so far.

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@rijoli1962 that’s awesome! When you feel like you have mastered a tune and would like to, feel free to share, we’d love to see what our community has been up to!

I am writing a book, aiming to get fluent in french, reading a lot and started with the habit of daily meditation and yoga.

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Michelle, those are fan-frickin-tastic. Your bear reminds me of a guy I love really well who also does watercolor, Jon Dee Graham. Go on with your bad self.

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Thanks, Shane!

Just looked up Jon Dee Graham’s watercolors and I really love these bears. https://jondeecobears.tumblr.com/

Very nice - looks like you have a real talent for these!

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Hello new tribe. My first post! Such an interesting and eclectic group!
My skill is I am trying to work on playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue…it’s going slow. It’s 18 pages. Sheesh

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No new hobbies, i’m still doing homeworks and playing games as usual, but i tried a new game for myself, its animal crossing pocket camp and my friends invited me to play it, fun this far. Some slots at the casino is cool too.

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Hello all, hope you’re all still hanging in there :slight_smile: I’ve been trying to grow veggies from their stem/roots, some geometric Islamic art designs, more cooking, sewing masks (what else? :grin:)… Hope to catch on to some macrame.


growing from scratch?

Islamic patterns

Sewing masks (and donating them)

Lots of baking/cooking and… eating :slight_smile:

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These are beautiful!! You’re very talented.

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