Why not use this free time to find and start a brand-new hobby? This is a great alternative to wasting time in front of a TV screen, watching repeats of Friends, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory and being totally unproductive. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!
Since we are about to walk into winter, pick up some knitting needles and a skein of wool, and try your hand at needlework. Knitting and crocheting are a lot easier than you think, all you have to do is spend a little time practicing to perfect different types of stitches and techniques. The best part about this hobby is you can craft personalised accessories for yourself and loved ones! There's nothing better than wearing or gifting something that you made yourself. Click here to take a look at a few beginner-friendly knit projects to try.
We are dealing with a pandemic and it can be overwhelming, worrying and even saddening. During this time, focus on your well-being and mental health by doing daily meditation sessions. Not only is it great for helping you zen out during these tense and uncertain times, but it's good for your health. Meditation has proven to decrease stress, increase focus, control anxiety, regulate emotions and enhance self-awareness. If you're eager to incorporate meditation into your daily routine but don't know where to start, visit YouTube for beginner tutorials and guides. Namaste.
Unleash your inner Picasso and get creative with painting. This is a fairly easy hobby to start, just get a few supplies, pick up a paintbrush and let your imagination run wild! However, if you're looking to take painting more seriously, learn from the professionals and get more in-depth theory on art, take a look at these online art courses. There's a course or class for all ages.
Bored and have a pantry full of staple ingredients? Throw on your apron, take a look at our list of beginner-friendly recipes and get baking! Not only will you end up with a dozen sweet treats to enjoy when you're feeling peckish, but you'll also find that baking can be quite a soothing and relaxing hobby! And as you get more confident and comfortable with the baking basics, you can move onto baking more difficult delights, like a croquembouche!
Always wanted to learn how to take beautiful pictures? Or discover what all of the different buttons on your camera are used for? Why not improve your photography skills during lockdown? There are various tutorial videos on YouTube to help you cover the basics. And for some inspiration, tips and tricks from the industry professionals, visit Canon Connected. It's a free-to-access content hub designed to educate, inspire and entertain photography enthusiasts and videographers across the world.
Get your hands dirty and spend some time outside! Enjoy your afternoons weeding, pruning, planting your own veggie patch and getting some vitamin D while gardening. It might not seem like it, but gardening can be rather relaxing. Enjoy growing your own fresh produce, reconnecting with nature and unwinding with some digging!
The more you practice and play with makeup, the better you get at it! So, why not make it a hobby and master the art and application of makeup? Instagram and YouTube have thousands of tutorials to help you learn various techniques, tips, tricks and best practices to include in your application. Before you know it, you'll be a makeup pro! And if you need inspiration and ideas to get practicing and trying different looks, check out a few of South Africa's very own beauty gurus.
Mental health awareness is not the taboo subject it once was. However, the reality is that anxiety and depression are on the rise across age groups, ethnicities and social standings. Thankfully, there are ways to combat these illnesses, from practising self-care to seeking out professional help. In some cases, both methods may in fact prove beneficial. But, how do you go about practicing self-care? Especially, in between work commitments, family responsibility and other stressors.
Make your mental health care a priority. We often take our well-being for granted, always delaying our personal care for when we have a spare moment. Rather schedule out a specific time to focus on yourself. It could be first thing in the morning, during your lunch break or right before bed. Pencil this time into your calendar, or ask a friend to keep you accountable. After at least a month, it should become a habit. After three months, it becomes a lifestyle. Doesn't seem too difficult to follow does it?
Every person should have their own interests, hobbies and relaxation tools. Nevertheless, many of us are unaware of when we are in need of a little downtime. Make an effort to monitor changes in your mood over the period of one month. An excellent way to track this is to draw up a chart. List the days of the month in one column. Allocate a colour code to a range of emotional experience words such as happy, sad, anxious, depressed and overjoyed. Then, take a few minutes every day to assess your overall mood for the day. Colour in a square for that day in the appropriate emotional colour code.
If you like, make a note of why you may have been feeling that way for the day. You may begin to notice certain emotional triggers in yourself. Similarly, you could pick up on negative thought patterns that you have in certain situations. While this whole process is tedious, it is an incredibly effective self-awareness task. Colouring in has also been proven to reduce stress in some people, so get out those pencils. We recommend using a bullet journal to draw up your mood chart. These dotted journals are a must-have for creatives. You can find them at Exclusive Books stores or online from loot.co.za.
You have probably heard it all already. Eat well, get enough sleep, exercise and do the things you love. But, it is important that you consider these self-care practices nonetheless. Being kind to yourself goes a long way.
If you are feeling stuck in a rut without a way out, start a new hobby, attend a part-time class or go on a short trip. Little things like this can ease your anxiety and help you add interesting skills to your resume. Joburg has endless opportunity for learning, so wherever your field of interest lies, there should be someone out there willing to teach you more about it.
Alternatively, take a day trip over a weekend to renew your spirits. There is nothing like fresh air to give you new perspective on things that may be bothering you. Take a break from being behind the wheel and hop aboard the Reefsteamers historical steam train. You can either book a trip to the Irene Market at the Big Red Barn, or get right out of the city and chug along all the way to the tranquil Magaliesburg village. There is something incredibly relaxing about this nostalgic ride. As it takes awhile to navigate the hills and peaks of the journey, there is also quite some time to just sit back and think. Don't take your cell phone with you. Pack a disposable camera instead. Just remember to bring along your wallet - there are lots of goodies to buy along the way.
We all know that sometimes self-care just isn't enough. Don't be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. Whether you turn to family, friends or a professional mental health care specialist. Take care.
Craft Café is an arts and crafts store and café in Benoni. Aside from serving a good cup of java and freshly baked cakes that change daily, they also specialise in quality wool, scrap-booking necessities, a wide array of beads and beading tools, as well as a rainbow of mosaic tiles. They offer daily arts and crafts classes on beading, mosaics, quilting and scrap-booking for every level of experience. Check out their website to see what courses they are running on any given day. You can also see their Facebook page for handy arts and crafts hints and ideas and even memes.
The Pottery Junxion in Edenvale is a specialist store in all things ceramic. They have a huge variety of ceramics, paints and mosaics. And they offer a variety of workshops for both young and old, professional or amateur. They also host some specialty courses. Some of the workshops they offer are ceramic painting, mosaics, Powertex and clock making. And they also host birthday parties, so you can make a day of art and craft fun with your friends and family. Check out their Facebook page to see their workshops.
This craft store in Kempton Park imports special 180gms Premium Italian Flower Crepe paper. They use this high quality crepe paper to sculpt the most beautiful realistic flowers. This shop also stocks various other fine craft materials. They offer classes to teach how to use their high class products to make crepe flowers and for decoupage. You can find the date and times of these classes on their Facebook page.
Needless to say, The Yarn Tree is a yarn store. What makes this store special is that they have a wide variety of yarn, available in natural, hand dyed, acrylic, imported and local. They also have crochet and knitting accessories in store. While knitting and crochet might be a little old-fashioned to some, it can still be an enjoyable hobby. You can join them for a class on knitting and crochet to learn beginner techniques or to make bags, shawls, jerseys, teddy bears and even baskets. Make sure to check out their Facebook page to see when their workshops take place.
This gallery and studio in Kensington focuses on pewter. Pewter is a clay like substance made from a mixture of metals that hardens. The final product from pewter crafts looks similar to silver. Mimmic offers beginner workshops that includes a kit with all the necessary tools and supplies. They also offer workshops in copper and other techniques. Check out their Facebook page to see their upcoming workshops.
Lavender and Time are also based in Edenvale. They sell and repair sewing machines and stock everything needed for quilting, embroidery and crocheting. These include fabric, wool and cotton, thread and needles. They host classes in quilting, embroidery, crocheting and even have the occasional smocking class. To see when and where their workshops are, check out their Facebook page.
Do you know of any other arts and crafts courses we may have missed? Let us know about them in the comments section below!
The old adage rings ever true: "Find three hobbies you love — one to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to express your creativity." To achieve a sense of fulfillment, we must find activities to participate in outside of our careers and home lives. But, finding the time and energy for three separate hobbies can be overwhelming. Nevertheless, as the new year kicks into full swing, we should all be mindful of allowing ourselves a little downtime. Hey, maybe you will get lucky and find a creative hobby that you love doing that also fills your pockets with some extra cash!
These kinds of hobbies are usually the easiest to start and the quickest to be forgotten. Expressing your creative side, in whatever form it manifests, is vital. 2020 has a lot to offer creative enthusiasts. So, do not fret if you aren't in touch with your emotions — there are always surprising pathways to self-awareness.
Bullet journaling was the creative hobby for 2019. Pinterest boards were littered with journal prompts and how-to guides. This expressive hobby is so much fun, we declare it officially past trendy fad stage. Bullet journaling is the new way to organise your life, in the most creative way possible. While it does take dedication, the rewards are ample. Our favourite way to bullet journal is with inky doodles and colour charts. If paint is your medium of choice, we recommend using watercolours to decorate the pages of your organiser. For those of you unfamiliar with the bullet journal, visit your nearest Exclusive Books store or their online shop to find a range of helpful guides.
Conquer your New Year's resolutions by investing time in a 'get fit' creative hobby, such as dance. Whether it's an open ballet class or toe stomping tap, dance is an excellent way to shed those extra Christmas kilos while expressing your creative side. But, you need not spend a fortune on dance lessons or a hefty gym membership. Many of Joburg's theatre spaces offer free open classes to anyone with an interest in dance. The physical and mental health benefits of dance certainly outweigh the effort you need to put into getting started, so what are you waiting for?
We know that gardening may not be everyone's first choice of creative past time. But believe us, it's worth giving a shot. The latest gardening hobby trend is growing your own avocado tree (don't blame the millennial fetish — avos are ridiculously expensive.) With the water crisis becoming our new reality, more gardeners are also turning to uprooting their gardens in favour of succulent plants. Consider nurturing a potted cactus to begin your venture into full scale gardening. Apartment dwellers, fear not. Urban gardening is a major trend that is likely to expand in 2020, as eco-friendly city living is the new norm.
Photography doubles as a creative and money-making hobby. Whether you snap great visuals on your smartphone, or are invested in buying yourself the best DSLR model, this is a wonderful way to pass your time. Being a good photographer means learning to balance your creativity with the analytic principles of composition. This may take years of practice to perfect, so get snapping. Once you have mastered the skill, advertise your talents on social media networks. What started out as a hobby may turn into a full-time job. Check out our list of Instagram worthy venues in Joburg to get started on your visual portfolio.
If you are lucky enough to be blessed with a talent in the kitchen, why not put it to good use this year? Take your cooking aspirations to the next level by turning your hobby into a part-time business. Whether its baking gooey chocolate brownies to sell at a local market, pickling your own cucumbers or making a weird and wonderful assortment of jams; cooking and baking are both rewarding and can be profitable in the long run.
Never used a spatula before? Or, set flame to your kitchen making toast? Make 2020 the year you learn to cook! You can either risk doing DIY lessons at home or attend a beginner's class at the PnP Good Food Studio on Nicol. Either way, we are sure you will be cooking up a storm by the time the end of the year rolls around.
T-shirts never go out of style. Designing and printing your own brand of quirky tees has also never been easier. To start, grab an old t-shirt from your closet. Play around with adding appliques, cutting and dying the fabric. Alternatively, sketch your ideas or invest in computerised design software to help you map out your creative musings. Visit the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg to truly understand the versatility and range of fabrics out there. Make sure to go on a weekday to avoid the crowds. (Pro tip: The staff at Moosa's Fabrics on the second floor of the Plaza are always willing to advise newbie clothing makers.)
Park Run take place all around the city. These events are safe, well-organised and competitively friendly. People of all fitness levels and ages are welcome to participate. If gym really isn't your cup of tea (or coffee), and you are in dire need of a little Joburg sunshine, sign up at your nearest Park Run. You can rope in a bunch of your friends to join you, or if you are more of a lone wolf, create a playlist to keep you motivated along the way. Making playlists may even become a hobby of its own - music lovers will attest that there should be one for every occasion.
Embrace the Joburg outdoors and join Run/Walk For Life. This scientific-based exercise programme is tailored to your personal fitness level, helping you achieve your goals at a steady pace. Plus, you will be allocated into a group of people with the same fitness level, so no one is left behind. Classes take place three times a week, for 30 minutes each, within safe and secure perimeters around the city. Run/Walk For Life members also regularly participate in marathons and group runs. So, not only will you be investing in a new hobby, but making friends and pushing your limits along the way.
Even though we have no seas or beaches in Joburg, many of us love the water. Instead of spending hours lounging in the pool, push yourself to learn a new skill. The Urban Dive Centre in Northcliff offers scuba diving lessons. They will start you out in the heated pool at their premises, before moving you on to open water training. After acquiring your diver certification, sign up for one of their many diving trips on offer. They even have an underwater photography course! You'll be the ultimate triple threat hobbyist with your creative underwater photography portfolio.
Do you have any great hobbies? Tell us about them!
Since we’ll be showing a little more skin due to the warmer weather, it needs to be in tip-top condition. And just in time for the change in season, Sorbet has just launched their new and upgraded Bath & Body Core Range. Depending on what your skin needs, there's a variety of options for you to choose from. They have everything from nourishing and firming to balancing, hydrating and rejuvenating products to get that beautiful glow back. As always, you can get your hands on this range at Clicks.
Nothing will defrost your body, mind and soul better than a relaxing, rejuvenating and indulgent pamper session at your nearest (or favourite) spa or salon. Whether you decide to have your nails done (think bright and colourful), get wispy lash extensions to add a little more va-va-voom to your spring look or simply relax and melt the chill away with a well-deserve head, neck, shoulder and back massage, there's many treatments that'll have you feeling refreshed and ready for the new season.
A new season brings awesome festivals around the city! There'll be everything from delicious foodie fests and wine get-togethers to fantastic music line-ups and, of course, good vibes. A few festivals to look forward to this Spring include the Oyster Wine & Food Festival taking place at Montecasino from 31 August - 02 September 2018; Huawei Joburg Day at Crocodile Creek on 01 September 2018; the Spring Fiesta at Wild Waters on 06 October 2018 and the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 22 - 23 September 2018. Rather be the early bird that gets the worm than the grouchy pants who didn't get their tickets in time.
Next thing to do is to get your wardrobe spring ready! That means you need to pack away all of your scarves, beanies, puffer jackets, thermal socks and long johns to de-clutter your cupboard. Once you have more room, it's time to do a little shopping. We can't help you with all the different clothing trends, as everyone has a different and oh-so-unique style of their own, but all ensembles have one thing in common – they need shoes to pull the whole look together! And by shoes, we're talking about sneakers. Check out these spots to get your hands on the coolest, trendiest and latest sneakers on the market.
The one thing we loathe about Winter is the munchies coming on a little too strong! And along with the munchies, snacking and overindulging, comes the unnecessary weight gain and struggle to get out of bed at 5am to head to the gym because it's freezing outside (the struggle is real). Winter weight gain is normal, but since the weather is already warming up, why not get started on your summer body by visiting an outdoor gym, joining a boot camp, or even heading to one of the many markets in the city for a leisurely (and long) stroll through the maze of stalls. The options are endless, all you have to do is get moving.
We know it sounds a little clichéd and old-fashioned, but why not start a new new hobby or class? Think about it. It gets super hot. A little too hot to go outside. You stay indoors in an air-conditioned room, so you might as well do something fun and creative. To get you started, check out these hobby stores to stock up on materials and tools or book an interesting class with one of these unique options.
They say that when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, it's all about the diet: 20% exercise, 80% diet, right? Either way, if you're looking to grab a healthy bite to eat without compromising on flavour and deliciousness, then make sure you make your way to Lexi's Healthy Eatery in Sandton. Eating more veggies has never been so easy or delicious! This is definite must visit if you haven't been yet.
Paper craft and scrapbooking is a hobby that has taken off in a big way over the last five to 10 years, and we’ve found some awesome resources to get you started or keep you inspired.
For the best online range of patterned paper books, single sheets, glitter paper, balsa wood, stickers and stamps, Shop-n-Scrap is on point. They also keep specialised paper cutting machines and the blades and accessories that go with them, and they deliver in record time. Before you know it, you’ll be ordering half the shop. Click for paper joy.
If you’re looking for the perfect paper to print your wedding invitations, business cards or brochures on, you’ve come to the right place. It’s hard to tell how comprehensive their paper range is from their website, so we recommend you pay them a visit in Rosebank. Order a cup of tea and allow yourself some time to take in all the glitter, colour and card stock options. It’s a feast for the eyes! Here's the website link.
The Scrapbook Den
For those of you who are keen to take up scrapbooking as a hobby, The Scrapbook Den provides classes for all ages and stages. Surrounded by a massive range of scrapbooking bits and bobs, you’re also bound to be super inspired to create something amazing. Pop in for a visit and to find out more about this creative pastime. Here's all the info.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that model building is like playing with toys. Far from it. This hobby requires serious skill, dexterity and patience, which is why participants get such a thrill out of finishing a build. From exact replica model trains, cars, helicopters, jets and even battleships, there’s a model for every enthusiast, so check out one of these stores and start tinkering.
Planes, Trains, Automobiles
From off-road to on-road cars, monster trucks, high-speed boats and Scalextric sets, this physical and online store has loads of options for creating some healthy competition through racing. One test drive and you’ll be hooked. Check them out here.
If you're already a bit of a model aficionado, this online store allows you to browse by manufacturer for everything from motors to decals, foams, blades, bearings, batteries and drive shafts. We suppose that only sounds like Greek if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here's the link for the professionals.
Model Train Shop
The man behind this hobby shop, Rinke Blok, is a well-known and respected authority on the subject of model train building. From Schlesien Modelle Locomotives to replicas of old South African train stations, he’s got it all and, even if he doesn’t, he’ll know where to find it. It’s totally worth paying him a visit for some coffee and advice on your first or next train build. Find all the info here.
Everyone is an artist. Seriously. You’ve just got to sit down with the right supplies and let your inner creative take charge. Stock up on some art and craft accessories from these stores and let loose.
Having opened in 2010, Jems is a hobby store where everyone knows what they’re doing. Specialists in a range of crafts, including beading, decoupage, laser cutting and vinyl, they have a smaller range of supplies, but offer loads of expertise, which is why they’re worth visiting. If you’re looking for something specific, give them a phone call before you go, just in case they don’t stock the item – details on the Jems website.
If you’re an artist or crafter, a visit to Herbert Evans is like going to a candy store. There’s canvasses and paper in every shape and size, paint brushes that feel like velvet, paints, pens, charcoals, pastels, inks and pencils in every conceivable shade – it’s everything your creative heart could ever desire, all under one roof. Look out for their annual 50% off sale on their website and get stocked up.
For wood trays, frames, mirrors and boxes, as well as 400-plus tiles to choose from, Mosaic Madness has goods for beginner and professional tilers. They also offer a range of mosaic classes and provide “starter packs” which can be used for children’s or adult art parties. As a side note, you can also have them transform your favourite photo into a mosaic artwork. How cool? Get all the details here.
Watch any cooking or bake-off show these days and you’ll agree that baking has become an art form. Whether you’re a puff-pastry professional or wanting to try your hand at rainbow-centred cakes or chocolate truffles, these baking supply shops have got the goods you need to take on the hobby.
The Chocolate Den
The Chocolate Den has been around since the 80s and, as a kid, it was the most exciting shop to visit – ever! Well, nothing much has changed. It’s still a thrill to dig through hundreds of chocolate moulds, gold glitters and slabs on slabs of pure heaven. They offer an extensive range of other baking supplies too, and they offer classes – here's their website.
The Bakers Warehouse
Boasting everything you need for baking, including some of the ingredients, this one-stop shop has colourants, cookie cutters, candies and cake boards. There’s also baking trays, icing and plungers to create really personalised delights. Who knows, you might just be South Africa’s next best baker? Check out the link to baking heaven.
At Kadies’ online store you can order all the baking equipment your pocket can handle, and then some. There’s spatulas and spoons for icing of cakes; cutters of all shapes and sizes; and spheres and tins for every edible creation you can conjure up. There’s also pre-mixes and other ingredients if you’re looking to make your baking experience a little easier. Click for the full experience.
One of our favourite hobbies, we recently reviewed the best camera shops around town – check out the article here.
Where are your favourite hobby shops in Joburg? Let us know below!
Everyone's favourite hobby and craft expo is back, celebrating 20 years of crafts, fun and creativity!
You can expect everything and anything at this one-spot hobby spot, including mosaic work, paper crafts, wool, yarns & needle crafts, books and magazines, scrapbooking, card- making equipment and supplies, music, beads and semi-precious stones, teddy bears, stencils, jewellery making, cake- decorating, pewter, metal stamping, gardening, model cars, trains and planes, camping, mountain climbing and abseiling, monster trucks, adventure, laser cutting and engraving, boats, cars and bikes, chalk painting, photography, scuba diving, cycling, leather work supplies, woodworking, electronic gadgets, 3D printers, puzzles and so much more.
Chat to the experts and find out what products are best for your application; be inspired by the demos and ideas; hone your skills at the hands-on workshops; find everything you need to create awesome projects; and dare to explore your creativity - you'll be amazed at how good it makes you feel!
There’s so much to love at Hobby-X this year!
There is a complete car restoration and customisation area including Monster Trucks, Jet Dragsters and a unique car collection for those who are into their cars and mechanics. There will also be paintball and wall-climbing, and a food marketplace filled with artisanal foods, craft beers and a gin bar.
The Kunsvlyt Theatre, with celebrity appearances by previous winners of the kykNET TV program of the same name, will run “best project” competitions throughout the show. At the nearby Kunsvlyt Café, the less bold can try out the materials and projects – without the audience, and with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake to fortify them.
The workshops at Hobby-X have always been firm favourites and this year there will be 12 workshop areas dotted around the show, along with continuous hands-on creative workshops. Catering for smaller groups compared to the previous classroom-style workshops, the new format will allow for much greater interaction with the teacher and greater individual attention. And the choice of topics and projects will be broad and on-trend. There’s even a pop-up Art Studio, complete with pink G&Ts!
Of course, you will also find fab materials, equipment, supplies and ideas for hobbies and crafts. Think stencils, paper, adhesives, silicones and resins, mosaic, art supplies, craft materials, scrapbooking, pewter, specialised tools, paints, model boats planes and trains, 3D printers, gadgets, gizmos and machinery and so much more.
Thursday, 01 March 2018 - Sunday, 04 March 2018 from 09:00 to 18:00 daily.
Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, Northriding, Johannesburg.
Tickets cost R100 per adult and R20 per child (aged 6 - 12).
From plenty of materials and inspiration, to creative fun with interesting hands-on workshops, Hobby-X is a crafter's haven! Perfect for those up-to-the-minute, one-of-a-kind, made-with-love, hand-crafted designer pieces you want to create!
What Was It?
Whether you are looking to start a hobby, or just want to enjoy a few hours of crafting and getting your hands dirty, Hobby-X is just the place to be! This expo offers creatives and crafters a spot to “dream it, design it, and make it”, with plenty of inspiration from their array of supplies and workshops.
Just imagine stunning mosaics, fabulous yarns, scrapbooking supplies, canvases and paints, laser cut décor, vintage crafts, specialised tools, baking and cake decorating, clock making, how-to books … the list is endless! And, regarding workshops, you can try your hand at doing embroidered butterfly canvas art, mosaic masterpieces with glass and beads, multimedia scrapbooking, and even art décor blocks. Click here to see what workshops they have in store this year at the Hobby-X expo.
When Was it?
Thursday, 03 to Sunday, 06 March 2016. Expo times are as follows:
Thursday and Friday – 10:00 to 18:00
Saturday – 09:00 to 18:00
Sunday – 09:00 to 15:00
Please note: Thursday, 03 March 2016 is for TRADE ONLY.
Where Was it?
Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, Northriding, Johannesburg.
How much Was it?
Entrance is R70 per adult and R20 per child aged between 6 and 12. Tickets are available at the door.
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