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Creative New Hobbies to Get You through Winter

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By , January 12, 2016 4:36 pm

The “winter blues” affect the best of us, even when we try to exercise, eat healthy, and catch a few rays of sunshine each day. And if you’re feeling cooped up in the house while all your friends are hibernating right now, you’re not alone.

January can be a long and dreary month, but it’s also the perfect time to get creative and pick up a new hobby! Before you start counting down the number of days until spring, consider picking up a new hobby to make the most of your time and learn something new. These are some creative hobbies that you can discover on your own or with a friend who needs pulled out of a seasonal rut as well.

Guitar and Bass Lessons

Whether you’ve ever played a musical instrument before or not, this is a great time to pick one up and give it a try. Our La Jolla guitar and bass lessons are aimed at beginners and teach you the basics of acoustic and electric instruments with chords and songs that you know and love. For more advanced students, get ready to learn improvisation, soloing, and various scale patterns. Lessons typically last 30 minutes per session.

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Photo credit: Emily Mills via Flickr

Beginner Sewing Class

Sewing isn’t just for grandmas and fashion designers anymore! It’s a fun hobby to pass the cold weather months and a great way to make wearable fashion and gifts for birthdays and holidays. Our Dallas beginner sewing class is designed for people who have never touched a sewing machine before and seamstresses who are out of practice. Classes run year-around and typically last for 2 or 2.5 hours.

Glass Fusing Class

Did you know that you can learn the ancient art of glass fusing in a three-hour workshop in Los Angeles? Our introduction to glass fusing class will teach you the processes of layering and assembly to create unique tiles. You’ll also learn glass-cutting, shaping, and collage techniques to refine your craft and create beautiful kiln-fired projects. All the materials you need are included in the cost of the class, so just bring yourself and an open mind and wear comfortable clothing.

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Photo credit: Jeff Youngstrom via Flickr

Perfume Making Class

Have you ever wondered what exactly makes up your favorite scent? In Atlanta, you can attend a perfume making workshop and begin a new hobby of making your own unique scents at home. French-trained master blending artists will teach you how to create products that are pleasing and reflect your personality. The workshop runs year-around and lasts for about an hour.

Jewelry Making Class

If you love wearing jewelry or are always on the lookout for creative gift ideas for loved ones, then a jewelry making class could be an excellent choice for you this winter. Our Seattle-based introduction to designing jewelry experience is a two-day course that runs year-around. You’ll learn the basics of silver-smithing, and how to saw, file, texture, and form metals in beautiful ways. This is a great way to learn about how to work with metals, soldering, and setting stones. By the end of the course, you’ll complete two pieces of jewelry and be prepared to make more on your own time.

Tap Into Your Creative Side with Crafty Classes This Winter!

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By , December 3, 2013 4:24 pm

Depending on where you live, the winter months can be dreary, gray, and drain your spirits. However, winter is also the perfect time to tap into your creative side and learn a new craft! And with holiday season just around the corner, maybe you can muster up some homemade gifts that are meaningful, affordable, and completely one-of-a-kind.

To get started, we’d like to offer you a little inspiration. And even if crafting isn’t your thing, FunSherpa’s creative classes make great gifts for your friends, family, and coworkers. Check out some of these clever, quirky classes for all skill levels, and say goodbye to the winter blues.

sewing class

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Sewing Classes

Sewing machines are complicated pieces of machinery, so it never hurts to take a beginner’s class if haven’t used one before.  Most sewing classes last a couple hours and teach you how to make a pillow, an apron, a skirt, or even a handbag. Most beginner classes include the cost of a sewing machine rental as well, so you won’t be responsible for providing your own.

Knitting Classes

Why splurge on pricey scarves and hats this winter when you can make your own? Knitting is a relaxing activity that you can do anywhere, even while watching your favorite television shows on the couch! Beginner knitting classes teach you how to cast off, knit stitch, purl stitch, and bind off. Knitted items make great holiday gifts as well.

Glass Blowing and Fusing Classes

Most of us don’t have glass design equipment at home so you’ll need to take a class to discover the art and science behind glass blowing and glass fusing. In glassblowing classes, experienced teachers work with students to learn gathering, centering, blocking, color application, and proper shop etiquette. You can also take a glass fusing class to learn the ancient art of cutting, shaping, collage, and assembly with a small kiln.

Pottery Making

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Pottery Classes

Learn to make bowls, cups, and vases that you can actually use around your home! The best kind of pottery classes feature in-depth one-on-one instructor to help you create unique pieces of your own pottery. Since the art of pottery takes a lot of practice, many studios offer package deals for several weeks or months to improve upon your skills.

Jewelry Making Classes

Whether you love wearing jewelry or are interested in starting a side business, jewelry making classes can teach you the basics of beautiful jewelry crafting and design. Some jewelry classes focus on bead work, while others teach you silver-smithing techniques like sawing, filing, soldering, and stone setting.

Not all of us grew up being crafty, but its never too late to learn a new skill and find a new hobby that you love. Craft hobbies keep the hands busy, the mind engaged, and are lifelong gifts that keep on giving.

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