Creative Pursuits for Autumn

The autumn season always feels full of possibilities and new beginnings. It probably stems from our childhood memories of starting the new school year in September. For me, autumn seems like the ideal time to form new healthy habits, such as my slow morning ritual, and to try something new creatively. Below are some creative pursuits to slow down and embrace the season.

Watercolour painting

At the mention of creativity, my mind instantly wanders to watercolour art. Studying art throughout school filled that creative longing but as I’ve grown up, my sketchbooks have started gathering more and more dust. This season I’ve been inspired by beautiful artwork found on Instagram, particularly Finch & Fleur’s delicate use of autumnal colours.

Foraging

An autumnal walk in the woodland would not be complete without collecting nature’s souvenirs to take home. Scrapbooking is an activity that has forever been on my creative list but one that I have never quite managed. Kayleigh suggested making a beautiful autumnal wreath, which might be a little more encouraging. Decorating the home with natural materials from outside or using them as props for Instagram is an easy way to transition into autumn mode.

Photography

Rabya mentioned recently how she doesn’t have a dog to take on walks but her camera almost makes up for the lack of fluffy companion. The changing colour of leaves makes for an ideal opportunity to practice those macro shots or simply experiment with a camera. Autumn days also seem to be a little quieter compared to summer, which makes photographing outside more enjoyable and peaceful. I love the idea of going for a walk by myself but it almost seems aimless with no destination or purpose in mind. Taking a camera to capture the beautiful details of the season seems to solve the problem.

Baking

There’s nothing more inviting and warming than the scent of baking infusing the whole house. Weekend afternoons when the weather is stormy are ideal for attempting new bakes. The best recipes are the simple ones that require ingredients usually present in the kitchen already. Autumnal treats can be based around fruit that is in season, like blackberries, apples and figs, or consist of sweeter ingredients like cinnamon, caramel and nutmeg. I really like Emma’s recent post with seasonal recipes for autumn.

Candle making

A seasonal favourite, building up a candle collection can quickly become a pricey hobby. However, a while ago, Chloe mentioned how she started learning to make her own candles. I cannot think of a more autumnal activity. There seem to be plenty of candle making kits for beginners floating around on the internet so all that’s needed is to find a little time and patience to get started. My favourite scents for autumn are rich, warming and with a hint of sweetness, like a seasonal coffee. While this could simply be a hobby and a chance to spend some time away from the screen, it could also easily turn into a small side hustle.

Knitting

Similar to the above, handmade knitted accessories like hats and scarves are often not the most purse-friendly – simply due to the time that it takes to produce each item. Settling down by the fire and knitting away for the evening seems like an idyllic way to embrace the colder weather and create something to keep warm in. Handmade always feels that much more special. Anna has lots of thoughtful ideas on her Instagram page and sells the most beautiful naturally dyed yarns.

Writing

Each year when September rolls around, my mind becomes overwhelmed with the desire to attempt my first mystery novel. I’ve had one particular idea brewing for a couple of years now with the most autumnal feel: long, dark evenings by candlelight, the beautiful English countryside and, of course, a cosy murder mystery involved. At the moment, it feels as if 80% of my life consist of writing, between MA assignments, my dissertation and posting here on this blog. However, I’ve always enjoyed creative writing and the thought of writing without having to pause to find references or capturing an accompanying photo feels particularly exciting. It’s also especially encouraging to see creatives finding success with writing, from Sara’s upcoming book to others building careers out of creating written content for others. The written word has always been my favourite and now seems like the ideal time to celebrate it.

What are some creative activities you might pursue this autumn?

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14 Comments

  1. September 21, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    I absolutely adore foraging and baking in the Autumn!

    • September 24, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      They’re both lovely autumnal activities, aren’t they!
      xxx

  2. September 21, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    This is such a cosy autumn post! Writing a mystery novel around this time of year would be so perfect and it sounds like you have lots of inspiration around you! I’m hoping to be more creative with my writing this autumn too. Thank you for mentioning my post Milenka! 🙂 x

    • September 24, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Thank you, Kayleigh! I really do have the inspiration but it just seems so daunting to start 🙈 That sounds lovely – I’m looking forward to seeing it if you decide to share on your blog ☺️ and you’re very welcome! I loved your post and it very much inspired this one!
      xxx

  3. September 21, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    This post gives me such fall vibes and I’m so excited. I really want to learn to make pies and fall is the perfect season to do that. A mystery novel in the fall is such a great idea and now I really want to read one. I’m also trying to get more into watercolors, I love painting with them but I really want to learn actual techniques.

    • September 24, 2018 / 5:19 pm

      Aw I’m so happy to hear that! That sounds like a lovely autumnal activity – pies are so hearty and delicious in the colder months ☺️ yesss techniques is something I have no idea about but I’m sure there are lots of lovely guides floating around on the Internet!
      xxx

  4. September 22, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I feel so inspired after reading this.. especially to make my own candles and get out collecting ‘nature’s souvenirs’. And writing a mystery novel sounds so exciting!

    • September 24, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Oooh I can’t wait to see your candles and foraging finds ☺️ it’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long now but it seems daunting to even start!
      xxx

  5. September 23, 2018 / 11:03 am

    I haven’t been foraging since I was little. My Gran and my dad’s cousin used to take us out BlackBerry picking around the village then we’d bake pies with them. I love this time of year, thanks for an inspiring post.

    • September 24, 2018 / 5:15 pm

      That sounds absolutely wonderful! There’s nothing more heartwarming than homemade treats – especially with fruit you’ve picked yourself!
      xxx

  6. September 26, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I was thinking of taking my camera for a walk too – I really want to improve my photography. Love all your other ideas too like doing more baking!

    • October 12, 2018 / 12:44 pm

      It’s the perfect time to experiment with photography! Thank you!
      xxx

  7. October 8, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    I’ve recently discovered how much fun there is to be had with a camera, you look for beauty where normally you’d just wander by scrolling on your phone or daydreaming. <3 autumn trumps every year in my opinion. Lovely post 😊 xx

    • October 12, 2018 / 12:45 pm

      Yesss exactly! Autumn is such a lovely season to capture as well. Thank you!
      xxx

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