MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Free Sites for DIY Arts and Crafts

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Free Sites for DIY Arts and Crafts. “Sometimes, it’s nice to take a little time away from our devices and do something different. But it’s not always easy to find an activity interesting enough to keep us occupied for long enough. Why not give your creative side a chance? Here, we look at six free websites that offer fun and affordable DIY arts and crafts ideas to keep your mind as well as your hands busy.”

BBC: No regrets! Pandemic purchases that made us happy

BBC: No regrets! Pandemic purchases that made us happy . “Lockdown was an isolating experience for many people, but for John Emery it was an amazing opportunity to make new friends nearby and overseas. The maintenance engineer has always had an interest in amateur radio, but pandemic restrictions actually gave him the chance to fully embrace his hobby. He was able to save enough money to afford the equipment needed. With radio exams forced to move online, he also had the time to get fully qualified.”

InPublishing: Railway Modeller magazine completes digital archive back to 1949

InPublishing: Railway Modeller magazine completes digital archive back to 1949. “Published monthly by Peco Publications, Railway Modeller is a guide to creating railscapes of every era of train, from steam to electric, and caters for modellers of all abilities, says Exact Editions. Each issue features the best from the hobby for those modelling Britain’s railways in all the popular scales and offers a blend of articles by experts and beginners alike, including a special section for newcomers wanting to learn all about the hobby and model making in general.”

The Verge: Stream It Yourself

The Verge: Stream It Yourself. “Twitch is usually thought of as a place for streaming video games. And while that reputation is deserved — yes, a lot of people stream their gaming on Twitch — the site also has a surprising breadth of channels. Makers & Crafting is one of them; the category was created in 2018, after Twitch renamed ‘Hobbies & Crafts’ to better represent the many pros who streamed in it (in their words). According to Twitch Tracker, a website that logs Twitch statistics, the category averaged 520 viewers in September 2018, the month it was created. As of January 2021, Makers & Crafting was averaging 1,520 viewers, or about three times more.”

Tank Museum: A Salute to Model Making

Tank Museum: A Salute to Model Making. “Between 26 February – 15 March, the Museum will be releasing a series of videos and content on social media relating to the hobby, which will include a beginner’s guide, appearances from well-known modellers and an exploration of the models found in the Museum’s collection.”

Mashable: Baseball card apps bring a classic hobby into the digital age

Mashable: Baseball card apps bring a classic hobby into the digital age. “Eventually, the digital revolution comes for everything, even our nostalgic hobbies. That revolution now includes one of the most nostalgic hobbies of all — baseball cards — which have seen a resurgence in the past few years thanks to a movement into the digital realm. Baseball cards are bringing in big money, especially for Topps, the industry giant who remains on top after decades in business.”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects

TechCrunch: Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects. “Though Hobbi takes obvious cues from Pinterest, it’s not just a pinboard of inspirational ideas. Instead, the app is designed to help hobbyists organize photos of their own projects into themed collections — like gardening, cooking, arts & crafts, décor and more. The idea is to track the progress you’re making over time.”

SYFY WIRE: Searching For Your Favorite Childhood Toy? A Rare Collectible? Look No Further, It’s Here.

New-to-me, from SYFY WIRE: Searching For Your Favorite Childhood Toy? A Rare Collectible? Look No Further, It’s Here.. “When Christian Braun was a kid growing up in Germany in the ’70s, he was an obsessive collector of Timpo Toys. By the time he was 10 years old, he had 8,000 Timpo Toys, neatly organized in cases in his bedroom.Sometimes people grow out of a childhood hobby. Braun made it his life. He financed his education by buying and selling toys that he acquired on hitchhiking trips through Europe, then spent years writing a reference guide to Timpo Toys. He has spent his life cataloging and organizing different toys and collectibles, and now… he’s focusing on putting every single one of them in a single database.”