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    People Are Showing Off Unexpected Hobbies They Picked Up During Quarantine, And They Are Exceedingly Delightful

    "It's super calming for all my pandemic anxiety, and it’s been a great stress reliever."

    Even though the pandemic has been — and will continue to be — a challenging time, some people have been able to find small bits of joy and meaning through new hobbies they've discovered.

    The author's easel and paint station at her home

    So we recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us all about the new and unexpected hobbies they picked up during quarantine. Here's what people said.

    A blooming house plant; fresh dough in a mixing bowl

    1. Doing DIY nail art.

    Five nails curled into a bottle of Essie nail polish. The nails have tropical designs on them, with the ring finger sporting a design that says, "Summer time"

    2. Thrifting

    Slouched beige carry-on bag with rainbow Apple logo

    3. Turning shoes into skates.

    High-top Converse shoes fitted with roller skate wheels

    4. Studying personal genealogy.

    A dark tomb on a sunny grassy area

    5. Paper quilling.

    Paper quilled drawing of a basket overflowing with flowers and butterflies

    6. Sculpting figures with polymer clay.

    Top of drawer is completely occupied with tiny animals made of polymer clay

    7. Historical sewing.

    Woman posing with a voluptuous medieval-style dress that balloons at her hips

    8. Gardening.

    A smiling woman tends to her sunny outdoor garden

    9. Book binding.

    Five homemade books with swirling patterns on the covers

    10. Crocheting.

    Woman posing with homemade striped scarf

    11. Taking care of a rescue cat.

    Small kitten sitting on rattan surface, looking up with big eyes

    12. Crocheting amigurumi (small stuffed yarn creatures).

    Small crocheted Yoda figurine

    13. Professional food photography.

    Close-up of cheeseburger with crispy french fries on a white plate

    14. Growing plants.

    Close-up of a violet shooting out of a green plant

    15. Watercolor painting.

    Seven watercolor paintings on white paper are taped to a clear window

    16. Learning how to play the keytar.

    Woman plays keytar keyboard slung over her right shoulder

    17. Learning how to play the violin.

    Woman smiles, while playing the violin in front of her laptop

    18. Doing karate.

    Woman with beginner yellow belt poses with a smile in front of her mirror

    19. Learning how to speak another language.

    Woman smiles with using an app on her phone

    20. Cross-stitching.

    Cross-stitch of Kermit the frog and text that says, "But that's none of my business"

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Have you picked up a new hobby during the pandemic? Share in the comments — and upload a photo, if you have one! I'd love to see.