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5 Ways to Keep Creative at Home

While a lot of us are working and schooling from home, there is significance in keeping our weekends special – especially for our mental health. That said, it can be difficult to know how to go about this.

Batik Boutique has launched their latest collection to help us remember the spirit of our weekends and to discover ways to bloom from the comfort of your home. Through the Bloom collection, the local social enterprise hopes to encourage Malaysians to explore all that we can do at home, and to shift our focus off all that we can’t. 

Ready to get busy? Here are five ways to carve out time away from your devices without having to leave your house. 

Find solace in soil with beginner Plant Starter Sets (RM179)

Use seed, soil, and sunlight to improve your mood and mental health with Batik Boutique’s Plant Starter Sets – created in collaboration with fellow social enterprise and edible plant people, Eats, Shoots & Roots.

If you’re looking to give gardening a go at home, these beginner sets are a great place to start as they include a hand-crafted batik planter, vintage mister, pot, seeds and soil. You can choose to begin your plant journey with Thai Basil or Red Amaranth, and each set comes with a guide on how to successfully grow each seed from scratch. 

These beginner sets make for a great gift for a friend you miss, a co-worker, or the kids in your life. 

Treat yourself to a self-care Saturday with new apparel (RM109 – RM499)

The outfit we pick out from our wardrobe every morning has meaning – and subconsciously, an effect on our mood.

Batik Boutique has introduced new colourways in their classic kimono, loungewear, and caftan cuts that will make you want to retire the pyjamas. Versatile, lightweight and made of 100% natural fibres, their collection of women’s apparel features the perfect throw-on pieces that you can take to the grocery store, to lounge indoors, Zoom meetings and more. 

To elevate your self-care practice, Batik Boutique’s homeware collection also includes hand-poured soy candles and artisan-made body lotion from Mangosteen Malaysia. 

Batik decor to de-stress (RM59 – RM299)

As we spend more time indoors, decor is a simple way to add colour to your living spaces and refresh your home.  

Batik Boutique’s collection of homeware is made for the one thing we still look forward to on the daily – our food. If the makan session has resulted in a few unintended spills, their 100% cotton homewares are machine-washable and thankfully, reversible too. 

Their artisan-made homeware is the perfect gift to dress up the dishes of the amateur foodies in your life that have become professional chefs in lockdown.

Bake the boredom away with Baking Sets (RM179 – RM219)

One sure way to make time fly is to get in the kitchen, get cooking, then find comfort in the carbs.  

Batik Boutique has made it easy to bake the day away with their matching adult and kids baking sets. Each set includes a batik apron, assorted cookie cutters, a whisk, and the team’s favourite sugar cookie and icing recipe.  

You can even take these aprons beyond the kitchen and into your garden as the apron features pockets to keep your gardening tools close and garden soil far, far away from your clothes. 

Paint relief with DIY Batik Painting Kits (RM 49)

Use art to ease stress and express yourself by mixing colours, experimenting, and sharing this time with your loved ones.

Batik Boutique’s ready-made DIY Batik Painting Kits are a gentle way to explore the world of art. Each kit comes complete with a palette, brush, frame, and batik dyes – so all you need is a cup of water and a kitchen towel.  

These kits are a fun activity for both adults and kids and are also a great gift for the person in your life that needs a bit of support during this time. 

When we create something – whether it’s art, food or plants – we are able to take a break from our concerns or worries. And even if these creative activities don’t look quite like they used to, they’re still doable from within your home and will do wonders for your state of mind.

Every purchase you make from Batik Boutique directly impacts the artisan who hand-crafted the product. So beyond the feel-good activities, you can also feel good knowing that you have played a part in supporting local artisans during this trying time.  

Batik Boutique is still delivering daily through lockdown. Shipping is free with every order over RM200 and orders within Malaysia ship in 2 -3 days. If you live in the Klang Valley, Batik Boutique can also get your order to you within a day for orders placed by 12 PM. 

Visit www.batikboutique.com to browse their collection of products hand-crafted by artisans in Malaysia. 

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