Given a surplus of time

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

There is so much that appeals to me in terms of learning new skills. It would be amazing to take the time to sit down for a couple to hours to be walked and talked through something completely new by an expert. Basket weaving came to mind yesterday; while I did a brief stint at middle school, I'm sure it would be something lovely to do over winter. Imagine what an unusual gift it would be to give someone - a handmade basket. For storage, shopping, flower gathering, even a crib of sorts. Let's face it, these sort of skills are dying out and unless someone steps up to carry them out a little longer they could face being lost forever. One day I'd like to take up knitting, crochet and that nature of weaving wools but I can admit that my patience is too immature as yet. Much as I enjoy sewing with my machine, my skills are limited and unpolished. Some kind of dressmaking is something I was keen to take up a couple of years ago but as with anything, it's so much more complicated that it first looks. Classes are not particularly up my street as I feel so uncomfortable in group situations so maybe Youtube tutorials are the way forward (remember I followed a great one to make some tote bags).
What else? Well, I would like to make better use of natural remedies and know what helps with what ailments, which takes years of just practicing looking up. Baking and cooking from scratch. Last time I made pastry? Um, never. Preserving and storing. Making infusions and pickles.
Of course, writing is something I may have a chance of pursuing one day. You just need time and quiet (JUST) and to be allowed to let creativity flow.
Crafting, being arty and frivolous. Making pretty things for the house. Pottery! Working with clay to make sculptures, pots, planters and glazing them with different designs each time.
I just need a little time...
What would you like to learn?
Sophie

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