My motto for the year: If it interests you, learn more about it! I’ve taken on more new projects and challenges than I usually do at one time. And many have placed me at the bottom of the learning curve.
The first and most important challenge for me is to take care of my house by myself. This includes keeping the heater running and the pipes from freezing. Other personal challenges are cooking for myself and paying off substantial debt.
But there are creative challenges I’ve taken on this year. Most of you know about my new sewing challenge, in the form of a quilt. The last time I sewed was in my junior high school home economics class!
There are lots of activities that come with (handmade) machine-made quilts. I’ve learned to thread the sewing machine and make a bobbin without looking at the directions. And I’ve been practicing sewing straight seams. I’m still learning how best to use a rotary cutter; went to JoAnn this past weekend to buy a new blade for it. It’s cutting much smoother now.
Next on my learning list is trying all the different stitches on my sewing machine. Wow – there’s a lot! That will take a while, but I want to see what they look like before using them for my quilt.
I’m also learning how to draw. I’ve been doodling for a long time now, but that’s as far as it went. I've always wanted to take drawing and watercolor lessons. So I splurged and signed up for an online class: The Year of the Fairy Tale with Carla Sonheim. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been pushing myself, drawing princesses and frogs. I’m very intimidated by all the accomplished artists who are also taking this course. But I haven’t given up yet; it’s not in my nature…
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