Life · Type-A Tendencies

Things I’d Like to Learn to Do

On Tuesday Stephanie posted about vintage skills and it got me thinking… there are a handful of things I’d really like to improve or learn. And since I’m a blogger I figured the next step in my education would be publicly sharing those things with you.

Grow a garden.
My parents are awesome at growing and tending to vegetables and flowers. I hated the outside chores when I was a kid so I didn’t bother learning anything from them. But now I’m feeling that grow-it-yourself vibe and I’ve decided I want a gorgeous garden.

I’m going to start small. I’ve planted some indoor seeds already (and they grew!!) and soon K is going to build me a table garden like this one for the backyard. Right, dear?

…these are called seedlings, right? Pumpkins, zucchini, tomatoes, & peppers!

Learn Improve my German.
I have a very basic understanding of German. I took three years of it in high school but the only words/phrases that have stuck over the years have been the things my mom taught us before we went to Switzerland when I was 7. Numbers, yes and no, please and thank you, hello, goodbye, I love you, etc. (well, not the word et cetera…).

Play an instrument.
I spent 4 years playing saxophone and then five years behind mallet instruments (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone). And then I stopped playing music. I don’t know that I’ll ever get back into it, but I wish I had some piano skills- and it’s depressing that my ability to read music has suffered since I stopped performing.

Improve my sewing.
I have ZERO excuses. My aunt owns a fabric shop, offers different lessons and retreats and workshops multiple times a week, and she BOUGHT me a sewing machine. She’s amazing and she can literally make anything out of anything. I need to tap into that resource and spend some time with her.

Last time I went to her weekend retreat she (and my mom) helped me make this Halloween apron!

Decorate cakes.
My grandma and my husband’s cousin and my mother-in-law’s best friend are all star cake decorators. I’m not shy when it comes to baking or cooking new things, but the last step- the decorating- almost always frustrates me.

Down the street from my house there is an adult education building where they teach cake decorating. This one feels like a no-brainer…

Five seems like a good number to end on, right? Considering I’ve been trying to make ice cream for 9 months I think learning these skills will carry me into retirement. Lol

What are some new skills or hobbies you’re hoping to try? Any tips for me on these five??

36 thoughts on “Things I’d Like to Learn to Do

  1. Can’t wait to see you learn all these, they sound amazing! What a great resource you have in your aunt, I love that apron. And look at your with your seeds already growing!!

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    1. I feel like I don’t have enough time in the day to sew (which is a terrible excuse). I really do need to make time to spend some hours with her and better understand the ins and outs of sewing.
      My family is teasing me because my plants are ready to go “in the ground” and the weather isn’t warm enough yet. Whatevs. I’m just proud they exist, even if they all die.

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    1. Originally I wanted a normal garden on the ground, but our dogs loooove digging in dirt so if we have a big exposed patch of it they’d kill everything. I figure a table garden protects my plants from almost all the critters… ha.

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  2. Yes to all of these things.
    I would love to learn to decorate cakes especially after watching Nailed It on Netflix… But I know I’d gain 25 more pounds

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    1. I just saw that Nailed It show pop up under ‘recommendations’! I’m going to have to watch it. Lol
      Yeah… we definitely don’t need any extra cakes or cupcakes or cookies floating around our house. Ha.

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  3. My Mom is both an amazing gardener (vegetables and flowers) and sewer. I have neither talents. My black thumb is notorious as I have killed every single plant ever owned. I haven’t really attempted vegetables but my apartment doesn’t get enough direct sunlight to even attempt. But nothing beats fresh veggies from a garden! I took piano lessons for 10 years and was decent but now I can barely play and that makes me sad. You get so rusty when you don’t play regularly. That is something I’d like to improve myself. And I would also like to improve my Spanish. I live in an area with a ton of Spanish-speaking individuals and all I can tell them is mi gato es guapo (my cat is handsome). πŸ˜€

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    1. I’ve kept one aloe plant alive for +5 years. That’s my claim to fame. It’s essentially a cactus, though. I water it *maybe* once a month? We’ll see how long the gardening lasts πŸ˜‰
      “My cat is handsome” is a very useful phrase. Definitely hold on to that one!

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    1. Thank you! I’ve tried to garden before but I get bored halfway through summer and everything dies. Hopefully that doesn’t happen this year… lol.
      We bought my mom a piano for Mother’s Day a few years ago and I think I’d like to teach myself on it. It just takes time and dedication… sigh. lol

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    1. I like being friends with people who bake bread and make jam πŸ˜‰ I doubt I’ll ever get into canning or …jamming? lol. But I’m VERY grateful for the people that do it πŸ˜€

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  4. I have determined that I am not any good at gardening. I would like to try a hand at a little spice garden though. Maybe I would do better at that? I wish I could sew!!! I played flute in middle school and high school and haven’t touched it since. I wish I could play piano and guitar. I have also never made a pie from scratch or bread. I want to accomplish both some time this year.

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    1. I’ve heard that herbs are WAY easier to grow. Grow them in a container, though, because things like mint will get out. of. control. LOL
      My mom played flute! I need to learn to make pies from scratch. My grandma makes great ones and I need to ask her to teach me sometime…

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  5. Yay gardening! I grew up gardening with my dad, but I still feel clueless in my own yard. I had a container the last couple years and loved it. It’s not hard at all. I think it will be trickier in our yard with critters and pests and all those things to contend with.

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    1. My mom always had gorgeous flower beds and my dad always had a great veggie garden… and my brother and I were always stuck pulling weeds in the summer. Lol. It scarred me.
      The fence and dogs (their scent on everything) do a really good job of keeping the animals out of the yard, but I think a garden is going to tempt them to come in. Sigh.

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  6. Sending you positive vibes for when you start working on your goals! Growing a garden was a goal of mine last year and I’m glad I was able to make it happen – now I just stick to growing and tending to my succulents πŸ™‚

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

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  7. I reeeeeeeeeally want to grow more seasonings (is that what they’re called?) like cilantro and such! I have basil growing on my windowsill right now (thanks to Aldi having little potted basil plants for $2!), but I want to add to that! Also. Sewing is NO JOKE. Way to go on making such an elaborate apron!!

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    1. I wouldn’t mind having herbs either. I feel like I need to focus on one at a time, though, or I’ll get overwhelmed and just quit. Hahahaha! I’d love to have mint and parsley and cilantro and basil hanging around, though!!
      I had A LOT of help with the apron πŸ˜‰

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    1. That sounds like an awesome deal between you two. Lol. In years past I just swipe from my parents’ garden πŸ˜‰ If things go sour this year that’s my back-up plan. Hahaha

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  8. Oh, that cake decorating class sounds really fun. You should definitely look into that! I’m so bad at other languages. I wish I was bilingual.I took french in high school and spanish in college and I barely remember anything. I have been thinking that German would be fun to learn, not that it’s the most popular language to know in the U.S. STILL! lol

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I think so, too! I need to look into when it’s offered…
      I took German in hs and Japanese in college. (Don’t ask why- I don’t know.) So dumb. I should’ve continued German and tried to improve it. UGH.

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  9. I love this and may have to double steal it! I am all about vintage life skills, or really just life skills. I want to sew and garden too. So badly! Have you tried the DuoLingo app?! It’s fabulous for refreshing and expanding on language skills. I had two years of Spanish (ruuusty!) and then used it probably 5-7 years after those classes and it came back and I felt better about it actually! I need to get back to it! πŸ™‚ Good luck with your goals! P.S. Rachel from YoG is a suburban homesteader and she knows EVERYTHING about gardening! Check out her blog it might have some tips! πŸ™‚ XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    1. Definitely steal away! πŸ˜‰ I have Duolingo downloaded on my iPad and I’ve used it a few times for fun. I think I’m going to keep using it to hopefully improve my German! I’ll definitely have to check out Rachel’s blog for gardening tips and tricks!! Thank you!

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  10. I am so behind in your posts! But I love this one. I’m currently learning how to garden. We have had one since we moved in and I’ve been getting better and more confident each year. I love canning so gardening is awesome for that obviously. I also desperately want to learn how to sew. I was obsessed when I was younger but never took any classes. This is something I WILL do in the next ten years haha.

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    1. No worries, lady! You lead a busy life ❀ I love that you garden AND can. I like being friends with canners πŸ˜‰ I haven't thought about doing it myself. My attention span can only handle one new thing at a time… lol.
      I can't wait to see what things you make when you start sewing!!

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  11. ohhhh do you know about ‘how to cake it’ on youtube?! she will give you some SERIOUS #goals when it comes to cake! ravery watches her constantly and it’s really helped him with his cake skills (i mean, hers are really works of art)! i need to learn to cook. like legit. i need to learn to cook a chicken breast to feed myself and my child.

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    1. Nooooo….. I’m going to need to check out this cake lady on YouTube. Your husband’s snitch cake GAVE ME LIFE. I can only aspire to that… HA. I will definitely check her out!
      I like baking chicken. It’s like the easiest way to cook it and ensure that it’s done. Haha!

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  12. I’ve heard that duolingo is a great app for learning languages. I just picked up crochet after wanting to learn how to do it forever! I am still very much a beginner but I was so proud of myself for just starting to learn something new. It’s good for your brain and your confidence!

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    1. Lots of people have suggest duolingo so I’m going to have to get on it. Lol
      I LOVE that you’ve started crocheting!! Nick’s going to have so many sweaters in his closet once he’s home! Hahaha! Seriously, though, I’d love to be able to make a blanket or scarf!

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    1. Me, too! Hahahahaha! Usually my dogs get into the gardens I attempt and ruin everything by mid-May. Hopefully a table garden will keep the veggies safe (until crows and deer discover it). Ha.

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