Learn something new
Two winters ago, after years of trying, I finally learned how to knit. The problem with my first attempts was timing – I was in college or I was pregnant. But January 2009 proved to be the winning attempt. Winter is the perfect time to learn a new skill. The rush of the holidays are over, and life settles into a routine (often indoors) for awhile. Also, if you have any leftover Christmas money or gift cards, you might be able to pick up needed supplies!
So why not stretch your brain and try something new, whether it’s a new-to-you-skill or a new skill within your current creative genre. This winter, I’m learning how to take better photos with the help of The Narrator. He has a nice camera, and I haven’t a clue how to use it. And while F-Stop and ISO mean absolutely nothing to me yet… I’m trying!
-Learn to knit or crochet, or learn how to do cables or lace if you already knit. The Craft Yarn Council has step by step directions for both arts and a host of stitches.
– Cook a new-to-you cuisine. (Last winter my friend’s parents taught me some Indian dishes – YUMMY!)
– Write a poem or a short story or an entire novel, just for fun!
– Stamp some cards. Splitcoast Stampers has a gallery of amazing ideas and some great tutorials.
– Learn hand embroidery. Jenny Hart at Sublime Stitching has some way hip designs, and embroidery is a cheap hobby!
– Learn to take better photos with the camera you already have, use a site like DYIPhotography. Composition and lighting are the majority of the key!
– Try HTML using a resource like Web Monkey, or a new-to-you computer language.
– Learn to draw. You can Google “How to draw____” and fill in the blank with almost anything and you will find step-by-step directions or a video. I know, I’ve tried when my kids ask me to draw random things for them! Or watch some online lessons by Mark Kistler. (Mark has a PBS show on our local station, and he specifically teaches kids, he’s great!)
– Learn to paint. On the PBS Create channel if you have it, Bob Ross teaches a daily painting show.