Stay The Fuck Home The Learn Something New Edition

Being stuck at home, doesn’t mean that you need to spend 75% of your time on the couch and 25% of your time sleeping. Take this time to learn something new. The other day I saw a butterfly and now I’m reading up on butterflies. If you love bats, last summer I did several blog posts about going out nightly with my bat detector. You could also pick a historical figure and learn about them. Learn how to build a model plane, train or action figure. Read up on science type things. Keep your brain active! Below is are a few of the things I’m doing!

Butterflies One of the most beautiful things to see is a butterfly. It signifies hope, warmer weather and new life. Butterflies start out as caterpillars and after hibernating, because floating works of art. Below are a few links so you can also read up on them.

https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/969e-Biodiversity_ButterfliesBook-Division-Planning-And-Development.pdf

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/

https://www.cambridgebutterfly.com/all-about-butterflies/

https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/why-butterflies-matter

Nell Shipman was a Canadian actress, author, screenwriter, producer, director, and animal activist/trainer. Her works often had autobiographical elements to them and reflected her passion for nature. Recently, we watched her movie Back to God’s Country. It was glorious. She was glorious!

Cross-stitch isn’t really a new thing for me, rather I’m relearning how to do it. I want to make art with it as well as embellish the clothing I make. Also, it’s a lot of fun!


Tips https://www.buzzfeed.com/elizabethlilly/cross-stitching-tips-every-beginner-should-know

Free patterns https://www.dmc.com/us/free-patterns-5041/free-patterns-5042/free-cross-stitch-patterns-5044.html

https://www.tinymodernist.com/pages/cross-stitch-basics

Aloha Wanderwell was a sassy young woman and an inspiration! https://www.alohawanderwell.com/

Container gardening is a great way to grow your own food, especially if you live in an apartment with a balcony. When I had a balcony I great a bunch of my own veggies and herbs. I loved planting them in the spring and watching them grow. Considering everything going on, learning how to grow your own food is a great asset and skill to have.

https://www.almanac.com/content/container-gardening-vegetables

Soapmaking is a great way to make your own bath products, but a fun thing to do with your kids as well. Once upon a time I ran a small business that made bath products and bars of soap was one of the products. Again, this is a skill I am relearning.

With or without Lye — https://wellnessmama.com/60992/how-to-make-soap/

Drawing Lessons After years of not drawing, (I used to sketch and draw everyday) I picked up the pencils again about a year ago. Recently, I did a 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge and man o man do I need to relearn a lot! I’ve been doing a few online tutorials to help me get better again.

https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-learn-to-draw-stage-one-manual-skills–cms-23304

https://www.creativebloq.com/features/how-to-draw-animals-people-landscapes

Silk Screening is another skill I need to relearn for both art projects and to make merchandise! I used to make my own t-shirts for a feminist website I used to run in the late 90s and it’s time to get back at silk screening.

https://lifehacker.com/a-simple-guide-to-screen-printing-your-own-shirts-5886483

What new skills do you want to learn or who are you reading about?

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