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Ten on Tuesday | No Learning Curve.

today, Carole’s asked us to share 10 things we wish we could learn instantly. You know, like how toddlers learn which drawer is the one that holds the plastic…the one they’re allowed to play in without anyone worrying anything will break.

Learning new things is one of my favorite things, but I’d love to wake up tomorrow and know how to:1. speak French and Italian2. bake bread3. take beautiful photographs4. and process them5. knit fair isle with two hands6. bake the best oatmeal raisin cookies (without needing a recipe)7. order the perfect bottle of wine when I’m out or8. mix the perfect cocktail when I’m home9. apply makeup the way the artist at Bobbi Brown showed me (and boy did she make it look easy!)…there is one thing I’m currently learning that I still want to learn the old-fashioned way. Something about investing time and making mistakes makes the learning sweet. and for me, right now, that’s quilting. Can’t wait to see what “instant learnings” y’all have. If you’re not already playing Ten on Tuesday, click here to join the fun. 


  • margene

    Maybe we don't learn "instantly" because there is something to learn in the process of finding our way. I have a feeling you could learn many of the things on your list fairly quickly.

  • HonorĂ©

    Learning is a series of repetitions~some are shorter than others. Once upon a time I baked bread, using a sour dough starter, and it was great fun, especially the "knock down" part – the bread was good too. A great list, certainly doable and for the quilting: everyday is a new learning adventure…and remember the seam ripper: a quilter's best friend!


    • dbshade

      Once upon a time I baked sour dough too! Kept my starter for quite awhile and ultimately stopped baking and then got weary of having to "feed" my starter! I've entertained the thought of doing it again, BUT the problem is that I would eat the bread (one of my weaknesses!)

  • Lydia

    Learning to speak Italian and French would definitely be on my list and I think I'd add the behind the scenes mechanics of computer programming or graphic arts.

  • Kym

    So many things to learn . . . I wouldn't mind the learning curve on many of the items included on your list (because they sound pleasant and enjoyable). Others, though, I'd prefer to have in an instant! (I'm talking LANGUAGES.) Can't wait to see your quilting. . .

  • alexa

    That's a nicely varied list – and I think you could indeed do a lot of these! Your photos are already wonderful … And investing time in learning is never lost, is it …