I do try, I just stink at some of this. So I can cook, I can budget like a pro, plan our retirement, do our taxes, build a coop, change a timing belt on a car. BUT I cannot sew. I do try. I sew a tiny bit by hand. I have a machine that is far too intimidating that is over 16 years old and has never been used. My mom gave it to me, my dad promtly took it away and put it in his office to keep me from screwing it up. Now a bunch of parts are missing and he has no clue where he put them. My mom has a machine I can use as long as I don't mess it up ( yea like I am going to take the chance). My husband offered to buy me a machine but I am sorta afraid of them. I just know I will mess them up. I would love to make my own chicken aprons and feed sack bags. I hand sewed and appliqued a little purse for my daughter and was considering selling those but hand sewing would take forever and I am only so so at it. I'm going to adopt myself out to some bored grandma who needs an undomesticated grandaughter to teach. I think thats my solution. I checked out lessons and discovered I am far too cheap to pay that much to learn something I should already know. bah maybe she could help me with the whole canning thing too.