You hear stories about people who have hidden talents that they learned overnight. I guess that's really where my story starts. When I was a child, I learned everything really quickly. Just about anything I tried, I was able to figure out a way to master within days. It made moving around as much as we did easier to bear, having something to occupy my time in the car. At 5, I learned how to braid (still can't do French braids in my own hair though) and made THOUSANDS of braided yarn necklaces for my dolls. Around 8, she taught me to crochet, so I did the same with that instead. When I was old enough to respect blades, 9/10 ish, she taught me how to etch mirrors. Sometime around 11 or 12, my mom tried teaching me to sew, but I only caught onto the basics of patterns, not the sewing together part... I ended up cutting up my socks to make Barbie doll clothes (don't laugh, they were pretty! And they were the ones with holes in them hahaha) Finally, she met my step dad, who taught me about basic construction and other manual labor skills when I was an older teen.
Each of these activities were easily mastered within months, which was a major ego boost! It also meant that I got (still get) bored really easily without some kind of distraction. To entertain myself, I used my favorite memories to do some fun hands on crafts: crochet, popsicle/hot glue projects, glass etching, and macrame (beginner). My craft of choice rotates as the year goes, but I usually stick to those few :)