Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.
I hope you get time to visit with family and friends. We are having a white Christmas and it is very beautiful.
After the holidays it’s clean the craft room and start new projects.
My sons are helping me with some videos, hope to have those up and running soon.
Nice to have live-in technical support.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Sorry I have not posted anything for a while. My sisters and I have been working on finding assisted living for our parents. My dad got sick in June and now needs to use a wheelchair to move around. We tried making their home of 57 years work, but he needs more help than what can be provided at home. So we found a nice assisted living apartment…but three days after mom and dad moved in, dad came down with pneumonia. So he is in the nursing home trying to build his strength back up and mom is in the assisted living home by herself. We emptied the house of their belongs and have it ready to sell so they can pay for all of this, which is very expensive. This is all so hard and not planned for very well. Both parents are in their 90’s and thought they would just live their days out in their home. And we blindly went along with it. I have empathy for anyone going through this with their family.
But I am home now (I live 200 miles from my parents home) at least for a little while and trying to get life back on track. More art post to follow.
Sometimes you sit down to write or do a little art work and that white page just stares back at you. I always have ideas, but sometimes I have a hard time getting it on paper. Or I start and it doesn’t come out the way I see it in my head. Time for a little inspiration. I love Pinterest for this, of course the down side to that is you can spend a lot of time looking at all those pictures. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Coloring books can give you great ideas for filling in around a verse or quote. Use bits and pieces from magazines or news papers as a collage background. Sheet music and maps make great backgrounds. Recycle that watercolor or painting that didn’t turn out as planned by cutting them into shapes to fill in empty spaces. To add distressed edges run them across an ink pad. I have posted a few ideas with their source pages.
Harper Collins Children has a web link with work pages for popular children’s books. I may not always use their work sheets, but they do give me ideas on what I can and will use.
Teachers Pays Teachers is another great site for lesson plans. They do have some free ones available for us on a stricter budget. A lot of teachers have shared ideas and creativity that works for them.
If you have a favorite book, search the publisher on line. They may have ideas to go along with story.
I have been away from my blog for awhile, I have decided to use the blog to help organize a class I will be teaching in September. I am teaching beginning reading and writing to 4-6 year olds in a homeschool co-op. So I will post some of my lesson plans in hopes that it will keep me on schedule and maybe help others who might be working on the same topics.
I use word chunks also known as word families and word groups. Most of my students know their alphabets and the sounds the letters make. Working with word chunks gives them a great start to their reading skills.
I am be teaching an art appreciation class too, haven’t heard if I have enough signed up yet. This class will be for the older students eighth grade and up. I will use the blog to organize that class too.
A friend posted this message on her Facebook page today and it really spoke to me. I hope in sharing this that it may speak to others. I have no major problems in my life and I am thankful for that. but sometimes I let little things fester when I should take action. Making one small step can make a difference.
Well I am still working on my craft/sewing room. It is so easy to get distracted. Lots of memories and why did I keep that to go through. I thought I would share a few of my ideas for the room. I am an organized person, but not a neat person, so I have been looking for ideas to keep me organized and easy to put things away. Room needs to be painted and I would like to paint my furnishings so they look like they all go together. I am going to try my hand at chalk paint on the furniture.source
Here is my color scheme, Benjamin Moore has a paint called Portland gray that I think I will use for the walls.
Chalk Paint source