Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Homeschool Monday....find support.

Early on, when I started to homeschool Hannah in 4th grade, I had no idea what I was doing.  In many ways, I still don't, and that's ok.  BUT back then, I felt so overwhelmed.  I googled homeschooling, and most of what I found just made me feel inadequate or poor.  Many of the sites where just on-line schools, and it was the strict schedule and set up that was part of Hannah's problem.  So I posted my frustration on facebook, and my wonderful niece in NY came to my rescue riding a white horse.  Ok, she wasn't on a horse, but she mailed me a book, The ABC's of School Success by Wesley Sharpe, ED.
Now, I am not recommending this book, because I did not read the whole book, just the part on homeschooling.  Besides, it was not the book that encouraged me, it was that someone who has been there, and done that, reached out to encourage and uphold me in my decision to homeschool.  It's unbelievable the number of people who look at me as though I am crazy.  But they don't understand that parents who choose to homeschool do it out of a deep love for their children.  Otherwise, we parents would save our sanity, and keep our free time, and send our children to public schools.  lol
What I'm trying to say, that while the percentage of children that are homeschooled is in the minority, it is growing by leaps and bounds every year.  And those of us that have walked this road, need to look for, and support the ones that are just starting.  I also want to plug a page on facebook that has been indispensable to me.  Practical Homeschooling.
If you're new to homeschooling, don't give up.  Ask for help.  It's out there.
Be blessed,

Friday, April 11, 2014

What's new at Yankee Burrow

I have been making myself crazy lately.  I have an idea in my head for my business that has been itching to get out.  I told you some of it last week, with my new landing page and all.  Then I started working on my banner and avatar.  I was desperate for an image that would convey who I am as an artist, besides scatterbrained. lol.  And this is what I came up with...
an artists palette.  I kept one paintbrush for my painting, added knitting needles, and a small beaded bracelet, and then, instead of paint, I used balls of yarn for color.  It was a beast to draw, first I drew it too large and scanning cut off the ends.  So I drew it smaller, but I had used pencil and it scanned too light, so I had to redraw using markers, which are not at all forgiving.  Every mistake caused me to have to start from scratch.  I drew several types of jewelry before I settled on the beaded heart, and after more balls of crumpled paper on the floor that I had left in my tablet, finally it was done.  This is was my final sketch.  I rather like it, but what do you think?  Then it was off to play and manipulate it on the computer to create what I needed.
This is the banner for my landing page and my shop page.
This is the banner for my blog (which you can already see above, but what the heck, here it is again.)
And this is my avatar.
Now, I do have these across most of my social media sites, but because my avatar is not square (who ever saw a square artist palette, lol) the end is usually cut off, but that's ok with me.  Now I'm off to design my new business cards and note cards and coupon cards and so much more.....wheeeee.

On a sad note, Amanda has left Yankee Burrow.  She is working full time now, and spends her free time with her family (and working on her own side business of graphic design with typography), so now I am on my own.  But that's ok, I wish more than anything for Amanda to succeed in her hopes and dreams.  And who knows, someday we may work together again.  We've been tossing around the idea of a physical shop where I can sell crafts supplies and give classes and she can have her printing press and create amazing greeting cards and invitations.  We all need to dream.  What is your dream?

Be blessed,


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