Art Class Update

I haven’t abandoned the art class I started back in January, but I’m moving incredibly slowly. This may have been intended as a one-year class, but I expect it’ll be a three or five year class for me, moving at this rate. Nearly 5 months in and I’m not quite to lesson 25. But instead of berating myself for my snail’s pace, I’m trying to focus on the journey. What am I learning?  What am I enjoying?  And from that perspective, I think this has been a success.  I’m trying new things, and I’m discovering that my non-fabric creative activities …

European History & Culture Sampler: An Epic Homeschool Field Trip

After talking about it for several years, last fall we finally followed through on one of our parenting goals: international travel with Caitlyn at an age when she’d be old enough to understand and appreciate what she would see and experience but young enough that she’s not too cool to hang around with her parents.   It’s a big world out there (and we only managed to see a small portion of it this time) and getting to see some of it firsthand is good for building empathy, experiencing diversity, and appreciating your own privileges.  It’s harder to “other” people …

Finally finished: Craftsy BOM, 2012

Back in 2012-ish, I got started on several Block of the Month projects.  Maybe I was just excited to start things.  Maybe I underestimated how much time I’d need to sew multiple sampler blocks every month and/ or overestimated how much time I had to devote to quilty projects.  Both, probably.  Eventually, I had to focus on working on one at a time, finishing my “Bloggers BOM” in 2013 and the “Half Square Triangle BOM” in 2015 (it looks like I never got around to announcing that finish).  It seems appropriate that the “Craftsy BOM” was finished in 2017.  The …

Recent Field Trip Revue

A few years ago, I stopped keeping up with the blog, especially when it came to writing up all the various homeschool outings. Now that I’m trying to resume writing on a more regular basis, the backlog of happenings is so enormous it’s tempting to say never mind. But here’s a tossed salad of recent outings in an attempt to get back on ye olde bloggin’ horse. (Yes, metaphor mixing is a specialty around here.) Our triad of science students followed up a lesson on bacteria, fungus and the role of both in the Great Cycle of Resources with a …

Probably not an Intended Consequence

We live in a very mixed neighborhood.  Approximately half of the homes here are market-rate, home-owner occupied; the others are subsidized public housing.  This neighborhood is mixed-everything: income, age, religion, ethnicity. Many of my neighbors are immigrants.  Community events can have up to seven translators (all talking at once).  Talking a walk in the early evening is a marvelous olfactory experience, with dinners from many places all under construction at once.  Current events are sometimes very personal around here. In the wake of  Travel Ban 1.0, some of our community members drafted a letter to our immigrant neighbors.  “We know …

Sporadic Art Things

As expected, I’m really bad at keeping up with my daily art assignment. Sometimes I get bogged down in the never ending to-do list. Sometimes the prompt doesn’t spark much inspiration or enthusiasm. But even if it sometimes takes me a while, so far I’ve come up with something for every prompt. My prompt this morning was to create a variation on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Folks over in the Facebook groups for the class posted photos of their poems with drawn or painted bees. I decided to let my version just be about the words, and I enjoyed just …