It’s easy to drop creativity into
the “extra” file in your mind.
When an idea for a project pops into your head (as one does more often than you’d like to admit) – do you feel a little bit guilty?
Wonder if anyone else knows that you’ve indulged yourself in a mini-daydream for a moment?
Immediately, you think, “WOW!, FAB! , amazing !! — maybe later”…
What flavour is your Creativity CAKE?
Why do we feel that being creative is the “icing on the cake” when it’s actually –
THE CAKE ?
The mouth-watering triple-decker cake that we should be serving ourselves everyday… & not just a wafer-thin piece, either, but Continue reading
Make your DREAM Project Real
Be incredibly inspired, wildly creative & happily productive.
So, you read that & thought,
“I’d love to but… my DREAM project is big & has lots of moving parts. When I think about it, it makes my breath catch & my mind quiver at the same time. Secretly, I want to do it with all my heart… “
Let me tell you a bit about your DREAM project that maybe no one has ever told you before.
Your DREAM project exists solely to help you in some way.
It is actually a spiritual container for your soul challenges & life skills.
They’re waiting for you inside your DREAM project, for you to creatively experience & master them.
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In this 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson,
you’ll learn how to do the Knitted Cast – On. Continue reading
For the past few years, I’ve bought a “love” book for each of my children to celebrate Valentine’s Day. At first, it was easy to find touching stories with beautiful illustrations. The other night, when I started searching on Amazon for this year’s gifts,
I figured I’d hop on & off in a few minutes, happy in the knowledge that I had some fab books on the way.
Ummm, not so fast… Continue reading
Posted in BOOK REVIEW, FESTIVALS, GRADE FOUR, GRADE ONE, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HEART, KINDY
Tagged festivals, Homeschooling in France, Valentine's books, Valentine's Day
Books play a HUGE role in our homeschool !!
The holidays are a great time for books,
I often read during our lesson time in place of something
more “academic” & always later on in the afternoon
by the woodstove.
We have so many festive books
that I’ve started sorting them into themes –
here are some of our animal books…
Posted in BOOK REVIEW, FESTIVALS, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE ONE, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, Inspiration
Tagged Christmas book list, Christmas inspiration, Homeschooling in France, knitting christmas books, Unusual Christmas books
This is Miss Arabella Doll, she came to live with us on my daughter’s 5th birthday & has become a well-loved member of our family.
Each year, around this time, I start to brainstorm & gather ideas for gifts that I’d like to
make & give to my family, friends & (yes) pets at Christmas. While jotting some thoughts down this morning, I had a sudden FLASH of inspiration ~ Continue reading
Posted in BOOK REVIEW, GIFTS, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, SEW
Tagged Annabelle, doll clothes, doll clothes patterns, doll making videos, how to knit a doll sweater course, knit doll sweater, making dolls, making waldorf doll, step-by-step doll making lessons, Tasha Tudor, The DOLL Lessons, waldorf doll
I’ve always thought hedgehogs are pretty cute but never realized how much the Europeans have loved them over the centuries – until I got here ! At any time of year
you can find stuffed versions, little ornaments, prickly candies & even embroidery patterns. This inspired me to Continue reading
Posted in ADULT, FREE KNITTING PATTERN, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE ONE, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HANDS, HOMESCHOOL PROPS, Inspiration, KINDY, KNIT
Tagged fall nature table, felt, fibre-work, hedgehogs, inspiration, manuscript, mediaeval, middle ages, needle felting
I love fibre – real, natural, straight from the animal fibre (although I’ve been known to fall for some soy or milk yarn on the odd occasion…). So visiting our local mohair farm (really, they’re angora goats) is always a treat. The kids & I pop in from time to time to visit the animals (all 77 have a name) & the kind owner, Lydie, who treats each goat like one of her children. I think yarn feels completely different once you’ve met those who “grew” it!
Knowing that it was kissed & stroked along the way makes it even more special! Continue reading
Posted in COLOUR, DYEING, GIFTS, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE ONE, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HANDS, HOW - TO
Tagged colourwork, dyeing mohair, dyeing with children, dyeing with food colour, hand dyeing yarn, handwork lesson for children, Homeschooling in France, mohair farm in France
There are many “nights-before” which I eagerly anticipate -
there’s the night-before Christmas (that’s usually filled with lots of last-minute making,
truckloads of candy & a flurry of wrapping paper…), the night before my birthday
(that’s when I start counting the years & wonder how many candles will ACTUALLY
be on my cake this year..) and then there’s the night before
our village’s annual Vide Grenier!
If you’ve ever felt the teeniest stirring of excitement at the idea of
attending a garage sale or dropping into a second hand shop – then
this event would bowl you right over… seriously, if I had to make a choice
between wandering through the best flea markets in Paris or stepping out
my front door tomorrow… Continue reading
As a Creative ( I just LOVE that title), I always have dozens
of projects on the go at the same time. Some are in their infancy
(i.e. still in my head…) while others are almost ready to set out on
their own into the big, wide world, as finished pieces.
Many people ask me how I manage to make & design so many things
while homeschooling AND teaching handwork AND running a home.
I’ll tell you but first – come & meet a FEW of my current creative “babies”… Continue reading
Posted in HANDS, HOMESCHOOL PROPS, Inspiration, KNIT, TEACHING HANDWORK
Tagged colourwork, creativity, doll clothes, Homeschooling in France, inspiration, The DOLL Lessons, The Knit Lessons, The Making Lessons