Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Just because...

Once in a while, I get the question, "Why do you do all the stuff that you do?" 

The most truthful answer is,  "Well, because I want to."

I stumbled across this statement, one of my favorite people made today:

http://www.cometparty.com/2015/07/joyful-vegan/

It is for this very reason that I try, with every ounce of my being, to never complain about the lack of time to do things.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Super Hump Day

It's a Wednesday, and it is right smack in the middle of the year.  July 1, 2015.   How did we get here so quickly?

My writing friend (and cosmic twin), Lisen Minetti, touched on how far she's gotten through her Writing Resolution list.  This got me thinking about mine, so I dropped by my first post of the year, in which I presented my guiding principles in quotes.  I am happy to say, it looks like I am moving along the right path.

On writing.
I now recognize the strength of my voice and ability to convey story.  My confidence is wavering slightly right now, but once I get back into motion and build momentum, I believe I will finish the first draft of my WIP by the end of the year. 

On approaching new endeavors.
I have taken some large steps in trying new things. After completing my certification course, I started my knitting instruction business. This takes quite a lot of my time and energy; quite possibly drawing my stores reserved for writing.  I am however enjoying teaching this skill and art that I love to others who I hope will love it just as much.  Plus, I am meeting so many lovely people along the way.

On my family.
There have been a few times (some good, some not so good) during the first half of the year, when I have had to drop everything at a moments notice for my family.  For any of those times, I regret nothing.  They truly are my everything. God has shown me that with out them, nothing else matters.

As for the second half of the year,  I am hoping for a little bit of balance across all the sections of my life, but we'll see how that goes. It's certainly going to be busy: there will be some life changes (a freshman in high school and a new middle schooler), some travel (high school reunion), some family time, and hopefully, lots of good memories created.

Now, onward!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Inspiration Sunday



Time Passes By the Wise Old Oak, by Jason Jenkins via Flickr.  Shown here under CC BY-SA 2.0.

This prompt is yours to draw inspiration from. If you use it, and decide to post the resulting piece on your blog, or other online forum that hosts your writing, let me know in the comments section. I'll make sure to drop by and share my thoughts.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Inspiration Sunday




Fatherhood by aclark71, via Flickr.  Shown here under CC By 2.0


This prompt is yours to draw inspiration from. If you use it, and decide to post the resulting piece on your blog, or other online forum that hosts your writing, let me know in the comments section. I'll make sure to drop by and share my thoughts.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Inspiration Sunday


 The Ferris Wheel, by Billy Wilson, via Flickr.  Shown here under CC BY-NC 2.0

This prompt is yours to draw inspiration from. If you use it, and decide to post the resulting piece on your blog, or other online forum that hosts your writing, let me know in the comments section. I'll make sure to drop by and share my thoughts.

Monday, June 1, 2015

New Summer Project Class at The Treehouse Coffee Shop

I am happy to inform you that I am offering a new knitting Project Class over the summer.
 
When: Tuesdays, from June 30 to August 4, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Where: The Treehouse Coffee Shop
120 W. Merchant Street, Audubon, NJ 08106

Cost: $70/person (for all 6 sessions)
$15/person (for Walk-In session)

This is a special group class designed for knitters of novice to intermediate skill levels focused on completing an appropriate level project of the student’s choice. I will coach and assist you from cast on to bind off. By the end of the class, you will have a completed project to proudly show off to family and friends.

This class is perfect for a regular ladies’ night event, or setting aside dedicated “me” time to create. Use this class as an opportunity to finish those lingering works-in-progress (WIPs) and unfinished objects (UFOs).

Prior to the first session, you must identify the project you intend to complete during the class.  Please bring the project pattern and all the supplies and equipment needed to complete your projects.

Each participant is entitled to one drink OR snack from the coffee shop during the session.  All subsequent orders shall be for paid for by the participant.

If you would like to sign up for this class, please complete the form below I will get back to you with the enrollment details.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Handmade Love & Joy


I am embarking on a new venture of turning one of the great joys of my life into a business.  When I started blogging in 2004, (yikes!  11 years?) it was to talk about my adventures in knitting and food.

After a brief hiatus from knitting to concentrate on my writing, I came back to it last year and the love I have for sticks, hooks, and yarn was rekindled.  As such, I decided to take it one step further.

I am in the process of completing my Knitting Instructor Certification by the Craft Yarn Council.

I am now offering private Learn to Knit classes for beginners of all ages.  I offer one-on-one, small group, and parent and child classes.  For knitters with some knitting skills, but are having trouble finishing a project, I also offer a project based class. At the moment, I am limited within a ten mile radius of Cherry Hill, NJ.


Check out the Handmade Love & Joy page on Facebook to learn more about my class offerings. Here is a sampling of what to expect from each class*:

*Class fees are available upon request.

Learn to Knit (Adults Beginners):
3 sessions  (1-1/2 hours to 2 hours per session)
A comprehensive class designed to teach you the basics of knitting.  At the end of each session, you will complete a beginner level homework project.  By the end of the class, you will have enough confidence in your skills to complete a project that plays with textures and shaping.  Classes are available for one-on-one instruction or small groups (2 to 5 persons).

Learn to Knit (Children and Parent and Child):
3 sessions (45 minutes to 1 hour per session)
A quick learning class designed to help you and your child (7 to 12 years old) jump into the joy of knitting.  At the end of the class, you and your child will have enough confidence in your skills to complete a beginner level project.  Classes are available for one-on-one instruction (1 child or 1 Parent and Child pair) or small groups (2 to 4 children* or 2 to 3 Parent and Child pairs)
**For Children Only classes, the child's parent or guardian must be present during the session.

Project Class (Adults Only):
6 sessions (1 hour to 1-1/2 hour per session)
Specially designed to help knitters with novice to basic knitting skills who are having trouble completing a project.  A bring-your-own project class, perfect for a regular girls' night out or scheduling some dedicated "me" time to create.  This class would also be great opportunity to finally finish that lingering Work-In-Progress or Unfinished Object. Classes are available for one-on-one instruction or group (2 to 10 persons).
If you'd like to learn more about each class, fees, and enrollment terms and conditions, please feel free complete this form: