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:








Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion by Jennifer R. Hubbard


Today's guest post is from YA author, Jennifer R. Hubbard.  
Jenn stands as one of my pillars of inspiration and has become an unknowing mentor in my writing life.  I draw so much from her blog posts and so many times, I wished I could put stickies all over her blog on specific topics to return to.  Now, I can... well, in an electronic sort of way - thanks to the bookmarking and highlighting capabilities of my e-book reader app.
Here's Jenn sharing with us why she wrote Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion.  



When I first started writing seriously, for publication, I was alone. I didn’t know many other people who liked to write, and I didn’t know any who were regularly submitting manuscripts for publication. The only time I got critique was during the occasional workshop class that I took at night.

One reward of going to writers’ conferences and joining writers’ groups was finding like-minded colleagues—and friends. Friends who saw me through the process of writing, revising, querying, and moving past rejection letters. Friends who helped me run the obstacle course of publication. Friends with whom I exchanged pep talks.

Wouldn’t it be great, I thought, if I could have a little pep talk at the beginning of every writing session? Wouldn’t it be great to have a resource that acknowledges the emotional difficulties—and the humor—of writing and publishing? Out of these questions came Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion . Essentially, it covers the topics that I’ve found myself thinking about the most: procrastination, envy, getting started, learning to say no, learning to say yes. Remembering to celebrate. Knowing when to tough things out and when to let go. My hope is that my thoughts on those subjects will be helpful to other writers as well, and that it will at least remind them that they’re not alone.

Synopsis: Sometimes the most difficult part of writing is not coming up with a plot or the perfect turn of phrase. It’s getting motivated to sit down and start, or having the confidence to go forward, or finding the courage to move past the sting of rejection. Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion provides inspiration and encouragement for that mental and emotional journey. It charts the ups and downs of the writing life with honesty, gentle suggestions, and a dash of humor.


 
Jennifer R. Hubbard (www.jenniferhubbard.com) is the author of three novels for young adults and several short stories. Her most recent book, Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion, discusses failure and success and everything in between. She lives near Philadelphia with an understanding husband, a pile of books and chocolate, and a melodramatic cat.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Inspiration Sunday




The sisters de Baan of Spijkenisse, daughters of Jan de Baan & Johanna (nee Peppink)! c 1908. Uploaded by Yvonne Thompson to Flickr Group - The Museum of Found Photographs.  Shown here under CC BY-NC-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, April 19, 2015

Inspiraiton Sunday





Sisters by Eric Benacek, via Flickr. Shown here under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Inspiration Sunday




 Title and Artist Unknown. Found via tumblr.


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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Inspiration Sunday




 The  Fanning Sisters, by Mario Testsino for W Magazine.  Found on Popsugar.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Inspiration Sunday


 Out of Focus, by Martin Fisch via flickr.  Shown under CC BY-SA 2.0


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