Thursday, June 27, 2013

Brody


The girls had the opportunity to dog-sit my sister’s new puppy.  He is a ball of fur and energy.  Very cute.  Very exhausting!  The girls did just about everything except get up at 4:45am to keep him company.  There may have been some tears when he went home.  Lilah scored a high five for great use of a vocabulary word.  “Grace is abject because the puppy is gone.”  While she is not 100% correct in its usage,  I know she understands the meaning of the word.  







The girls hope they get this opportunity again someday soon.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dreaming is a form of planning


Grace’s guitar lessons are now an hour long.  Rather than wait in the car as we have been doing, Lilah and I decided to venture out and use our time to discover great things.

We found a used book store.  





We bought many books.




We have been reading non-stop lately.  It makes this Mama so very happy.  Ecstatic really.




Then we popped into a new bakery who just happen to be winners of one of Lilah’s favorite shows, TLC’s Cupcake Wars.  This is market research.  





I told Lilah that my dream is to own a used bookstore with lots of fabulous books, a cozy reading nook, tables to work on, and a cafe offering the best coffee and treats.  I would run the bookstore.  She would run the cafe and Grace would play acoustical guitar (or perhaps a piano) on weekends!  Ah to dream........




Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Steinway Factory Tour, Astoria, Queens

The Steinway Factory in Astoria, Queens offers tours by schedule.  This weekend they opened their doors to the public for a 160th Anniversary Celebration.  





If you have a child interested in math, science, technology or engineering, this is a tour you may want to schedule, although I would recommend a nice fall day when the temps are below 70!  The fifth floor of a factory gets mighty hot on a 85 degree day....

We met engineers who determine if the wood is the right dryness and quality.  The grain is laid at specific angles to achieve optimum sounds. Coders input custom codes that guide massive drills to cut the most intricate details.  Strings are laid at precise tensions.  Keys are weighted.  Wood is bent, shaped and treated. I would like to schedule another tour in the fall after the information we absorbed is processed and we can better understand the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into the making of one piano.  










Now I understand that the cost of these instruments is indeed justified.

The coolest part of our tour was seeing the new piano ordered by Lang Lang packed and ready for shipment!  Coincidence?  Serendipity?  I think it is a sign that we are doing okay, and our learning is all intertwined with wonder and awe.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Write Around Town


Write Around Town was a concept that came to me suddenly.  The girls have a few stories they have been working on that I would like to see finished.  Lilah is still working on her story from the fall which is 17 chapters and 16 pages long!  I thought it would be fun to write around town, visiting a new location with our beach blanket, a snack, and our journals.  

An email was sent out on our homeschooling yahoo group to see if any other local homeschoolers would like to join in.

  • We wrote in the children’s department of our library.
  • We wrote in the cafe at Barnes & Noble.
  • We wrote at the beach.
  • We made a new friend.


Making a new friend was the highlight of this week.  The girls did accomplish my goal of moving their stories one step closer to completion, but while this was taking place, a new relationship was being created.  That is pretty cool to witness.  

This is why I homeschool.  It is not always easy.  There are times when you have to make things happen.  You have to put forth the time and the effort and think outside the box.  Sometimes it is a flop.  But sometimes it is pure bliss.  





Sunday, June 16, 2013

Overcoming

This Instagram picture has the caption,
Writing group has been a challenge today.
Our group has not been together in a few
weeks and the girls are sad.
This is a hard aspect of homeschooling.
For me, it is the biggest detriment of homeschooling.
The effort to begin and maintain activities
and relationships can be exhausting.
This picture inspired this post.

A close family member was the director of a major scientific learning center in New England before retirement.  When I told him we were going to begin homeschooling, he shared an unflattering opinion of homeschoolers from an educator’s perspective.  Generally they are late, unreliable and often not well behaved.  Ouch.  That is one heck of a reputation to overcome.  I swore that would never be me and my girls.

I am entering year four of homeschooling.  I am no longer a novice homeschooling parent.  I can easily rattle off a long list of the pros and cons of homeschooling.  I can analyze this opinion of homeschooling, break it apart, and understand it.   

I will say that there have been times when I have seen badly behaved homeschoolers.  I have also been in the company of public schooled children who behave quite horrifically as well.  Homeschooled children need to be taught group dynamics in a public setting.  They have no experience raising hands and walking in line.  When moderators and facilitators use behavior management tools effective in large groups of children who have been trained with them since the age of 5, homeschooled children look perplexed and wonder why in the world clapping would be used to get someone’s attention, think flicking lights on and off is stupid, and waiting to use the bathroom is absurd.  This comes across as insolent, and when homeschooling parents do not feel that their children need to understand and adhere to these group dynamics, an awkward situation is created and the family probably should have stayed home.  

In public school things start and end at prescribed times.  Bells ring to guide you through your day.  The school bus comes at a certain time, if you miss it you miss it.  It does not come back for you.  Homeschoolers have the luxury of not living according to a prescribed schedule.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  I love not having to wake the girls ahead of their natural circadian rhythms.  But when we have to be at a class or a lecture or a tour at a certain time, I get their butts out of bed.  If you are not willing to keep a commitment, don’t sign up for it in the first place.  My girls are constantly taught the value of promptness.  The train waits for no one.  Dad leaves at the same time every single day.  We have piano lessons and guitar lessons that we are never late for. I don’t think we have ever walked into church after mass has begun.  I become neurotic and slightly unbearable about promptness.  I would rather sit in the car for fifteen minutes and listen to our audio book than arrive somewhere fifteen minutes late.  Those words of my relative still ring loudly in my ear and I cringe when people show up late to events.  It is not fair to the organizer and to the facilitator.  

Then there is the last comment, the unreliable one.  This one is hard because it is true in my experience.  It comes back to living a life free of obligatory scheduling.  It is so easy to say, “Meggie is not feeling well, we will not be attending today”, or “We are running late, if we make it we make it and if we don’t we will catch you next time.”, or, “I just don’t feel like it today.”  In my opinion the hardest part of homeschooling is organizing and maintaining activities and relationships.  

We have all heard the knee-jerk reaction to homeschooling of “what about socialization?”  I wrote about it here.  I no longer think this comment refers to true socialization, but rather questions the ability to find and maintain friendships for your children.  School is a self-contained bubble of opportunity.  Play an instrument?  There is a band for that.  Like writing?  There is a club for that.  Are you a leader?  There is a council for that.  Play sports?  There is a team for that.  Like to act?  There is a play for that.  Easy peasy.  No need to travel, to advertise, to schedule, to organize, to stress.  It is all there.  Just walk from one part of the school to the next to join others who are interested in the same thing.  Meet the teacher.  Show up, on time or be left behind (or worse yet, kicked out!).  

This is not so for the homeschooling family (at least living here in CT).  We do not have a large cohesive group of families but splinter groups that are organized around religious affiliation and homeschooling philosophy and rarely do the groups collaborate.  My blog friends in the southern states belong to coops that have over one hundred families.  Ours had about twenty.  There are very few classes with paid teachers to choose from, and in my experience classes run by homeschooling parents is a recipe for disaster.  

So I work my heiny off to organize activities that we enjoy.  I have two art journaling groups and a writing group.  Over the years,  I have had families that just do not show up, show up late, and show up with kids who have no idea how to work will in a group.  I don’t mind putting the effort in because I feel it is worth it, but I do get frustrated when I feel that other parents are not doing the same.  I reflect back on words I heard from my relative four years ago.....

There are times I wonder if this huge negative aspect to homeschooling outweighs all the amazing positives.  I am blessed that my girls have good friends.  We have three homeschooling families with which we are very close and have been close for years.  The girls have neighborhood friends that they see several times a week and together they are branching off to do more mature things like volunteer at the library and in church.  

We have had families cycle in and out of our lives.  I know this would happen in school too, every year brings class changes and new groupings of children, but it does not affect the entire family the way a change in a homeschool friendship can.  I struggle with this more than my children do.  I have asked them many times over the past year if they consider returning to school to have the convenience of after school activities, sports teams, band and orchestra, student council and school newspaper.  They give me a resolute no.  While they are disappointed with friendships fade away because a family moves on physically or moves on emotionally, they shake themselves off and find new friends, knowing that their core group of friends is there for them and has been for the past four years.

Those words said to me four years ago guide me as a homeschooling parent in more ways than I ever imagined.  I have worked very hard to overcome this reputation and since it looks like we are homeschooling for the long haul, I will continue to work on it every day.  I will continue to seek families interested in activities and possible friendships.  I will mourn the loss of friendships, and I will offer a bit of myself to those I meet.  I may not understand why things happen, but I will keep on keeping on.  

Friday, June 14, 2013

Collage Friday




Top Left Clockwise

Flag:  We hung an American Flag on our side entrance.  We used to have one but the bracket broke in half during a storm a few years ago.  Every week we try to add one new thing to the yard.  The garden is growing and the lettuce and kale are soaking up this never ending rain.

7 Cool Homeschoolers: This week’s theme was “what is on your device”.  

Write Around Town: I am trying to add some fun back into our homeschooling.  Looking back over 10,000 old photos from the past 2 years (no exaggeration....I let 10,000 photos collect on my laptop which caused some serious system disc issues...) I realized that we need to inject our days with a bit of fun and whimsy.  I put an email out on our homeschooling yahoo group that the girls and I would be “write” around town, visiting local places to write in their journals and would love other children to join us.  We met a lovely 11 year old girl through this activity.  We met up three times to write, at our local library, at Barnes & Noble and at the beach.  The best part is that she is moving to our town next month!

Art Journaling:  I adore our repurposed board book project.  This page of Lilah’s is one of my all time favorites.  Her quote to go with this page is “Sometimes me think what is friend?
And them me say,
friend is someone to share the last cookie with.”

This workshop is one way to connect the girls with their neighborhood friends on a weekly basis.  The workshop is after school from 4:00-6:00.  Originally it was scheduled for 4 weeks but I anticipate it lasting through the summer.

Rainbow:  Three rainbows in one day.  Such a gift.

Greg’s Birthday:  We helped him celebrate his birthday with dinner at our favorite restaurant followed by homemade vegan chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and chopped Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup candy.  It was better than anything I could buy in a bakery.  Seriously yummy.

Grace at the beach:  I just love this picture of Grace.  It embodies what I feel about homeschooling: the freedom and the ability to make the world your classroom.  

We are officially in summer mode which means a very relaxed learning environment.  Writing group still meets, art journaling meeting, guitar and piano are year round.  Grace is picking up additional piano lessons to focus on playing at more masses this upcoming year and possibly a summer ballet camp.  Lilah is baking and drawing and reading.  She just finished Number the Stars and is half way through Harry Potter Book One (Thanks Keilee!)   There is documentary watching (this week we watching Taylor Swift’s concert documentary as well as Chemerical (a documentary about removing all toxic home cleaners and body products from the home).  There was some Minecrafting, bike riding and lots of gymnastics.  Grace spent 90 minutes at the library attending a introductory meeting for teen volunteering and has already signed up for her first hours.  She is doing this with a good friend which makes it even more fun.  She can’t wait to work with the toddlers. There has been dinner making, green smoothie harvesting, potato beetle killing, and lots of caring for a ill dog and daddy!

Homegrown Learners

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Art Journaling and a commentary on social media


An artist I follow on Instagram recently posted a picture of a post it note she wrote telling her followers to use their own imagination, create their own art and “stop copying hers”.  I stopped following her because I found it very mean spirited.  

When we use social media like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and when we blog, do we honestly think that our ideas are not going to be used by others?  We are putting Ideas on the world’s stage shouting “look at what I did!” and we seek feedback from an unseen audience.  Sometimes the feedback is awesome and sometimes it is not, but we put it out there, so we lose control over how it will be interpreted.

I don’t consider myself an artist but I do feel I am artistic.  I make no money off anything I write or create.  I put things on this space or on Instagram because I WANT them to be copied.  I WANT people to try to make their own deodorant, granola and cleaning products.  I WANT children and adults to find the joy in art journaling.  I WANT people to visit the places we never knew existed and read the books we enjoy and see the movies that made us grow and think of life a bit differently.

On the flip side, there is an issue of integrity, and I have to wonder if I ever crossed that line by using artwork that was posted on Pinterest as inspiration for my art journaling pages.  Sometimes I just don’t have the time or energy to come up with a 100% unique idea so I turn to people who regularly post their ideas on Pinterst boards.  Their work becomes the foundation of what we do, but it is always tweaked with the addition of personal writing.  Sometimes I search google images for an illustration, which is how I began one of my favorite pages about yoga.  

The Instagram post it note made me think about social media again (it seems I am always thinking of the pros and cons of social media....)  We are literally writing the rules on etiquette as we go.  I am going to go back through my art journaling posts to make sure that I credit the source of my inspiration.  This artist was so angry and upset that someone used her artwork - not to sell as if it were their own, but to copy for the simple joy of drawing.  To this I say, don’t post it.  Don’t put it out there.  Keep it close by and protected.  Sell it on Etsy, but don’t give it away on Instagram.  

This has made me more conscious of how I will approach art journaling in the future.  This is what we did this week on our altered board book project:

  • Each child came with a quote.
  • We used Mod Podge to adhere torn dictionary pages to the book page.  I discovered that it may be best to lightly sand the board book page before applying gesso.  When we used a plastic putty knife to evenly spread the Mod Podge over the gesso, some of the gesso scraped off revealing the book page underneath.  I liked this look but other children covered the gesso with a layer of paint first.
  • We used a hair drier to speed up the drying process.
  • We created an drawing to accompany our words.  Lilah and I used Google Images for a quick look at Cookie Monster and fairies.  
  • For this page there was no need for a sealant.  The Mod Podge dried evenly and with a glossy finish.  








The girls would like to learn how to make beautiful letters.  This will be the focus of our workshop next week.  There are several tutorials on Pinterest that demonstrate the art of lettering.

This project is beautiful.  I think in some ways I like it better than our art journals.  They feel more personal and intimate to me.  I would love to try this with my writing group.  I can envision a book created around their stories and poems, or a lovely scrap book of our writing adventures over that past few months.......







Wednesday, June 12, 2013

10 Things You Will Find in My Kitchen


I am not part of the iHomeschool Network but many of the bloggers I read every day are.  Their posts have inspired me to have a bit of fun on my blog.  

In the spirit of the Top 10 Posts, here are my top 10 things you will find in my kitchen.

Coconut Oil.  I would be lost without this, seriously lost.  It is the base for my homemade deodorant.  It is the base oil in my homemade granola.  It gets melted and mixed with patchouli oil to sooth me on a stressful day.   I fry up my quesedillas in a pat of coconut oil and I sautee all my veggies in it (or olive oil).  I would love to know what your favorite use for coconut oil is.  

Granola.  I eat this every day.  Lately I make a double batch and freeze some of it.   Granola is my breakfast and often my late night snack.  A bowl of this with ice cold soy milk is better to me than ice cream, and that is saying a lot because I used to have a serious addiction to ice cream.  Since going cow-milk free, I can’t stand the taste of it anymore. The recipe is super simple.
  
3 cups oats (I use organic)
lots of add ins, approximately 2 cups (dried cranberries, chopped raw almonds, cashews, grated coconut, sunflower seeds, etc. I use whatever I have on hand)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil (I use sunflower, coconut, even walnut oil) 
Combine the wet ingredients.  Mix into the dry thoroughly.  
Spread onto two baking sheets evenly.  
Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.  I have no idea how much I use, 
but I tend to think it is a lot.

My herbs.  I try as much as possible, to heal my family holistically.  This may mean using eye bright tea bags to soothe eyes that are irritated from a nasty summer cold or it may mean that I take out my tackle box filled with homeopathic remedies to treat a cold, cough, headache or stomach ache.  My herbs are taken by some of us daily and others as needed.  My supply is growing and I have no idea how to best store them.  My counter top is in a constant state of clutter but I have yet to find a way to keep everything organized and categorized.  Help would be appreciated.

Ball Jars.  We store food in them and we drink out of them.  I love to see them filled to the brim with a green smoothie but lately I have been making my own lemonade ice tea.  I add it to mineral water and drink a jar a day!  The intense lemon is good to help detox the body and the mineral water has healing properties. Ironically, I don’t store my lemonade/tea in a Ball Jar, but in a large Weck Jar.  I have a few of these in my kitchen and they are a beautiful way to store food and spices.  

My coffee.  This needs no explanation.  I have tried to give it up, I can’t.  It is the start to my day, every day.  Just one cup.  I feel no guilt.

Chocolate.  We have enough to give it it’s own special place in the cabinet.  My favorite is Trader Joe’s dark chocolate with almonds.  I love the chocolate that Greg brings home from New York but I try my hardest to eat GMO free/organically and often I have no idea of the ingredients.  Trader Joe’s label ensures me a GMO free product.  Now that I openly profess I have a piece of dark chocolate a day, I no longer have to hide.  I hit rock bottom when I ate my girl’s Valentine chocolates a few years ago.  All of them.  I still catch a bit of grief about this indiscretion.  I have very little self control when it comes to chocolate.  I still feel badly.  I am truly sorry girls.  Mommy has her own chocolate now, so she won’t ever ever take yours again!

Music.  Music and cooking/eating go hand in hand.  We recently discovered 8tracks.com.  Need invigorating breakfast music?  There is a playlist for that.  Classical dinner piano music?  There is a playlist for that too!   Baking cupcakes and need background music?  There are 16 pages of playlists for that!!

Spices.  I love to try out new flavors when I cook.  Did you know that BJ’s is now selling organic spices?  I go through large amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg when baking my granola, so to have a large amount on hand is critical.  Stop and Shop is now carrying Simply Organic spices and we have a Penzy’s store nearby.  My favorite spice has to be turmeric which I use in everything from chicken soup to eggs, to sautéed vegetables.  

Coffee cups.  I collect them.  I rotate them by season.  We each have our favorite.  Mine is a mug that was made for me by a special friend.  I also regularly use a few that were given to me by my Mother and my Marine’s mug that I got when my brother graduated from Quantico.  Greg loves the owl mugs from WestElm and there is nothing like a huge mug of hot tea on a cold winter day.  I love my mugs so much that they are kept out on my hutch displayed with my tea collection.  

Skoy Cloths. A young friend of mine convinced me to go paper towel free.  I have to admit I have not been able to go 100% free.  We use them to clean up after the dogs; wipe muddy paws and clean up the occasional accident by Daphne. Despite these occasional pet mishaps, we hardly ever reach for a paper towel anymore.  They have been replaced by Skoy Cloths.  We love them and use them for everything that would normally be done by a paper towel (except wash windows...for that we use old newspaper).  To clean, just toss the Skoy in the laundry or in the dishwasher at night.  They last forever and you feel good about reducing waste in your home.

I was not paid to mention, nor have I received any of these items.  I use them because I love them.  That's all.




Saturday, June 8, 2013

Common Core


Once upon a time I was a teacher for a public school district that was one of the top ranked school systems in the state of Connecticut.  Each year I was handed a three ring binder that contained everything my students were expected to learn in the course of one school year.  Our curriculum guide was written for the teachers by the district’s school administration.

It was comprehensive, challenging, appropriate and thorough.  Imagine a chart with every conceivable topic broken down into quarters.  By the end of quarter one the student should meet the designated criteria.  These benchmarks became progressively more challenging from quarter to quarter.  There was no room for interpretation.  You were given your binder and you were expected to present information in a way that met each child’s needs so that the child could move from one benchmark to the next.  

Do you know what I was not given? Textbooks or any required teaching material.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  Just the binder.  It was the expectation of the administration that I would use my intuition, knowledge, passion, curiosity, skill, and desire to select and use materials appropriate to reach my students.  In many ways it was like homeschooling other people’s children!

To teach cursive, I did use a text that the other teachers in my grade level (third grade) used, but to practice, the class would copy poetry in their best writing.  We used primarily Marilyn Burns to teach math, but we did a great unit on measurement using the March Madness basketball tournament.  I taught geometry on the playground using a digital camera to document shapes and we used that same camera to find arrays in the school building that corresponded to multiplication equations.  We published a book of poetry.  We sat outside and sketched trees.  We kept journals and read great books.  We had time for recess every single day.  Rain or shine.  Snow boots lined my classroom wall and my Wellies were ready to muck around on the muddy field. 

I loved my time teaching in this school, in this school district.  Students in this school, in this district, learned.  I did not give homework that lasted more than 15 minutes.  If it took more than 15 minutes they were to return it unfinished.  I did not give letter grades, just numeric 1, 2 or 3s.  We did not subject third graders to standardized tests, that did not start until 4th grade.  We did not need to be told how to teach and when to teach and why to teach.  We taught because we loved to teach.  As a grade level, the three other teacher and I met at our homes to talk about the latest books in education over coffee and dessert.  We met to discuss what was happening in our classrooms and how we could implement the best practices from each other’s experiences.  I had a mentor, several in fact.  Teacher failure was not an option.  There was too much love and support of the staff to allow a teacher to fail.  Sure some teachers had better personalities than others.  Some were strict, others jovial, others novice teachers and others published authors and veteran educators.  

I was not a teacher for very long.  Just five years.  What I described above was my norm for years one through four.  By year five (the year 2000) times were changing.  Homework was being given in 2nd grade.  We were doing test preparation.  Our first mandated text book was given: Chicago Math.  Goodbye beautiful Marilyn Burns who allows for accommodations, enrichment, review, and extensions and hello Chicago math that allows for none of this.  I did not stay long enough to see my beautiful world of pure education collapse under the stresses put upon it by the State.  

Once government beyond the local district became involved, the entire culture of the district changed.  We were blessed to be educating children in an affluent community where parents were in and out of the classroom daily, where budgets were never an issue (I had a $500 discretionary budget to buy whatever supplies I wanted every year), and where drop out rates were nominal and students were expected to continue on to 4 year college institutions.  The desire to pull up lower achieving districts through testing mandates, teacher accountability, and subscribing to No Child Left Behind, produced nominal increases in test scores and one of the casualties of this was that the high achieving districts lost their uniqueness, their creativity, and in some cases, their teachers due to the need to conform to state or national statutes.  

I am very fearful of Common Core.   Since when does the Federal Government have the authority to replace the local districts when it comes to educational mandates?  Where does the Constitution provide for this?  Education is a local/state issue, not a Federal One.  We are entering very dangerous territory when we let the Federal Government dictate how teachers must teach, what they must teach, what they must teach with, and when it must be taught.  The implications of this are staggering.

I am now seeing Common Core advertising in retailers like Barnes & Noble.  This week I saw this ad on the back cover of Book Page from our local library.  Apparently DK Publishing has sold out to Common Core.  Now not only is the Federal Government controlling education, it is affecting what authors write and publishers print.  Scary.  

At this time I am most grateful to be living in a state that (for the time being) has no mandates on homeschooling families.  I am free to choose my children’s curriculum based on their learning styles, their needs, their interests, their abilities and their prior knowledge.   I have the ability to choose the best material available to us and this material may be very different from another homeschooler in the same town.  Common Core has no place in my home.  Common Core has no place in our schools.  This is a move away from education and a move towards a totalitarian state.    I hope as more people become aware of what is happening, they take a stand and say no to Common Core.  The time has come to stand up for our children and their education.   

Friday, June 7, 2013

Art Journaling: Beauty in Imperfection


This week we began a weekly art journaling workshop with two of our friends.  Filling a sketchbook can take months and months, but this is a project that can be completed in a shorter amount of time - 5 to 6 weeks!

To begin, I needed toddler board books of approximately the same size.  These will be repurposed into our journals.  At Savers, a local thrift store, I was able to find just what I needed for $.69 a book!  



I primed the cover and the first two pages with 2 coats of matte finish Gesso and sealed the page with Krylon acrylic spray.  I did this on a sunny day to let the journals air out before bringing them in. 



Each page will be unique but the book will be focused on a central theme - favorite quotations, or simply, words to live by.  The girls and I collect quotes on a Pinterest board and we simply pick one that resonates with our soul.  




I decided to make my quotes biblical.  I envision this book as a gift for my Goddaughter.  One of our friends is focusing on Harry Potter quotes.







The trick to being able to write over the paint and over the paper smoothly is to spray the page with the acrylic sealer.  The downside of this is the toxicity of the spray.  I always spray outside and away from the house.  I do not let the children spray their own pages.   However, the sealer provides the artist with a smooth surface to write on.  Sharpie markers glide beautifully over the page and the result is a multi-dimensional journal page.  



This is a fun project.  You must let go of the need to have everything look perfect.  This book is bulky and depending on what you put on your page, it may not close well.  Learning to work across pages is tricky.  Prefolding your paper is key and even then, it may crinkle a bit when you close the pages.  This is okay.  There is beauty in imperfection.  We will do the cover last when we have our quotes and our theme and can envision what the cover should look like.  Using beautful ribbon, a hair tie and a button we will make a closure for the book.  For now, this will do......


Revive Conference 2017

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