Supporting Danielle’s Doll Drive

April is officially coming to a close and we’ve done a 1496628_900127106678695_6079002097737133252_nphenomenal job of collecting funds to help benefit Danielle’s Dolls! Thank you to everyone who has purchased from my shop over the past month, whether you were aware of it or not I was sending 20% of my sales to support Suicide Prevention and more specifically Danielle’s Dolls here in Akron, Ohio.

It is said that approximately 100 people will die from suicide every day in the United States. It’s a sad truth, however, there are many people out there who are trying to make a difference and trying to reduce the number of deaths to suicide that we have each year. Many of these advocates unfortunately have loved one’s who have left us way to early.

If you would still like to contribute to the fund please visit Danielle’s Doll Drive. Thanks again for all of the love and support!

Earth Day Goodness

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Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! I try to incorporate as many eco-friendly and natural products as possible into my shop and have actually just placed another order for recycled card stock for my greeting card shop to celebrate.

It’s great seeing so many people coming together to help celebrate and take care of mother earth. As we go further into spring this year I find so many people outside working in their gardens and just going for a walk. This past weekend was no different for our family as I took the boys and our dog for a walk through the neighborhood, enjoying the fresh air.

IMG_20150227_083417_resizedWe also started going through all of our seeds and planning our attack for this year’s garden. We’re going to be enlarging the garden a bit, installing a fence and just have a lot to do before we’re ready to start planting next month. I also received an email from Seed Saver’s, the company that we got a lot of our seeds through this year, that a few of our transplants are going to get shipped to us next week!! Eeek, can’t wait to receive those!! We’re going to be trying a fun variety of tomatoes and peppers this year and can’t wait to see what we’ll be eating this summer and fall.

It’s great to get the kids involved and having them see what one person can do and that we don’t have to rely on big grocers for our produce. We can grow fruits and vegetables ourselves, produce that’s not covered in pesticides and are much tastier! I have loved going out to the garden each day to see what’s ripe, picking things fresh off the vine to prepare for dinner and never knowing what might be for dinner because you don’t know what might be ripe that week.

To celebrate Earth Day this year I’m going to be offering 20% your entire purchase from either of my shops and a discounted rate on any branding material (message me privately to discuss). This deal is only good for today so be sure to enter EARTH20 at checkout to guarantee your discount!

Round Out Winter with My New Giraffe!

Like most creatives I find that I go through phases of making items and sometimes you just have to go with that drive. Suddenly I had the urge to create some baby animal hats. Even though spring is officially here I had to go with it because that’s all that I could think about. Couldn’t deny myself that!

Last week I launched my new penguin hat which silly me didn’t make one for the child that actually inspired it, now he’s trying to squeeze on the 6 month size that I made. I Think I might have to make another for my little man even though he probably won’t model it for me.

And now here’s my other adorable animal I felt the urge to make, a baby giraffe!!

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I have no idea what inspired this guy I just thought it would be really cute to make so I made one. I think he turned out pretty darn cute if I do say so myself!

You can currently find the adorable baby giraffe in my Etsy shop so swing on by to check it out!

I think this will be my last hat at least for a little while. I have a few other things I’d like to make and am also working on a few Father’s Day cards so stay tuned for those items.

Penguin Baby Hat Coming Soon

I know, I should be thankful that winter is finally over andpenguin moving onto some warmer weather items but I had a few more hat ideas I just needed to get done before moving onto spring. Here’s a sneak peak at one of the items, my new baby penguin hat!

My youngest son loves penguins (among a few other animals) and was a big inspiration for this hat. Hopefully it will be in my shop later today, once I have it available for sale I’ll get the link here as well.

I’m going to have a boy and girl version available and if you want to change out the colors to your favorite color just let me know when ordering and I’ll make that accommodation.

Keep checking back for availability or check out my shop for this and other children’s animal gear. I have one more in the works and will hopefully have that one up sometime next week!

More Greeting Card Options

I’m adding a few more greeting card options to my shop Love_Weirdoand will hopefully have some new photos coming to the shop in the coming weeks. This week I’ve added another love and relationship card for all of those who recognize the quirkiness of their relationship this card will be perfect for them.

 

Also, I’m now offering an option to get any five cards in my shop (excluding wedding invitations) for $15! You can mix and match any of the different categories and cards or get five of the same design for just $15.

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Check out my shop today and if you have any questions or custom requests don’t hesitate to ask!

No Child Left Behind or Not?

I know this isn’t really related to arts or crafts but it’s been top of mind lately so I feel the need to share or vent my thoughts on this. I was never one that got overly involved in my son’s school events, even with his curriculum; he always got good grades so I never thought there was reason for concern. I never thought I’d be that parent concerned and semi-upset with the U.S. education system but things are messed up and it’s become very clear to me why our country ranks poorly when compared with other nations.

When I started looking for a house about six years ago I narrowed my search to the areas that I knew had ‘good’ schools and only searched in those areas. We purchased our house and that year my son went to kindergarten in this ‘good’ school district. I thought I had nothing to worry about, I did my research and we were good to go, right? Wrong!

I believe it was first grade when I went in for my parent teacher conference and sat down in my little blue chair, thankful that I’m a fairly small adult to fit in that chair, the teacher started off like any other conference showing me samples of his work and talking about his behavior in class. Then she mentioned that he’s very smart, finishes all of his work ahead of the other kids and it’s always correct so she allows him to draw while the other kids are working since that seemed to be his passion. Then she handed me a packet of papers and explained to me that if they had advanced classes in the elementary building she would place him in those classes but they had to do away with them due to funding and she continued to say that the junior high had advanced classes but by the time he gets there they’ll have done away with them. So this packet of papers was information on different resources that I could look up on the internet so I could help him at home so he doesn’t get bored.

I left with my jaw on the floor but also slightly reassured that she was aware of his gift and was actively working with him since the school wasn’t able to.

I should have taken that as a sign for what was to come.

A few years later he got a teacher that told him that there was to be no doodling or drawing in her class and that seemed to really burst his bubble and things have slowly started to crumble from there.

That same year the school also did away with art, music and gym due to lack of funding. My son is very right brained so doing away with art and music was very disheartening, not to mention we live in a country with an obesity problem and they’re taking gym away from the kids. Things were not making sense.

They eventually brought gym back into the school but art and music were up to the teachers handle. My son came home one day singing a Katie Perry song and told me he learned it in music class. You can imagine the look of confusion on my face when he told me this. He then went on to tell me that the teacher turned on the radio and played some Katie Perry songs for music class. Ummmm, no! That’s not music class material!

I was really starting to question the school district I moved into but I knew in the back of my mind my son would be going to junior high soon and would soon have more opportunities and doors opening. I really hoped that things would get better.

Now my son is in fifth grade, the work load is a little tougher and he consistently has homework but he also consistently has straight A’s. He’s started complaining more about how he doesn’t want to go to school because it’s so boring. He’s really starting to remind me of myself at that age which is a little scary because I remember just giving up on school in sixth grade and that’s when my downward spiral began. It seemed pointless and redundant and I didn’t understand why we had to learn such remedial stuff. I’m afraid he’s falling into that same boat.

About a month or so ago we were all sitting at the dinner table talking about our day and my son all excited asks us how many different ways we know how to divide. His father and I looked at each other a little confused and both agreed on one, we knew one way to divide, are there more??? Our son told us he knows six ways to divide a single problem and was proud that he knew so many different ways and we only knew one way.

Once again I was confused!

After dinner he showed me all six ways of dividing a single problem. I didn’t want to burst his bubble but by the time he was finished showing me I was pretty furious to say the least and went on a rant with his father for the rest of the night. I don’t know if it’s with all schools but his school has to teach all six ways on how to divide a problem in fifth grade then in sixth grade they are allowed to divide like the rest of the world does. The six ways to divide include different visual ways of dividing that involve long drawn out processes to understand how and why you’re dividing so those that can’t grasp the concept of division don’t have to be put on the spot or called out. Instead of having remedial classes like they had when I was a child the entire class is forced to work at the pace of the remedial children.

So now I sit here thinking about how my son can’t have advanced classes even though that’s where he should be and now I’m learning that he’s not even learning at a normal pace that the entire class is working at a remedial pace so no child is left behind. To me, in my mind, all of those children who are a little more gifted are being left behind. They’re getting bored. When children get bored good things rarely come of it. That’s when they shut down, when they start finding other things to do. Eventually they’ll stop learning at the speed that they had been and may become further behind than the remedial students that the government is trying so desperately to help. What about the rest of our children?

I’m now finding myself torn between leaving him here in this school that isn’t teaching him much of anything, switching schools and hoping that they might have better programs and that the programs won’t get cancelled due to funding once we move, going to a school for gifted children which will probably cost and arm and a leg or home schooling.

I’m quite disgusted with the education system that we currently have and would love to get some input on this topic. What do teacher’s think??? I have a few teacher friends that I’ve talked to and I know a bunch of them are up in arms about many things going on in the education system. I know I can’t be the only parent feeling this way.

Knot Amused

Today’s blog is a random rant about yarn, so if you don’t enjoy yarn you may want to move onto another blog J

I received a custom order for a hat the other day and told the guy I could probably have it out in 3 or 4 days which is typical for the hat he ordered but little did I know I was going to run into such a SNAFU. I started creating the hat the other night and about a third of the way in my yarn started to tangle, I managed to get things straightened out but was afraid of what was to come and hoped that I would be able to get through the bulk of the hat before things got worse.

20150401_215024_resizedI will now be on night three and the hat is halfway finished, my skein of yarn is one giant knot! It’s a loose knot but it’s still a crazy mess that I can’t seem to untangle from either end. So as I sat on my couch cursing and trying to straighten things out to finish as much of the hat as I could I started thinking, why in the world do manufacturers spin yarn in this manner?

The majority of the yarns that I purchase unravel from the outside in but this skein (and a few others I’ve used) has the end of the yarn on the inside and you work your way from the inside out.

Now perhaps I’m not using the yarn correctly but I thought it was pretty self-explanatory yet each and every time this happens. Why??

I think I’m going to start boycotting this yarn because it becomes such a pain. I already reached out to the guy that ordered the hat to let him know it would be a day or two late (because I’m in yarn hell). But that’s really no way for me to run a business. I’ve never had it impact me to where I couldn’t ship in time but I’m afraid I’m just going to have to cut the yarn tonight, unravel, wind it back up and continue where I left off which is a lot of extra work for no reason whatsoever.

If anyone has any tips or tricks for using this kind of a skein please let me know!! Thanks and sorry for the rant!