I hope this post finds you feeling refreshed from a fabulous farmgirl filled summer and ready to tackle the back to school season. I’ll admit, I’m in complete denial that school has already started (or is just about too) in most areas. After all, the BEST of summer weather is yet to come! Here on the shorelines that means clear blue skies, no humidity and the anticipation of stealing away for a few more boat rides on less crowded waters. There’s no turning back now. It’s time to trim the sails and head for more structured shores. I’m cruising into this school year on the incoming tide with high hopes for smooth sailing ahead! However, my nautical chart tells me that with two teens in high school ( one still home, the other in school ) the chances for some variable weather and high seas are almost certain in Cape Cod Bay. It’s bye-bye BEACH and back to school for this HOMESCHOOL marm. Land Ahoy!
We were blessed to have so many’ life learning’ years together at home. Homeschooling was perfect for her when she was younger because like a lot of children she could dream up something to do with her hands in a flash! She bathed in the luxury of many FREE PLAY DAYS as she explored various creative mediums inside and out. Once she had set course on an idea she was good to go for hours and the outcome was usually quite remarkable. At least to my encouraging motherly eyes!
Here’s a peek at some of ‘ her ‘ handiwork from our homeschooling years!
Like all farmgirls, she loved finding things to do outside. She was in her fairy phase during this surge of creativity which included woodworking, stone work, nature crafts and architecture. She made the bench with scrap wood, twigs and tree stumps.
What little girl doesn’t believe in fairies?
Nothing made her happier than to get lost in the outskirts of our backyard where she could get her hands dirty and have something to show for it!
When the weather became too cold (oh wait, there was that igloo she tried to build) for her to use the yard as her creative canvas a new wave of creativity would wash over her and she’d be up to her elbows in scrap paper, yarn, knitting needles, glitter glue, buttons, paint, pencils and whatever else she could find in the art supplies cabinet. Remember making dioramas in school for history or science class?
I love the little black buttons she used for wheels on the chairs but my favorite part of her design is the sign that set the tone for our dream creative space!
She and I eventually made that dream a reality ‘ down below ‘ in an unused part of our basement.
One of the first things we did was create an inspiration board! We included some of our drawings, magazine clippings and a color wheel just in case we decided to follow the ‘ how to use the color wheel rules ‘. Don’t worry, we didn’t! I painted the frame and hung a wire on the back then we pinned our drawings right to the wall!
While I got our supplies organized she and a friend painted stools for the studio!
Here’s the art table ready and waiting for someone to take the helm!
She made this box so people could slip her a note on the sly! ( obvi before texting came into our lives)
I moved on to feverishly painting furniture (and blogging ) and she took up knitting! A friend showed her the basics and we picked up a book for more ideas. She made those cute little pocket purses as Christmas gifts one year.
And so it goes with my girl. She continues to hone her creative voice. Trying her hand at most anything. These days she’s learning guitar, writing music and lyrics. Is she the next Taylor Swift? Who knows? Will she take the world by storm? That’s uncertain too but she stole my heart the day she was born and she’ll always be my shining star.
One of her first original notated compositions:
As a teenager she’s bound to go off course, sail into uncharted waters and have to ride out some rough seas. Most teenagers do. As for me? I’ll be on shore shining my light out to sea guiding her back to the safe harbor.
Look out RISING TIDE here she comes!
Go get em sis!!!
Until our next shoreline visit~
BEACH BLESSINGS and a smooth back to school entry to all my school marm sisters out there!
Lot’s of love,
Deb # 1199
P.S. To be continued: Join me next time for Live and Learn~ homeschooling the teen years.