Christmas tree oh Christmas tree!

It’s finally that time of year! The mornings and evenings are darker (I’m apparently the only one who likes this!), the weather is colder, schools everywhere are doing their nativity plays and Xmas trees are being erected and decorated with lights and baubles.
I had put off putting up our tree for as long as possible, partially because our newest kitty family member will probably knock it down every night while we sleep, but mainly because I could not be arsed.
I know. I’m a terrible mummy.
But last night we went to an event at church and made decorations and had Christmas dinner, had a tiny service for the children and then got to meet Santa! So I figured I couldn’t put it off any longer and dragged our tiny wee tree from the cupboard this morning.
It’s a little scraggly thing, given to me by a friend a few years ago when we had nothing. It holds a lot of sentimental value to me, this little tree ❤

The presents for The Child are wrapped, I'm finishing The Man's blanket and my bestie has given me some unwanted vouchers to go shopping for my mummy tomorrow 🙂 Almost sorted!
Is everyone else ready for Christmas (if you celebrate it, this is)?

Church is holding a nativity service on Xmas Eve too, so I think we'll be going to that as The Man is here a few days before Xmas 🙂 I'm actually starting to feel slightly Xmasy 😉

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I’m such a cruddy blogger

I am such a rubbish blogger aren’t I? The summer holidays passed by in a blur and now it’s almost Halloween! What’s that all about?! Where did the last few months of my life go?!

I have joined Instagram however, so feel free to search me up and have a nosy! @corasclipsandknits

I shall be back with a proper update, and photos, later. We’re off to pick up a new rescue kitty to add to our little family! 🙂

Win some, loose some…

So we have been mostly doing…
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…some work…

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…some home education…

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…and some hair band organising 😀

Don’t they just look so pretty all hung up like that? Also helps me see which colours I’m lacking in too! I think I need more blue and yellow… because I have MINION RIBBON! 😀 Take a peek on my Facebook page for photos of that.

So… Home education. Hasn’t gone how I imagined if I’m honest. The Child loves doing the worksheets I’ve found, and we’ve been practising maths and spelling randomly through the day too (It’s surprising how much daily life can be classed as education!). But The Child keeps asking when she can go back to school, and getting upset when I say it’s not until September 😦 I’ve been told kids need a period of ‘de-schooling’, to basically re-jig their brains out of the school mindset. My plan was to see how things were by the middle/end of August and go from there, but seems like she’ll be wanting to go back to school at this rate. Sigh 😦

I’ve also spent today, while feeling ill with cold, organising my WIPs (that’s Work In Progress for you people not in the know, unfinished knitting and crochet projects!) I want to get them finished up. Hopefully having them all in separate baggies, in my little basket beside the sofa, will inspire me to pick some of them up! I think I want to aim for at least one WIP finished a month. We’ll see how long that lasts, huh? 😉

Ah well, till next time! xx

The calm before the storm!

This is it. The eve of our first ‘official unofficial Home Schooling’ day. I say official unofficial, because she’s still registered at school over the holidays while we trial run Home Education. I have a rough idea of how we’ll lay out our routine, but I’m going to go with the flow and see how The Child wants to do things.

I’ve printed out our first worksheets. I found a lovely blog called 3dinosaurs.com via Pintrest. I’ve got a lot of her printables pinned for future use (We need colour ink, black and white printables aren’t as fun 😀 ) Her and another blog called Royal Baloo are doing something called “Jump In To Summer Learning“, which is 5 weeks of worksheets and printables for tots, pre-k, kindergarden and First Grade. After a bit of research I discovered The Child is currently at Kindergarden level, which is Reception for us Brits. So I went with that level, but I printed some of the First Grade (Year One) sheets too that I thought would be challenging, but not so hard that she has a meltdown. Fine line, people, fine line!

The first theme for the sheets is ‘Space’. So we have four, black and white but very lovely, worksheets printed out. They include a bit of maths and english/writing skills.

I’ve also been looking at some “Morning Binders” or “Calender Binders” which are kinda what they sound like they are! A little bunch of sheets which are about the date, time, weather which include a few maths and english skills along the way. Tally charts for marking the days spend ‘in school’, a section for recording the temperature (Need to invest in a thermometer, but my phone tells me the average for now.), a clock face, bits to record the weather for the month. I’ve ended up using the pages from Homeschoolcreations.net, which you can find here. She has a little video giving you a tour through one of her kids Calender Notebook. It seems like a really lovely way to start the morning of learning, a few simple skills to warm the brain up! At the moment my pages are, yup, black and white. But once I refil the printer I’ll be printing it out in colour and laminating the sheets. (I’ll also be changing the $ for a £ on one of her pages too 😉 )

I’m hoping our routine will be; breakfast, morning folder, worksheets, and then we’ll go with The Child’s flow. There’s various Lapbooks I have lined up, and she has at the moment a trial to readingeggs.co.uk and mathseed.co.uk both of which she adores. I also have different arts and crafts ideas lined up, and ideas for some ‘field trips’. Although those will be at a minimum at the moment, as it’s the school holidays they’ll all be really busy, and we don’t do loud, busy places.

I’ve printed myself out some sheets to start my “Home School Planner”, as inspired by this post over at Kirstenjoyawake.com. I’m not sure about the level of planning I’ll need, but if anything I have a rough idea for our days, and can use them to record what we do, rather than plan it. I’ve included a page for extra-curricular activities, field trips, a book log, and also printed out July and August from my Google Calender for note making!

I’m both nervous and incredibly excited. Phew! Now it’s time to tidy up and get the table ready for home schooling!!

Wish us luck!!!

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I owe you all some photos! 🙂

Some of my hand spun…

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(The same one as above, but hanked)

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Mini skiens from left overs and tests.

And the teepee we built in the garden! 😀

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Big changes…

My last post feels a life time ago. I Have been neglecting this poor blog! Since my last post, we’ve had to make some big decisions.

Last Sunday night, my little one had a bit of a poorly stomach. School rules state they have to be off for 48 hours, so she was off until Tuesday. The heat up here is horrid/glorious at the moment and trying to sleep is a nightmare, so the little one hasn’t been sleeping as well as usual (‘Usual’ being sleeping after 8-11pm and waking any time from 4am onwards…. so yeah, sleeping worse is fun! *sarcasm*), Wednesday morning she woke with a really bad sounding cough and I didn’t feel too chirpy myself, so she stayed off Wednesday. Wednesday night she didn’t sleep until 3am (apart from a ‘nap’ 8-10pm) and then woke up at 8am (I lie in my our standards but still only about 5 hours sleep) so I let her stay off Thursday and then Friday she still had the horrid cough and hadn’t caught up on sleep.

Over the weekend/week of having her at home, I realised something. Without school stressing her out, she was actually a joy to be around. I’m not saying I HATE spending time with my daughter, not at all! But with her issues, she’s hard work. VERY hard work. And I do it all on my own.
With the issues we’re having with school, I had started thinking about Home Schooling already. But I wasn’t sure I could manage. But having her at home for 10 days has been like I have a different child! I’ve been looking at lots of home schooling sites and pintrest for ideas to do over the summer holidays when we’ll give home educating, or HE, a trial period. If things go ok over the summer, then I think we might take the plunge and go for it!

On Friday, I printed out some worksheets. 4 dinosaur related ones covering maths and writing skills. She finished them within half an hour of waking!!! I printed another 4 dinosaur ones. Those were finished before I knew it. She asked for some “insect sheets” so I printed out 17 pages of insect related science sheets. She did all but one of those, almost totally on her own. 😮
Then we made a teepee in the backgarden!

(Photos coming soon, WordPress is being a bit funny! :-/ )

So, yeah! Not entirely sure how I’m going to juggle being a mum, teacher, business owner, cleaner, cook and still find time for myself! But if it means The Child is more relaxed, then it’ll be worth it 😀
(When I’m back here moaning in a few months, please remind me of the above sentence! LOL)

I have some photos of some spinning to upload too, but WP really doesn’t like me trying to upload at the moment! Will try again later 😉

Woolfest 2013

Friday and Saturday was Woolfest 2013 up here in Cumbria. If you don’t know what Woolfest is, check out their website. It’s a yearly thing that happens over two days. It’s a knitter/spinner/weaver/crocheter/dyer/fibre-loving nerd’s paradise!

Oh. My. Woolly. WORD! Just amazing.I went this year with my friends Michaela from Ripples, Stripes and Squares and Julie from Wench’s Crafty Corner.
I managed to save up some cash so I actually had spending money too!! I took quite a lot of photos, so popped them into a Flickr account. But I’ll share my little haul here too 🙂

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YARN! 😀 Some bargain bin lace and some gorgeously soft sock yarn

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And of course, I bought fluff!

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Milk protein! I will be spinning milk! Hehe.

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Little 50g bundles of merino from Wingham Wools (Two have silk in them)

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100g of Merino and silk from Wingham.

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Glittery fluff from P&M woolcraft! It’s so gorgeous.

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And a moustache spindle bag from Hilltop Katie! I’ve been coveting one of these since I found them on her etsy page (I got my first drop spindle from her last year at Woolfest 2012!)

I also got to try a blending board! Much prefer that to a carder actually! Love love love.

The rest of the photos of my trip can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98207981@N05/sets/72157634408643123/

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Things what I has done in the last 3 weeks

(Sorry, this is a bit picture heavy!!)

Since my last update I have…

…bought yarn…
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…knit yarn…
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…crocheted yarn…
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…eaten doughnuts…
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…made bento lunches…Image

…made hair bows… (Available here)Image

…and got a second cat!
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Isn’t she just precious? She’s called Pepper and her and Stilton really get on well! She’s about a year old, to his 4/5 years, so she’s really active and kitten like and it’s made how lazy Stilton is a lot more obvious!! Hehehe.

I also got a total bargain today in a charity shop at the end of my street. a single bed cover and a cone of yarn for £2! Yarn is soaking as it smells a bit like old persons house *blushface* but will be held double to make another magic ball blanket with random odds and ends of acrylic, and the fabric, after it’s washed, will be mashed together with the waist of an old pair of jeans to be a skirt! 😀 (And probably little matching skirts for The Child and her waldorf doll, Jenna! I’m planning an extensive wardrobe for her for Christmas, not sure how much of it will actually get made though!! )Image

Less than 5 minutes after I soaked the yarn in a huge jug (normally reserved for Pimms, omnomnom.), a few online knitters told me I shouldn’t soak it on the cone as the middle will take forever to dry….. Le sigh. Why did I not think of that?!  So looks like I’ll have lots of little skeins of this yarn floating about my house to finish drying! At least it won’t smell of old person house any more though!

Toodle pip! 😀