Happy Independence Day!

firecracker-801902_1920Ever wanted to know a little more about how this country got started? Here’s a few things you can do:

Watch 1776

Check out the Wikipedia article (grain of salt here guys, it’s publicly editable)

Read the Declaration of Independence

Take a look from the British Point of View

And hey, if you would rather just enjoy the holiday, have fun, be safe and thank God for our freedoms. Oh, and since it’s ALSO Wednesday, look forward to a new stitch in a little bit too!

 

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Exciting Changes!

Exciting Changes? Changes are hard! Changes are scary! Changes are…DIFFERENT!!

Yes, I know, changes can be all of those things. I think this change is all of those things and a few more; refreshing, needed, and yes–exciting!

Of course, all changes come with some good news and some bad (or at least less than savory) news, but before we get to that, let me tell you what’s been going on.

In real life, I went to college to be a secondary education teacher for English. If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, I think you can see that I teach in my free time for fun. Teaching is a more than a hobby for me, it’s really just something I do. Wherever I am, whoever I’m with, I end up trying to teach something.

When we were faced with the question of where my 4 year old should go for school, it was pretty obvious to my husband and myself that homeschooling would be the best option for our family. This week I went to a three day training for our chosen program where I learned SO much about homeschooling, got tips from other moms, and got to spend time in both fellowship and reflection. There may still be a few people who aren’t too sure about this course of action for us, but I feel that both my education background and my recent training, as well as the support system I have with our school community (we will have a day of school each week with a wonderful group of moms and students!) has equipped me to home school.

Now you know about my teaching habit, and you know I’m planning on homeschooling, and you know we’re going to be with a group of other home schoolers each week, so you can guess what happened when our Director (think lead tutor) called asking if I would be interested in tutoring (think teaching) a class because it looked like we would need an extra class for my son’s group. I didn’t think twice (until after I agreed anyway) and signed up to take on tutoring for my first year of home school. If that wasn’t enough, I agreed to take on several extra students on a different day to teach English.

Now what does this have to do with the lot of you reading? Well…good news bad news time:

First, the bad news. Because I am taking on so much and needing more time to focus not only on my own students, but on the students I will be tutoring this year, I will be taking some time off from the blog (after the ABC series of course!). Due to some changes Etsy has made, I will also be closing the shop in early July. I sort of mentioned these in my last post, so hopefully this isn’t too big of a surprise.

As always, I am available via E-mail or through “contact seller” on Etsy. If you get to Etsy and the page cannot be found, I have closed the shop and you’ll have to try me on E-mail or Facebook. I’ll be keeping the Facebook page and this blog available because…..

The good news: I will be announcing a release date pair of books on the blog and Facebook! They may take a little longer than planned, because of tutoring this school year, but I am going to take our ABC’s of knitting and crochet and turn them each into a digital book for download on Kindle (and maybe a few others). Each book will have a how to for each stitch we’ve done and step by step pictures!

But isn’t that just the blog you’ve been writing for free? Why would I buy an E-book for it?

Because, the book will have PATTERNS highlighting each stitch! And since you won’t be able to get the Mermaid Tail Blanket Pattern on Etsy anymore, it will be included in the crochet book as our pattern for Crocodile stitch. Which means you’ll get a total of 26 patterns per book (including the Mermaid Tail Blanket).

I’ll be taking time over the next year or so to make sure they’re in tip top shape and as things get closer to done, I’ll let you know. I’m doing this on my own, so please bear with me as life sometimes really does happen and I don’t get paid for writing books.

In the meantime, if you have and questions, comments, concerns, pattern ideas, or things you REALLY want to see in the books, please contact me!

Wishing you all well,

Natalie

We’re Moving!

Those of you who have been following me on Instagram already know, but I thought it was time for a “real” update on the move situation.

In March, my husband and I started to look at building a home, but there really isn’t a lot of land to put such a home on in our area and we have no interest in leaving central Texas, so we started looking at the used home market and found a couple that we really liked. There have been a LOT of ups and downs, but as of May, we have contracts executed to sell our house as well as buy a new house not far from where we really wanted to be.

For us, this move is a HUGE adventure! We’ve moved lots of times, even a couple of times with a less than one year old baby (my first son), but we’ve never moved with two active, wiggling toddlers! We aren’t going far, but the change can be hard. I will be spending a LOT of time with my older son helping him understand that leaving this house is a change, not a loss and a LOT of time packing.

I’ll be writing blog posts in advance so we can finish the ABC series as close to on time as possible, but if I miss a week, please forgive me.

There is also another announcement I would like to make, but it is currently dependent on how Etsy chooses to carry out their changes to the “Finances” section of their seller’s website.

Etsy recently announced that they would be making some changes to how fees and taxes are collected that would effect how I am able to run my shop there. Etsy is notorious for making these kinds of announcements and then shifting something so that the actual effects are not quite the same, so I am waiting to see.

What I CAN say for now is that coming soon there will be some changes to the shop (one way or this other), and I am working on a surprise for you all for middle end of next year (hopefully sooner, but we’ll see) so stick with me till then at least!

Thank you all for reading, sharing, and learning with me!

Natalie

Monday News!

Hey Y’all,

I hope you’re starting this last week of January off well! I thought I would pop on to let you all know that Natalie’s Oddities is now on Instagram! If you’ve been poking around this site, you’ll notice the new link on the social media menu and the icon on the main page. I’m still working out some kinks between Instagram and Facebook, but soon they’ll be playing nicely I’m sure.

If you haven’t seen my posts on Facebook about the new-to-me knitting machine, I got a Studio 305 “Automatic” knitting machine. That bad boy is actually a MANUAL machine, but it came out before computers were widely used, so at the time it was considered automatic. I’ve been spending some time learning how to use it and cleaning the thing up and I’m finally at the point where I can make a few things on it. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for the new project that’s coming off the knitting machine this week! I’m hoping to have it done by the big game this weekend (It’s Super Bowl Sunday this weekend for those of you who don’t track that sort of thing) and while it may not be the prettiest thing to ever come off the machine, it’s definitely going to be fun!

Check out the new Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/nataliesoddities/

Learn more about the new project here: https://www.facebook.com/Nataliesoddities/

And have a great Monday!

Time for a Recheck

Earlier this year I did a short post on what I was hoping to accomplish in 2017. So lets take a look at where we’re at:

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Nesting Basket Pattern…….Check!

Christmas Stockings……Crochet Check and Knitting Check!

That leaves me down to the pattern bundles. I have a few patterns ready for the bundles, but with two boys and my husband’s work schedule gone crazy, time is not something I am finding in abundance. It looks like y’all will have to wait a bit longer for those to come out. In the meantime though, I’ll be starting a series of VERY short blog posts on the A-Z’s of crochet and knit stitches.

The goal of these posts will be to work on stitches you may have never heard of or seen (like astrakhan crochet or Andalusian knit stitch). My goal with these is to expose you all to some unusual stitches you can try out over the holidays and to show you how to use them in different or unique ways (yes, there will FINALLY be a tutorial on Crocodile stitch in the round). Sometimes I’ll show you how I increase or decrease in a stitch (like crocodile), and sometimes I’ll just show how the stitch is worked. I may even have a project or two to go along with some of them.

If you have any questions on a specific stitch (how to work it a certain way, decreases, increases, etc…) or would like to see a specific stitch covered, now would be a really good time to email me! I’m planning out the next couple months of stitches along with my pre-school lessons for my older son and would love to include your questions in my posts!

There is ONE other thing I need y’all to help me with…

I have been asked for business cards a couple of times and I would LOVE to give some out, but I need to finalize a design for them. What do you all think of this:

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It’s just a draft, but I would love to have some feedback on it.

I think that’s all for now, so happy crafting!