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,