Saturday, September 21, 2013

This just in...

I just added my December "special" class to my schedule. Thanks to loyal student Nickie for suggesting it!  Join us on Sunday, December 15th to either knit or crochet an owl hat.

Ps- last time I checked the 50% off discount was still available on the Michaels website.  If you're interested in taking one of my knit or crochet classes and want to save a little money, check it out before the day is over!



Sunday, September 15, 2013

Want pictures?

To see what each class project looks like click above on the "Michaels @ Avon - Class schedules and projects" tab.  You'll be able to see each of the "basic" class projects along with the "special" class projects.  You may need to scroll down to see everything.
September "special" class - crochet flowers

October "special" class - doilies (knit or crochet)

November "special" class - Sea Foam Scarf (knit or crochet)

NOW is the perfect time!

Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd are 2 perfect days to visit the Michaels in Avon!

On Saturday from 11-3 we will have a Classes Open House at which you can meet all of the instructors and sign up for classes.  My knit and crochet classes will be offered at a 50% discount! So instead of paying $25.00 for each, you'll only pay $12.50 for EACH class.  The children's classes - normally $15.00 will be $7.50. What better time to "stock up" on classes!

Sunday, September 22nd, I will have a crochet flowers class from 11:00-1:30 and from 2:00-4:00 there will be the 135th Happy Birthday Celebration for Lion Brand Yarn.  You'll get to see  Bonbons, their newest yarn, receive a free sample (while supplies last) and even get to try it before you buy it.

Click on the calendar to the right to see my schedule of classes.  If there's something that you'd like me to add let me know!
 Thanks to Venetta for suggesting the Sea foam scarf that will be the Special Class in November!


And remember you can  now register for Michaels classes online.

I hope to knit or crochet with you soon!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Calendar Updates

I now have all of my Michaels classes on the calendar through December.  Click on the dates and you'll get more detailed information about each class.

I still have room for Special classes in November and December.  If there's something special that YOU'D like to learn how to make let me know.

Be sure to note that I have now added Tuesday afternoon classes to the schedule.  The same class will repeat on the Thursday of that week.

The Children's Crochet classes also begin in September.  There is a series of 3.  I'll only have one in September due to other events but beginning in October they will be held on consecutive Saturdays.

And you might want to make special note of the following:

Add to Favorite Lion Brand's 135th Birthday Party Show IN Tell
  • September 22, 2013 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Come celebrate Lion Brand's 135th birthday by learning how to create a necklace or scarf featuring Bonbons. First 25 customers receive a free Bonbon! No registration required. Unlimited seating.
Class Type: Adult
Instructor Name: None
Skill Level: All
Recommended Age: Adult
Supplies Included: Yes
Seats Available     

This means I will have to change the time of the Special Class I have scheduled for that day so if you were interested in making flowers, let me know so I can see a good time to reschedule it for everyone.  Thank you for your support!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I've got my JOY back!

I'm known for telling adults that I don't let others steal my joy and that I don't take on others stress.  I seemed to have forgotten that and allowed some unruly children to steal my joy.  For the last few weeks I've been tired, stressed, beat down and questioning my decision to change jobs.  But then it hit me, I'M the one who's in charge, I'M the professional, I'M the one who fought for this new job and there was no way I was going to let a few knuckleheads take away MY JOY!

Back to running (I'm running in 2  5k's in September) and enjoying Aqua Zumba and eating right (or at least better).  Back to knitting and crocheting, back to laughing and back to enjoying this life that I've struggled and sacrificed so hard to make for myself and my family.

I had to remind myself that I believe in myself but I also believe in these kids at the school.  I have to show by example that being positive makes a huge difference. So instead of giving attention to the negative forces in my classes, I'm giving lots of positive attention to those who deserve it.  For example - I told one little girl how I liked the way she was sitting correctly and almost immediately about 6 kids around her sat right. Took so much less energy on my part!  I also had the bright idea to take pictures of students during their time in the library.  One student who is quite a challenge had his foot on the table. I ran (yes ran) to get my camera. When I got back to him he had his foot on the floor. I asked him to put it back on the table and he said he knew that his feet belonged on the floor.  I could have hugged him!

So starting next week part of the bulletin board outside the library will be titled - "Leaders in the Library" and each week I will post pictures of students who are caught doing the right thing in the library.  There will be other components to it as well.  They will track their own behavior and are being asked to discuss their behavior with another adult. As much as I don't like having to reward expected behavior, it's much better than the alternative. There will be prizes which will include school supplies, lunch with me in the library, snacks and yes even the dreaded candy.

I have to give much thanks to my Librarian Mentors.  They listen to my venting, encourage my efforts and are strong women who are always there for me.  Asking for and accepting help are signs of strength not weakness. :)

AND I even managed to start on one of my pieces for the upcoming Meet the Artist show with the African American History Committee of the Indianapolis Public Library

This Zebra Print mat will cover one of the shelves in the display case for my exhibit
The Colors of OUR Lives - Yarn Art Inspired by the Motherland

I also get a lot of inspiration from the running community.  Even in a virtual world there is encouragement every step of the way and I'm finding ways to let that transfer to other areas of my life. 
"Ain't nothing gonna slow me down!"