Time for a Break: It’s Almost Performance Time

Thank you so much for following my blog. I am taking a short break and hope to be back to blogging in a couple weeks. I am deep into rehearsals for a production of Quilters which opens on October 8th. I must learn my lines and music. I will be back as soon as I get through opening weekend.

Where to Find Free Crochet Patterns

Where to Find Crochet Patterns

This is my first post about crafting on my blog. I started a blog about crocheting last year, but realized that I like the actual act of crocheting more than I like writing about it. And, there were only so many things I could say about yarn, crocheting, and patterns. I didn’t think I could keep that up every week. I love yarn and I enjoy looking at patterns, but how much more can  I say about that?

Now, I am feeling inspired to  write about crocheting because it is getting cooler outside and I am getting excited about it again! I am a three season crocheter.  Over the summer, I had no desire to crochet. When it is hot, I hate having yarn on my lap. Our air conditioner doesn’t work very well and I can’t stand sweating under a pile of yarn. Now that it is finally getting a little cooler, I’m pulling my yarn out again, reopening my Etsy shop, and getting ready to finish some projects.  I experimented with opening an Etsy shop last year, but didn’t  learn about how to market myself on the huge Etsy marketplace. So, I have yet to sell anything and most of the people in my life don’t even realize I have a store. My store  YarnKnitDarnIt has just a few crocheted items right now, and I am hoping to make more items before the holiday season. And, no, I don’t knit as the name might imply, but I liked the name and I would like to knit eventually. read more

Great Rhyming Books to Build Reading Skills

In a previous post, How to Raise a Reader, I discussed ways to grow a reader in the early stages of life. I mainly talked about the importance of reading to your children from an early age. In this post, I will talk about other ways to promote reading skills in your kids. I will also focus on which books to choose for developing rhyming skills.

A key component for learning to read is through the development of phonological awareness skills. According to a definition on Reading Rockets:

Phonological awareness is a broad skill that includes identifying and manipulating units of oral language – parts such as words, syllables, and onsets and rimes. read more

10 Ways to Have Fall Family Fun In Summit County, Ohio

Fall Family Fun in Summit County

Soon, the days will begin to get cooler and the leaves will change color as we approach the fall season. Autumn is my favorite time of year in Northeast Ohio. With the changes in season, the Akron area offers many opportunities to enjoy this beautiful time of year. Listed below are some ways to enjoy the fall activities which Akron offers. If you don’t live in Summit County or in Ohio, you could use this list as a springboard for ideas of how you can enjoy the fall season in your own community. read more