Friday, November 6, 2015

Homeschool Co-op Class Idea for Middle and High School

Are you looking for a great class idea for middle and high school students in a homeschool setting or a co-op?

It has been 2 years since I stepped down from directing L.I.F.E. Co-op, but it still holds a very dear place in my heart. All of my children have graduated high school and have moved onto careers or college. Even after 2 years, I sometimes get offers or email updates from publishers or educational resources. I don't mind. I pass the info along to friends if I think they may be interested.

One email recently reminded me of one of the best classes I ever taught in a homeschool co-op. What izzit?

middle and high homeschool co-op class idea

izzit? is an educational resource which provides videos and materials related to current events and critical thinking skills. You can read more about it here, at their website:

The company provides one free video a year to teachers or homeschool parents. Along with the video, you can receive teaching resources which include questions for discussion. So much can be done with these videos!

In our co-op, because the class was limited to one hour, we watched the video and had lively discussions afterwards. Often, if there was time, I would create a quick activity to go along with the topic of the week. Because the current event topics are worldwide, mini unit studies could easily be incorporated into an izzit? class. Crafts, cuisine, games, culture. there are so many ideas!

One thing our co-op did in order to have enough videos for the 10 week semester was to ask 10 parents to sign up for izzit? and request a free video. izzit? does require that you follow up with feedback regarding the free video, but that was not a problem. We had LOTS of feed back! We were able to build a library of videos. teach current events and bring our students and ourselves into other cultures opening our eyes to see and think about issues we had never considered before the class.

I highly recommend these videos!

For more information (411) about L.I.F.E Co-op, class ideas, or how to start a homeschool co-op, click on the tab above, or use this link: homeschool co-op

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Inchie Jewelry

Here's something unique that combines several of the crafts I love: paper, hand sewing and tiny things - Inchie Jewelry!

An Inchie is a tiny piece of art measuring a 1" square. I posted a long time ago about it here: My Favorite Inchies

Over the years, I have made few inchies and I keep them tucked away in a small plastic storage container. I often use include them in my art journals or on cards. When I saw this VIDEO from Jennibellie Studio, I decided to try my inchies as the main piece of my Flat Bead.

Inchie Jewelry via Etsy

I love the way it turned out! I used a chain braided from embroidery floss to give it a twist.

Another idea for Inchie Jewelry includes Burned Felt. I honestly cannot remember how I discovered burning felt. I watch Jenniebellie Videos A LOT, and I've also learned how to use plastic bottles or Tyvec to make beads. All of the techniques involve using a heat gun. One day, I tried it on felt and I discovered that I could use the heat to create interesting shapes.

Wine Charms 411 Rox

Burned Felt Charms 411 Rox
I chose one of my favorites and added a braided thread chain. I love the Earthy-Boho look!
Burned Felt Jewelry via Etsy
One last type of Inchie Jewelry is Embroidered Inchies. I have done quite a few of these. Some one inch, some two inch or some not really a this Butterfly Pendant:

Butterfly Pendant via Etsy
This one is my favorite. I wear it all the time!

411rox Embroidered Inchie Jewelry
Paper Flat Beads, Burned Felt or Embroidered Pendants, all Inchie Jewelry ideas that are fun and unique. You should try your hand at it. The possibilities are endless!

Some of my pieces are available for sale here: Whimsies and Rugs

More Fiber Art Jewelry Ideas here: Fiber Arts Jewlery

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Toothbrush Rugs: Tips and Starters

Here's a video with tips on using T-shirts vs. cotton fabric, patterns and color selection ideas and how to use a rug starter.

Happy Rugging, enjoy!

To view starters I have available, click here: Toothbrush Rug Starters and Kits