ABC Thursdays: volumes W & Q

I’ve never met a winter I didn’t like. I’m not big on icy winds, it’s true. But I always, always, always welcome a big, thick snowfall. When I’m visiting my parents, I love standing outside when it’s snowing. I like to stand and listen to the snow. It’s such a subtle sound, especially compared to how dramatic it looks. In Brooklyn, I love how people react to big snowfalls. They walk down the middle of our normally busy street. Jealous children, staring from their windows, watch the boys and I walk by. People head to Owl’s Head park to zip down it’s perfect slope. I love coming in from the snow and making hot chocolate and changing into dry socks and snuggling down on a snowy day. When I lived in Vermont, I often felt that I would be perfectly happy if it could snow year round. I’m not sure that that’s still true, but I’ve never seen it snowing out my window and wish that it would stop.

Writing Curriculum

I just finished up a part time, short term job with a curriculum development company called Wireless Generation. I wrote a series of lessons for the Advanced Phonics strand of a reading intervention unit they’ve developed. And I loved it. I loved the work itself. It was nicely engrossing, without being stressful. When I was working, I could only think about the work itself, which turned out to be a delightful escape. I also love thinking about the way kids learn how to read. I love dissecting the parts of reading and trying to look at content the way a 6 or 7 or 8 year old would. I find that super, super interesting. Also, I got to say, I love the positive feedback I got and the lovely little boost to my checking account. Fingers crossed they can find more work for me.

Quiet Time

One afternoon, when Andrew was a baby, he did not fall asleep at naptime. Little did we know that on that day, a sacred tradition would become established: Quiet Time. We have Quiet Time everyday. And I plan on observing Quiet Time for as long as I have small children. Sometimes kids nap, mostly they don’t. But they know that that is their time to rest quietly. Isaac looks at books, sings in his crib, and plays with his Magna Doodle. Andrew does puzzles, draws, and works with his legos. And, I have time for me. Lately I’ve been writing curriculum during Quiet Time. But when I am in between gigs, it’s my time to make stuff. I sew, or scrapbook or make cards. I’m careful to chose a project that I can complete, and clean up after, in the allotted time. I am a hardcore Quiet Time observer. Though, I wonder how long I’ll get away with it.

The hardest part about quilting is the risk involved. After buying fabric, working out measurements, cutting, sewing, layering, and the quilting itself…what if I don’t like it? I’ve already spent considerable time and money on this project, and ultimately, it’s a risk. I really don’t know what it’s going to look like. I have a good guess, but I’ve definitely made quilts that disappointed me. And still, every year or so, I am itching to make another. In fact, since my first quilt at 22, I’ve averaged 3 a year. Every time I make a new one, I am giddy with excitement. I have trouble falling asleep at night because my mind is imaging delicious fabric combinations and new techniques I want to try. Perhaps, the risk is exactly why I keep coming back. The risk makes me work harder and more creatively. It motivates me to try my darndest to make it awesome.

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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4 Responses to ABC Thursdays: volumes W & Q

  1. JIW says:

    I've always thought quilting was reserved for old ladies and almost exclusively very ugly fabric –but you are certainly not an old lady and your's are so cool and lovely with great fabric! You have completely changed my idea of quilts and quilting.

  2. ComfyMom~Stacey says:

    My kids are nearly 7 & 8 and I still insist on Quiet Time for an hour on non school days.

  3. Mama V says:

    I thought the writing in this volume was really lovely, Robyn!

    33 quilts is impressive! It's always been easy to recognize your crafting/scrapbooking/baking prowess but now the image of you as a quilting and sewing extraordinaire is growing bigger in my mind!

  4. Ladkyis says:

    I love quilting! I am not very good or very traditional – my quilts tend to be pictures of things that I suddenly "see" in fabric. I just gave two to my youngest son because he has finally settled down. I'll dig out the pictures one day and put them on my blog

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