Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Leaving the blog

Hello Our Crazy Collective blog viewers,
The time had come to move away from blogging.  I was never all that good at it anyway.  I will continue to write about our homeschool adventure, but it will be on our Fawkes Academy Facebook page.  You can now follow us here Fawkes Academy Homeschool

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Finally, one of them is old enough to use power tools!

Today I got to start a class with my oldest son that I've been dying to get to... WOOD SHOP   That's right this homeschool mom has been anxiously waiting for the day to come when she could introduce one of her children to her beloved power tools.  

Everett, Annika, and I have all been bitten by the Field Archery bug and wanted to be able to practice at home.  So we bought some archery target bags, some paper targets and now just need a stand to hang them on as well as a stand to rest our bows on when we need to retrieve our arrows.  I picked up the lumber the other day when out with my husband and asked the eldest if he'd like to start Wood shop for an elective.  He said "Sure, what are we going to make"  I decided we'd start with the bow stand because the lumber for the target stands is still a little wet from sitting at the outdoor lumber yard at Home Depot.  

After getting home from our day at Archery league, we started on the bow stand.  We got Bruce the Sliding Compound Miter saw out, as he was the only saw we'd need, then we got the Kreg pocket hole jig set up and got the drill fitted with the Kreg drill bit.  
I showed Ev how to mark the measurement, use the speed square to make a straight line, how to line up Bruce's blade and how to abide by the 7=10 rule I have for using Bruce.  What is the 7=10 rule you ask?  It's simple keep your wood holding hand 7 inches away from his blade and you'll make sure to keep all 10 of the digits on your hands.  

After cutting the frame to hold the bows and the legs I showed him how to use the Kreg Jig, drill bit and screwdriver bit to drill the pocket holes and connect all the pieces.  

Once that was all done we dug through the scrap wood pile and found some bit of 2x4 that would work great for bracing on the legs.  He opted for straight bracing on two sides and angle bracing on the opposite two sides, so I showed him how to measure rotate Bruce to a 45º cutting angle and how to cut one side to the proper angle, then use the leg of the stand to mark the other side so you get the proper length.  He then cut the 2nd angle brace all on his own.  We decided to not use pocket holes on the angle bracing and just drive a few deck screws through the legs into the bracing.  

Lastly we cut a towel down wrapped and used the electric staple gun to attach it to the frame where the bows will rest to keep them from getting scuffed.  

He did a great job and I'm proud to say he wasn't afraid of any of the tools!  He also asked if he could use some of the scrap wood I have to build himself a little lap desk for his room.  I'm one super proud mom!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What we've been up to this February

I'm so bad at keeping this blog up.  I need to recommit myself yet again.  It's been a long time since my last post, not a lot of exciting stuff happened.  In February the kids and I pretty much just did school, you can't say a lot of exciting things about grammar and Algebra, so just know we routinely did the daily work one would expect of a  3rd, 7th, and 9th grader.  

The older two kids have continued with archery and absolutely love it.  They have both purchased their own bows and just as they are like night and day personality wise, so are they in bow choice.  

Everett chose a recurve style bow and Annika chose a compound bow. They have both improved with each trip to the range, and have loads of fun while they are there.  We recently purchased some targets they can use at home, now I just have to build a stand to hang them on.  

I've been busy working on items for my Etsy shop (Nuclear Needle Arts) which includes a lot of knitting needle cases.  I also started working on more 18" doll clothes for dolls such as American Girl™.  I was able to sell my old sewing machine which was frustrating me more than one can stand, and purchase a nice new Janome machine which I love.  Annika was super happy that I was also able to take a day one weekend to teach her how to sew from a pattern.  She made herself a pair of pajama pants.  

Lastly, I was able to take a trip back to WI the last weekend of February to spend some time with my brother and mom.  We had a blast.  We went bowling, hung out, and had some great food from some local places. 
Here's hoping that March will be a good productive month!

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