I’m Colleen, living near Halifax, Nova Scotia with my husband and two young adult children. I immigrated to Canada in 1994 when I got married. I grew up in rural Maine, but have lived in many different places: Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey again, Ontario, Quebec, and now Nova Scotia since 1996. I’m the oldest of five siblings; three brothers and a sister. I spent my late teens to mid-20s years volunteering with an international and interdenominational missions organization (and working in paid office jobs); as a result, I have good friends from around the world.
I spent sixteen years (finished June 2019!) homeschooling my two children to the end of Grade 12, and that was an adventure of a lifetime (YES, all through Grades P-12; and YES, both were accepted to post-secondary universities and community colleges they applied to). I love them dearly and am so proud of them and who they are as young adults now.
I am a reading tutor for local children who need help in learning to read and/or learning to understand what they are reading. I am also a writing tutor for an academically excellent online school for jr. high and high school students. I’ve also contributed writing and research to a couple of books from this home education publisher.
Most of all, I am a creative person! I learned from my mother how to sew and crochet when I was a kid, and have always loved doing those things. She also tried to teach me how to knit at various times. On the third time, when I was 32, it finally stuck in my brain!! I remember really enjoying my art class in Grade 12 – that’s where I first learned some basics of drawing skills. My creativity went on hiatus for a few years after high school, but it sparked to life again when I lived in Ontario around a bunch of other creatives. That’s when I learned to use pretty magazine pages to make envelopes in which to send letters. After that, I just started making…so many things! Clothing, home decor, gifts, toys, accessories. I remember being very excited to find a bunch of coloured pencils left behind in an apartment by a former tenant; I made and decorated bookmarks with those and some white cardstock. I’ve decided I love working with fabric, yarn, thread, and paper. And sometimes seashells and sea glass. Much of my outward creativity comes as a result of the need to be frugal while raising children; I haunted thrift stores for years and found all sorts of inexpensive items to use to create (vintage cotton sheets for fabric LONG before that became a “thing” on the internet). I guess I just love decorating the world around me with pattern and colour. I also love writing and have been slowly teaching myself and practicing some different writing skills. I am trying to gather courage to share some writing besides blog posts!