quarantine life

What an odd time in our lives… I never thought I would be living through the next major plague in human history. Yet here we are! Honestly, it has not been so terrible for my family compared to what I’m hearing from others that I’m connected to in the community. I still have my main job and I get to stay home with my family. I have definitely had my ups and downs adjusting to this new “normal” but, as long as I keep my priorities straight, I do really well.

My real issue has been spreading myself to thin while trying to be there for everyone else and not taking care of myself. My body finally had a nasty flare up of whatever this disease is and said “NO” last week. My joints all still feel swollen, but nothing like last week. On the bright side, I have a lot to smile about. You may not be able to tell from the picture since my newest creation is covering it up. I recently found an awesome YouTuber named Creggy’s Crochet. She is awesome and has loads of fabulous video walk-throughs of cool projects like the face mask I’m wearing in the featured picture! I started making some and put them for sale on LaClaire Creations Etsy store and am almost sold out already of the first batch. I also had an unexpected enquiry into my artwork featured in my gallery! I’ll be starting work on 7 of those pieces later today to help decorate a new home.

As if all of this was not enough, I am still working on obtaining my National Board Certification while earning my Master’s degree from Emporia State University. This has been interesting work as I am having to adjust my original plan and adapting to the new schedule created by the Board to complete my work. It’s all good though. My mentor assures me my rough drafts are on the right track and he loves the idea of taking my normal classroom lessons and trying to adapt them for possible online access since we’re both pretty sure we will have to be doing distance learning again sometime next school year. A definite challenge for sure.

Before I go, please keep a look out. I will be posting soon (I promise!) about a GoFundMe campaign I setup for LaClaire Creations. It is time to truly get organized! I’ll tell you all about in my next post with a link to the campaign. Until then…


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Lady LaClaire

I am an elementary music teacher for USD 259 Wichita Public Schools. I have 2 children and have been married for 10+ years now. I am certified ESOL, Levels 1 and 2 for Kodaly, and I graduated with honors from Wichita State University in May 2006 with my BME. I started teaching the following fall. A couple of years ago to help deal with stress and inspired by my students' work from their art class, I took up Zentangling. Since then I have branched out to more traditional art work using mainly colored pencils, markers, and pens. I also crochet various clothing items with a focus on what season we are in (winter = hats, scarves, gloves). I hope to return to cross stitch at some point. I do have a shop on Etsy called LaClaire Creations. I currently am out of stock, but am working on resupplying soon. You can also find me on Instagram as LadyLaClaire.

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