Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

Tag: Homeschooling


Elsie’s Quilt, 12×12 encaustic collage Elsie’s Quilt was completed about a month ago. I deconstructed a very old quilt block and embedded the pieces in encaustic medium. On top is a vintage embroidery transfer that I burnished onto the piece. The first layer after the board was primed is 70 year old handwritten notes on

Up for air

Glimpses of my projects: I’m almost finished with my latest project. Seems to me the hardest part is knowing when each piece is really finished. I’ll be sure to post full pictures after the church receives them. And another thank you for a dear friend: A great experience for me has been learning to juggle

Federal mandates cause me hardship

My son is 12. He has trouble pronouncing a few sounds clearly, just a few, a tiny few. Over the years he has worked to clarify many other sounds, but is stuck on these. I need help. His recent interest in acting has prompted us to find a speech therapist to work with him. I called

Balance again

Balance is a continuous theme in my life. Probably because life is not stagnant. I love change, but always have a difficult time finding the new balance in change. I had a rough summer. My husband was gone for long periods for much of his work. My empathy for single mothers rose significantly. As I balanced

the Right Side of My Brain

I’ve desired to know how to draw for years. After several tries with “learn to draw or sketch” books with instructions and suggestions, I’ve finally decided that The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain was worth the time investment it would take to read. It is more than a “learn to draw”

Translating Latin

My daughter and I are learning Latin. We are on the second year of The Latin Road to English Grammar. While this has been time consuming, the rewards have been magnificent. Latin has helped me to understand languages in amazing ways. There is such a connection between so many of our languages, and a structure

Purging for the holidays

Still no photos. I need a new USB cable. But today I cleaned out my fall decorations. While adorning the house with touches of autumn, I also purged the storage tub. I plan on doing this with each holiday. Christmas will be the big challenge. Check out the great organizational tool over at Homeschool in