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Illinois, United States
I am a band director at five private schools in Kankakee. Music is a big part of my life, but knitting and crafting are right up there too. I own a ridiculous stash of yarn, which I am slowly using... and replacing with better yarn... I tend to knit and crochet a lot, in class, out of class, while watching tv, while driving, pretty much constantly. I have been involved with crochet romantically for 15 years, and involved with knitting for 11 years. They sometimes get jealous of each other. I think its funny. Along with knitting and crocheting, I quilt, spin (drop spindle) and design patterns!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Old paintings

Mom likes to give me all the art she doesn't have room for, but can't just throw away. In this instance, I was actually happy to get these from her. My bedroom has a beachy/fishing type theme, and these would fit in great.  The only issue is that there was severe water damage on both frames, and one frame had a grody stain of unknown creation.

So. Let's replace the frame!

I had been putting it off for a while because I did not want to destroy the painting, and to tell you the truth, I had no idea what I was doing.  I am not sure if this is common practice, but it had nails going from the frame into the actual painting.  And the nails were very difficult to remove. Thankfully I did not damage the canvas more then the nails had already done.
Once I got started it was quite easy. And now I have two paintings, both older than me, with no frames.  Next time I have a few free minutes, I will head out and grab a couple frames.

Easy short project, but now I can move on to possibly finishing my current music quilt.....Or I can keep putting that off...

Last but not least- I have to show up my favorite drawing from the midterms I gave my high school students.  Why? Because I said so.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

I've committed to participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It's a big commitment, one that will require me to spend the next several months training and fundraising. But breast cancer is a big disease, one that still affects far too many people, and I'm determined to do everything I can to help put an end to it.
I am walking in support of my boyfriends mother, who was a breast cancer survivor for around 13 years before we found out (Last January) that it had metastasized to stage 4 Bone Cancer.  I have seen the pain, suffering, and sadness that comes with having a family member suffer from breast cancer, and I want to know that I am making a difference in the world by walking this event. 
The money I raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those who most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures. I'll be just one of thousands of people who will walk up to 39.3 miles over two days, raising awareness promoting education. 
I can't do it without your help. Though I'm required to raise at least $1,800 to walk in the event, I plan to raise much more! I hope that I can count on your support.
You can make a donation right here on the website by clicking the "Donate Now" button on this page. If you prefer to write a check, please contact me, and I'll send you the information and form.
As I prepare for this exciting event, I plan to update this page frequently so that all my supporters like you can follow my progress, so please visit often. While you're here, you might want to spend some time on the site to find out more information on why this event is so important, and the organizations and people that will be helped by the money we all raise. 
Thank you in advance.
Much love- Vanessa Ruesch