maya*made is being featured on The Crafty Crow today. Yippee! A big welcome to The Crafty Crow readers and warm hello to all my regulars. Are you just stumbling upon me? What a perfect time to stop in...I'm finally at a place to catch my breath (a little) and share where maya*made is headed.
First off, let me fill you in on The Crafty Crow. This is a fantastic site to find creative activities for children of all ages (toddler-teens!). There is always something new to try and some links to get lost in. Each project is contributed by a pool of talented and inspiring parents, teachers and artists. I'm thrilled to be included!
For the last 9 and 1/2 years I've been a stay-at-home mother to my two great children. My family ( kids, husband and cat) live in an 1850's farm house in rural upstate New York. My husband and I are both urbanites (SF and NYC) and wanted our family to experience country living...gardening, chickens, wide open spaces, and exploring our creeks. This new year propelled me out of my cozy little home and into the public with a speed I never could have imagined. A combination of being hired to do some design consultation for an expanding local children's re-sale shop (Mama Goose), and some wonderful successes in a variety of contests (see the side bar) gave me the push I needed to venture out.
Prior to having children, I worked in the natural foods business (baker and cook) and was a nursery school and toddler teacher. In fact, I am a third generation nursery school teacher. My mother is still teaching...she's at Stanford University's lab school, Bing. My grandmother directed the Huntington Cooperative Nursery School on Long Island for 50 years. Awareness of young children and early childhood education have always been an integral part of my life. Art and crafting continue to play a huge role, as well.
So what will you find here at maya*made?
-projects and tutorials for children and their parents
-things I'm working on...from play clothes and softies to accessories for play spaces
-recipes children love
-a few stories from my eccentric girlhood ...growing up in the 70's in San Francisco with hippie artist parents
So welcome...and stay tuned!