We’re so happy to have had the chance to chat with crochet addict, Jess from Along Came Cherry. Living on the south coast of England with her partner and two children, Cherry and Tiger, Jess blogs about everything from vegan food, home education and upcycling to beach life and travel. We decided to ask her about what inspires her creativity and what it’s like to homeschool in the UK. Have a read below to hear what she shared with us…
You’re passionate about DIY and home crafts, where do you get inspiration for your projects?
I’m not entirely sure when I get my inspiration from, I love bright colours so use a lot of those and then just try to theme it around things the kids are interested in at that point in time.
What have been some of your favourites to make so far?
I love making spooky crafts at Halloween, anything with skulls is a hit in our house! We really enjoyed making these spooky dolls head a few weeks ago – http://letsdosomethingcrafty.com/hanging-zombie-painted-doll-heads/
Where do you pick up supplies?
What encouraged you to make the decision to homeschool your children?
We didn’t feel like mainstream schooling focused enough on the creative side of learning, it’s very academic and only really tailored to one type of learner. We also wanted the freedom that comes with not being in school and I love being around my kids so didn’t want to miss out on so much of their lives.
Have you found it easier or harder than you thought so far in your journey?
I’ve actually found it easier than I thought, it took a little while to learn what approach works for us all but now we have it just flows perfectly. I think it’s all about confidence and believing that what you are doing is right for your family.
Are there any resources you would recommend to parents interested in homeschooling?
I would suggest joining all your local home ed groups on Facebook, as well as the Home Ed UK group. Most counties have home ed pages and they are full of all the events and groups happening in the areas. It was visiting one of these groups that made me certain home ed was for us.
Your vegan meals always look so tasty! What does adopting a vegan lifestyle mean to you?
Ah thank you! I went vegan six months ago after watching Cowspiracy, I wasn’t expecting anyone else in my family to join me but a couple of months ago my partner did and now the children have decided they want to be vegan too so we are a 100% vegan household. To us it means doing our part to helps save the planet as well as showing compassion to all living creatures.
Lastly, do you have any exciting creative plans coming up that you can share with us?
Actually yes! I’m about to open an Etsy shop called Disco Sloth Designs, I will be selling crocheted items and £2 from each will be going to a different charity. I have started an Instagram page for it here @discoslothdesigns