about

My name is Tammy and this is my blog.  I am married, and we have one son.  I stay at home to raise him.  It worked for moms 40 years ago, so why can’t it work today?  I also homeschool our son, and I enjoy learning with him.  I have another blog, art for children, and I produce my own artwork.  We live in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.   

Why is my blog called the tesserae?  It comes from my love of art and art history and my fascination with mosaics, especially those from the Middle Ages.  Tesserae are small pieces of stone, ceramic, or glass used in mosaic work.  Each piece represents a small piece of my life.  It is different in its own way, yet creates the big picture. 

The photo above is of a Carolina lily.  It is our state’s official wildflower.  Back in the spring of 2008, I had my son create a book of our state’s symbols and emblems.  We discovered the Carolina lily during the assignment, but I had never actually seen one.  One day I was throwing some weeds into the woods behind our storage building, and there growing out of nowhere on the edge of the woods was a Carolina lily.  A rather unusual looking flower, it was all by itself among the dead leaves and thrown out weeds. 

I sometimes think I am like the Carolina lily in the picture.  Unusual but interesting, growing among dead leaves and weeds.  Slightly imperfect with some significance.

9 responses to “about

  1. I like your comparison.
    Mayonnaise and banana sandwiches?? I like peanut butter, banana, and crispy bacon sandwiches myself.
    Thanks for blogrolling me. I’ll be back to see what the little boy is up to.

  2. Love the Carolina lily. It’s very striking.

  3. Hi Tammy!

    GREAT blog you have here! I just added you too my blogroll and look forward to reading more posts!! :-D

    • Love your work, Tammy. I do mosaics in my spare time and am looking for containers to organize my tesserae. I have been using Talenti gelato containers but it requires eating the wonderful stuff which tends to show up on a girls hips. Any recommendations?

      • Thank you, Patti! I think those gelato containers are swell, pistachio is my fave. Any clear container is perfect, I prefer anything recycled. I have a lot of clear glass salsa and jam jars with lids from Trader Joe’s. Those foods might be kinder to the hips. ;-)

  4. This is lovely Tammy. Sometimes I feel the same way too. Now that we live in such a beautiful place though, sometimes I just feel like the weeds. hah!

    I am still home full time, though both my daughters are now in school. I wish I had the patience to keep them home with me all day long.. you must be a very special breed.

    I am enjoying getting to know you.

  5. Christy: Thanks for the nice comments. My analogy was to say I feel like I am a bit different among others who are common place.

    I love being at home with my son, but patience is a characteristic I have to work on daily.

    Thanks for all of your comments. I am enjoying reading your blog!

  6. I’m glad I found your blog from The Daily Dish! I’m looking forward to reading through your past posts. I admire you for homeschooling. I did it for five years and then I quit. It was the right decision for us, but I do miss my kids! Thanks for stopping by my blog, too :-)

    • Thanks for dropping by. Dishy is great, isn’t she? Look around as much as you want. I tend to blog about whatever is going on from making chocolate sandwiches to removing the wart on my son’s thumb.

      I’ve been homeschooling for so long…my reasons change from year to year. Homeschool has its ups and downs. Overall, it suits us.

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