Thursday, July 23, 2015

Painting area!

Getting there! 

We started with 3 rooms in the basement - one long and skinny; I took down the wall a few months ago to that narrow room. Last Friday, I took down the framework for it.
This week, I got the shelf in that room cleaned up, painted all pretty white and turned it into my painting area wink emoticon It is SO bright coming down into the basement now!

Got rid of boxes we just won't ever use. It was time. I have kept so many for moving purposes over the years (all well used! Not ONE regret!) and then utilized appropriate ones for shipping purposes for Garden of Francis. Now that we are more settled (one more move in my lifetime???), this first batch included all damaged boxes and "product" boxes that just don't work for GoF shipments.

Legoboy getting the fire started. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Montessori Products at Garden of Francis

Some recent new additions to the Montessori "family" at Garden of Francis:

Oceans Puzzle Map

  • Choose to combine it with a world puzzle map (movable continents AND oceans) or be a straight-up ocean puzzle map (only the oceans are puzzle pieces). 

Banded Line Paper in Green, Pink and Blue

  • These colors do NOT correspond with the PBG series, but are correlated to the paper sizes provided via AMI training: start with the green lined paper which is widest; move to the pink when ready (might be using pink for some and green for other writing), then move to blue (the narrowest) when ready. Many lower elementary children are still using the blue paper. 


  • Garden of Francis now offers many of the downloadable files in printed format to be mailed to you. Lamination is also an option on the printed items. All primary and elementary downloadable materials currently available for sale are now available in printed format. 

Downloads AND Printables
  • Every download you need for the content of elementary Montessori language experience is NOW ready to purchase! Logical analysis, the "I love" packets for verb tenses, word study, grammar boxes, and more! 
  • This includes all the necessary content - additional supplements will be added over time; such as downloadable/printables for creating boxes to hold the verb tense material and more. 

Faith Formation Montessori-Style: 
  • New design on the Liturgical Calendar with deeper prisms for the Sundays of the church year. 
  • If painted calendars are purchased, the outer edge of each Sunday prism is painted gold to represent the light of Christ remaining constant throughout the year. This also helps the child situate the pieces properly within the liturgical calendar. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Liturgical Seasons Sale - 10% OFF

Liturgical Seasons 10% off sale at Garden of Francis

A bit of a sale between now and December 31st (ends at New Year's EST).

10% off all items in the liturgical season categories of Garden of Francis. This includes such items as the following:

  • cosmic cross puzzles
  • Christmas season version of the Jesse Tree ornaments
  • Jesse Tree ornaments (Advent)
  • Jesus Tree ornaments (Lent)
  • Easter season version of the Jesus Tree 
  • season-appropriate prayer table cloths, made to the size needed, with or without lace

Anything with a Christmas season item will be upgraded for free to rush order shipment, so that you might enjoy those items during Christmas THIS year. All other orders (and the non-Christmas components of large orders) will ship in the order orders were placed, over the next 2-3 weeks. 

God bless!

This item is not on sale, but is SO beautiful, I am advertising it anyway ;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Our New Workshop

Instead of driving 25 minutes to someone else's basement and less than 10 square feet of space, here is what we have now:

Not just the prettiest picture - I was just too excited to GET the picture that moving items out of the way to SEE wasn't a priority.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Montessori Economic Geography Stamps - Now AVAILABLE for pre-order

The Economic Geography Stamps are now available for pre-order at Garden of Francis. (click here)

These are now shipping! They will begin shipping out prior to March 1. I am taking pre-orders to see if it is worth purchasing the tackle-boxes and the wood holders in bulk, or just buy a few at a time as I need them.

My son is so excited!

(ok, I am too!)

I am so happy to be offering these for substantially less than the ONLY other set available anywhere online that I can find - and they correspond with our KotU geography album!

By the way, side-note: if, as we are using them, anyone wants a different stamp image made, the process I'll be using can very easily accommodate this! In fact, after this first batch of these ones, I am going to look into making stamps of other images for other themes.

Montessori Elementary Economic Geography Stamps - corresponding with the Keys of the Universe Montessori Elementary Geography Album chapter on Economic Geography.

Each  polymer (not rubber, but like rubber) stamp image measures 3/4 inch at its widest; mounted on a 1 inch square cube - with the image imprinted on the top of each cube for easy reference.

Select which set you would like: the core set contains 26 images of mineral, plant and animal resources; the supplementary set contains 14 additional images in more specific items.

Each corresponding tackle-box comes with a cardstock print-out of the included images for that set.

CONTENTS CORRESPOND WITH AMI MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY TRAINING ALBUMS. And are most specifically designed for Keys of the Universe albums.

Purchase your own ink pads according to the color designations of your choice (see the elementary Montessori geography album for further details).

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Garden of Francis - Order Updates

Greetings everyone!

I am very sorry for the website issues we are having right now. This is a Hostgator issue - not a Garden of Francis issue (please note that my other websites: Keys of the Universe and Keys of the World) are also affected. The main issue is that other e-mail servers will not allow responses to go through - a very serious problem for authentic and honest Hostgator users - Hostgator has been white-listed by MANY other servers/hosts so that e-mails from Hostgator servers never even reach your spam, let alone your real e-mail. This IS being worked on, but there is no pat answer.

If you have not yet received a tracking number for your order but you placed your order prior to October 1, 2013, your order is ready or almost ready and will ship out within the next 2 weeks. I am waiting on supplies for a few items before I can finish up some orders.

If your order was placed October 1 through December 10, your orders will be worked on during the second half of January (sooner if all goes well between now and then).

I appreciate the intent of those who will respond to me in comments with information how I should go about e-mails and web-hosting accounts. I have a very knowledgeable resource looking into the options for me that is aware of each and every detail of the 2 online businesses I operate by myself from home and my other internet-related needs. Again, I appreciate the intent, but I am just not comfortable posting all those nitty-gritty details online ;) I am sure you understand.

I will share this back-story: 

I started Garden of Francis not even on a shoe-string. We live extremely frugally anyway, and we were on state assistance at the time. I somehow scraped together enough to purchase the domain name and hosting space (getting started online they offer great deals, so it wasn't a whole lot that was needed); a friend and I bartered childcare for his web-designing skills and Garden of Francis was born.

My goal was to sew, make soaps - focus on home-based goods. One week, we had enough gas money to get to our original home-state and visit grandparents and cousins. I wanted to make some CGS materials for level 2 for my son at home (we were doing an atrium in our home at the time - cardboard materials which worked great at the time!) and my son's grandpa's basement is where I've always done my wood-working since starting CGS - I posted on ONE group that I would be willing to make CGS materials for other people for THAT week only. It was such a wave that when I took the options offline, I received messages begging me to continue. I came home, bought my own scroll saw and set up in a friend's basement. Leaving out the part where I ended up sick from being in a toxic basement (the wood wasn't down there long enough to absorb anything, besides I sanded everything before sending it out), CGS materials have continued to be a substantial part of my business.

I still intend to continuing offering the CGS items for the foreseeable future, but things will be streamlined with the new site I've not yet posted (few fine-tune details but the other issues have had to take precedence) so that you get just the pieces you want and in the style you like (with the new materials manuals online, things sure have changed/reverted!) - and my mission is to re-focus back on sewing, soap-making, re-usable bags and other home-making products.

Please pray for us - with a bit more school debt paid down, we can qualify to purchase our own home and I can have the scroll saw in my own basement and maybe even add a couple more tools. Much more efficiency, much more peace, less driving and gas and time - a yard for my son to play in and a small *outside* garden. Tiny apartment with indoor gardening and a 9 year old - do not mix ;) Although I am VERY grateful for a warm roof over my head.