Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Stress Busters

We Are That Family is celebrating "Works for Me Wednesday" and I thought I would play along. (I missed the deadline, but maybe I can submit next time!)

At school this time of year, things can get stressful. Last week the yearbook staff and I finished the yearbook (224 pages in all). I ate tons of chocolate and snacks! Also, with upcoming state tests, we all feel the pressure as teachers.

So, how do I cope when I can't get a massage? I craft! This past weekend I learned a little bit more about my new sewing machine and "restructured" a few things for Olivia. These shorts once were consignment store capris. I cut of the cute cuff, then resewed it on at the top for shorts and covered the seam with ric-rac. The tee shirt was made with the leftover scraps and fusible webbing. I got the idea from one of those cute, but expensive, kids clothing companies. Sorry, she wasn't in the mood to model.
I also made a few more of the scrabble tile charms. They are really fun to make. I made a "Twilight" one for the library media center at school - they are having a movie party this week with trivia. I hope the winner likes it.

Last, I teach across the hall from the wood shop. You never know what kind of smells or sounds I am going to endure in a day! But, one of the perks is getting things cut and scraps! I'm going to turn these little blocks into those cute reversible spring/summer blocks I've seen on the blogs.

Hope these ideas help you destress - they certainly help me!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Spring Wreath

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon some brown tulle begging to be used. You see, the original owners of this tulle only saw one use for the beautiful decoration. I saw many possibilities and, therefore, dug it out of the trash can. A friend Kari saw me with these huge mound of tulle and challenged me to make something with it. Thus, my first brown tulle creation. And Kari, you can spray paint plastic easter eggs!

Easter's On It's Way!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Daniel's 3rd Birthday with Thomas the Train

We had a fun time at Daniel's Birthday party this weekend. He loves Thomas the Train and his GeoTrax, so we had a train themed party. The invitations looked like little tickets. My favorite painter student painted a Thomas and Percy for photographs.

Olivia helped everyone get a tattoo.

And we all enjoyed cake and ice cream.
Happy 3rd Birthday, my big boy Daniel!