Sunday, September 18, 2011

One More Week

One more crazy week at school and one more week til our cruise with Tim. I had fun this week seeing all my creative stamping friends in St. Augustine on Monday. Tuesday, the Cult came over and we did a new tag. I'll post directions on the Tag Book page under Sept 13th. Tuesday was also our 36th Anniversary. My husband sent me roses to school and I took him to the Publix deli for dinner. We did make it out to eat on Wednesday before I taught my applique class. The girls are doing very well with their stitches; they all seem to prefer the "glue" method. Next week I will show them my favorite: needle-turn. Midterm grades were due this week (already!) and I had over 100 notebooks and 100 tests to grade. Luckily, technology broke down (we do online grades) and I have the weekend to finish and post; sometimes there is a silver lining. I created a sample for my next charm swap: birds (instead of planning curriculum for my week off school).  I need to look at for a bit to see if I am done with the design. I plan on bring this project onboard with me.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

No time to play this week

Work has interrupted my play time this week. I picked up the "big" quilt. Don't you think it looks great? I really like the quilting design. Keep it a secret until Christmas! I still have to do the binding; maybe I can get it done this weekend-otherwise it may be a while (knowing me it will be Christmas Eve).  My only creative activity this week has been to pick out some yarn for a neat scarf and think about what quilt I want to make for the guest room since I haven't found a spread that I like. I was going to use a shorter one and a dust ruffle, but I like the look of the spread so I guess it's going to be another big one.
It's been a good week, but busy: Cult night was Monday (we shared, but were not very creative this week), started the first week of a basic hand applique class at the shop (I still can't believe that my sample walked out the door of the shop), had open house at the high school (working a 5 to 9 day), and then finally Friday's open house for our lab preschool and a lovely night out at the beach with my husband and friends (eating and listening to a band). I am feeling lazy this morning, just sitting and drinking my Earl Gray and reading. Grace is coming home for the weekend and it's been a while so I guess we will be doing some girl things-shopping and nails (unless she has plans with her friends, then I can be beading with Anita).

I am looking forward to the online technique class that Anita and I signed up for that starts soon. I am also getting excited for the Holtz cruise and trying to decided on meaningful projects (that can be done by a sub) while I am gone; as well as what projects I am going to bring with me to work on for the week.  It's going to be busy this week too: we have St Augustine Stamp Club, Cult night, quilt class, a friend coming over to scrap and then it's the weekend again! Somehow I have to sandwich in time to grade 100 notebooks for school-I can't believe that it's time for mid-term grades already.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tag Time

Made it through another week of school; I have great students. My only complaint is that I don't have time to play like I do in the summer. I graded a stack of essays for my students and wanted to play a bit so I made these reward tags and attached them to the papers with the best grades. (I dated and signed them.) These were for my level one students; I don't think they knew how to respond, but I didn't find any left behind. I love to show them appreciation for their efforts; everyone remembers the gold stars we received on our work in elementary school.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks and Perfect Pearls Mists. Check out the Tag Book page: I used some of the same techniques that Jan shared this week (scroll down to Aug 29). I also added a new page to my blog to have a place to share our Charm Swaps. Got to go-the girls are coming over for our monthly crop and I haven't make their muffin tops yet.