Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wall Calendar Journal Day 3

The Grand Finale! I really loved making this journal. I just couldn't stop working on it! Now I just need to find motivation to do the journaling. LOL!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Wall Calendar Journal Day 2

My pages are about 12x6 in real life. I so love this journal, it is going back and forth to work with me so I can show my 5th graders. They are making a mini art journal in their final weeks with me.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wall Calendar Journal

I finished my Wall Calendar Journal on Tuesday. I had enough energy to post pictures today. :) Well, some of the pictures anyway. I'm going to split them up to keep you entertained. As you know my blog posts at this time of the year slow down until summer hits and then I pick back up again. :) So here is the beginning...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Summers a Comin"

(And I am excited!) We still have 2 weeks at school for this year which means we are to the challenging time. :) It reached 100 on Friday and the kids know what time it is. I frequently have these conversations with kids that after they are over I think, I never would have imagined I'd ever say that out loud and it somehow makes the conversation even funnier. If you are a mom or a teacher I'm sure you can relate. Here is one from yesterday:

(Photo of Justin Bieber just in case your don't keep up with teen music sensations. LOL!)
Student 1: (In a loud argumentative voice) Justin Bieber's favorite sport is basketball!
Student 2: (In the same type of voice) No it's hockey!
Student 1: Basketball!
Student 2: Hockey!
Me: (In a level tone inquisitive voice) Boys do you really want to fight about this?
Student 1: We are not fighting. We are just talking.
Me: Well, I heard you using loud, unkind voices and it reminded me of fighting that I have heard before. Will you please talk about something else while you are working on your project today.
Student 1: Well can we talk about Lady Gaga then?

How can you not laugh at this?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In Love...

with my new free-motion sewing machine foot! My mom took me to the sewing machine shop yesterday so I could get a free-motion foot for my machine!

It is so fun, here are some sneak peeks at doodles, words, and flowers. It is trickier than it looks but oh so fun! These peeks are of my wall calendar journal class! :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

II Can't Believe How Happy These Make Me...

I saw these cute little tape flag garlands somewhere on the WWW a couple of weeks ago and finally got around to making them today. The first one made me so happy I had to make another one and twisted a couple of my friends arms so they would make one too.

I'm also loving these collaged and sewn pages. I signed my mom and I up for the Wall Calendar Journal Class from Tuscan Rose. This is just the beginning of the fabulousness. My mom and I are getting together tomorrow to work on the class together! I'll show you what we accomplish tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Want A Sneek Peek?

I noticed this morning that you can see a sneek peek of my Black and White Journal in the Summer 2010 Somerset Studio Gallery here! It will be released in June! Yay! Scroll down I am second to the bottom and the only black and white. :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Check these out!

So, I have been trying to catch up on my blog reading and you know how one thing leads to another on the internet.... I think the trouble started from this post by Roben Marie.

You really should check these things out! This list is AKA what I want to do on my summer vacation. :)

Everday Chaos Fabric Airplaines!

Everyday Chaos Tattered Fabric Roses!

Giver's Log Free Printables don't miss the Lables!

The Adventures of Bluegirlxo Paper Clay Bird Tutorial! While you are at The Adventures of Bluegirl xo scroll down! This site is amazing! Lots of great tutorials!

Vellum Mobiles on Jordan Ferney's blog

I fell in love with this Danita's etsy shop and had to buy a ring. :)

I'm lucky I only got sucked in for 2 hours! :)

Saturday, May 1, 2010


It took me years to discover that I was an artist. In elementary school we had one traveling art teacher that did one project with one grade level at a time and we saw her once a year if we were lucky. That didn't exactly set the stage for taking art in high school. I didn't think I could draw and who would take on the art kid stereotype if they couldn't draw, right? (I could be a way cooler Goth girl now than back then, plus being in yearbook was so much cooler. LOL!) Once I went to college I couldn't resist owning a drawing board even after my advisor told me not to get an art endorsement because I'd never get a job as an art teacher. To say I was off to a slow start is an understatement.

Now, I am lucky to work in a place that supports the arts. I went to the district art show again yesterday with some of my co-workers. It was a cool group of people who all consider themselves artists and really wanted to LOOK at the kid's artwork. I was amazed because I have walked through the show several times but I was still seeing things I had never noticed before. It always amazes me how different things look when you see them through someone else's eyes.

I woke up this morning full of creative energy, you know the kind of energy when you NEED to make your own art. It is funny how contagious art can be. Granted I had adult conversation about children's artwork but these kids really inspired me!

It is easy to forget how inspiring it can be to see artwork both in and outside of your style. It was a nice reminder to get out, see art, be inspired, and to create.

*These photos are all from my journal I created with Kelly Kilmer last weekend. I will give you close-ups when I have journaled on them.