Sunday, June 22, 2014

Wedding Craftiness :)

Well, I have been a crafty crafter lately! My precious cousin got married last night to the sweetest guy, and I have been working on chalkboards and such for the big event. I didn't want to post before now, since I didn't want to ruin the surprise! I wish I had taken pics of the stuff at the wedding, but I didn't. Maybe the photographer got better shots!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

working on the old blog today...

Hey guys! I am working on the blog today, so look out for some changes! Make sure to add me to your bloglovin' account! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Straw Weaving

This is an inexpensive end of the year project that the kids all love. They were getting tired of the wonder-loom bracelets, so I thought I would teach them something that they could do this summer that wouldn't break the bank. A bag of straws from the dollar tree, a skein of yarn from Wal-Mart (multi-colored), and some masking tape and they are ready to go! This is very important, since most of my kids don't have much money to spend. There are several tutorials on line, so I won't go into the how-to's. I just wanted to let you know how popular this was. I let them take them home, so they could finish them. Guess who was popular that day? ;)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Long time no see...

Sorry I have been MIA. My father passed away on March 29th, 2014. It was too soon, he was way too young. He was a wonderful man who always challenged people to be their best. I have not been up to posting since then, but it is time to get back to living. I haven't been my best, not even close. I am afraid I am letting him down. That is the very last thing I ever want to do. I am excited to say I will be attending the Tennessee Arts Academy in July. I will be reporting back on the things I learn. I am planning on going back and posting some of the projects the kids did toward the end of the year- see you soon.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gooney Birds

Lovie Stuffies!!!

Oh my gosh, these turned out so great! I think this is one of the most loved projects ever. The 4th grade made these stuffies all by themselves. They first made the pattern by doing half of the creature on a folded piece of paper, and then cut it out. We discussed symmetry, and how this was how to make them match. They then chose the felt they wanted, and traced the pattern onto the folded felt piece. They then cut out the creature. This wasn't easy-you really need sharp scissors to do this, and some of mine lack something to be desired. Some of the kids chose buttons for eyes, and started by sewing the buttons onto one side. Then the students went to work sewing the 2 pieces together. I showed them a few basic stitches, and the blanket stitch. Most of them were just happy to get them to stick together! The students then used batting to stuff them. Some added features with Sharpies, and some used stick on felt or foam. I left some things out for them to choose from and they really got creative. Here are a few to admire...
Now the 5th graders are begging to do this. I thought they were "too big" for this sort of thing, but boy, was I wrong. When I asked them if they wanted to make them I had an overwhelming response of "YES! Can we Please?!?!?" How could I say no?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Picasso- why are you so weird???

The kids are always asking me, "Why are those Picasso people so weird?" I have to explain to them that he just had a different way of looking at things. They have had a ball working on these portraits. I think it is because there are no rules. Here are a few of the ones that are completed...
Stay tuned for more!