Pumpkin Sign

Thursday, October 10, 2019 No comments
I found this box by a trashcan a few years ago that was weathered and worn, and it's original use was at question.  I took it home thinking it would make the perfect craft.  I promptly left it outside and forgot it and two (or three?) years later, the box had fallen apart, but there was a neat 'end' piece I used to paint a vintage-ish looking sign on.  I just free handed the letters while looking at inspiration via pinterest.  Now.....I just need a few pumpkins for my farm and I'm ready to Halloween.  

Teaching Tuesday: Veterans Day Parade

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 No comments
This was our third Veterans Day event at my school.  Each year has been a little different, and last year there was rain and it was 30 degrees, so we had to try plan b-an inside parade.  This was much cuter with students, but due to privacy, I'll just post the gist.  We started the day with a flag ceremony (thanks to the girl scout troop).  Our PE teacher had a City Councilman come and talk about Veterans, and we had Veterans (family members of ours students and those in our community) come and sit up front).  The students all sat facing them.
After the ceremony we had a parade through the halls.  The year before we 'paraded' down to a local nursing home.  This year, our plan was to head down the street to a nearby church.  Each grade level submits a 'float' for the parade and we give an award to the winning float.  The teachers have some pretty creative entries.
One of our clubs sponsored a sign out front, and our PE teacher also placed flags along the walk.  

 This year, each student was given a red or blue sign with the names of veterans.  I sent out a survey in advance to the staff and families and asked them to let me know the names of Veterans that impacted their family and then printed these all off.  I have also done a flag display out front with a name tied to each flag, and that was really neat, but this year I was trying to think of something for the students to carry.  I tried noise makers the year before, but I think this was my favorite to date.
 I'm posting this year, because.....it's never too early to plan a parade.  We have a great police officer who also leads our parade, and it's a lot of planning, but well worth it.

Glamping in Oklahoma

Friday, October 04, 2019 No comments
 This past weekend I headed across the border of Texas to Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  My pals and I rented a luxury cabin to celebrate my pal Kelly's b-day.  She actually has another month before she is 40, but she's about to travel the world and not be home to be celebrated, so we had to take advantage of a free weekend.
I found the cabin on Air BNB and it was absolutely stunning with two story views, a game room with a pool table, great seating inside and out, a grill, hot tub etc.  
It's unusually hot, so we ended up spending a lot of times in the Great INDOORS and enjoying all the cabin had to offer!  
 I made a bucket for each girl with personalized blankets, cups, cookies, and popcorn.
Night one I had a big spread with the gals arrived, and we munched all night....and the next afternoon too.  Dessert was pie (Kelly's favorite).  We went to lunch the next day in town, but other than that it was a weekend of girl talk, heads up, grilling, hot tubbing, and smores.  
I tend to overplan my life, so one of the best birthday gifts that I accidentally got was a weekend to disconnect with the to do list, and connect with fun people.  Here's hoping we can do it again before another 10 years pass!

Paper Pumpkins

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 No comments

I've really been embracing the orange, pink, and black I'm seeing around the web for Halloween.  I have lots of vintage decorations at home, but for work I made a few things to take and decorate my classroom.

I painted paper mache pumpkins from Michael's with some paints and added ribbons, and a banner I made on my embroidery machine.  More to follow soon!

Glamping Favors

Saturday, September 28, 2019 No comments
One of my favorite people on planet earth is turning 'as old as me' in about a month. Due to travel and schedules, we are celebrating (with her first party) with a group of gal pals at a cabin in Broken Bow, OK.  I put together a bucket for each girl attending.
I embroidered a blanket for each girl (not knowing it would be 90 degrees), made wine glasses (or Diet Coke cups....knowing me) for each gal, and I bought some popcorn and had some cookies personalized for the party.  

Mermaid Favor Buckets

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 No comments
 The gals in my family headed to the beach a few weeks ago to celebrate my Mom's bday.  Just to make it a little more festive, I brought some decorations for the beach house we rented, and I made a bucket for each gal.
 I personalized the buckets, a water bottle, and a bag (to carry our phones to the beach).  I also put in some favorite snacks, a drink holder, cotton candy ("ocean foam"), everyone's favorite candy, and some mermaid cookies I bought at Cookies By Design.