Travel Journal Prep

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 No comments
 I'm sitting in my time machine now typing this a month in advance.  I'm slowly figuring out how to make travel journaling work for a person who likes a cute sticker or six.  My goal is to be able to fly home with an almost complete album, so here's my prep for my upcoming England trip (which I should have returned home from yesterday with, hopefully, a full album I can pop on youtube).
 I'm going quite a few different places, but I know I'll start my trip in England, so after my first few travel pages (below), I did a few England pages.  1)  I was eager to get started on the trip and album & 2)  I figured the first few days I will be jet lagged, so all I have to do is the writing and not catch up on the decorating if I have the first few pages ready.  BUT I didn't want to do too much b/ c I never know how much space each day will take.
 My first few pages are the intro/intenerary.
 Page two I left to tell travel tales.  My prayer is two uneventful, on time flights, but I put a glassine pocket (with the date stamped) on page two, so I could always add a fun story to the pocket before turning to the next (London) page.
 I packed some fun stickers to creating headings for each new location, some stickers, paper, and ephemera.  I also wrapped washi tape around some scraps of paper to take and cut.  I'm bringing glue, a stapler, scissors (I'll pack in my bag), pens, colored pencils, and this time....
I stamped a tag for each day I'll be gone I can use or not use, but they are ready to go if I want to use them.  When I get home I'll probably add a few 3D Stickers, but I'm planning on using this travel journal all summer (assuming I don 't fill it up, which I'm fine with too), so I don't want it too thick!  I also am bringing my Canon Ivy-not an add, I just love it, and I love being able to print a photo or three each day to add to help 'tell the story.'  I've kept a travel journal for probably almost 20 years, and I look back at the journals often when I revisit a city to remember favorite spots, restaurants, sites, or share hotel suggestions with others, but now I'm turning it into my scrapbook/journal.  I'm sure I'll be sharing my completed album momentarily.

Grilled Corn

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 No comments
 ...and thus continues my "If it's not nailed down, I'm going to grill it..." summer.  Pineapple!  A delicious dessert, or a burger topping, whatever floats your boat.  They really were delicious, especially the pineapples that got a little toastier and caramelized.
Grilled Pineapple
1.  Drain a can of sliced pineapples.  
2.  Cover with 1/4-1/2 c. brown sugar and let them sit for 10 minutes.  
3.  Spray with cooking oil and then place them on the grill.  Flip after 5 minutes.  Cook a total of 10 minutes.  

Ribbon Mobile

Thursday, June 06, 2019 No comments
I'm helping a friend out with her nursery.  She is doing a lot of purple, and a little pink, and all the monograms.  I've made quite a few flowers, but I was trying to think of a fun mobile to go in her room, and saw these little guys on the web.  They are really simple to put together, and they would be cute in the corner of a room hanging from a ceiling as well.  
 I bought a 10 inch embroidery hoop, and 11 different ribbon spools.  I didn't use all the ribbon from each spool, but I did need 6 feet of each (as you are measuring, just to let you know this took 66 feet of ribbon).  Hobby Lobby has their ribbon on sale every other week, so I always wait for a sale week for projects like this, and they had a bunch of fun textures. 
 I looped these onto the outer ring.  I cut each piece 24 inches and folded them in half. 
 I pulled the ends through the loop, and pulled to tighten. 
 You could add a glue dot at this point, but I used the inner circle later just to hold them into place. 
 I figured out my 'pattern' and did three rounds of each ribbon. 
I then put two pieces of twine criss cross across the top and attached the inner hoop and tightened to hold it all in place.  Simple, cute, and it definitely hit the girly quota!

Grilled Asparagus

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 No comments
I bought a new grill recently...nothing fancy, but the theme of my spring (and now summer is)…."I bet I can grill that."  I've grilled asparagus before, but it's so good, it's worth a repeat.  It's a hearty enough veggie that it's easy to throw down on the grill and roll.
Grilling Asparagus
1.  Wash and trip your asparagus.
2.  Take 2 T of extra virgin olive oil 1 t. of salt per pound of asparagus.
3.  Place the asparagus, oil, and salt in a bag and shake it around until all the asparagus is covered.
4.  Grill for 10 minutes, flipping one time half way through.
If you place it in the center of the grill, it will get pretty roasty, but that's how I like it.

Yarn Rainbow

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 No comments
     I'm headed to GMT Thursday with some summer crafts.  I'll post the video later on facebook, but in the meantime here is one of the projects I'm bringing.  I've seen these little yarn rainbows popping up all over the net, and I decided to try a version using my own technique.  
     I had a bunch of left over yarn from another project I'll post about soon (when I'm finished).  I actually bought these little bolts at a thrift store for cents, and they are all different fun textures.  I bought some thick rope at Michaels (and used a coupon, of course).  I cut each piece a little larger so it made the traditional arch, but I used non-traditional colors because....art.  
     I just wrapped the yarn around the rope, and secured each end by tying it together, and then used a hot glue gun to press the 'bows' together.
I made two little pom poms (I wrapped yarn around my fingers 20 times and tied it in the middle, then snipped in the loops) to act as clouds.  If I made a larger rainbow, I would have done tassels, but I'm going to squeeze this and 2 other crafts into a 4 minute segment, so I'm going mini!

Teaching Tuesday: Mock Tales

 OK, so this isn't exactly a lesson, but it is teacher related. The leadership team at my school rolls around a cart a few times a semester with a fun treat.  This May we put together this Mock Tail cart on Buddy Fun Day.  We figured it would be a hot day....but ended up having field day inside, but nobody complained about a cold beverage, even though we didn't sweat outside first.
 I found some fun cups at Party City, umbrellas via Amazon, and summer straws from Dollar Tree.  Each person on the team brought a soda/water and then some sort of fruit to float in the drink as a fun side (limes, lemons, pineapples, cherries, and some cherry flavor).
It was a super simple, but fun treat to personalize for each teacher.