Sunday, February 22, 2009

February Vacation

Today is the last day of vacation (boo!) but I am looking forward to going back to school, which is always a sign to me that, for the most part, I like my job! I don't have that much to show for this break but here is a recap:

Bowling: For my cousin Nathan's 8th birthday he got to choose an activity for us to do and he chose bowling! Little did I know, they now have automatic bumpers that come out and in depending on what player is up! Can you believe it? Apparently it's been a while since I last bowled at Yankee Lanes!
Crafts: I didn't do too much sewing this vacation but I did make a dog coat...no, I don't have a dog nor am I the type of person who would dress a dog up like a human just for fun, however these dog coats are more practical as they are made out of fleece and can keep little dogs warm. Here is my first jacket on my aunt's dog Sophie (and on my chair before I had access to a dog):
It's a little big on Sophie but I think she looks cute nonetheless! Place your orders today! :-)



Digital Fun: I ordered a new printer/scanner/copier from QVC (three easy monthly payments!) because my old one was a piece of junk. I got right down to playing with the scanner and I uploaded many old pictures into iPhoto. As part of a family history project I am having my students complete, I decided that I would also complete the project which includes an interview with a family member. I interviewed my grandmother, Joyce Rush, and am now using both the interview and the old pictures of her that I was able to scan to create a Mix Book which is both an online digital scrap booking site and a way for you to have what your create made into an actual book. I am also going to try this site out with my students so they can create a book as a class, or individuals, on various research topics.


Here is one of my FAVORITE pictures of Grammy Joyce when she was about 15 years old (I was able to scan it) and I plan on using it as the cover of my Mix Book:
I was also able to turn an ordinary post card (I bought it in Nice, France a few summers ago for about one dollar) into a piece of art to fill one of the many empty frames on the walls of my home by scanning the postcard, using iPhoto to resize it, and then printing it out on photo paper. Check it out:



Exercise:
I just found the BEST website that allows you to play free workout videos online! They have lots of types of workouts that vary in length...now who doesn't like variety and free when it comes to exercise or pretty much anything in life?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Easy Bookmark Craft

With lots of ribbon scraps leftover from various craft projects, I thought of a really simple way to make bookmarks. All you need for the project is some ribbon, Heat 'n Bond, and thread.

Step 1: Cut the ribbon to your desired length and then follow the directions on the back of the Heat 'n Bond package. You can either use two pieces of ribbon to make a bookmark with two designs or just use one piece and fold it over.




Step 2: Once the Heat 'n Bond is on one side, fold over the ends on both pieces of ribbon, put them together, and then iron.




Step 3: Now that the ribbons are stuck together, stitch both ends together. The Heat 'n Bond makes the ribbon a little more sturdy than it would be on its own, which is what makes it a great book mark!






Here I have used one long piece of ribbon, folded it in half, stuck it together with the Heat 'n Bond, stitched the end, and then used sheering scissors to make a decorative edge.


They make really easy gifts! I think I will probably make a few and give them out to students as rewards at the end of the year.

75 Valentines!


To celebrate both Valentines Day and the start of February vacation, I decided to bake mini-cupcakes for my students! Vanilla cake, vanilla frosting, and cute conversation hearts!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Showers!!!





This weekend was full of food, presents, and "ooooing" & "aawwwing"! Saturday I went to a baby shower for my friend Beth (we met freshman year in college) and here she is opening the outfit I made for her soon-to-be-born little girl Christiana. She is a pretty adorable prego lady!










Here is Bonnie with her baby Ethan and Joshua, my friend Tanya's son, taking a break from all the baby shower festivities!

















This afternoon I went to a lovely bridal shower for my friend Leah. We've been friends since high school but we were also in the same 5th grade class together. Here she is holding up the new and improved apron that I made for her after the first one had a little accident (see previous post)!! I think she'll look absolutely adorable wearing this while she does some baking for her new hubby! Well, for that matter, I'm sure Paul will look great in it too when he cooks for Leah!











Katie came and brought her baby Drew. Have I mentioned that I am in LOVE with this baby? He is so adorable! Please take note of the cute sweater he is wearing...yup, I made this! I started it last December when Katie announced she was pregnant and had it finished in June, just in time for her shower. She didn't know what the sex of the baby was in advance so I tried to pick something that was gender neutral but not the same old yellow or green. I think Drew looks GREAT in it too! Don't we make a cute couple?



























Katie, Drew, Leah, K-A and Angela enjoying the shower!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Baby Love

Next weekend I have a baby shower for my good friend Beth who is expecting her first baby at the beginning of April. Luckily it is a girl! I say luckily because it seems that there are far more patterns that are "easy" to sew for little girl apparel than there are for little boy apparel and I just happen to have a few patterns for adorable little dresses!

The outfit I chose to make was pretty easy overall but the most difficult task was figuring out which size to make. You see, the first problem is calculating how old the baby will be when it is the appropriate season to wear the outfit (next summer so she will be about 14 months old). As I don't have a 14-month-old to measure, the second problem is figuring just how big (weight, belly size, cute-chunky-baby thigh size, etc.) to make the outfit. I tried looking online for measurements with no luck and even called my friend Katie who was nice enough to measure her little Drew (most adorable 7-month old I have EVER seen!) so I could at least ball-park my measurements.


Here is the finished product! And here is baby Drew when he was a newborn!













On another note, I have some sad sewing news to report. The apron that I featured in the previous post was recently RUINED by a "handy man" (and I use that term loosely) who works for the condo management company. He came in to repair damage to the ceiling from a roof leak that happened over a year ago (they work really quickly around here) and apparently he wasn't very careful when he was painting the ceiling because he got paint on the front of the apron, the back of the pillows I also mentioned in a previous post, several picture frames, the wood floor, and even a plant! Needless to say, I was VERY upset. Now I have to find time to make a new apron because it is/was a gift for someone!

Here is the evidence:Boo! Very upsetting!