Monday, December 31, 2012

Auld Lang Syne

Robert Burn's Auld Lang Syne is synonymous with New Year's celebrations all around the world. My favorite version of this song is sung by Mairi Campbell (which can be heard in a scene from the film Sex and the City). It peaked my interest enough to do a little research about the meaning of the lyrics...

"Auld Lang Syne is one of Scotland's gifts to the world, recalling the love and kindness of days gone by, but in the communion of taking our neighbours' hands, it also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take into the future."

Below I've included both the original lyrics and the translated lyrics. Happy New Year and best wishes for a bright and joyful 2013!

Original Scottish Lyrics:

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.


For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd i' the burn,
Frae mornin' sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.


And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

Translated Lyrics:

Long, Long Ago

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And long, long ago.


And for long, long ago, my dear
For long, long ago,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago

And surely you'll buy your pint-jug!
And surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago.


We two have run about the hills
And pulled the daisies fine;
But we've wandered many the weary foot
Since long, long ago.


We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since long, long ago.


And there's a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we'll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.


Friday, December 28, 2012


Now that I have my new iPhone I've been all over Instagram! So today I'm linking up with Jeanette at Life Rearranged for
life rearranged

My vacation week so far...Christmas decorations are already packed up! 
I think it's safe to say I have a mild obsession with shiny, sparkly, silver things...

My favorite new ornament (what teacher wouldn't love this?)

For some reason, I keep getting free copies of ESPN magazine mailed to me...confusing because I'm really more of a Better Homes and Gardens/Glamour magazine kinda gal...
I think I'll read them to expand my horizons!

 Vacation project/New Year's resolution= Get organized!

As I was organizing, found this gem stashed in a drawer...
School pic 2012!

 We got lots of snow here in Maine yesterday...welcome Winter!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Aftermath

Wowza! These first couple days of holiday break have FLOWN right by! Saturday was spent finishing up shopping & Sunday I was at family party #1 followed by a stop at a family friend's holiday open house. Monday was brunch at my place with my best friends from high school (a tradition!) and then Christmas Eve dinner and presents at my mom and stepdad's house. Finally, about 18 family members came to my place on Christmas day so I spent the morning preparing/cooking up a storm!

Now that it's over I will spend today taking all the Christmas decorations down because I want my house 'in order' again.  Plus, I have a ton of grading to get done over this break and I want to get organized and do my 'chores' before then!

Oh, big news...I finally got an iPhone!  I'm LOVING this thing so far, particularly Instagram! I love the idea of being able to easily document my life through pictures! Exhibit A:

Picture 1 is my holiday table, 2 is a lovely new ornament given to me by my grandmother, 3 is yummy Christmas baked goodies (don't you LOVE those silver serving platters from Target?), and 4 is my front door, all 'blinged' out!

I love this time of year but am happy to slow down a bit this vacation...grade some papers, get organized, read some books, and spend time with friends!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Birthday Love

If today really is my last day on earth, I don't think there is a better way to spend it than being showered with love and kind words.  I've had one of the best birthdays I can remember thanks to my friends (new and old), my students (new and old), my colleagues (new and old) and my caring family.

                                                                   Highlights include:

-More Facebook birthday messages & tweets than I could ever imagine

-Text messages from loving friends (some of whom I haven't spoken to in a looong time...such a great suprise!)

-A hilarious card signed by my homeroom students (see picture!) that makes
me laugh just thinking of how, in just a few short months together, they get my humor so well!

-A hand made card from a student with 'happy birthday' written in 7 languages!

-A 'surprise' party thrown by my freshman class complete with a princess tiara, cupcakes, and chocolate milk! Oh and a 'Happy 30th Birthday' card...hilarious because I'm actually 32!

-One of my sophomore students came to wish me a happy b-day and to tell me he had attempted to plan a flash mob in my honor but it didn't pan out (I assured him it is the thought that counts)

-I ordered an iPhone (finally!)...bye bye 'dumb phone'

-My mommy baked me a delicious chocolate cake with my favorite frosting and I had a nice, quiet dinner with my family while looking at my beautiful Christmas tree and listening to holiday tunes.

-Just when I thought my dad may have forgotten my birthday, he shows up at my door with a card and a hug!

                                          I am a very lucky girl's to year 33!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Music Mix & CD Label Printable

It's gift-giving time!  I recently went to a stocking-stuffer party where everyone brings a stocking with them, along with gifts to fill the stockings of the other guests, and everyone ends up with a stocking filled with a variety of little presents!  For my gifts I decided to make a holiday music mix (with quite a few 'untraditional' holiday songs)...

Instead of printing individual labels specifically designed to stick to the CDs themselves, I made a label to stick to the outside of the paper CD sleeve instead. This was my attempt to conserve ink in my printer! I designed the label to be printed on sticker paper (purchased at Staples) and sized to fit a 2 1/2" craft punch.

You can download your FREE printable labels HERE!  
Happy Holidays!

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Tree Contest

Greetings!  Things have been busy around here... we're heading into the home stretch before holiday break at school, holiday parties and gatherings are all over the place, and (foolish me) I just sold my living room set and am on the quest to find another set before I host the Rush Family Christmas at my house! But, today will be spent grading 70 essays on the Scientific Revolution instead of baking holiday cookies or making some fun crafts!  Must work before I can play!

In other news...I've entered my Christmas tree from last year into a contest on Pinterest for Country Living Magazine. The person's tree with the most 'likes' on their Pinterest board wins a Kindle! This gal would sure love that! Here she is in all her glory...Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Engineer Print Hallway Photos

Project number three of operation "finish the entryway" involved framing and hanging some family photos. I looked through my digital albums and found some vintage photos of family members that I scanned into iPhoto.  I purchased six silver square 'Ribba' frames from Ikea last year and they sat in the basement since then.  Here is their new home...

Engineer Print Framed Photos

Having six 12"x12" prints made up was going to be expensive...probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $60.  Instead, I used Photoshop to create one large 2'x3' print made up of all six 
 photos. Then I went to my local Staples and had one engineer print made for $3.77! I just brought the image in on a flash drive and they printed it within 5 minutes. An engineer print is large and inexpensive but the paper is thin and the photos must be black and white.

Before framing, I cut out each 12"x12" picture and used spray adhesive to secure to the back of thick scrapbook paper.  I've found that when I have framed thin paper in the past, it has wrinkled in any type of humidity so mounting to a thick card stock will hopefully prevent this problem.

The pictures make me so happy every time I come home and see them hanging up in the entryway! Here's another view of these photos that are oh-so-special to me
(it's a screen shot so they're sort of blurry):
Starting in the top left and working clockwise:
1) My mother in white and my aunt in black when they were children growing up in Montreal

2) Me as a baby making a mess out of a popsicle while sitting on my aunt's lap!

3) My grandmother circa 1945, somewhere in Aroostook County, Maine.  I LOVE her striped dress and bobby socks!

4) This picture is really a combination of two images...the boy on the right is my cousin Alex.  My aunt posted this picture of him on Facebook last year and I immediately thought 'where have I seen this picture before?".  Then I remembered I had a picture of our grandfather when he was a teenager and wouldn't you know he had the exact same expression as Alex! So I merged the two images together and now they are in my hallway!

5) This picture is of my dad when we was a boy...successful fishing trip I'd say!  It's amazing how many people have come over and asked if this picture was of my brother, Jon!  Nope, of Dad but Jon is his 'mini-me'!

6) The last image is of my grandparents shortly after they were married.  They were so young...I think my grandmother was only 16!

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Pop of Color (aka pillows from h-e-double hockey sticks)

Project 'finish the entry hallway' is well under way what with the recent installation of beadboard. Next on the list was to make some pillows for the bench.  I've been loving the gray/burnt orange color combo and found a fun chevron print at JoAnn Fabrics this weekend.  I used gray double-fold bias tape and cording to diy the piping around the pillows.

I'd like to pretend that I whipped up these pillow covers without any issues but for some reason, things kept going wrong when it came to installing the zippers, even though I used the very same tutorials when making the living room pillows!  After seam ripping, sewing, seam ripping, sewing I went to 'plan b' and used a back flap instead of a zipper. I guess the lesson learned is that even when things should go right, sometimes they just don' take a break and come back to the project the next day with a clear head and patience!

The gray piping and beige in the chevron pattern really compliment the indoor/outdoor runner recently purchased from The wall color and accessories are mostly gray so the orange really pops!  Oh, and you can see a little preview of some pictures hanging on the walls that I'll write about in another post!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Beadboard's A B!#*%

I've recently discovered that painting beadboard is one of the worst experiences one can tackle in the home improvement arena. Ideally, I would have painted it before it was installed or, better yet, I should have paid a professional painter to do the job! 

Hallway Entryway Beadboard

I did hire someone to install the beadboard and molding (EB Homeowner Services for you local people) to give my entryway a more substantial look. The bare walls looked a bit institutional and I also wanted the area to be more functional by adding hooks on either side.

Hallway makeover using beadboard

I LOVE the way it turned out but the process of painting each and every one of those little grooves was extremely tedious. I did several searches online to try and find the best way to paint (other than painting it before installation) and came up with everything from using a brush in each groove, followed by a roller, to dipping a rag in paint and working it into the grooves.

My biggest issue was putting enough paint on the brush to actually make it into the grooves but not so much to cause drips!  Only after painting did someone suggest using a foam craft brush to more easily get paint into the grooves...maybe next time!  Ha ha ha...ya right (there won't be a next time)!

The wall color is Big Chill by Sherwin Williams, a light gray that keeps the hallway light and airy. I just used a standard semi-gloss white paint on the beadboard, also from SW, to match the existing molding. The hooks were $4.77 each from Lowes. I love the square shape and brushed nickel finish...

The bench in the hallway is from Ikea and is actually intended to go with my dining set.  Its low profile, however, makes it the perfect fit for the hallway. Since this is a high-traffic area, I found an indoor/outdoor runner with a pretty trellis pattern! The gray totes were in the dollar section of Target.

Next up, hanging square silver frames w/black and white family photos on either side of the hallway!  Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Easy Gift Wrap Bow

This weekend I went to a surprise 30th birthday party for one of my sweetest friends! 
Another friend and I went in on a gift together and I was in charge of wrapping...

Pinterest to the rescue! Found and pinned this tutorial for making a ribbon-curl bow out of a scrap of wrapping paper!  Super simple and inexpensive way to add 'prettiness' to any gift!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall is Here

I recently went on a lovely long weekend away with some of my best buddies from college! We took our third annual drive up the coast of Maine to my parent's beach house 'Down East'.  Along the way I was scouting the roadside for pretty little handmade bittersweet wreaths that are usually for sale here and there...and I found what I was hoping for:

The orange of the bittersweet berries contrasts so nicely with the crisp black door. I'm glad I waited to buy one of these natural beauties instead of shelling out $25+ for an artificial wreath.  I plan on using a spray to seal the wreath, as suggested by the people who made it, which should make it last for a few years to come!  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Santa Came Early

My house is 1 year and 3 months old. While I've been diligently nesting on the inside, the outside has been severely neglected.  I don't have much of a green thumb so the thought of doing any landscaping made me feel very overwhelmed with where to start!  While the house sits on about two, mostly wooded, acres I wanted the areas near the house to look 'finished' instead of like this hot mess...

This summer I did make a vain attempt to start a bed on the other side of the porch...Unfortunately this is as far as I got as I ran out of motivation (and money) to finish this project!

I did manage to put up a few decorations and potted plants on the porch this summer 
but that was about all...

Then my most generous mother and step-father offered to give me the gift of landscaping as an early Christmas/birthday present (my birthday is December 20th). You know you're a grown up when the thought of landscaping as a gift delights you to no end!  Their friend Ed Bush, of Bush's Bushes, came over and worked his magic...

 Some features include three high-bush blueberry plants, ornamental rocks, and several other varieties of pink, purple, and yellow perennials. I'm so excited to see what Spring will bring!

A couple 'before' and 'afters':

The landscaping makes the house look so much more 'finished'.  Now that it's done I know I can manage the upkeep of the beds without that overwhelming 'where to start' feeling!

I'm so grateful and delighted!!  


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shower Curtain

Hey Friends!  It's me...Crafty Teacher Lady!  It's been so very long since I've posted but my time has been occupied adjusting to my new teaching position at a new school!  
Things are great so far but very, very, very busy!!  

Just thought I'd pop in and do a quick post...recently spent an indecent amount of money on a very fabulous striped shower curtain from West Elm that I've had my eye on for quite some time...

 I love stripes, I love gray, and my bathroom just so happens to NEED such a fun accent to go with the other colors!  It's a very small space and the stripes help make it fee a bit larger!

Will be back soon...promise!