The Student Relocation Book

As teachers we become attached to our students and if you are like me your classroom becomes a micro-family. Unfortunately, sometimes students have to move away. While many moves are planned and we have time to say goodbye, some are quick and heartbreaking. I created the student relocation kit to help ease the transition of departure. This kit gives a departing  student a way to keep in touch and be acknowledged. It also allows for the class to say goodbye and realize that the power of continuing relationships is in their hands.

 

 

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Materials needed:

1-Assorted pieces of scrapbook paper 12″ x 12″ & 8-1/2″ x 11″ (optional)

2-Document downloads

3-Glue

4-Scissors

5-Ribbon (optional)

6-Paper CD covers

7-Breyer (optional)

8-Poster Board*

* The thinner poster board found at the dollar stores works the best!

 

 

 

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First, construct a puffer book from one sheet of poster board.

 

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For video instruction and downloadable pages
Please follow the link .

Thank you!




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Star time….Christine’s wedding!

Sometimes you get extremely lucky and you can be a contribution as well as get your craft on!  Such was the case with making wedding favors for the lovely Christine.  She was having a synergistic wedding, melding both African and American traditions.  While both cultures offered traditional guidelines of implementation, I wanted to give her something unique to her wedding.

I love making starbooks and I thought that I would like to make the miniaturized version as take aways for these nuptials.  As you can see, we were both happy with the results.

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Instructions and video to follow.

So much time…so little glue

When I was a kid I was frustrated by the lack of crafting supplies that were around my house as a child. I grew up in various places and was used to entertaining myself. Unfortunately
I was underfunded. This created in me a great fondness for glue, paper and scissors. fortunately for me I was underfunded.

I often wonder who I would be if not left to my own to create my entertainment. My parents took such good care of me ,but they were of the studying, Sunday school attending, cleaning variety. They were wildly talented. My mom had been schooled by nuns and could knit,crochet, tat, embroider, and sew beautifully. Her work was exquisite and painstakingly produced.  My father could grow anything with a seed to enormous proportions.  Their creativity seeped into my very soul and for that I have been extremely thankful.

I take extreme pleasure in the power of creation.  To stand in a garden of your creation, work in a studio on your pet projects , or sit around making something with friends can be sublime.

Give it a try>  It will change your life.

$50.00 Dollar Shoes

So, we all know how it goes. You see a craft so cute you can’t stand it. You must not only make it, you must must massage an event out of your life to suit the use of said craft. Or, you may be blessed by God and be a teacher. Therefore, events abound you and you may just select one that will give you all that you desire from the crafting process. One, the audience of other crafters. Two, the opportunity to commiserate and conference over the making of this craft. And, finally the ability to have your creation validated. Since you did not make these items just to satisfy your crafting itch, they have worth and you are vindicated.

Unfortunately, for me I am not in denial and know that sometimes I create things just because they appeal to me. Now we come to the case of the $50.00 Witchy Poo shoes. While scrolling through Pintrest ( God save me), I happened upon these Halloween shoes made on a Cricut die cut machine and featuring Halloween paper and Oreos. OMG! I cannot be faulted for this undertaking. Everything about this craft screamed, “Do me!” I had most of the supplies. Die cut machine…check. Halloween paper … Are you serious (see studio pics), So,I bought the cartridge to make the cute shoes. After all I can use it for other stuff. There is a fundraiser ( angels sing here) On Wednesday, Un problemo…can’t find orange filled Halloween Oreos!

Did I mention I can become obsessed? Did you know that Oreos come from floor to ceiling in the cookie aisle? Did you also know that Oreos come in mint, Neapolitan, double stuffed chocolate, and football shapes? I didn’t and I couldn’t find Halloween Oreos for weeks. I was always too late or out of luck. I started to hedge my bets with peanut butter and winter red stuffed Oreos. All to no avail. The Halloween orange stuffed cookies were gone. I made my peace after searching for two weeks and sang in the choir on Sunday. Sunday afternoon I went to the airport to do good works and pick up My child at the airport. You know what happened then, right. I passed a store that had 1 bag of Halloween Oreos. On the way home I found another bag of Halloween Oreos. Making it a grand total of 10!bags of Oreos in my possession. If you add in the cartridge I am sure I hit $50.00.

I hear they made Candy corn Oreos, too. I wonder where they’re selling those? Maybe, up in Conroe, Do you think there is a crafter 12- step program?
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Finding the time to create

I am often asked, when do I find the time to do all that I do. I guess that for me the question would have to be, how can I not do all that I do. The crafts, the garden, the entertaining are a testament to my gratitude for all that the creator has provided. All self expression is a celebration of what is possible if you just have enough time and glue.

I find after all these years that the all night quilting, sewing, scrap booking sessions have not necessarily come to an end. There are just less of these jags and more 15 to 30 minutes craft sessions. With age, I now know that every task can be competed if I just break it up into minute parts. Slowing the pace has allowed for greater execution and opens the window for active inspiration.

Age has also allowed me the time to develop a protocol for most creations. Where I place my dirty tray, how I treat my fabric, and the layers of my scrapbook machinations have become standard. After the foundations are laid, I await the whimsy.

Find the time. Your soul beckons.