Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Charming Fortune-Telling Fish

I took a break from banners and bunting to play with some scraps, odds and ends:

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I'd never seen the fortune telling fish before, but it came in a package of ephemera I got during my trip to Farmstead last year.  After playing with some more scraps and trying out a new adhesive, I couldn't bring myself to make "inchies," so I settled for 1 3/4 X 1 3/4 bases... I'd love to see how these would look as charms, but, alas, I don't solder:

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bag 'em and Tag 'em: Bake Sale Do's

Off duty from teaching for the summer, I'm able to do a bit more baking in support of our Family Readiness Group and our deployed soldiers!

Round One:  muffins!  Blueberry Banana Cream Cheese and Banana Cream Cheese Pecan (with a caramel sprinkle topping)

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Round Two: cookies!  Oatmeal Raisin Spice and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pecan Candy Bar

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Bake sales are great fund raisers, and it's easy to make nummy items even more attractive to potential buyers.  Obviously it's important to handle all of the ingredients, baking tools and final tasty tidbits with care by washing those hands, cleaning surfaces, and following baking directions.  It's also important to bag and tag the treats to be sold: bags keep germs, bugs and other gross stuff off of the food and informational tags make it possible for buyers to avoid possible allergic reactions:

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My extra ribbon scraps are put to good use tying each bag and make the cookies and muffins even more appealing to the eye... I guess I'm just not a fan of twist ties!

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I used clear cello bags (found in most grocery stores, WalMart, or craft and hobby stores), ribbon, and white address label stickers (2/3 inch by 1 and 3/4 inches; Avery template 5195).

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Etsy Shop Update: New Items and SALE!

I've been having fun downstairs in the crafty nook!  The following are available in my Etsy shop:

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Country floral (brown) bunting set...

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Picnic Party Bunting set (and oh, this would be so cute as a bulletin board display for your colors unit!)...

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Summer Garden Party Bunting set (I love this mod floral!)...

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Americana Bunting Set (no tulle, no frill)...

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While Photobucket catches up on my photo tweaking, take a peek in the shop for the sale prices I've posted for the perfectly pink and brown circle print bunting set (originally 70$!), the aqua and red bunting set that baseball lovers seem to enjoy though I originally made them as a beautiful Christmas pattern (each set originally sold for 40$, three sets are left at $30 per), and the set of five fuschia fun bunting for $35.  

Several other bunting sets (bandana and burlap print papers I call "country mouse" and "city mouse" too!) are also marked down so that I can make room for new holiday banners that I'm working on this month.

I love summer sales, don't you?

Friday, June 4, 2010

Special Order on Day 7

Paper, ribbon, and sunlight... such a wonderful way to start Day 7 of my summer break:
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This morning I worked on a special order, a set of seasonal banners:

Spring
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Fall
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Winter
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Yes, I know "winter" looks a bit more like ~Christmas~, but I'll see if my customer likes it just the same...  if not, I'll enjoy using it as holiday inspiration down in the crafty nook once cooler weather hits.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Six Days


Six days into my break from teaching and I'm reaching the midway point:  half of my days are spent in the go-go-GO mode while the other half are spent completely zoned out or napping.  My summer transition is happening, but it's an odd sensation.

I will never be an advocate for year-round school.  Ever.  As I'm not "just" a teacher, but a mother, wife, friend, and enjoyer of crafty hobbies, time is precious.  I refuse to believe that spending all of my waking hours in do-or-die mode for my paid profession, chosen responsibilities, and beloved interests will produce the best and most desired results for any of them.  Sacrificing one for the others is not an option for me.  For some people maybe. Definitely not for me.

I have to recharge my batteries in order to be a good teacher, mom, wife, etc.  I think a lot of other people need to make time for themselves too, but don't.

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Recent self a-ha-isms:

~ My interest in home decor and design carries over into my beliefs about functionality and form in my classroom.  My teaching environment must not only be user friendly and efficient, but interesting, soothing, comfortable and conducive to creativity and learning.

~ Barbeque flavored chips and large curd cottage cheese... divine.

~ Shorter hair totally rocks (I'll update my photo this week- goodbye mane, hello... change!)...

~ I'd love to collaborate with a jewelry crafter with mad soldering skills to use up some of the colorful scraps created by my bitty banners/bunting... I'm thinking pendants for bracelets, necklaces, ornaments...

~ Fashion icons from formative teen years have a way of channeling themselves into my crafty endeavors.  Who knew Ralph Lauren's influence would appear in my banners?

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*Totally* Ralph, don't you think?

They'll be in my Etsy shop this weekend.