Friday, December 30, 2011

Home and Family Friday

It's a good thing when you are so relaxed that you forget which day it is. I love Winter Break. It is just what this teacher needs to recharge the batteries and get ready for 50+ energetic kindergarteners.

Home and Family Friday is up a running a little late today. Sorry about that! Last week's most clicked on link was the adorable Christmas Cheer window from A Creative Princess.



Hmmmm.... I think I need to do something like this with the window that my friend Mareen gave me.  Anyone know any great wintertime quotes?

On to Home and Family Friday!  Link up the projects you've been working on this week.  We love to see recipes, craftiness, home decor, anything goes.  I'd love it if you'd grab my button and become a follower.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My New Camera Strap



We had a photographer come to the house to take family pictures, on Christmas Eve, and she had the cutest camera strap!  I decided that I needed one too.  My hubby took the kids to a movie last night, so it was the perfect time for me to get some sewing done. 

This project took about 20 minutes (maybe less) and it was really inexpensive.  It was super simple and I love the instant gratification.



All you need for this project is fusible fleece, two contrasting fabrics, thread and a sewing machine.  I love the gray and yellow combination.  I plan on making a few more camera straps this week.  I'll take a few pictures of the process and post a tutorial soon.

Happy sewing... and picture taking!

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Here are a few more linky parties I like to participate in.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

Here's a fun activity to host, during this week when the kids are home.  My kids love Gingerbread Day.  For the past 10 years, we've hosted friends and family and created the most adorable graham cracker houses.


This year, we had nine girls and a couple of moms.

 

 


I had a lot of fun with my bokeh pictures too.  (Bokeh is the blurry background that produces the pretty lights from the tree.)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Happy Holidays!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Home and Family Friday

Well, I made it to Friday, December 16th. Do you know what that means? Yes, it means it's time for Home and Family Friday, but here's the REALLY important news of the day.... it's Winter Break. Vacation Mom is back in the house!

We'll be spending the afternoon making these little cuties with the kids tomorrow.



Let's see what you'be been up to this week.  Link up your projects and don't forget to hop on over to see some of our friends' blogs.  I'd love it if you'd grab my button and become a follower.

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Puppet Theater Makeover

I usually don't share many school projects on this blog, but I had a lot of fun with this little makeover.

I inherited this puppet theater from another teacher in my building. It had seen better days. The curtain was a little dingy and the green chalkboard had some permanent marker on it. I was thrilled when I saw this coming through my door, because my old puppet theater had just broken, beyond repair.


A little chalkboard paint and a new curtain (with a little black rick-rack to cheer it up a bit) and it has a whole new life.




Puppet theater love!!!


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thinking About Photography

I had some time on my hands yesterday. I had a fever and was just feeling yucky. I spent the day resting on the couch, book in hand. I didn't have anything new to read, so I pulled out some of my favorite photography books. I love Scott Kelby's books. He has a quirky sense of humor that really comes through in his writing. As I was reading, I was noticing that things make more sense this time. I've read his books before, but some of the information just seemed to go right over my head. This time around, I think a little more information sunk in.

I decided to look back through a few of my recent pictures and try to figure out what I like. Here are two collages that I made with some of my favorite pictures from the past few months.


I've decided that photography in natural light is the way to go! I took the picture of the milk and cookies in my photobox setup, and it didn't turn out too bad. It's just not as crisp and clear as the other three pictures. The other three were taken in natural light.



I'm not exactly sure what I liked about the photos in the collage above. They just stood out to me. They made me happy, and I guess that's what I love about photography. It just makes me happy to take beautiful pictures.

If you're interested in photography, I'd love to chat with you. Send me an email! Let's see what we can learn from each other!  I have so much to learn!

Happy picture taking!
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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung

I made two of these paper-pattern-pieced stockings before our kids were born. Always a planner, I bought lots of extra fabric.  We added the train and horse stockings a few years later. 


They still make me happy.

 
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Home and Family Friday

Happy Friday, Friends!

The most clicked on link at the party last Friday was by Embellishments by SLR. The foyer she decorated for Christmas was AMAZING!  There are a ton of pictures over on her blog, so go check it out.  You'll be inspired!



I can't wait to see what you have for us this week.  Link up those projects.  Don't forget to visit some other friends.  I pick the most clicked on link to feature.  I'd love it if you'd grab my button and become a follower.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Little Round Sprocket Pillows

A few weeks ago, I spotted an adorable pillow on the Cluck, Cluck, Sew blog.  She called them Sprocket pillows and I thought they were about the cutest things I'd ever seen.  There are templates and instruction on Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  The fabric, that I wanted to use to make my pillows, wouldn't work with the template that I had downloaded.  I got to work making my own template and pattern.  I'm not a pattern maker, so this challenged me a bit.

 I was so pleased at the way my first round pillows turned out.  I made three pillows out of my stash of "school" fabric.  These pillows are now part of the listening center in my kindergarten classroom.  Here's a look at the fabric I picked and the cute fabric covered button.




Fast forward to my Home and Family Friday linky party, last week. 

Nancy, from  Flatrock Cabin, added her Sprocket pillow to the linky party.


Nancy was making them for gifts, which gave me an idea! Great Grandma is always the hardest person to buy for.  A few years ago, I made a quilt for Great Grandma and still had a stash of fabric scraps.  After looking in my scrap bin, I found enough fabric to make at least one pillow.  Again, my scraps were too small to use the pattern on Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  I made my own pattern and got to work sewing.  I started on Saturday morning and was finished by lunch time.  Although, I did have to call my mom with a sewing 911.  I needed a fabric covered button.  My fabric store is about a half an hour away and her store is 3 minutes down the road.  She stopped and got me a button and dropped it off at my house, on her way through my area. (It's so nice to have a mom who understands sewing emergencies.)

Here's the pillow for Great Grandma.  I'm not a pink and purple girl, but I think I like this one better than my school pillows!  Hopefully Great Grandma will love it too.



Happy Sewing!

P.S.
My friend, Kerry, made one of these in a floor size!  How cool is that?  I think I need to make some over-sized floor pillows like this for my family room.  Sometimes it's a good thing when your printer spits out an image that is double the size of the intended pattern.... happy accident!

Here are a few linky parties I like to participate in.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tree Day

I often wonder how much of my day is spent looking through the camera lens. I absolutely love taking pictures of my kids.

Today was Christmas Tree Day. It's been a tradition for as long as I can remember. Of course, I brought my camera along.  I'm still learning how to take clear, sharp, pictures and I am in the very, very beginning stages of learning about Photoshop.

I tried to add a little glow in this picture to capture the sun trying to break through the fog.



I didn't have my big, zoomy, lens but wanted to try some close ups of the water drops on the trees.



At this point, my mother started laughing at me.  "Why are you taking pictures of cob webs again?"  I think I need to work on the whole dew-on-the-spiderweb look, because you can hardly tell there is a spiderweb there.

In the end, we found the perfect tree.  The kids always want to help cut the tree.  My hubby is so patient and lets them try as long as they'd like.  The tree is up, but we snuggled on the couch and watched a movie instead of putting the lights on and decorating.  Maybe tomorrow.



Happy tree hunting!
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Home and Family Friday

Time to link up, Friends!

Let's see what you've been up to this week. 

 

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