Thursday, August 8, 2013


WOOOOHOOOOO What you are lucky enough to not see is the happy dance I am doing right now!!! While I realize this might just be me...I absolutely love  my aprons in my classroom..... It is a small obsession of mine. They can hide a multitude of fashion faux pas, spilled coffee, and previous art and non art stains.......and today I scored two of the cutest ones at WAL-MART. (Wal-MArt may be one of my least favorite places to go to ever.....especially during the day...and during back to school. It is always packed and I am slightly claustrophobic when I go there. They are Absolutely adorable....and the price was right too!! Less than $8.00 each! BOOM!

 I went on an apron hunting kick this summer and discovered that there are a lot of really expensive aprons out there. Some for over $400 each!!. I am not sure if I will bling these up or not. I do want to add a snap on the neck but I already know I am swamped so chances are it will never get done which is also why they probably won't get any bling. I also have ordered new classroom aprons as well for my students!! Can't wait to get those. The printmaking students are going to silkscreen a class logo on them (they just don't know it yet!) Last year my two favorite aprons were the Foo Fighters apron I made and the Starbucks green barista apron which I scored on Ebay. I Also have 6 plain white canvas ones to DIY for later this year!!Down to 11 daysbefore these babies can be on display and in use!!!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Back to School!! THANKFULLY!!!!

Yes, I said thankfully and back to school at the same time. YES, I am a teacher. So, why on earth would I be excited about back to school? I will tell you. It is more than just my awkward and weird love of the smell of new paper, new sharpies, fresh coffee, shiny waxed floors, having a real reason to be up at 5 am and I can't forget my new aprons.This summer has been CRAZY. A new-ish puppy along with my hubby and his partners starting a new business, routine is all out of whack and truth be told...I miss the creativity of all my kiddos. I have "Pinterested" till my eyes hurt, I have redesigned my curriculums,  I have reorganized my house-albeit not by choice(2 floods in June and July)-till I have no more organizational spots of genius left in me(or money left in my budget for totes and bins and Clorox), and I am ready for some normalcy.....and I AM really excited for some of the projects I have planned.

 My intro classes have almost all new lessons planned in pretty much every area, and my sculpture kids well, some of them actually started over the summer collecting their gear for the annual assemblage project which this year, involves a new twist. Printmaking has been revamped and the crafts kids will be pleasantly surprised this year. I am so excited to roll out the new stuff! AND I get to meet my new homeroom freshman class!!  I have so many ideas for their first week that I hope they will enjoy. I know I will, I mean what is not to love about mustaches, top hats and feather boas....a photo-booth, cup cakes, and  special invitations.

AND I get to do it all in a newly reorganized classroom-this time the reorganization was by choice. And I did make at least one classroom example to replace some of the ones that were destroyed. My sock doll Melton-who is a grilled cheese and spicy pickle aficionado and my rolling "lightening bug" finally was finished from my May workshop with Michael DeMeng.

Two weeks....that is all that is left of my summer, Two weeks that is all the time I have to "relax"..and two weeks...... is all I have left in my 30's. As crazy as this final summer of my thirties has been, I don't think I would have changed any of it........well, except for maybe the floods.