Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday, Blue Monday....

Roxie In Bed
Ahh, Monday mornings....
All of tmy pets can tell when the weekend revelries are over. They are glum as they feed at 5:30 AM, knowing that walks, hugs, and playtime will not commence again until around 4:00 PM, a long time away.
 At school last week I had a first grader tell me that he wanted me to show him how to draw a mouse. Others chimed in, asking for mouse drawing lessons. Do you see why I love my job? Who gets to have this much fun at work?

My cabinet doors needed some brightening up so we made these silly mice.  I had the children write, in sentence form, the name of their mouse and what it likes to do.  I chose to share these  because they were produced by two of my "at risk" students.
Finally, I want to share the sampler I made at my embroidery class at Weston's in Mount Shasta. The class was fun and Micky Weston is  a warm and gentle soul and a wonderful teacher.

If one was to make assumptions about the kind of women who would attend an embroidery class, one might think it would attract a rather mild mannered, unadventurous sort. Oh boy!! You would not believe the stories! These women are   ANYTHING but mild and boring!

Embroidery Class Sampler

Sunday, January 30, 2011

January 30, 2011

It was snowing and now its raining today. We are cooped up inside.  So what better to do than begin a blog?

I have to start with my dogs, Roxie and Mik.  
Roxie is our Jack Russell terrier and Mik is our beautiful ridgeback mix
Now that my daughter has gone off to college, Roxie and Mik are my babies! 

I take embroidery classes at our local fabric store and would like to share what I have been doing.  Since I am an elementary school teacher, I thought it would be fun to make an old fashioned sampler to hang in front of my door. It took me about 6 months to finish but I am very happy with the results.

My latest passion is crazy quilting.  I began learning about crazy quilts a few weeks ago. The square I am working on is one foot square and was originally going to be a pillow but now I'm not so sure. I'm now thinking of it as more of a fabric and embroidery collage.... 

The silk fabric that I used looks rumpled. I can see that sewing the seems with a machine will be neater than doing it by hand.  I have a friend who is going to help me work on my skills with the sewing machine.

At school this week my first graders were learning about matter.   We made solid matter collages (LOL!) that I put up for display in the hall.  Hope you like them.