Thursday, October 31, 2013

21st Birthday Card

Submitted by Linda
My youngest turned 21 this last week, which is crazy and hard to believe. You know, if I'm only 29, how can he be 21!? Ha!

I'm not sure if either of my boys care about homemade cards or not, but heaven forbid they end up like the teacher's kids who can't read, or the cobbler's kids who have no shoes, or the stamper's kids who get a store bought card.

So for Nick's big day I had purchased an old bingo piece with a #21 on it, at the Long Beach Antique Swap meet back in the spring.  I found this card on Pinterest, made by Jacquii McLeay. You can check out her cute blog HERE.
I decided to cover real candles, which changed the layout a bit, and I plunked them down a bit topsy turvy, which I like.  I used basic gray, with last year's 'howlstooth' paper, and I love the addition of the bingo piece. Yay for ephemera!!! (I love saying 'ephemera'. Here's its definition: a class of collectable items not originally intended to last for more than a short time, such as tickets, posters, postcards or labels.)

Anyway, he ended up liking the card, though he probably liked the cash inside better.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Treats 2013

Submitted by Linda
Some of you may remember that I've only been an avid pinner on Pinterest since last June. Yes, just four months ago. Like everyone else, I've found it to be fun, addicting, inspiring and helpful for finding stamping ideas. For this Halloween, I wanted a treat for my teacher pals, and I loved the idea of using this canning  jar set. Here is the project before it's assembled....
...and after!
I assembled them at our monthly stamp club weeks ago, and felt ready for Halloween. Until earlier this week, when I decided to whip up a much simpler treat for my students.  I punched a polka dotty top note die, cut out 'cute mummy guy', and added a black (chalkboard vibe) tag.
Very basic, but cute!
Now I'm officially ready for Halloween!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Cloche

Submitted by Linda
Last year, this fall cloche was on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens, and that began my search for a cloche in my antiquing adventures.
I ended up finding one in an antique store in Monrovia, and in the spring I put a vase of flowers in it with a nest, but didn't take a picture - forgive me! In September, for back to school, I added a teacup of succulents (an end of year gift from a special family), some moss, and some apple candles that look like real apples.
For fall, I decided to stray from the BHG version, when I found these awesome fake Chinese Lanterns. I plunked in more moss, a little (fake) pumpkin to go with my little (fake) apple, and ta-da!!!!
I had a few extra stems of the lanterns, so I popped them into this wooden Jack-o-lantern for a little more fall ambience.
If you're interested in having your own cloche, I've seen them at Michaels and the Hobby Lobby (where you could use a coupon!)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Run, Run, as Fast as You Can, and Some Cute Wallace Cousins

 Submitted by Linda
 Well, it is now October, and I've officially come up for air from starting the school year. I seem to always forget how consuming school is in the first month, teaching the kids the routines, expectations, and, well, herding cats.  I was at the gym a few weeks back, and an older business man (who knew I was a kindergarten teacher) asked me if 'teaching kindergarten was easy'. I restrained myself from giving him a 10 minute tutorial on Common Core, full day kindergarten, high expectations coupled with no financial or personnel support, and so on.  Because the truth of the matter, is, I love my job. I work at a fantastic 'think outside the box' school, get to collaborate with neato people like these gals, and I get to dance and sing and laugh everyday.
This year we implemented a full day kindergarten program, and I have to say, it's going well. I have the cutest group of kids, sweet little people with 'normal' kindergarten behaviors. I also have two very special students mainstreamed, one with Down Syndrome, and one with Autism. My class turned out to be the perfect mix for these two - able to ignore behaviors (rather than copying), and never asking why those students get to use things like markers, or squishy balls, or gum.  I really love what I've learned through the years adding these special friends to my class. One of the biggest things I've learned, is that what usually helps the special kids, ends up helping everyone. And at my site, we value the concept of everyone having something to contribute, despite their strengths and weaknesses.

Anyone who knows a teacher or who is married to a teacher knows that the first day of school is a big, big day. Any teacher worth their salt has been upgrading their classroom during August,  or working on their computer researching and planning.  Out in the 'real world', people usually don't understand this. Someone who does is my friend Liz. You may remember her from our antiquing adventures and our summer trip to the Carolinas.
Right before school began, she presented me with a "happy first day of school" gift! It came with this cute apple themed card....
 And the gift was this darling gingerbread man apron, handmade by her, for our gingerbread man week, which is the 2nd week of school.
Embroidery, applique and polka dot ribbon! What's not to love?
After wearing it during the week, I displayed it with the kids g-man artwork!
After we finally found our gingerbread man, I forced each kiddo to sit for a photo before we ate him up.  This guy is always ready to learn, just like he looks in this pic.
Another high point in September, is our annual family reunion. Craig wasn't able to be there, so I took this opportunity to be the queen for our family photo.
Here are my boys with most of their Wallace cousins. I know I'm old because I remember when most of these kids were born.
And here they are with spouses and kids. Is it time to start singing "Sunrise, Sunset" yet?
So September flew by, and now it's time to start thinking about flannel sheets and Christmas crafts!!!!!