Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 full

Ah the last post for 2010. Hope your year was great. Sad to see 2010 go since I like writing that number but 2011 may have better things to offer so I'm welcoming it in with a big hello.
Worked on journal pages today and tried to think about lesson plans. I feel like I have not been in school for months. Once I return I am sure that feeling will quickly disappear. Self portraits with the first graders the first week will be jolly fun.

My Moo cards came and I love them. Here is a picture of some of them lined up on my art table. They look bigger than they actually are. I can't wait to give them out to people.

Had a fun time visiting my friend Nada(talkalatte) in Charlotte. I can't believe how much snow was still on the ground when I got there. Nada is Italian and she made a tremendous tiramisu and veggie lasagna for her re-gift party. We had fun going to IKEA and Trader Joe's (scrumptious flat bread pizza with mushrooms and black truffles. So earthy tasting. I want more).
Two more days before school and I have books aplenty to read. Right now it's the Emperor of all Maladies (A Biography of Cancer) which is pretty interesting.
Hope y'all have a great first day of 2011 tomorrow. I will be back soon.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

me full

Happy Holidays everyone. Hope you are all having a wonderful day with family and friends. This is my favorite present made by my friend Ellen. She suggested I turn it into a purse. I am not sure yet, but I am in awe as to how she made it look like me.
This is the picture I made for Ellen.

And here is another one for someone else who wants to go to Venice.

Waiting patiently for my moo cards to arrive(not that patiently) and deciding what to create next in the kitchen next. I thought the scones turned out pretty well. Guess I will go check out some recipes. Still looking for a good peanut butter cupcake recipe. Hope you got some pretty snow. xxoo

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Love these two with their legs sticking out. Thinking about adding arms next.

So excited that vacation has begun, even if It has been raining steadily since yesterday. Almost finished making all my gifts. Next stop Monday morning postal line blues. Only other thing I have to do soon is make the scones I bought all the ingredients for. When I lived in Berkeley, CA I used to indulge myself with a scone from the Cheeseboard Collective, a cheese and bread place on Shattuck Avenue and than a latte at the French Cafe. Those were the days ( pre-Starbucks I might add). Anyway I thought fondly of those scones last week and found the recipe, but need to make them before the buttermilk gets sour- but isn't it already sour?

Journal pages here too. Big time art blog entry.
Next project is going through my at least 500 children's books to send most to my friend Loreen in South Africa who would welcome them at her school. So hard to get rid of but I think it is time to say good-bye to some of them. James Marshall, William Steig, Olivia the pig and others will be staying.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

sewfull again

Here they are... part of my finished sewing creations. The rest will be up next week. Had a Coldplay marathon as I sewed. It started with one song but kept on going on the Ipod. Songs I hadn't even played in awhile. Good sewing music.

The second photo shows the backs of the characters. It's kind of like a rough version of patchwork. As my Violet Pantry friends know (and probably everyone else) I am a sloppy, not exact artist so these definitely have my trademark style on them.

These are my classroom sock monkeys. Each has it's own name and personality. The student of the day for each class gets to pick one for sock monkey entertainment. Each monkey has his/her own repertoire of amusements. Yogi's head bop and the twins' dances are the most popular these days. Yes, I could be going off the deep end but it's fun. Last week of school for two weeks. Wish us teachers luck. Toodles.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Full of the neighborhood

Welcome to my neighborhood. The other week I decided to walk to the grocery store and take some pictures on the "long cut" to the store. It's quite beautiful here when not too hot and buggy or cold and rainy. We live besides the Wando River and near many marshes where boats can mosey on by when the tide is high.

Working hard on my sewing. I have many faces almost completed- just adding the embellishments. I'll be showing some of them in the next blog report.

Today I spent 3 hours with daughter shopping at the malls. Blah. She had birthday money to spend. ( I kept suggesting she save it for a car fund but nope.. nothing to wear...) I think the older I get the less interested I am in mall shopping(notice clarification of mall shopping) . Besides everything at the mall that annoys me it's walking by the pretzel booth that really makes the experience short of wonderful. Why do they always smell so good?
Well I am off to pay the bills, make no knead bread, tortellini soup and do some sewing. Have a great week creating something, I hope.