Friday, May 22, 2015

Graduation Gown not just for Graduates Anymore

This discarded, and loved-no-more graduation gown was calling to me from the thrift store rack. It was perfect for this time of year when teachers say goodbye tearfully to some, and not-so-tearfully to others. 
But we love them all anyway.


 Over here! 
Buy me and give me a new life!!

So I did.

Sally liked the dress much better once I picked off those sleeves! She thought it was a perfect resting spot.

I chopped the bottom a bit, folded it twice because it was fray-fray-central, and I hemmed it all up. 

I could use the chopped off bottom piece as a belt 
or use an existing one. 


The dress is all white so this time,
I decided to go with a darker brown belt,
 and some metallic sandals.

Congrats and good luck
 to all the 2015 graduates! 

I'm ready for the ceremony!

See you next time!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dr. Seuss 5th Birthday Party

The birthday party.....or should I say,
 the birthday part-IES were so much fun!
 I start planning my little pumpkin's birthday party well in advance. We're talkin' 4-6 MONTHS in advance. Why do I do this so far ahead of time you ask? Well, I do it because I like to have things planned out so there is no stress involved.
 If I can do a little here and a little there, I feel more relaxed, and I can think about choices. Plus, it's fun to do it. 

Do you remember THIS SKIRT I made for her?

And this shirt

...and THIS SHIRT  for me?
I made a shirt for Kenny too!

She wore them both to her "friends" party, and again at the "family" party a week later.

I had alternating color plates and paper hats for the kids.
Pizza and cupcakes.

I bought green iced cupcakes from the grocery store, and stuck a paper straw in each, and then covered the top of the straw with cotton candy to mimic a "truffula tree". I had cotton candy tree topping-help from Kyle, a fellow parent and friend. Thanks Kyle!

Each kid left with a flower pot that had "UNLESS" 
painted on the side. 
The flower pot came with REAL flower seeds,
 a pen or pencil to look like a truffula tree, and a bunch of other plastic cheap kid stuff.
 I stayed away from the candy this year. 
This took me the longest to prepare for and create. A handful of nights after Olivia went to bed I was putting these together, and writing the UNLESS on 20 flower pots! Yes, 20!

We had a total of 21 kids (including Olivia) 
come to the party! 
It was a hit!

Fast forward to a week later:
Family comes over to celebrate!

We had Green eggs and ham from Grandma, Big "everything" salad from Grandma Ann, and 
truffula fruit salad from Aunt Esther. 
Kenny made an amazing The Yink's Pink Ink Drink (Lemonade with beet juice).
 Along with a whole-lotta other food! 

The most  gorgeous and delicious birthday cake made
 by my husband Kenny.

My wonderful co-worker and friend, 
makes these amazing cookies.
 I purchase them every year for our birthdays and holidays. 
They look wonderful and they taste amazing! 
Find her Facebook page HERE! 
You should order some!

I even tried to get the cats involved! Sally didn't mind, but Kevin was out of that shirt in 20 seconds.

Happy 5th birthday baby girl!
(I made a skirt with some extra Seuss-y fabric for myself too)
We all worked hard for the munchkin to give her an amazing day!
Thank you for an amazing day to all my family and friends!
 We really could not have done it without you!

See you next time!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chalk It Up To The Shoes

The end of the school year is approaching, and I need to dig deep to keep my students motivated sometimes. I had a little idea that would make them laugh, and hopefully get them to the end of the year in good spirits.

I've had these thrifted shoes for a while now, and I wasn't sure what to do with them. They were half price. I paid 2 whole dollars for them. If my idea didn't work out, I wouldn't be terribly upset.

I knew I wanted to paint them, I just wasn't sure how.


My idea sparked like lightning, and I could write not-so-subliminal messages to keep my students focused!
Ureeka!! (Is that how you spell it?)

Art Teaching at it's finest!
Now, as I walk around the room, they are reminded to stay on task. This is a hard thing to do at the end of the year, even for high school students.

I chalk it up to the shoes....get it?
Let me know what you think.

See you next time!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

70's Terry Pool Cover Up

I found this small remnant of fabric at my favorite local vintage store, ya know the one that I'm obsessed over. The one that's closing this month, and I might cry about it. 
Yeah, that's the one.
Terry cloth. 70's maybe 60's. 
Enough said.

I cut a simple t-shirt shape and sewed up the seams.
I tried my hand at bias tape, and if anyone has any pointers on this matter, I'd greatly appreciate it. 
I sewed on a little hook, and I was done. I left the sleeves alone, because I think I might like the fraying that will occur when washed again. I chopped it off initially, but now I wish I hadn't.

Trying out the hook.

Ready for the Pool! 
Now summer weather just has to get here!

See you next time!