Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mia's Birthday

Mia, my niece who also happens to be a princess, had her birthday this month. I consider wrapping presents to be an artform at times. I was singing that sound of music song the whole time..."brown paper packages tied up with strings...these are a few of my favorite things!" I had to...

And it turns out that if you buy brown wrapping paper, you can decorate it for any occassion, very inexpensive in comparison to other wrapping solutions. Of course the comics is another classic choice, but I don't get the newspaper outside of work!

Summer is over :(

These were some projects from August that I have yet to post...and of course I have a list of things about 12 long just for this next month that I am aspiring to do... here we go!
I wanted to show pictures of the blanket I made...Jen's baby is coming in October and she is starting to look it! I can't wait to see if it's a girl or a boy, and what he/she will look like because Jen and Marc just look SO different. Jen is very short and very Irish, freckles galore. Marc looks like the jolly green giant in a nice crispy brown color and really dark hair. You can imagine I'm sure...

Anyways, here is the blanket that Marc loving said looked like ramen noodles...

This was a bunch of yarn I had no idea what I should use for. Solution: 2Knit rows 2Purl rows (which give the ramen noodle effect apparently) until it looks like a little bean can be wrapped up in it and look super cute. Good luck Jen!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

More pictures...

Here are some more pictures of the bracelet I made. First I knitted the wrist band. Easy-Peasy. Then I threaded in some took a couple tries, but I finally got it...

Here are all of the materials...

Those darn snaps are tricky, I had help from mom gettin them all lined up so we could hammer them together...

At first I just wanted them to dangle off of the wrist band, but it wasn't looking quite the way I wanted it...

Eventually I tied them all down so they wouldn't get caught on everything.


Friday, August 20, 2010

New Projects on the way...

I did a massive cleanup of my house last week and decided to make a list of all the things I had to do...

My house is spotless and there are 12 other items on the list for me to do...all crafts. I need to stop going to A.C. Moore and visiting I ALWAYS get cool new ideas when I go to these places. I am in the middle of testing a bunch of ideas, and I have finished one. I fun little bracelet I decided to whip up quick on cleaning day.

Take a looksy!

I loved these old buttons...and you can't see it, but the bigger one has a heart scribbled on it. It's just so cute!

More pictures to come...I finished the blanket and I can finally post about it because I gave it as a gift to my cousin Jen.

And I am on my way to making all of those hats for Heather Ryan Photography. Here we go!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Final Reflection-Walden

There is always excitement in finding new ways to establish learning and literacy skills with our students. I realize now that personally, I take a lot of energy to instill skills and techniques in my classroom. I know now that many of the things I establish in the classroom can and should be established by the children, thereby taking ownership of their own education. I have seen other ways of completing this task without technology and it seems a little lackluster. Now that I have seen some techniques using technology I see that this can be accomplished in a medium that appeals to students, while doubly preparing them for a business/technology based life and work style.

I continually try to build a technology foundation for my students, however, I also would like to give ownership to my students. Thusly, I must prepare my students with knowledge of quality technology and information as well as proper usage. I will take extra care to incorporate this aspect of technology in my lessons.

I plan to utilize website recording tools to show students how to think critically regarding websites. I will also use more technology based projects to assess as well as the more traditional tests used in math classes.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

It's Time to Walk!

This is for Evan...

Hello Everyone!

I'm writing to you to ask for your support in a very special cause.
This year, I'll be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes along with a half-million other walkers across the country. Our goal: To raise $90 million to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a devastating, often deadly disease that affects millions of people--a large and growing percentage of them children.

Many people think type 1 diabetes can be controlled by insulin. While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease.

That's the bad news... and yes, it's pretty bad.

The good news, though, is that JDRF is making steady progress toward a cure. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds more type 1 research than any other charity worldwide.

I'm writing to ask for your support because now more than ever, EACH of us can be a part of bringing about a cure. Each of us can make a real difference

Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as you're able?

Together, we can make the cure a reality.

Thank you,
Jacqueline Ellis
Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal: