November 26, 2017

Spy Agent Back To School Survival Kit

Since Thanksgiving Break has ended and I will be back to school tomorrow, I thought I'd share a little craft I did for my staff at the beginning of this school year. Every school year, I like to give my staff a little gift just to thank them for their assistance for the upcoming year. It's something fun for me and it helps get us a little more excited about the year. This year, I decided to make them each a Spy Agent themed survival kit!

November 5, 2017

Bag of Jelly Beans (Jelly Belly) Costume

Another Halloween has come and gone and so has another food themed costume for me. This year, I decided to be a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans! Using the same pattern as my Strawberry Shortbread Cookies Costume (the red felt was actually extra fabric from that costume) I made this one in about 3 hours. No sewing, just a whole lot of hot glue to keep it all together (and save time). Let's look at some details, shall we?

October 12, 2017

Halloween is Coming!!

Halloween is creeping up fast and that means it's time to make a new costume!  Here's a look back at some of my costumes from the past as I figure out what to do this year. I believe I may continue with a food costume but we shall see!

August 10, 2017

Summer 2017 Student Art Gallery

 I had a couple of posts lined up for the blog but unfortunately my external hard drive (where I had moved the pictures) suddenly died on me. I was going to copy the data onto my new laptop the next day too! (BACK UP YOUR DATA ON MULTIPLE DRIVES!) I'm currently trying to recover the data, hence the lack of summer posting.  

With that said, summer school ended last week and I have a couple of weeks before the new school year starts! One of the great things about working for a special education non-public school is that I get some freedom regarding curriculum. For summers, I like to focus on art to make it a bit more exciting for my kids (and staff). The kids read about the artists, study their art work and then I give them a chance to create the artwork in the style of the artist. Our culminating project is learning how to set up an art gallery that is open for the entire school to view. Fun, right?!

July 16, 2017

Candy Letter Tutorial

Every year, I try to come up with a small thank you gift to give to my staff at the end of the school year as a token of appreciation for all their hard work. This year, I decided on making them candy thank you letters for a fun change. It's pretty straight forward but I've included a tutorial below if you'd like to see the specific candy I used!

June 4, 2017

My Poor, Neglected Blog...

I'll be back soon with a couple of craft projects I've been working on and some random hauls. I have four days before our school year ends and will be enjoying about 3 weeks of freedom before summer school kicks off. Woohoo!

March 18, 2017

Secret Book Gift Wrap Tutorial

Want a unique way to wrap a gift using recycled materials? Why not try using an old book! Here's a quick and simple tutorial to do just that!

February 20, 2017

Using Up Washi Tape

I've accumulated quite a few rolls of washi tape via gifts and my own personal collecting. It's so easy to grab a roll or two now that it's so accessible and sold in well-known stores (lookin' at you, Target and Michael's). There are a ton of listings on eBay now, as well! With so much washi, I've used them for multiple projects. Here are some of my favorite ways to use them up!

February 12, 2017

Mini Potpourri Wreath Tutorial

For one of the Holiday Open House crafts, we made some simple potpourri wreaths to sell as wall decorations. Although wreaths are usually associated with the winter season, you can definitely change the vibe depending on the color and scent of your potpourri!

February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

For the first time ever, I was able to make my Valentine cards ahead of schedule (Go me!). Like previous years, making new Valentine cards calls for new cheesy pick up lines! This year, I decided to make pop-up cards and use scraps of cardstock and felt to create different scenes. Super happy with how everything came out and I do believe, these are my best Valentines yet :)