Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another Would You Believe It Wednesday?!

I know most of my fellow design team members love Card Creating Tuesday, and so do I, but Wednesday is a challenge! This week, I am again sharing some of the creations I made at my daughters' school. As you can imagine, with the economy in the toilet, school districts have cut budgets beyond recognition. All the little "extras" are gone. Teachers sometimes spends $1000's of their own money to make sure kids have a stimulating, enticing learning environment. I wanted to do my part! Here's just a few things I've made. More to follow in the coming weeks!

First up is the Van Sciver for Vision Eyeglass Donation box!  Everyday Paper Dolls provided the eyeglasses, Don Juan the words!  The scalloped border was from Plantin Schoolbook.  Yes, I made the nose!  Just folded up some paper, and voila a schnoz-o-la!
Our school has an after school program and they asked me to make them a sign to show off their art work!  Printing Press is such a fun font!  It does kinda remind me of a ransom note, but I still like it! 
Lunch Rules!  Okay, sometimes we all need to follow the rules!  This sign is over 7 feet tall!  Plantin Schoolbook and Locker Talk, PERFECT for schools! 
These next two pictures are our Writer's Wall.  The quote "Today is a great day to learn something new" is in vinyl and is permanently on the wall.  Each month a new class displays their latest work!  This was from our Resource Class who learned all about the Iditarod.  An actual dog from the race came to visit the kids!  It was amazing!  To help create this wall I used, 50 States, Everyday Paper Dolls, Zooballoo for the mountains, Graphically Speaking for Fearless, & My Community for the dogs. 

We also follow the Character Counts Program.  There are 6 pillars of Character that the children strive to live by and each month 4-6 kids from each grade are recognized and their picture goes up on the bulletin board. 
Last but not least, is the Glass Case Projects,  Here we display writing and artwork to share.  It changes each month and on this month it was the book Where the Wild Things Are!  Home Decor for the crown! 
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Communication~A Lost Art

Most of my posts are crafty in nature, but today I'm feeling the need to be opinionated.  I thought that I would share.
Remember when we were kids, and we'd play outside all day, just come home for a bathroom break and a snack?  We'd yell, and holler throughout the neighborhood all day long.  Kick the can, War, Tag, Whiffle Ball, whatever.  We even had a neighbor with a huge dirt pile in his backyard that let us dig for worms.  We didn't go fishing, we just dug for worms.  Weird, but we were kids!  We got dirty, really dirty.  We'd rather go to a public pool with our friends than my in ground pool, where my parents might be.  Can you imagine the embarrassment?  After dinner, when playtime was done, the Mom's in the neighborhood each ran a bell signaling the end of day, bath & bed time.  Life was good, it was easy, we were kids.  We had no worries, no cares, other than just to be kids. 
I dropped my kids off at school and saw a lady pushing her baby in a stroller, cute right?  Not really she was on her cell phone blabbing away, not even noticing that her kid had almost completely undressed from the shoes to the waist.  Then after my oldest got done field hockey practice, we drove home.  There were no kids playing outside.  No noise.  I can only guess, kids just don't play anymore.
When did we stop paying attention?  When did we stop talking?  When did the communication die?
I'm the first to admit it, I LOVE CALLER ID!  I can chose not to pick up the phone when I see someones name I really ain't in the mood to talk to at that moment.  Call waiting caller ID, GENIUS!  But you see my friends, this is where I draw the line.
The incessant texting, and emailing and sheer lack of talking bothers me.  I'm a talker ya see, I LOVE TO TALK!  I want to talk to a person not a machine.  I want human interaction, not a freakin' beep!  My cell phone doesn't ring, it quacks!  Really?!  Are we that emotionally separated from each other that we've resorted to quacking?
I still make, see MAKE my kids HAND WRITEN THANK YOU NOTES!  I said it!  Call Child Protective Services, I am mean.  They are grateful, polite kids, why you ask?  Because that how I raised 'em, that's how I was raised.  I say please and thank you.  I ask if there is anything I can bring when I'm invited somewhere, and when they say no, I bring something anyway! 
People say kids today are rude, self centered and entitled.  Yes, some are, absolutely, I even know some, but I blame their parents.  You reap what you sow people.  Apple not far from the tree, get the analogies here?  It's time we take back the communication and get back to business!  Demand your kids TALK to you, not text, teach them the art of a thank you note, go to the post office and show them what a stamp looks like, turn off the  TVs and play outside. 
We're only here for a short time, are you really going to lie on your deathbed and wish that you would have sent a text of the You Tube laughing babies to all your "friends" on Facebook?  Oh yeah, when they get the text their phone will quack.  Think about it...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Fun!

The days are shorter, the chill is in the air and Halloween is just around the corner! My girls are excited about Halloween this year! Jordan is going to be some sort of zombie college student and Hannah is an adorable Candy Corn Witch. I was feeling pretty crafty today, and after picking up some pumpkins ($.49 per pound, not too bad considering all the rain we had! Would have thought they'd be pretty pricey!), I made some decorations for my four front windows. Whadda think?!