Thursday, May 10, 2012

Things I learned this week....

1. An overdue book that is also a good read is worth the $1 or so in fines.

2.  A day spent at home with my wee sidekick means that I can clean the cupboards, rearrange cookbooks, clear off the counter tops and the dinning room buffet - all while enjoying his company and playing stickers.

3.  There is balance in not finding a day of work (the double edged joy of being a supply teacher).

4.  I really love my babysitter (and also that I love that my wee sidekick also loves her)!

5.  Sometimes, frozen pizza IS the answer to "What's for dinner?"

6.  I enjoy working half-days because I pay for a full day sitter and that means MommyTime (aka studio time).

7.  The best part about a YMCA membership is having access to a heated pool.

8.  Dollarstore chocolate imported from Turkey is JUST AS GOOD as the American made stuff.

9.  All purpose flour is not created equal.  Although the label says "All Purpose Whole Wheat Flour" it does not make cookies taste the same.  They are heavier.  So much for trying to be healthier....Bring on the white stuff.

10.  There's nothing like a 6:00 AM dance party to the Indigo Girls on a Monday morning! 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Gotta love the internet!

One of the participants in my Art workshop took photos and put them online.  And now I can share too!  Thanks, Kali :)

It was a super fun afternoon and these baskets were a real treat to share with others.  The possibilities are endless as far as materials go.  If you want to make one, let me know and I can send you the info.

Making newspaper strips.

Putting the base together.

Adding string to lock it in.  String comes out later.

The chaos of beginning the weave structure.

Clothespins make up for humans only having 2 hands!

The bottom of the basket.

Finished basket - string removed.
Everyone hard at work.

Making a basket with bristol board.

Finished bristol board basket.  I love the finish at the top!

On the left:  A pizza box basket.  On the right:  A newspaper basket.

Basket miniature - using 75mm strips.  Teeny tiny work!

Drama, Drama, Drama Fest! and some other PD

For the last two weeks I've had the pleasure of doing workshops with students and teachers about all of my passions: drama, music, and art.  I feel blessed (and exhausted, really) to have the chance to share my knowledge with others.

 First I did a stint as NB Drama Fest for High School and Middle School students and teachers.  I got to share singing techniques and tips as well as creative story time theatre ideas.  Watching students try new things is one of the reasons I teach.  What a treat to do it at Drama Fest (the largest drama festival in Canada, just so you know).

Then I capped off the two weeks spending a day with NB Teachers at their provincial PD day.  We did art and it was awesome.  I taught basic basket weaving skills.  It was new to everyone who attended and we had a such a great time turning newspapers and packaging boxes in to lovely baskets.  Again, a real treat to share my skills with others.

The plus side to all of this?  I'm now super inspired to get back at the loom which is currently still has the rainbow project warp on it.  I know, I know.  It's been ages since I put it on.  But I took advantage of every teachable day I could get.  I'm a supply teacher, and I need them all!  However, summer is just around the corner.  I have Nana and Grammie coming closer for the summer and have also found a lovely teen who loves to babysit.  I will weave, my friends and get my many warps on and off the loom and photographed to share with you all.