Monthly Archives: November 2015

Scrabble Ornaments

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Scrabble Ornaments

 This is a quick and easy project… My favourite kind! All you need is some scrap fabric, a glue gun, some thin ribbon and some old wooden scrabble tiles.

I had this gold leather fabric left over from my daughter Sam’s Halloween costume, which worked perfectly, but any kind of fabric would work.

I started by trying to figure out what words I could make from the letters I had… Kind of like a real scrabble game! I also used some “words” like Xmas and OMG, although according to my daughter, I shouldn’t be able to use them because they are not real words… But, my glue gun, my rules! 
  

I started by gluing a loop of ribbon onto the back of one of the tiles.  

Then, I glued each of the letters on the wrong side of the leather…
  

Then I cut around the tiles, being careful to cut neatly, and to not cut the loop off.
I decided to add a little drop of glue in between each letter so they wouldn’t bend backwards.  

Here is what it looks like from the back. Because I cut so close to the tiles, you can’t even see the fabric on the front, which is why I let the gold side show on the back.  
Here are the ones that I made… All ready for the holidays!  
 

I ended up using almost two whole sets of letters… I knew I could put those garage sale purchases last summer to good use! 

Did I mention that I sold my stuff at a craft sale a few weeks ago with a friend? She talked me into it, and I did my second sale today…(thanks Julie!) I’m not making enough money to quit my job yet.. I am selling the Scrabble ornaments for $4.00 each, so I am going to have to sell quite a few before I make retirement plans, but I am contributing to supporting my crafting habit! Today, along with the Scrabble ornaments, I sold couple other kinds of ornaments and t-shirt scarves. Here is what my set up looked like today… Notice I had some help!   

And, below is my set up with my friend, Julie. She makes really cool arm-knitted infinity scarves, along with apple sauce and chilli sauce. At this sale, I also sold chocolate bark, but I didn’t sell the chocolate today because today’s sale didn’t allow food so I am going to keep the chocolate for Christmas presents… 

I’m not sure what kind of crafty stuff I will have to add for the next sale… Never know what will pop into my head in the next couple weeks…lol. I’ll keep you posted though.

Thanks for reading!

 

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For All of My Teaching Friends

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Hi! 

I have been getting a lot of requests for this, so I am editing the post to update the information and links. 

I have been teaching for a number of years… Won’t tell you how many, but I have done many sets of report cards. In the past, I always knew exactly what I wanted to say, but spent hours trying to write it in appropriate and parent friendly language. So, I spent a few hours compiling all of the comments I had accumulated and came up with a massive bank of ways to politely tell parents that either a) their kid is amazing and works hard, or b) their kid is useless, and does absolutely nothing. 

The comments are organized into six categories; Responsibility, Organization, Independent work, Collaboration, Initiative, and Self-Regulation. I have organized comments in each of the six areas in four levels, Needs Improvement, Satisfactory, Good, and Excellent. I have also included Next Steps, or ways to improve for each of the six areas. So, all you have to do is copy and pate the sentences you want into your report cards. 

I have listed my comments for $6.99 on Teachers Pay Teachers… Feel free to check out my other listings too… 🙂 
Link to teachers pay teachers

How to dress up as an Art Gallery! 

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How to dress up as an Art Gallery! 

My daughter decided that she wanted to dress up in matching costumes with her best friend, which sounds great, right? After some debating, they decided that her friend was going to be an artist, and she was going to be a gallery… What? A gallery?  What happened to a doggies or clowns! 

So, I do what I always do when confronted with a crafting dilemma… Or any dilemma for that matter… Google it! Or if that doesn’t work, try Pinterest. (Sometimes in the reverse order) but the only ideas I could find were costumes that were actual paintings, which were really cool, like the one below, but not what she had envisioned.

 
She didn’t want to be just one piece of art, she wanted to be the whole gallery! So, we started at fabric land and bought some gold leather-like fabric that we thought would work well to make picture frames.   
We cut out a bunch of frames in various sizes. Then, we cut some white rectangles to go inside of the frames. We ended up using some white leather scraps, and sharpies. She took the white squares into school and had a few of her friends design the pieces of art. Then we glued the artwork inside the frames. Here is what they looked like laid out on our kitchen floor.

 
And here is what Sam looked like laid out on our kitchen floor. Lol.  We used the same gold leather to cut out letters spelling “art gallery” and we wanted the make sure they were spaced out evenly so we put a dab of hot glue on each letter to hold them in place.

  

We also tacked down all of the artwork with a drop of hot glue. We wanted to make sure they were all appropriately placed, which was why we did it when she was wearing it as opposed to just laying it on the floor.

We did exactly the same thing to the pants.    

Then we decided that the back needed something, so we cut out and added some more letters.
  

She took off the shirt and pants and we glued around each frame and letter.

This is what she looked like on her way out to go trick-or-treating. We added a couple frames on her cheeks with face paint.  

And here is her and Dylan… 
 

I think it turned out well. The hardest part was coming up with the idea! But, she was happy, and that is the most important part. Im upset that I forgot to take a picture of her and her friend together in their costumes! I don’t know if you can tell by the looks on their faces, but they really weren’t that excited about making their friends wait for them to go trick-or-treating until I took a few photos…just wait until I tell them that I want a photo with Santa again this year! 

I know this post is a little late, but better late than never right? I’m just thinking of it as being really early for next year!  It has been a crazy couple of months, and I have lots of posts to catch up on!