Tuesday, May 27, 2014


     Every Inchie Monday's word this week was "killer".  I had lots of ideas, but the one I finally landed on was killer bee.  I took markers and tangled the background.  Then I placed a tiny silver bee on it.  I love it when an idea comes together so fast.  Nice!
     Diva's challenge was to use circles for our tile.  I love the look of circles, so this was no problem.  Also since she asked us to use punzel a few weeks ago, that has become my new favorite tangle.  So I love putting it into a circle. 
    It is nice not to have any school work on this long week end.  But I do have two in-service days coming up and then it is SUMMER!  Yahoo!  Have a great day and thanks for dropping by.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ahhhh . . . .

     In just a few short days I will be closing the door on one of my all time favorite school years.  I have to be honest and say this year comes a very close second to the four wonderful years I spent teaching art.  I have had the best time teaching reading, and in the second half of the year also math.  So at this time of year with shifts in positions being made, I just held my breath.  I will gladly do any job at my school, but I was praying please let me continue with this.  I feel like I have just begun to develop what I want to accomplish.  So did you hear me shout when I heard I would be back in remedial work!  I will be in the same wonderful room (I worried about that one too) and will be teaching remedial . . . what??  I asked my principal and he said reading (probably) and writing (maybe) and maybe some creative lessons (dare I hope he meant art?).  Likely not math.  So while I am very happy, I am also a bit confused.  But in the spirit of all that I have learned and tried to put into my new attitude, I didn't fret too long.  I am too busy being excited!
     I finished several projects this week.  I did the Every Inchie Monday word - "jolly-boat".  Honestly I didn't get too creative there.  I just went with a small fishing type boat. 
     Then I worked on Diva's challenge.  She asked us to use the tangle "rain".  I sort of thought rain and mysst went together well, at least in theme. 
     I finished the tile for Adele Bruno's string challenge, but honestly I am not so happy with it.  Too many lines.  Yes I know that is what makes a tangle, but take a look, you'll see what I mean.  Don't you?
     And last, but not least, is my favorite for this week's work.  This is one of the many (many!) templates form Ornation Creation and Ben Kwok's work.  I have a stack that hopefully I will work on this summer.  I really enjoyed this one.
Autumn Leaves
      Now on to getting some rest.  I have a three day week end, which I am grateful for.  Then I work 2 days and HERE COMES SUMMER!   Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are having a blessed week.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Samsill Products Review

     First off, I don't use an i-pad for personal use.  I have a droid tablet which I love.  However I do have an i-pad for my classroom.  Every class in our school has one and then there are some to check out to use. 
      At first glance the  Fashion I-pad Holder by Samsill seems very sturdy and well built.  The stitching is secure.  It is also thick and heavy which I like better than the standard covers our school tablets have on them.  I feel like this would be great on all our tablets, as I have seen at least two of them with cracked screens.  This extra sturdiness might prevent that.  However for late night in the bed reading it might be a little too heavy for my hands.

      The cover has two "grooves" built in to adjust to different views.  It also is a very pretty debossed diamond texture.  The color of mine is a pretty royal blue - although it may come in some other colors.  It is also usable for i-pads of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations.
      All the openings on the i-pad are easy to use with none of them being covered.  I was able to use all the buttons and plug-ins without any interference.
      Personally, I love this cover.  It is a fashionable "pretty" cover for my "boring" school tablet!  I wish it worked with my droid tablet because I love the color!  I am not sure how it will hold up to the "kid-testing" it will receive.  It needs to be rugged and easy to clean.  It seems to be, but after a year's use, will it look as gorgeous as it does now?

     I love notebooks.  That probably should read I can be a bit obsessive about notebooks.  I have notebooks for everything at school.  Each subject, different classes, you name it.  I also have more than my fair share at home also.  I use notebooks for my art work.  I also will not buy a notebook if it isn't a D-ring.  So I feel qualified to say I like this notebook by Samsill.  The nice burgundy color appeals to me.  I decided right away it would become the new home to my Journal 52 entries.  All I had at the time when I started them was a purple one.  This looks a bit classier.  I plan on taking some paint markers to the cover and adding the date.  It is advertised as oversized so that things don't overhang the cover.  That is a plus too since it will house my art work.  The notebook is 1" in size, holds around 250 pages and has a unique curved spine.  The notebook itself has a vinyl covered chipboard cover.  I am not sure that would hold up to rough handling, but since mine won't have that issue it is okay.  It does feel a bit "flexible", but I didn't push the matter since I really didn't want to bend it.  If you need a notebook for something, it might be worth investigating this notebook by Samsill since you can buy in quantity with a bit of a discount.

     Happy shopping at Shoplet.com!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Duo challenge - Punzel and Well

     When I saw the two tangles Diva chose for us this week, I almost said no way.  Seriously.  I struggle with Punzel.  Well isn't much different.  But I decided to hassle with them anyway.  As usual, when I dig in and work out a challenge, I come away with a different attitude about a tangle.  I actually enjoyed working with punzel.  That fact sort of amazes me since I had avoided it in the past.  I can honestly say I don't feel any differently about well.  It just doesn't feel right to me.  What do you think?  Where am I going wrong?
     The next tile is for Adele Bruno's string challenge - which I love.  This challenge took a string I love and added 4 tangles I love - beadlines, beeline, beelite, and my very favorite tangle betweed.  Lots of fun here.   My only complaint is I grabbed the wrong gray marker for beeline.  Wish I had grabbed a slightly lighter one. 
     Well, it is late and I am tired.  I had to stay late at school today and that exhausts me.  Bedtime will be earlier tonight!  Thanks for dropping by and leaving me a comment or two!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Every Inchie Monday - Jet!

    The first thing that came to mind was of course - a jet plane.  But you know by now I try not to go with the first thing.   So after tossing the ideas of Joan Jett, a jet stream, and the Jet(sons) aside, I chose the title of an Elton John song - "Bennie and the Jet(s)". 
     Now I have to see if I can figure out for next week what a "jolly-boat" is?!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Challenge #166

   It is only Tuesday afternoon and guess what?!  I have actually finished the Diva challenge.  Unbelievable, right?  I think so.  This week we had to use a tangle by the name of . . . uh, she hasn't named the tangle!  But it is a really fun tangle, despite its lack of identity.  It reminds me of tinker toys, but there is already a tangle named after those.
    Thank you for dropping by.  I need to get busy and work on some tiles for a swap I am in. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Every Inchie Monday

     This week's word on Every Inchie Monday was "indigo".  I used several shades of blue - a tiny bit of purple to do my inchie.  I am not sure any qualify as indigo, but perhaps all together they give the illusion of indigo.
     The next thing I worked on this weekend was one of my journal pages for Journal 52.  I am behind . . . again.  Oh well,  life is a journey, not a destination (thus say Aerosmith).   I have been stuck with this one for a while.  The topic was recycle.  I recycle, but my brain wasn't sure how to use any of the food boxes, etc. on a page.  A while back there was a swap on one of my facebook groups.  I really didn't have time to participate since I was in several others at the time.  We were supposed to use recycled cards and things that we had received along the way from other swappers.  I had been saving them.  So I decided to put them all together on my journal page.  Then I added lots of tangles and even took one of my tangled tiles I had never liked and cut it up for the page.  All in all, I sort of like it and it was definitely fun to do.  The quote at the bottom came from someone's card and it fits.

     I had time to finish several tiles this weekend for the tile swap.  I have been so busy with school work I did not think I would get anymore done.  But I think I have enough for the second group - at least I am pretty sure.
     I also worked on a flower garden for a group on facebook. 
     Thank you for dropping by and visiting.  Please leave me some sunshine!