Monday, May 26, 2008

Alphabet Inchies

O is for Otter
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
I signed up for an Alphabet Inchie swap over on SCS. It must just be the Kindergarten teacher in me.

Anyway, I've never done inchies before and wanted to see what all of the buzz was about. I signed up for the letters G and O, only because I wanted to do something with a gingerbread man and an owl. But, when I began creating I switched from an owl to an otter.

I'm not yet sold on inchies yet. Didn't particularly enjoy working on such a small canvas. Maybe when I get the rest of the swap back I'll become more inspired and will want to start collecting them. We'll see.
G is for Gingerbread Man

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Onesie More Week

Originally uploaded by Buckeye
Sorry I've been neglecting this blog. Just been kinda busy, and then when not busy, kinda tired.

Not much creating going on right now in my stamp room because of this. Pictured here is a onesie that is acting as a gift certificate holder for a baby shower. It was made with a stamp I bought from TooMuchFun rubber stamps when I went to the stamping convention in Akron two weekends ago. I absolutely fell in love with these stamps. Like a crazy woman, I bought the onesie, the T-shirt, the hooded sweatshirt and the jacket. Very large stamps, but so easy to use. Just stamp on patterned paper, fold, and there you go...something to make people oooh and aaah over. I'm thinking these will come in handy when I'm going through these periods when I have no time, yet need a creation.

On the job front....I'll be teaching Kindergarten next year!!!! I'm absolutely excited, and feel like I have finally "come home" in my career. I don't regret one bit working at the university, and I don't regret the opportunities for learning that afforded me (and of course those football tickets weren't bad either!), but my heart is with children and I'm very burned out when it comes to staff development of teachers. I need renewal and there's no better kept secret in education than in Kindergarten. I'm guessing there was a reason I kept my former classroom contents in my basement for the past nine years....because deep down I knew I'd return.

So, there is "onesie" more week (this week), coming up that I'll be doing some staff development work, and then I'm done! I know I will sleep with much content and satisfaction on Thursday night, when I can just pack up my overhead transparencies, professional books on literacy and just shove them in a closet, or closets as the case may be.

The rest of my happy life is just a mere five days away. I'll finish up my year as a "reading specialist" and then look LOOK FORWARD to my new job.