Wednesday, June 30, 2010

DIY Wednesday

Photo Journal Prompts (image:
Divide these prompts up in any way. Take one per day, week, etc. Be creative about how you look at your environment. Try to see things in a different way.
1. Texture. Take photos of different textures in nature, in your home, office, etc.
2. Reflections. Reflections in mirrors, bodies of water, windows, sunglasses, rear-view mirrors, etc.
3. Peeling paint on different surfaces (brick, wood, metal, etc.)
4. Rust
5. Paint or wallpaper coming through another layer of wall covering.
6. A mess that you come up on...not one you create (ex. Spilled catsup on the floor at McDonald's.)
7. Monochromatic color schemes.
8. Early morning light
9. Spider webs
10. Twilight/ sunset (Look at the color of light and how the angles of light change.)
That is enough to get you started for now. Keep your pics in an acid free journal preferrably using photo corners (so you can take the pics out later). I recommend keeping notes on when and where the photo was taken as well as any specific settings you used on your camera. I would also print the prompt related to the photo at the top of the page.
If you know me personally, I'd love to see your photo journals. The monsters and I will be starting ours this next week. Have fun!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer fun list

Some things that I would like to do this summer with the monsters.
1. Paddleboating
2. The BEACH...South Beach please
3. picnics with the cousins
4. Time keep in the basement??
5. Floating in the pool
6. Making a miniture house/doll house w/ Megs using recycled items...can't wait to start
7. Make gelato...yummm
8. Make a photo journal w/ specific prompts
9. Play with the puppy.
10. Go back to City Museum.

A list of ten for now. This looks more fun than my work list.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

parenting styles

Today in class we discussed at length the parenting styles....Do we really have to be one or the other?? I am pretty long as grades are good, no one gets into trouble...and the bedrooms stay relatively neat...what type is that???

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wednesday DIY

I made these cute party favors last night!!

Tape the crepe paper streamer to your first item...I picked my largest item. Wrap the streamer around and around and around and around adding more trinkets as you go trying to make it into a ball shape.

This is what I started with. You also need tape, ribbon, stickers, scissors. I made 16 in about an hour. Hope the kiddos like em!

New Journal Theme

Title: This is Me

Collection of photos, pictures (from any source...magazines, family albums, books, etc.), artwork, collections, etc. that give your reader a sense of you and your personal style. I'm excited to work on prompts and ideas for this. Currently I am already working on a new, this one won't start just's a future project idea....can't to dream it and do it!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Really think I'm ready to add to our little family of four legged friends. I awhile back I saw a fliyer about labs for sale. I programed the phone # and thought maybe it was the right time to get a puppy. Fast forward several weeks and I see a girl I work with putting up the exact same flyer! I was so excited that I knew the puppy mommy came from a really good home...then I found out that the puppy daddy belongs to another girl I work with!!!! Yea!! The little ones won't be ready to leave their momma for a few weeks. I think I'm going to look at them after class today and maybe put a down payment on one to hold it for me ( I mean us.)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DIY Wednesday

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Bottle cap necklace. Kids love this. Collect the following: bottle caps (vintage or craft ones), clear hard drying glue such as Diamond Glaze, hammer and small nail or awl, tiny trinkets, background paper or cute magazine clippings, a quarter, scissors, tiny eye screws, pin

  1. Wash and dry your bottlecap.

  2. Using the hammer and nail (or awl) punch a tiny hole in the top fluted edge of the bottle cap. Screw in the eye screw through this hole. Add a drop of Diamond Glaze to seal.

  3. Choose a cute background paper. Using the quarter, trace and cut out. Glue to the bottle clap using diamond glaze.

  4. Add tiny trinkets to bottlecap. Seal by filling the bottle cap with Diamond Glaze. Pop any tiny bubbles with a pin. Allow to dry thoroughly. This takes 12-24 hours.

  5. Feed ribbon, or a necklace chain through the eye screw. Enjoy your new wearable piece of art!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pickin' cherries

I made maraschino cherries and cherry jam. I also froze a ton of cherries to use in pie later.

First Post...Yea!!

Since I read tons of blogs everyday, I wanted to create a blog of my own. Finally, I have one started!!! I'm excited to come up with regular post topics and special projects to share.My bestie and I are working up a great list of prompts for a great photo journal. For now, I just have to get the hang of using this program. I'll try to figure out uploading pictures next.
Smiles!! Steph