Friday, November 25, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

   I love holidays! But I do happen to have a few favorites. I love Christmas! It is by far my favorite holiday out of the year. I have a few others that I really like to celebrate as well, such as: Thanksgiving, St. Patricks Day, and Easter. I love Thanksgiving because all of my Dad's family, all 50 plus people, come into town and we have a grand old time laughing and eating way too much. I think one of the reason I love St. Patrick's Day so much is green happens to be my favorite color, I have also fallen in love with the new yearly tradition me and  my friends have adopted of attending the St. Pat's Parade!! Easter is an easy one as well, I love Peeps, all the colors, dying eggs, and the idea that a bunny goes around pooping colored eggs and delivering candy.   


   But, as I said Christmas is my FAVORITE!!! I love the giving and getting of gifts, love all of the colors and lights, love decorating my tree, love all of my ornaments that I have collected over the years and continue to collect, love the yearly traditions, Love the 2 week break, love the Christmas music, the bustle of shopping during the season, and love just the general cheerful atmosphere. I love that I get to break out my Christmas decorations, movies, and there even seems to be certain foods and flavors that we only have during this time of the year. 


I think that's what makes this time of the year a lil more special, the lil things that you don't get all year that appear just for this special time of the year. I love egg nog, peppermint mochas, chocolate covered cherries, apple cider, candy canes, watching Elf and Mixed Nuts. 


I like that I don't partake of these things during the rest of the year, seems to make them even more of a treat when the holidays role around. So I hope that you are welcoming in the holiday season with as much delight as I am! Here are a few pics of my very Happy & Colorful Christmas Tree :)


Love my Happy Lil Tree!






Seems I may have a slight obsession...there just so darn cute!!!

~Till Next Time :)



Monday, November 21, 2011

3 Months = Work, Circus, Stress, Projects, Art, and a Lot of Good Intentions

   So my friend Ana left me a comment awhile back and said that she hoped I was ok. She said she hadn't seen a new post from me in a while and was wondering how I was...well the fact that I was even missed made me feel good :)

   Well, my last post by me had me beginning the new school year looking forward to some changes and just teaching art. I am loving teaching art!!! It has been a BIG change, but one that has been good for me. This semester I'm teaching Fine Art Survey and Art 1, 2, and 3. I only have two students taking the Art 2 and 3. Teaching this has pushed me a bit and has been wonderful to get me to be more creative. I will be teaching a pottery class starting in the Spring. My friend Danielle will be leaving in Dec. after getting married. She is the Art teacher and I will be replacing her. This semester she has been such a huge help as we have both taught art and worked together. She has been teaching the pottery this semester. I haven't taught pottery before and I'm a lil nervous about when she leaves and I will be taking over her classes. I have been taking pottery the past few months to get myself ready to take over the classes, it has been a few years since college and my pottery class so I really was excited to get back to it. Here are a few of the items that I have been working on.

Had a blast making this tree! And it's a box...going to glaze it an awesome limish green
Made two bowl/plates...glazed this one a funky mustard yellow and green the one with all the circles has a ton of colors
I haven't picked up the finished pieces yet, and still have to find the time to go and glaze my tree. I have been taking the class on Sat mornings in the city and have enjoyed them so much!!
I squeezed in this class along with work, my extra curricular duties at work, and all the other stuff I had going on...not a good idea!
I had been back at work and things were going good...but then Homecoming came around. I was the Student Council sponsor and responsible for organizing all of the Homecoming events, and it happens to be the event of the year in our small town. I was doing all the stuff for work, plus planning and teaching, going to pottery classes on Sat. and DIY night sometimes during the week it turned out to be too much. I have never handled stress very well. I also have been living like I'm still in college, getting 5 or less hours of sleep most nights, not eating breakfast, drinking a pot or more of coffee a day, skipping meals and sometimes going all day without eating, not a good combination when you through in stress with all of that. So yeah, I got sick and started having migraines. At one point I had a migraine so bad that my Dad had to bring me to the Emer. room and I had to have an IV put in with pain meds. So I have reformed my ways and started going to bed early, eating breakfast, reduced my responsibilities at work, making sure to not skip meals...you know, those basic things that most adults do haha!!! Things have gotten a lot better! Still having migraines but me and my Doctor are working on managing them.
   Thank God that I work with some of the most Awesome people. After missing a lot of days from being sick, and of course this would all happen right in the middle of Homecoming, my friends and co-workers all pitched in and we pulled off a great Homecoming!! This years theme was "Under the Big Top" a circus theme. My friend Danielle (the other art teacher) did an AMAZING job decorating for the dance. We all had a great time, and it was a lil bittersweet knowing that this was Danielle's last event with us :(
The stage where the DJ went






What an AWESOME group of people to call friends and get to work with everyday!

   In the middle of all of this I have been working on some projects as well. Some have been for my art classes as examples. I still need to take pictures of them and will be posting them soon. One of the projects that I'm working on right now is a Relief Mixed Media painting. It's an example for my Art 3 students, she will be doing this project as her final.
My example for Relief Mixed Media painting project for my art classes...the blue thing is a heated foam knife... Very COOL!!

I've also been knitting some and just finished one of my projects. I have never been able to knit button holes into my stuff but I found this great tutorial on Pinterest and made my first item that has a button!! Love me some Pinterest...it has been the inspiration to MANY projects!!! If you haven't gotten on there yet and checked it out GO!!!

Showing off my new knitting skill...Buttons!! 

   Ok, well I know it was a long one but tried to sum up the last 3 months :) I will post some more soon. I have also already put up my Christmas tree and will be posting pics of that soon, as well as some links to some of the ornaments that I want to make for this year. Also, check back I have an upcoming trip to tell you about.
~Till Next Time