Happy Holidays! I hope your Christmas was spectacular and you were able to spend it with people you love. At the very least, I hope you were able to get some rest and enjoy one of my most favorite times … Continue reading
In less than 24 hours, the majority of teachers across the country will be heading back to work, like most who have been on vacation, including our students, with a sigh and weighted-feet. I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but who doesn’t love the freedom that time off from work provides? Right now, I am 67/33 about going back. I thrive on routine, I am energized by my career, and tomorrow doesn’t seem so bad. Talk to me right after my alarm clock goes off and it might be a different story.
These past two weeks have been rejuvenating, rewarding, and have provided me ample reminders about gratitude and what is truly important in life: family and love.
I’ve also had a great sense of accomplishment with the time off. I’ve been able to check off many tasks on my To-Do/Want-To-Get-Done-Someday list.
What I’ve Accomplished Over the Holiday Break
- Take inventory of what is truly important to me and purge what has been taking up far too much space in my world.
- Mentally and physically recuperate with my husband.
- Celebrate Christmas.
- Organize my workspace.
- Organize myself and my goals both personally and professionally.
Rip offPay homage to a brilliant woman and her clever podcast.
- Read four books:
- Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
- Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
- Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
- Started reading a fifth book:
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Completed listening to the Serial podcast
- Watched some movies:
- “The Hobbit”
- “Into the Woods”
Happy New Year’s Eve!!!!
Without sounding cliche, but I know that I will, I cannot believe that today is the last day of 2014. It’s been a great year, full of beautiful people, places, and reminders to be ever grateful. I will post more about my reflections of 2014 and how I am looking into 2015 as the year of discovery and creativity, but today I want to share a few DIY/crafting projects that I started yesterday and finished up this morning.
Per Pinterest, I made a goal of completing two crafting projects:
1. A modge podge framed initial
2. A display board/wall adornment for my Washi tape.
What I would need to complete these projects:
- Old frames
- Black spray paint
- A letter F
- Faded, worn classic books
- Modge Podge
- Thumb Tacks
On our way home from watching “The Hobbit” 3D and lunch at Bento, my husband and I stopped at a second-hand store and picked up two frames for my DIY projects:
I chose them because they were cute and cheap
just like me.
Once I setup a drop cloth over some cardboard boxes, I spray painted both frames flat black.
While the frames dried, I went into my craft room and started searching through my $3.00 book collection for excerpts that I wanted to feature in my project. I loved the look of the Faust and Candide copies, but I definitely had five lines from Hamlet.
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” (Act I, Scene III)
“This above all: to thine own self be true.” (Act I, Scene III)
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (Act I, Scene IV)
“To be, or not to be: that is the question.” (Act III, Scene I)
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” (Act III, Scene II)
The next day (today) I began to piece the background together. This was my first time using Modge Podge, and I think it turned out quite well. I used a sponge brush to apply the Modge Podge, and I used the cardboard backing of the frame that came with it as the canvas. I allowed the pages to overhang the edges, and afterwards trimmed the dried pieces down to size. Using multi purpose, tacky glue, I affixed the letter F to the center of the piece and placed it back in the dried frame.
I was so pleased with my finished piece, I didn’t want to stop! Looking around my craft room for another
victim blank canvas to work on, my eyes landed upon the second tray I had refurbished over the summer.
Later today I will be working on my Washi tape display area. Updates to come!