For the past decade or so, my family takes a group picture at Thanksgiving to send out for that year's Christmas.  In the past we basically just stand in a line.  So this year I wanted to kind of mixed up how we normally set ourselves up.  I wanted more portraits of the family and for the fams to see what I do when I'm working.  And in the back of my mind I wanted to have nicer pictures of our family.  I feel like this has been a really growing year for us, and I wanted to savor how we've banned together to support my mom and celebrated our love as a family. We didn't have much time for portraits, but I really wanted some pictures of all the grandkids with my parents.  I love this candid of my mom with my niece and nephew.  <3

Day 006: Kindergarten Days

100day006 "Today I saw a funny shark in a book." The other week I spent my unemployed time volunteer at the school where my mother teaches. She's a kindergarten teacher with 28 students. The children were absolutely adorable. It was really amazing to see how they learn, especially how they figure out to spell. This sentence was pretty good, I thought. One day, a class of fifth grades came to our class to read to the little kids. The picture above is of one of the kindergartens writing a brief book report about the book that was read to him.


The cute books I made at the Center for the Book. There were four workshops. I only have pictures of the books I made from two of the workshops. The first workshop is an 11x17 cardstock sheet with the bottom third folded up, then all of that is folded into the book. On the inside of the book, a scene is drawn. There is a background drawn on the 2/3 area and the foreground is drawn on the third that's been folded up. On the backside of the book is the Cover and the "book report" area for the kids to write about the story and their thoughts. What I really like is that you make a slit in the horizontal fold (or what they call the hot dog fold.. vertical is the hamburger fold) between the 1st and 3rd vertical folds and foreground pops out for a great 3D effect. These are my fictional books. My mother made one with a bridge, a troll and the three billy goats bluff. sweet!

"Penguin Pete"


(if you can't tell... i really liked making these books!)

Here's the other workshop book I made. This book used old library card holders connected by accordion folded paper. Each card holder is glued on to a fold; when the accordion is folded, the cardholders sit on top of each other, and when the accordion is pulled out, the cardholders are staggered as seen below. We then made little books from 8.5x11 papers and slipped them in the card holders. On each little book could be different things. With the mini books, the kids could write their own little story or write a book report on each... or use each mini book as a chapter in a big story.... lots of great ideas!

Mine is very simple. I like things simple. =)

For instructions or resources.. contact me by leaving a comment. The Center of the Book should be emailing me shortly with all the instructions and templates.. or contact them directly! They're a great resource!

what i've been up to...

So I've wanted to start beading with all the beautiful beads that I bought, but I haven't had the time. My niece's birthday party was coming up so I spent some time helping out. It was a cold, rainy day. 009birthday1.jpg

I made this super cute banner. It was pink and magenta with white letters. Only the second half of the banner is shown, my niece's name is not shown. 009birthday2.jpg

The best part was decorating the cake with fondant! So yummy! 009birthday3.jpg


I thought the walrus looked strange. I couldn't figure it out until i saw this picture. It's missing a nose! 009birthday5.jpg

This is the sketch I had drawn the night before I made the walrus. Look, there's a nose! 009birthday7.jpg

Here is my niece. (For my sister's wedding, I made a bride and groom penguin for their cake topper) 009birthday6.jpg