Sunday, February 28, 2010
I wanted to share some ideas for a candy party. It is really a lollipop birthday party, but I thought a candy party might be a little simpler. There are a couple of cute gumball machines on etsy that can be personalized as favors, but they are a little more than I would spend on favors. Bellahope even has sippy cups that have space for candy. I found the above gumball machines at WalMart for $1 each. I bought them for Mattie Claire's friends; I plan to paint their names on them for a little Easter happy. I also found some Jelly Belly scented bubbles at Target. Add a little cellophane to the machines and bubbles, and I think you would have a precious and affordable favors. What do you think?
I have made the decision to skip shows this summer. It is a lot of work packing and setting up for these shows that are always out of town. I think I will focus on spending time with my girls and selling on etsy. The Peach Festival was fun, but WILD!
I also want to add that I was considering not teaching any summer classes, buuuut... Everyone has started requesting classes, so here is what I have decided. I may not teach as many as in the past and there will be no pottery classes--I am just too slow getting everyone's stuff fired. I will most likely teach at least one canvas class and maybe a sock monkey class. I will also limit the size to only 10 per class. I think that is the only way for everyone to get their money's worth. I am open to special requests and questions, so let me know what you think!!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I also want to share a few more things. First, tootsie pops are pretty low in calories. I think I remember from Weight Watcher days that one pop is only one point. Second, be careful what you say!! A teacher friend got an email today from her 2nd grade son's teacher. The email said: A student told on your son today that he called another student's family white trash. When he was confronted about it, he said, "I didn't say that; my mama did, and I am getting the blame for it." Of course the mother is very embarassed, but I am still laughing. It wasn't my child, so that makes it pretty funny.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
There is a reality show that is filmed in Louisiana; it is called The Exterminators and airs on A&E. Mattie Claire LOVES the show; yes, my big bow, smocking wearing child loves bugs, snakes, and rockers. In pre-K, she fulfilled a homework assignment by creating a doll of what she wanted to be when she grew up; hers was decorated in all black as an exterminator--an obsession was born. We wrote a letter to the Bretherton family, stars of the Exterminators, and told them about Mattie Claire and asked if we could hire them to come to her birthday party. The mother, Mrs. Donnie, called the next day to say of course they would come, and no, they would not be charging us. That was nine months ago! They rolled in yesterday, and the crowd loved it. Here are some pics from the big event.
How do you thank television stars for driving two hours to your house to make a little girls wish come true? Well, you paint them a plate to present to them at the party, of course!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I have a friend that wanted some pictures of the birth:0), so sorry that I couldn't oblige. Just kidding, these small rodent sized puppies may be more than she can handle:0)
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
These ferns are beautiful; every year they are huge and the prettiest around. I am selling 3 types: boston, asparagus, and macho. The boston and asparagus are $20, and macho are $30. If you are a local follower, let me know if you are interested in purchasing ferns. I will deliver them to your house at the end of March. I know some of you have already ordered, but you can pass the word along. THANKS!!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
This is the final first snowman. I think it is the love child of
an art teacher and a wanna be Phil Robertson.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Earlier this year, I had a student that wanted to go to Homecoming and couldn't afford it. I cried, then went straight to The Footstool and bought shoes and jewelry. I then raided my skinny clothes and found her a perfect black dress. I gave it to her no strings attached; just have a great time. She was so grateful and wrote me the sweetest letter, along with her mother. Imagine my surprise and distress when I realized today that the teenage hormonal demons have taken over her brain. This sweet girl, who has moved me to tears, hurt my feelings. I gave my fun, simple assignment Monday, and she looked me straight in the eyes and said, "You can write me up; I'm not doing that." I was shocked and couldn't even fuss. I think I might need to institute a horse shoe pulling system in class. Laura, would that work on moody, hormonal teenagers???? This story is just one of about five in two days. Is it the moon, changing weather, ...? I am so looking forward to winter break and dealing with no child over 5 years old:0)
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I watched the whole Julie/Julia movie and have read all the blogs that post the yummy things they bake. I thought why not me, and now I know why:0)
The finished pizza snake--yes, it looks like someone killed an oppossum or something!
The unbaked pizza snake--Yum Yum Yum!
Mattie Claire painting the snake with dyed egg.
Poor baby was wiped out after her party.
She didn't even make it through supper.
Molly and her monk monk--thank you to eleganthobbies.etsy.com
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Mattie Claire helping open a Dora movie from Uncle Henry and Aunt Maggie.