20 April 2012

Upcycled Owls

This month at school we've been focusing on taking care of our environment and going green. So for the past couple weeks my students have been bringing in paper rolls from home. They've been accumulating by the dozen in our art center. This week we turned a few of them into these adorable little owlets...

Aren't they the cutest?

Here's how we made them:
1. Paint an empty toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll cut in half)
2. Fold in the top ends of the paper roll to create the ears
3. Use scraps of patterned paper to make the wings and "belly" as we called it
4. Glue on googly eyes and a small orange triangle for the beak

My class loved this project and are all about recycling, upcycling, and helping their Earth stay beautiful!

Also, happy FRIDAY! This weekend will be pretty relaxed for me. Trevor is busy in the editing process of his documentary so we'll be just hanging around. Maybe I'll get to sit out in the sun and read tomorrow. Today after school I actually put on a SUN DRESS and FLIP FLOPS, made myself a margarita, and sat out on the patio with a funny book. I'm loving the warm Spring/Summer weather we're getting lately in New England!

Have a fantastic weekend!

09 April 2012

Days like today

Folks, today was one of those days. I could tell it was a full moon this weekend because, I swear, my kids were turning into ware wolves. I'm pretty sure they all ate Easter candy for breakfast too. A child actually said to me, "I hate you mean lady!" because I asked them NOT to stand on top of a table and throw blocks around the room. It was a day like this...
But tomorrow is a new day and it will be better. As a teacher, there are days like today. But there are also days that make me so happy and proud of what I get to do. Days like this...
Also, I have something to look forward to next month. Trevor and I are heading to Puerto Rico with his Dad, brother and sister-in-law to.........spend a week on a sailboat!!! Could anyone ask for a more relaxing and exciting summer vacation? I couldn't.

To prepare for the trip, last night I ordered this swim suit (on sale!) from Patagonia. I figured it would be sporty enough to spend my days snorkeling and exploring tropical islands.

Have any of you readers been to Puerto Rico? What did you pack? What are the best spots to visit?

07 April 2012

Happy Easter!

It's beginning to look a lot like Spring around these parts. Yesterday after school I went out to our little yard by the river to soak up some sunshine and feel the new grass between my toes. I couldn't help but snap a few photos of my pretty surroundings.

When I came back indoors to watch my recorded episodes of the Martha Stewart Show, I got into my crafty mood and whipped up these guys...

We're going to Trevor's brother's place tomorrow for Easter Brunch. I was thinking these would be a sweet Spring gift to give to the ladies present at the celebration.

Well after making flower pins and couldn't stop there. So I figured I needed to make an Easter Bunny too.

Pesto seemed to have some personal issues with the rabbit. Maybe because I used one of his cat toys as the cotton tail...

What are your plans for Easter weekend? Whatever they are, I hope everyone has a very
Happy Easter!