Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I Love Kid Art!

Just take a look at some of the great dyeing and weaving "my" kids at school did!!

This lesson incorporated several senses.
- Eyes: colors, patterns, texture
- Fingers: soft wool, rough sticks, motor skills
- Nose: Kool-Aid, rosemary, lavender

The kids were so creative and the results were great! Love!!

Mixing our Kool-Aid colors to dye the wool.

His favorite color is green!!

Group weaving fun!

Finished weaving by "A"

Finished weaving by "E"

Friday, May 09, 2008

I feel so appreciated!!

This was Staff Appreciation Week in our school district. One of the teachers I work with everyday showed me with flowers that she appreciates me. (It's mutual, Mrs. P!!!!)

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hanging with Clowns

Some of my friends are real clowns...literally!! A new store in our area had their grand opening last weekend. My friends, Gadget, Cha-Cha, and Rudy were there sharing the love! (That's me in the middle!) Cha-Cha even made me a Lady-Bug balloon bracelet. Love it!!!

Rudy just had his 17th birthday. Tall for his age, isn't he?!

Back at home, I'm finally getting back to spinning some of my CuckooBatts from Art Club. This is my Happy Birthday batt from December! It reminds me of vanilla frosting with sprinkles! Yum.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


The fourth graders at our school are learning about the Oregon Trail. The classroom has been divided into "wagon train" groups who are earning "buffalo chips" as they make their way across the continent. While making up their supply list for the journey, they had to make decisions about what is essential and what is a luxury; what goes and what stays behind. When they came to the spinning wheel on the list, most didn't have any idea what it is, let alone how it could be considered an essential.

So Miss Janet brought in her wheel and lots of raw wool to play with. As you can see from the photos, many of them actually got some pretty good yarn going, just spinning with their fingers and winding it onto a pencil. One boy even "dyed" his yarn with his felt-tipped markers!

After the spinning demo and hands-on experience with the wool, more of the kids decided a spinning wheel might be more of an essential for the pioneers than they once thought. And hopefully seeds have been planted for future spinners!