Sunday, March 21, 2010

All Good Things Must Come to an End...Like Spring Break

The last day of spring break is today. Bittersweet really. I've LOVED having the mental free time to work on the Alliday Show, www.allidayeveryday.com, and to prepare for all of our upcoming Spring shows! I've also missed being the crazy teacher that I am! I've missed acting things out, standing on desks, drawing stick figures to convey meaning and I've just missed being immersed in the international classrooms I find myself in! A break is always nice, yet is always nice to get back into the game!

So what have I been doing this week besides being sick, reading, cooking and sleeping? Well, I've been making millions of switchplates! Ok, maybe not millions but at least a few hundred! I've never made this many at a time and I must say, it's becoming a bit monotonous. BUT while it can be mind-numbing, it's a craft that I can sit around and do ANYWHERE with anyone around! At least this phase I can do anywhere :) Here's some photographic evidence for you...




Have you recently celebrated a Spring Break? Or any sort of break? What did you accomplish and what did you do to relax? :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Today's Inspiration: 1973

Hello out there! This week hasn't exactly gone as planned. I've got a million and a half items on my to do list to knock off this spring break YET I go and get sick! I spent the last two days curled up in bed with all the fuzzies and the Twilight series - don't judge! I'm FINALLY feeling back to normal and must work overtime to get my list completed! Thought I'd give you guys some eye candy first though :)

If you remember, I'm in the process of hammering out a few hundred switchplates for our upcoming spring shows and during said process, I'm come across some stellar '73 mags from my g-pa's house. The lovely ladies over at Mama Says Vintage often share old magazine articles, recipes and much more from the past and, taking a cue from them, I decided to share some of the fun stuff I found in one of the mags...at least the only one I've scanned in so far! :)

If you found yourself bored in 1973, you could always order the patchwork place mat and pillow set to make! Wouldn't that make a splash in your house!


Or you could get a steal with these marked down needlepoint kits! Funny how that little owl is such a fascination right now, just as much as it used to be!
Then, of course, there's the things that 'make my eyes happy' as my mom says. I love all things green so of course I fell in love with this green and white sitting area. Especially loving the Asian figures on the wall! Reminds me of these little statues my Mimi has that I've always loved.
Then there was this pretty little ad. Green hues, peaceful girl curled up with her fuzzy! Perfection!
Sometimes we get so caught up in the here and the now that we don't think to look back; to look at things that inspire us from the past. What things from the past inspire you today?

Monday, March 15, 2010

The End of the Winter Line!

I'm currently working on hundreds, yes HUNDREDS of new switchplates but have found a bit of time to do a widdle beading too! Need proof? Here's some new ones, beginning with my mom's very early mom's day gift :)





She's a Busy Bee!

The lady April has been mighty busy lately! Check out her new goods!

















Friday, March 12, 2010

Fuzzy Friday

I realize this picture is HORRIBLY lit BUT look at the lovebirds! Orange fuzzy LOVES her beast! They almost always sleep together and she follows him around like a kid chases an ice cream truck :)

Dress Up Those Ears!

Cleaned out the brown and pink bead boxes for earrings! Which ones tickle your fancy?








Give me a Ring-a-Ling

Ringing in spring with some new rings made from old buttons and earrings! Yay Spring Break!!!