Saturday, November 22, 2014

Well, This Is Surprising


I've recently discovered I possess a weirdly specific skill:
I can write science-themed songs set to the tune of folksongs
for kindergarteners and first graders.

Presented for your singing enjoyment:

This is sung to the tune "Clementine",
which to refresh your memory goes like this:

Oh my darlin', oh my darlin', oh my darlin', Clementine,
you are lost and gone forever,
Oh my darlin', Clementine.

I plan to be topping the charts soon with my crow's-voice rendition of
(sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
and "Hurricanes"
(sung to "Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore".)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Drafting Off Genius

I someone else is a genius!

A teacher shared at a meeting that you could use a binder
with the clear, front insert as a whiteboard!

She said that you could put a pencil holder inside
with the dry-erase markers, sock eraser, etc.

But those can be 
And they didn't have any at Target.

So until I find some cheap ones, how about this?

I put packing tape along the edge of a heavy-duty zipper bag,
then hole-punched it!

Genius, right?

I also added a binder clip to turn it into a clipboard.

Then the back can be used for hundreds charts,
ten frames, or whatever.

Teacher hack FTW!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dia De Awesomeness

It's Day of the Dead!

I was so crazy-busy this year
 I didn't put up any Halloween decorations inside,
but I did do my little Dia de los Muertos alter.


It's a wonderful way to remember my
abuelas and abuelos,
my dear prima,
and my gatos and perros.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trickery, Trickery, Trickery!

I picked up some dice at Target
to use for math games when I'm a teacher.

Cool, huh?

But then I looked inside the container,

You sit on a throne
cardboard tube of lies!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Throwback... Saturday?

My sister recently unearthed some photos from her garage:

Nope, that's not some gauzy Instagram filter;
it's an honest-to-goodness photo from 1972.

I'm the one standing in the back, and the tiny red-haired lady?
My great-grandma O.B.,
born Ernestine Stockstill in 1898.

Here she is as a pretty young girl:

Family lore is that her father was a riverboat gambler,
and whether or not that is true, 
she certainly had both the affinity for cards
and the salty language to make it believable.

I dunno... I love how easy cellphones and digital cameras
have made taking a photo,
but I worry we'll lose out on the delight of finding an old photo.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Speedy-Quick Quilt

A quickie post for a quickie quilt!

I had this amaaaazing mermaid fabric.

But those mermaids are about nine to ten inches high! 
To show 'em off, I would need huuuuuge blocks.

So instead, I decided to go old school...

...and use a big ole piece of the fabric, uncut.

Here's what I did!

I used:
about 1 1/4 yards center fabric
about 1 1/4 yards of the framing border fabric
about 3/4 yards binding fabric
six different strips of 3 1/2" wide fabric

backing fabric


First, I cut the mermaid fabric about 40"- 41" wide by 56" - 57" long.

(I made sure not to cut off any mermaid heads.)

Then for the framing border, I cut 12 strips of fabric,
3 1/2" wide across the width, 
and for the binding I cut 7 strips,
also 3 1/2" wide.
(I like a nice wide binding.)

Now, depending on the width of the fabric, you might only need
11 of the framing border strips; 
sometimes fabric ends up 44" wide;
sometimes 40" wide.
But 12 strips will ensure you have enough.

 Sew those border strips together into one looong strip.
Do the same with the binding strips.

Now, take your six different fancy border fabrics
and cut them each into RANDOM sixths.
Don't make them all the same length!

I added a little bit of the binding fabric, 
but it turned out I didn't need it.

Sew those into one looooong strip, too.
(I did them in the same order, but you do you.)

 Then I just sewed on one framing border,
lay out the fancy border and sewed it on,
then added the outside framing border.

I quilted it all over,
bound it with a 1/2" wide finished binding, and...

Boom!  Done!

I doubt it took me more than ten hours from start to finish.
It nicely fits the top of my full futon,
and it really brightens up my spare room!

Ask me in the comments!