Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cake Pop Addicts

Confession: My students (5th and 6th graders) are cake pop addicts and it's my fault. A couple of months ago, I needed an excuse to try making cake pops (why I thought I needed an excuse, I don't know). So, I told my students that if they missed five or less, as a total class, on their spelling tests, I would make them cake pops. They didn't know what cake pops were, but when I explained, the dream of cake on a stick was enough. The 5th graders made their goal that very first week. I went ahead and made them for everyone. They were an instant hit.

Since then, I've made them two other times. The ones in the picture were for Valentine's. I wish I had taken more pictures, but it was LATE at night, and I was desperate to go to bed. My pops are not perfectly round, and the pink for Valentine's didn't turn out as pink as I wanted...but truthfully, 10-12 year-old students getting a present from their teacher just don't care. What matters is that they made their spelling goal, which means cake on a stick. They are incredibly "treat" motivated....hmmm, how else can I use that?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tangerine and Light Blue

My SIL has a friend with whom she regularly exchanges letters
(wish we all did).
So she asked me to make her some cards,
which I readily agreed to do.
She told me that she likes eggshell blue, and tangerine,
but left me to my creative devices beyond that.
I couldn't find "eggshell" paper, but the orange I used is actually called "tangerine."
It's nice every once in a while when the stars align.
And so these birds were born.
I've mentioned before that I like simple cards,
ones that can actually fit into a regular envelope.
Here they are, all cutely 'twined and ready to go.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine's Door Decor

Husband and I are not big celebrators of Valentine's Day. We are in love, but we just don't really care that much about V-Day. This year we are going to a Jim Brickman concert on the 10th, but it's really more of a happy coincidence that the dates are close. All that being said, I do like a good reason to decorate (even if it's just a little), and Valentine's Day gives me one. I made this simple Monogram with ribbon for our door. It's a little small, I think, so I may tweak it a little. For now, I think it's cute and I'm just glad I actually got it up before Valentine's. I wish it was a sunnier day, so that the picture could be a little brighter. Oh well.

A couple of weeks ago the puppy managed to grab my small purse off the table, run outside with it, empty the contents into muddy snow, and chew. my. glasses. in. half. To be honest, I wasn't that upset. I'd been wearing the same purple frames for eight years, which was about 7.5 years too long. This finally gave me the push to get my eyes checked and get new frames. These are much classier. So here's what I look like these days...

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