Decoupage Collection – Pretty in Pink

One of the things I love about crafting – the beautiful paper.  Paper can reflect my mood almost as wonderfully as words, music, and photos.  Expressive decorative paper brings me joy. These all started at unfinished wood.  The pink with white flowers makes me smile every time. Thanks for reading my post! Be sure to follow…

home

According to Merriam-Webster: home (noun) one’s place of residence the social unit formed by a family living together a familiar or usual setting :  congenial environment; also :  the focus of one’s domestic attention a place of origin an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs the objective in various games Home…

Memory Keeper Box

Great for special occasions and trips! When I had my Etsy Shop (Miss Elaineous)  I sold many memory boxes…they were so fun to make!  I used an unfinished wooden box from Michael’s Crafts to start.  I would decoupage the outside and the inside – leaving the inside side walls of box and lid bare and…

Successfully Setting Expectations for Group Travel

Group travel can be stressful when you are the one in charge of everyone having an enjoyable and positive experience – while staying in the group and remaining safe.  Most unhappiness in our lives comes from unmet expectations.  Sometimes that is because we did not know what to expect and we were left to our…

Simply, love the child.

So, as District Teacher of the Year (DTOY) I was given several opportunities to address all the teachers in the district.  This particular occasion was the summer institute – the 2 first days of summer for the kids.  Every year these are optional staff development days immediately following the end of the school year.  Well,…

loss

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend Today I am attending the funeral of my childhood friend, Dave.  Much like a brother, Dave would taunt me relentlessly.  He would laugh with me and joke around.  He would often threaten to beat up misbehaving boyfriends or anyone that made me upset.  When Dave smiled his whole face…

Shadow Box

The ultimate scrapbook page – 3D and mountable. My daughter fancied her shadow box first and I decided to copy the idea.  It rests on my desk in my studio, ready to be mounted.  As you may have read, I only recently completed my first marathon.  So, currently when I look a this shadow box…

Please Pull Up To The Cone.

Each day on my morning drive I encounter three schools – elementary, middle, and high.  My commute spans four to twelve minutes, depending on the parents in the other cars.  The days of dropping off at the elementary school ended a few years ago.  I will save those days for another post.  Now, my youngest…

Two Black Shoes

So, I was trying to think of something positive to post because my first post with a student tag fails to exemplify my real attitude towards my little cherubs and my job.  I love my job.  However, exhaustion has set in after a long day of work, so instead of writing something new I decided…

My First Marathon – one proud mamathoner

My daughter and I shared our first marathon together on January 16, 2016 at the Charleston Marathon.  She lives 5 states away and we were unable to train together, but we ran this race together, stride for stride. As an added bonus we stayed with my bff, Kelly,  and her boy, Anthony.  (sign and photos courtesy of…

The Smash Book

Every trip I take abroad with students can be relived while flipping through the smash book I created while on tour.  Just keep things as you go and take notes – when you have a free hour, spend some time writing, pasting, and doodling.  The end product is practically finished when you arrive home.  The…