Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bugs, Kisses, and Halloween

When I saw this pin on Pinterest, I was in awe.
I want,
I want,
I want,

Pinned Image
The original post is here.

 I attempted a super simple, modified version using what I already had in my craft stash. (I mean modified.)

This is what I came up with. I'm a treat bag topper addict. I definitely should have found some polka dot background paper. Oh well!

These were the materials I used along with a glue stick and a stapler. My printer was out of black ink, but I love the gray on the tags.

 The tag can be printed {HERE}
The original post used spider rings.  Because I didn't want to buy any supplies other than the candy kisses, I used my spider punch for the "bugs" inside the bag.
The final display for my team tomorrow for our weekly PLT meeting. I definitely need to ask Santa for a better camera. My 3.1 megapixel is letting me down.
I leave you with a photo of the sidewalk display from one of my local favorite shops.
Happy Halloween~
Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thank You, I'm Honored~

I've been nominated by Nicole at Pencil Skirts and Noodle Necklaces with the Illuminating Blogger Award.

Thanks, Nicole~
Cloudy Sky

Nicole is a relative of a former student I taught in kindergarten many years ago back home.  The mother of that sweet little boy,Josef, posted a link to Nicole's blog post on Facebook one night.  Out of curiosity, I decided to see what pencil skirts and noodle necklaces were all about. The day I clicked on that the post in Facebook, I became addicted to her blog.  She's a down to Earth gal who has great stories to share of being in the workplace and the memories she is making with her two kids and her hubby. Be sure to check her out....like NOW (lol)!

 pencil skirts
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Sunday afternoon~ 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My First Show of the Year

I can already read your mind. 

You're thinking," It's October, the year is almost over and this is your FIRST craft show of the year!"
I am excitedly and calmly replying, " Yes, Yes, Yes! "

This has been a SUPER busy year-a milestone birthday, marriage, tracking in and out of a classroom, managing a larger family( it comes with a lot I didn't expect), common core (need I say more), and some stressful health issues (I'll share later when it's all behind me.) 

I really needed to do something a little "crafty" to divert my attention off the whirlwind I'm in , so I decided to join a local church and become a small vendor in their Holiday Bazaar. 

This is my table. I love the how lime green and red look together.  Red is very eye catching and lime green is just plain cute. 
I bought the shelf at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore for 5 bucks.  I gave it a new life with a can of paint. It added height to my table.
 I love the giant snowflake.  Yes, it came from a Pinterest pin.  I love it.  It didn't sell, so I'll be making our family initial using my Cricut to place on the center for Christmas.  It will definitely be hanging on my front door soon. (Pictures in two months)

These chocolate nugget trays sold very well.
I sold all but one of these.
These sold out.  Wish I had made more.
Overall I did well. I didn't create many items over a buck due to the audience being Young at Heart and the State Fair was in full force. But I had fun~
Thanks for stopping by~

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Promoting Socialization and Togetherness in the Workplace

On Friday, the social committee of our school hosted a Pie-Fest.  Our committee is always brainstorming ways to bring the staff together to socialize and build camaraderie (comradery) and possibly talk about something other than "school stuff."  I'm not sure how it is in your workplace, but our lounge is hardly utilized for "lounging."  No resting here. It's usually just a quick stop to refrigerate your lunch, or heat your lunch in the microwave, or take a two second bathroom break.  I'm serious about the two seconds. You may pass someone coming or going, but hardly anyone ever sits at the table to enjoy the company of their coworkers.

The Pie-Fest was a success.  Staff members actually took a wide variety of pie samples, sat down at the tables and couches and enjoyed "non school related" conversation.  I heard conversations about football, spouses and kids going to college, and the upcoming holidays.  I actually heard laughing and saw lots of smiling faces.

Mission Accomplished.

Enjoy these photos of the various pies.  No drooling please-lol.

We had five categories: store bought, homemade, meat, veggie, and surprise.  I entered the store bought category.  I have a valid excuse.  I made the ribbons  for each category so my energies were diverted in a different direction.

The Homemade Pie Table
This pie was absolutely delicious- apple and cranberry! It got my vote.
Very creative apple and worm.  We hated to cut it.
Disappointed that it only received a third place ribbon.
Peach Cobbler
My entry- I love lemon meringue pie!
This pie won third place in the store bought category.
This store bought pecan pie deserved best presentation in its' category.
Chicken Pot Pie- This didn't last long at all.
These were the ribbons I made using my Cricut (Locker Talk and Paper Doll Dress Up.)  I personally think the ribbons turned out GREAT~
What are some activities or events that seem to be a success in your workplace in promoting motivation, socialization, and togetherness?
Just a few more hours to enter the Halloween Bookmark Giveaway. Super Duper Easy!
Click {HERE} to enter.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Win It Wednesday- Bookmark Giveaway

Today I am giving away a class set (24) of assorted two sided laminated Halloween bookmarks!

These bookmarks are super duper cute and very durable.  They would make great prizes, treats, or an "extra" with a Halloween surprise for any fun loving group of kiddos.

This is my first time using Rafflecopter. 
So all you PROS out there, please be patient with me:-)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed nothing goes wrong.
I'm promoting my Facebook page with this giveaway giving you the opportunity to earn up to 6 entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for stopping by.
The giveaway ends Saturday night.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Superlative Science

I usually avoid the "tag" games.  It seriously wears we out trying to answer all the questions and then attempting to find 5-10 blogs who have not been "tagged."  I've turned down three awards in the last few months due to the "sweat" that goes into it.

But this ONE is unique. 
It's a LINKY PARTY for sharing October Goodies.
If you've been booed, copy and paste the above pic and these "rules" into your post.
1. Give a shout out to the blogger who booed you and link back to their site!

2. Share 3-5 October activities, books, products (yours or someone else),

or freebie(s) that you love!

3. Share the Boo love with 5 bloggers- make sure you check this link to make sure you don't boo someone again:

And don't forget to tell them that they have been BOOED!

4. Link up {here} so that others can find you and read about your October ideas! And while you are there... check out the other great blogs!
Here Goes:

You can find these Halloween Treats at Casey's (Second Grade Math Maniac) TPT Store.
Arrg! You can find this at Jenn's TPT Store (Hello Mrs. Sykes).

Halloween Ghost Glyph (with Writing Options)
  And this from The Glyph Girls!
I am Booing the following blogs.  (I don't want to hex myself by not following the rules.)


Luckeyfrog's Lilypad         Glyph Girls

Thanks for stopping by.
I will be posting Win It Wednesday soon.
So come back now, you hear? 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cotton Candy, Deep Fried Everything, and the Fair...Oh My!

The fair is in town!
The fair is in town!

I just love the fair!
Don't you?

I can't remember a year that I have not been to the State Fair.

Growing up, one Saturday in October after the fair opened, my family and I would always rise and shine early in the morning to make the two hour trip to the N.C. State Fair in the Capital City.  It was an all day event that we looked forward to each and every year.  We always parked on the same street, walked through the same gate, and basically took the same route through the fair grounds each and every year.  I could walk through the fair with my eyes closed. Literally!

Something changed four years ago.
I moved to a suburb right outside the Capital City.
So the two hour trip shrunk to a mere 20 minutes.

All those childhood routines of the fair changed.
Change can be hard.
And change can be GREAT!

I now go to the fair on the opening day.
I park in the lot belonging to the NC State Wolfpack located at the back of the fairgrounds. Who knew it existed?
I have no set routine.
I just go where the smells take me.
And I love it just the same.

What do you love about the fair?
I love...

 the ARTISANS...

This guy stated that he was showing me his best side-lol!

I will definitely be making one of these babies...a dragonfly from a staircase spindle and ceiling fan blades.  How creative!
Look at the size of these pumpkins!
the FOOD...
 Homemade ice cream~ Yummy, yummy to my tummy!

Popcorn, cotton candy, candy apples, and funnel cakes. Need I say more?
the RIDES...

The GAMES...
  The Wizard Of Oz...Yay~
and the FIREWORKS...
This year I spotted these new interests. A booth depicting my Native American Heritage and "Maple."  Maple is the cousin of Ivy from Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom.  Her make up was breathtaking and she moved with such grace and elegance.  Also, one booth had deep fried Girl Scout Cookies.  Wow! What will they come up with next?
What is your favorite part of the fair?


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