Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday fun

So I had such a great week last week! I had a teacher workshop on Monday, and then I had the rest of the week off from school! Tuesday I went with my mother to bring my sister to meet my aunt, and we did some shopping at AC more, for crafts she would like to do. Then i spent the rest of the night cutting and crafting. Wednesday morning till about 4:30 i spent crafting Christmas presents for everyone. I can't put pictures up because some of my family reads my blog. Then that night I had to go to work at the restaurant, and we were pretty busy. Thursday morning my mom dad and sister headed to Massachusetts, to have thanksgiving with my dad's parents and sister. I played Little Big planet on my sisters ps3 and i loved it! it is soo much fun. Then we ate and put up our tree. We have a tradition where we have a fake tree that goes up at my Nana's house. Every year that me and my four sisters have been born, we have gotten an ornament. When we were old enough to, we would head out to this wonderful store and pick out our own ornament for that year. We would get our names and the year put on the ornament and then they would go up on the tree. The deal is that when we have a family of our own, we will get all the ornaments. I took a picture of the tree and some fun ornaments to share with you

The tree consists of only Blue and Green lights as well. My awesome sparkly skate from i think 1997

My first ornament the baby booties! and a crazy gum drop ornament!

and a sweet Santa man!
I will have a nice array of ornaments for my first tree! I also can't wait to get my ornament in the mail from the Ornament exchange I participated in.
Then Friday at about 2am i headed out with my mom, younger sister, and best friend to Nashua for black Friday shopping! I really like to do this because it is an awesome experience, and they do have great deals. Everyone this year was so fun and funny everywhere we went, and we hit up a lot of stores. We arrived at Old Navy at about 3:30 am, went to 6 stores, and then our 7th and last stop was Walmart, and we arrived home at about 10:30. The time was really messing with my head. And then I slept forever!
Saturday Garrett and I attended a "friends" thanksgiving at our friends apartment. There were about 16 people there, and we all sat at a huge table and ate turkey and had fun. Garrett and I brought our homemade infused Pineapple Vodka, and it was a hit!!
It really was an awesome weekend, I hope everyone else had a great thanksgiving!
peace & love J-me

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's getting closer.....

Christmas is upon us. I am starting to freak out. I have so much to make. I have this full week off from school, well minus today. I plan on cranking out a bunch of things. Today I had a teacher workshop, and then I headed to concord, to go to two awesome Fabric stores, and then to the movies to see.....New Moon. yea I don't want to hear it ;).

Here is something I got done the other day that i have been working on for a while. It is a boxy pouch, a longer skinnier one. I quilted it, and it took me a while....b/c I kept putting it off. Well it is done now.

Here is what I bought at Peggy Anne's. Some beautiful Amy Butler fabric, I plan to make a buttercup bag out of it.

I fell in love with Lauren's Advent calender's fabric, that when I went to Golden Geese, I just had to get some Figgy Pudding for myself! I have a few ideas of what I will do with this fabric!

I also picked up a crazy fat quarter to go with my sister's tote bag I'm making her for x-mas, as well as some scraps that they sell for $.50 each! I thought it was quite a steal! some of the "scraps" were really big!

Well I have a lot of crafting ahead of me, hopefully I will get a big chunk of it done this week, as well as a big chunk of my huge paper due in 3 weeks! YIKES! wish me luck!

Peace & Love J-me

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Sew-n-tell

So Yesterday I did a lot, a lot lot of cutting. I cut out some things for Christmas presents, and I also FINISHED cutting out my fat quarters for my first ever quilt! I have been planing on making this quilt since the end of summer, and I have been slowly cutting a long. Oh before i continue i found the quilt and patter at an old quilt along here. so where was i....ah yes, slowly cutting. It is made up of 12 fat quarters for the blocks, and i had only cut 6 of them. It takes a long time for me to cut things. I was cutting two a week, and yesterday i decided i was going to cut the remaining 6. It took me a while, so i didn't get time to finish anything else. There are pictures below of the different blocks and colors. Now all i need to do is start sewing the blocks together. I hope it turns out okay. Its my first one ever so i will need lots of help!

Here are the blocks:

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Block E

Block F

What do you think? I've also been working on something else, and It's almost done, but I wanted to get a post up. If i do finish it by the end of the day, I will place it on here later.

Hope you like it! Hop on over to Amy's Blog to see what other people have finished on this wonderfull Friday

Peace & Love J-me

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Last Week of teaching!!

Hey guys. Guess what!?! This is my last week of teaching. Being the main teacher. Friday is the last day i have to do advisory, and lunch duty, and 9th block! Hurrah! I will probably still take charge sometimes and here and there but Friday I'm done. Thanksgiving week i have ALLL of it off. Well except for Monday because we have a workshop, but i probably don't have to go to it!

I have enjoyed my experience, I have grown as a person, and a teacher. I Still feel like i need to grow even more as a person in order to be a teacher full time. Maybe i will be a substitute, or something but I'm not planning on being a full time teacher in the near future. Maybe in the far future haha. I like teaching i Love the kids, I'm just not feeling ready. Isn't that what college, and student teaching was supposed to do for me? Well not as well as i thought it would.

So I'm graduating in May, I don't really have a plan of what I'm going to do next year at all starting in May. or August...ill give myself the summer. I do know i don't want to be working at rick and Diane's and only there, maybe on weekends. And i don't want a job like at McDonald's or Frameworks. Here is what I'm thinking and have been thinking for a while now. Bank, I'm going to look for a job at a bank, good pay, bonuses, benefits...and I NEED dental!! Ill have a steady income, pay bills, insurance, and maybe get my own place...naw ill wait for that until Garrett gets out of school...whenever that will be. OR i will try to get a job at an Architecture place, because i love Architecture, but there is only one place i know of in the area.

SO enough about my future, lets talk crafts!

So yesterday i was doing some crafting with felt making some ornaments before going to a Ball room/Latin dance class! (that was awesome!)

Here is what i had time to make.

Cute little felt snowmen! And underneath them you can see the Fabric i still have to cut for my quilt, which i will get to some time. Maybe the whole week i have off next week! Anyways I hope you like them!

Peace & Love J-me

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday(the 13) sew-n-tell

So This week was a pretty busy/crazy one for me. I had parent teacher conferences after school on Monday and was at the school for 12 hours that day! I have been battling a cough and after i taught my 4 math classes on Tuesday my cooperating teacher told me to go home and get some rest. I was home at about 11:30 on Tuesday. So i slept, I then went to UNH to visit Garrett, (and Charlie & Lauren). But i couldn't drive through concord with out stopping at Joanns.

UNH was awesome, While i was there i worked on an Ornament for the Ornament Exchange I am participating in. I also got a lot of rest, and Visited Lauren and got to see her awesome tiny apartment and her craft station. Which was set up perfectly and i wanted to take a picture of it because she was in the middle of sewing something and she had it on her machine, and it just looked so nice.

anyways on the the sewing and telling. So Tuesday the 10th was my TWIN sister's birthday. They turned 24. WOW. So i bought my sister Kathleen a gift card, because she is hard to buy/make for. And i made my sister Christine and knitting needle holder. I found a tutorial here, and just kinda winged it by the directions. Here is how it turned out:

I used some fabric that has been laying around for a while a few fat quarters. I made the ties out of quilt binding i bought at Joann's.
Here is the inside:

It has a good set of pockets and the bottom ones are for rounds. I searching through my yarn and these were the needles i came up with. My sister has more, and i bought her a pair to go with it. I think she will like it. Its a crazy color combo but i think its awesome.

So that's my finish I hope you enjoy it!

Go check out all the other Friday finishes over at sew-n-tell

Have a great weekend!

Peace & Love J-me

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday's sew-n-tell

Last Friday I tried to make the fabric necklace free pattern over on Amy Butler's website. I got so lost with the directions that I sent it to Garrett's sister Lauren, and she couldn't figure it out either. I just decided to omit the pictures and just try and read the words. In doing this it actually kinda worked.

It came out a lot shorter then I hoped for, I wanted to be able to wrap it around my big ol' head at least twice, but that was a bust. While I was making it I thought gee I'm wasting a lot of fabric, and then I was thinking I was supposed to cut two strips out of both and not just one. I will try this next time. I wore it to school the next day and all the kids loved it and the teachers did too! Yes it's Amy Butler fabric as well as some MODA. I like it.

Here is a picture of me rocking it:

It looks a lot better when its not on an old stained work shirt!
Its time to start working on homemade Christmas, I have a lot of ideas I just need to put them in motion! I hope you like it! I can't wait to see all the other Friday finishes over at Amy's blog
Peace & Love J-me

Thursday, November 5, 2009


So lets just say I am ready for this semester of student teaching to be over. I'm done. Today was a Field trip to downtown . We went to the Library, the Historical Society, and the town's Museum. I thought it was going well, I was telling students not to be jumping off of things when we were walking, to be quiet and stay with their buddy. At our destinations I made sure they were not doing things they were not supposed to do, and was making sure they were doing what they were supposed to do. I got back the kids left and I was left with the cooperating teacher. She said she didn't really feel like I was "present" and that I didn't do things with out her prompting me, and blah blah I'm a bad teacher is what I heard come out of her mouth. So I guess I can't do anything right. Here I was thinking I was doing a pretty good job with not really knowing what we were doing on the Field trip, and never being on a Field trip from that perspective. The only thing I have trouble with is like harsh discipline. Which i told her, and i thought she would be pretty impressed. Yeah I'm supposed to be the "main" teacher right now, but i didn't plan this trip, i didn't know what was going on, so i thought it was apparent that she would be taking the "reins" on this one. Another thing happened and i got talked to and i didn't think it was a big deal but I guess i kid saying math is boring is a bad thing, hello its her opinion, she has the right to express it, not yelling it out but she has a right to her opinion.

So to make a long story short, I can't wait for it to be over. I love the kids I love teaching the content, i guess i just hate the "rules" and i guess i feel like i shouldn't be doing too much of the stuff that will impact them for the year, because I'm not going to be there for the whole year, but i guess in her eyes i should be doing everything. Whatever. I don't think I will be teaching AT ALL in my near future.

On another note, I did the Fabric Necklace found on Amy Butlers website, I'm not going to post pictures because i might have to use it tomorrow for Sew-n-tell because i don't know if I'm going to finish the other thing i have been working on. I guess you will just have to wait and see till tomorrow!

Sorry for my rant

Peace & Love J-me