Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Break

A nice perk of being a teacher is getting this one week off each spring. I love it because it gives me a chance to clean the house and finish up projects but most importantly because it signifies the end of the school year is near! I counted today and we have only 12 weeks to go!

I spent the beginning of the week working on my super secret project. It is soooo close to being done and I can not wait to show it off!!

My second secret project was a belated cake for Makenna's birthday. I took it in to my parents house and told my mom that I just didn't have time decorate it. I think she knew something was up when I couldn't stop smiling as she cut into it!

A RAINBOW cake! Whenever you ask Makenna what her favorite color is she says "I love every color of the rainbow, but my favorite is purple." I thought this was appropriate!

Andy has been doing P90X now for a few weeks and didn't want to take a break even when we spent 3 days with my parents. He has all of the kids doing yoga with him!

To get out of the house, Mom took us all to a play center in Medford and they had the best dress up clothes! James wants me to try and make one of these for him... hmmmm...

Makenna wants me to make her a skunk costume! This one was cute too.

Can you see the rainbow? This was on our drive home.

Spending the last few days of spring break getting the house all cleaned up and sleeping in! I hope everyone else was able to take some time to relax as well!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

World Wide Web

I am constantly reading home decor and sewing blogs! Recently I have been obsessed with two exciting tools to use with the blogs.The first thing I found makes reading my blogs a lot easier. I have seen google reader used before but I didn't like that it was an extra page for me to go to and you didn't look at the blog in it's original screen.

While reading a blog, I saw somebody else using this add on to their google reader. It is a little next button that stays on your bookmarks bar. No matter what page I am on, I can click on the next and it will take me to a blog post that I have not read yet. Then I just keep clicking next until it tells me that I am all updated on my blogs! So much easier!! (When I can find where I found out how to do it, I will update. )

The second thing that I am supppper excited about is a great new website called Pinterest. I can not tell you how many things I have found on the web and think, that would be fun to make! Then I bookmark it and it gets lost in a sea of a million other bookmarks. Pinterest helps us visual people to see all those bookmarks! This is the opening page that you can browse through and see what everyone else in the world is pinning!

After finding pinterest I had to wait a week or two on a waiting list before I got an invitation. I was so excited when I got the e-mail a couple of nights ago! I have just gotten started adding all of my bookmarks to the site. I love all of the categories that you can put things into.

These are all of the quilts that I either can't wait to make or have on my list to make again and again. I just love how visual everything is and how all of the quilts and inspiration for quilts can be on one page.

My other favorite part of pinterest is that you can look at what everyone else is pinning. Make it Perfect is a blog that I love to read (and where I found out about Pinterest!) I can go to her Pinterest home page and look at all of her great pins! I've typed in quilt to the search bar and looked for hours at hundreds of different quilts that people have pinned. Then it's easy to repin them to my board!

So that is my rant of why I love living in the technology age! I'm working like crazy on a special project that I can't wait to show off in a few weeks!