Monthly Archives: January 2009

When Worlds Collide

Isn’t that a dramatic title?

Here’s what I wrote on my professional blog, Otter of Fate, this morning.

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“This is one of those mornings where two of my favorite things, stories and crafting, came together. I have a professional blog, where I write about tools and projects for teacher-librarians, and a craft blog, where I write about the sewing or knitting or whatever projects have been refreshing my soul. This morning a post on The Crafty Crow reminded me that there’s plenty of literature for young kids that almost effortlessly suggests where young readers should go when the story is over: straight to the art supplies.

The book featured in the Crafty Crow this morning was An Awesome Book, by Dallas Clayton. It’s all about the power of dreams. Click on the link and take a look at the story and illustrations. This would be a lovely book to pair with a biography on Martin Luther King, Jr. Younger kids would be jazzed about drawing a picture about a dream that could change the world: save the polar bears! end pollution! Older kids, who have learned how impossible the dream of ending segregation seemed at the time of King’s immortal speech, would understand even better the poignant message of the book.”

I’ve written more about using art to meet learning standards on my professional blog.  Drop by for a visit!


My first Instructable!

I’m very proud of myself!  I just made a set of fabric-covered barrettes with a matching fabric hairband, and took a few photos while I was working.  I just made my first Instructable! Take a look!


A cute giveaway from an Etsy shop was featured on the Crafty Crow today.   The Etsy Shop, Starbugaloo Designs, features baby items made from recycled / refurbished / reused materials.  Wonderful!  There’s also a giveaway of books from Usborne–a great non-fiction children’s publisher.  Do take a peek at the Crafty Crow if you haven’t visited before.  I get lots of great art ideas for my students and my own family there.

I’m very, very tempted to take the plunge and open an Etsy shop of my own.  I have so many ideas (though so little time..) for things I could make, and I love the whole idea of Etsy.  My daughters received beautiful jewelry last year from an Etsy seller (whose name escapes my memory) and I’ve seen some fabulously beautiful things in a colleague’s shop, too.  I’d love to be a part of that community…

Skirt refashion

Second refashion of the month!  Recycling old clothes is like putting money in the bank.

I took an old cotton flannel skirt, and cut off the top 10 inches or so.  I ironed out all the pleats that made me feel as if I were wearing my old Bishop Kearney HS uniform skirt, and ended up with a big loop of fabric.

I added two darts to the back, so that the skirt fit my waist better.  Then I folded over the front, kilt-style, added a buttonhole and button, and stuck in an old kilt pin from the ’70’s (can you say “pack rat?”)  I’ve already worn it to work, where everyone laughed at my kilt pin and asked me where my knee socks were…

Knit dress refashion

The first project of the new year!

This tunic began life as an old Lands End knit dress that belonged to my daughter.  It’s been languishing in a laundry basket for about three years, but I couldn’t bear to throw it away, because it was nice knit material.  It was (ahem!) too small to wear in its current state.

I cut it down the front and added a border to the opening.  The border is made from two folded-over strips of cotton fabric that covered the rough edge.  I top-stitched the border so it would lie flat.  I haven’t decided if I’ll do anything to the sleeves, which are three-quarter length, but it’ll work in warmer weather over a tank top & jeans.   And I have that nice glow of virtue (I recycled something!) to keep me warm in this freezing weather.

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