Saturday, February 28, 2009


On Thursday I woke up in the middle of the night (this is normal thanks to the flu that's been lingering for the last two weeks or so) and checked my email to find that I had my very first etsy order. Yay.

Because I was so beyond thrilled that someone out there is interested in my stuff, I included a couple extra pairs of earrings in the package. I tell you, this etsy business is super stressful. At least a few times an hour I worry that something is going to happen between the time I shipped it and the time it arrives. I'm terrified that my first feed back is going to be negative. Ugh.

Here are a few of the newest creations in my shop:

I LOVE these. In the description I talk about what a fast food addict I am. When I saw these in another etsy shop I knew I was destined to have them and turn them into earrings.

These are maroon daisies. They are the perfect size and I'm in love with them. I promised myself that I'll make three pairs and if I don't sell all three of them by the beginning of April that I'll keep a pair for myself.

I recently got a new camera and I'm having a hard time capturing the awesome pink frosting on these donut earrings. Maybe I'll try in better light tomorrow.

Alright, I'm going to finish gluing a few other pairs. I'll try and find time to upload pictures of the white truffle cupcakes I made last week sometime soon!

Have a good weekend,

Friday, February 20, 2009

The more you read, the better you read.

It is almost impossible to get a room with 25 first and second graders interested in reading.

I'm great on a smaller scale. I do an awesome out loud reading of Strega Nona and I love recommending books about star wars and crafts and broken families. But when it comes to a large group, I drown.

Until recently. On Wednesday I went into work 2 hours early and created "book bags". Plastic freezer bags with 4 or 5 books in them. I tried to balance non-fiction with kick ass picture books. When we go to do homework right after snack time these are their options, do your homework, grab a book bag or sit quietly.

The first day they protested. I picked dumb books, reading is dumb, blah blah blah. Those are the only choices I am willing to give so you either jump on board and read whatever books are randomly distributed to you or you're stuck in your seat for an hour being miserable.

Today it worked wonderfully. Many of my second grade girls got Junie B Jones books which are always a big hit. One of my most inpatient and negative girls got a copy of a Jon Scieszka book.
Not only is it making homework time a little less stressful but it's introducing them to genres that otherwise they would never read.

Tonight I'm going to bed tired and behind on my homework for the week but hey, I've got them reading, like actually reading whole books on their own. I'll take any victory I can get.