Monday, September 28, 2009

"I'm Melting..."

So sorry it has been so long since my last post. Things have been a little crazy here lately! We had a pipe break in one of our walls and it ruined our hardwood floors. This was especially upsetting to us since we put these floors in with our bare hands about 7 years ago. Well needless to say, the whole floor has to be replaced. At least we don't have to do it this time. The first step was to dry out the floors, so they brought these huge dehumidifiers to do the job. Great, right? No! These machines sucked out any cool air we had in our house. The temperature in our house raised to 92 degrees downstairs and 94 degrees upstairs. We didn't last too long, so we packed up and went to a hotel for the weekend. We came back today and they removed the machines from hell. I love air conditioning!!

Upstairs temperature...

Downstairs temperature...

Machines from hell....


On an art note, I decided to try my hand at paper clay. I saw a great article in a magazine on how to make a Santa Claus from the artist from Polka dot Pixie. Check out her work; she is just amazing!! I took ceramics in high school, so it kind of brought back memories. I really like the way he came out and he will look nice with my Christmas collection. I think I will try a snowman next because I collect them.




Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Marie Antoinette








I finished this yesterday and I realized I haven't done a whimsical girlie face in awhile. This was a nice and fun change.

Friday, September 11, 2009

What a busy week!!

This week has been crazy!! Jordan started big boy school on Wednesday. He did pretty good the first day. I was proud of him. This was a huge adjustment for him. New classroom location, longer day, 20 kids instead of about 12 and lots of new faces. Luckily, the first day was my day to work in the class. He had a little meltdown towards the beginning of class and just wanted to go home, but I talked to him and we worked it out (ok, I had to bribe him with a transformer toy...I'm not perfect). The second day before school, he had a serious temper tantrum and did NOT want to go at all. He tried everything he could think of to get out of going, but I stood my ground (no bribes). Once he realized it was no use, he snapped out of it and was his normal chipper, energetic self. Once we got to school, he was great and I left. Of course I worried the whole 3 hours about him, but when I got back to pick him up I was told he did great.




Wednesday was also my 9 year wedding anniversary. My hubby and I left our 16 year old to babysit and went out to a nice dinner. It was so nice to sit down and have adult conversation with no interruptions. My husband and I decided we should do this more often (we will see). Here we are at dinner (not our best picture).




Last night Jordan started to complain that his stomach and throat were hurting. I told him to lay down on my lap. After a bit, he sat up and vomited all over me (yay me). He proceeded to vomit about 3 more times. I felt so bad for him. Today he is doing fine. He must have had a 24 hour flu thing. He probably got it from one of the 20 kids in his new class. (no pics of this...no one wants to see that).


In art news, I have been learning how to make my own journals in Julie Prichard's "Super Nova" class. Here is the first journal. I have the second one almost complete. I will post pictures of that one soon.




Have a great weekend!!
Shonna

Friday, September 4, 2009

In Her Garden....


I have had this girlie in my sketchbook for about a month. I finally collaged her onto wood today. She was drawn with graphite and colored pencils. I also used acrylics, water soluble crayons, oil pastels, crackle paste, rubons and beeswax. I am really happy with how she came out!


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mrs. Jill is the BEST!!




My son is starting Preschool next Wednesday, so I made a little plaque for his teacher. He has had this teacher since he was two, but now he will be in "Big Boy" class.

My city offers this really cool program where you can go to school with your 18-36 month old. The class is a sort of introduction to school and they learn so much. I have seen my son grow leaps and bounds since going. We used to go to school twice a week in this program and I was in the class with him. Well now he has graduated to the 4-5 year old class and will be going 3 times a week (he will be 4 years old in a month). One day, I will volunteer in the class, one day I volunteer in the community and one day I have free. He will go from 9am to 12pm. I am nervous about how he will do without me there, but I know he is in good hands. Mrs. Jill is an amazing teacher. She truly loves kids and teaching and it shows. I have no doubt in my mind that Jordan has already met the best teacher he will have in his whole schooling career. I am NOT exaggerating when I say she is the best!!


I will let you know how it goes next week!!


Shonna