Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I just finished packaging up all five of my postcards for the IA swap and I'm going to get them in the mail today! I made this little 4 x 4 collage as a component in another swap and thought it fit perfectly with the "Friends" challenge. You can see the challenge at this link http://takeaword.blogspot.com/
Monday, May 28, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
IA Mermaid Challenge
The wonderful thing about all of the ladies at Inspiration Avenue is that they provide encouragement and support for each other. I know that there will be someone to help whenever I have a question. I also know that I have my own group of cheerleaders, each one a talented artist herself, prompting me to stretch myself artistically.
When I began teaching, the practice of modeling for the students was a key element. It meant showing each piece of a new type of learning and giving explicit examples to the children. As a mentor teacher, I learned how important it is to model effective instructional practices for other teachers. I learned so much from having others model for me too. That's one reason why being part of this group of artists is so special. They are all truly an inspiration to me, through their art and through their actions.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I'm really excited to be hosting Inspiration Avenue's challenge next week. That's tomorrow! It's so hard to keep a secret but I'm going to wait and announce it to everyone on Monday.
Friday, May 18, 2012
The pansies and lilies of the valley are for my mother. The lilacs are for my beautiful cousin Mary. The bleeding heart, sweet peas, and carnations are for my maternal grandmother, Grandma Stewart. My paternal grandmother, Grammy, grew beautiful hydrangeas and loved pink roses. Her husband, Grandad, grew a rose called double delight. After he died I planted one for myself. Violets are always reminiscient of Aunt Betty, my mom's sister. My dad wasn't really a flower person himself, but he always gave my mother beautiful bouquets on special occasions. Sometimes, I got one too. Now my husband carries on the tradition. The fern and ivy relate to the time I lived in the Pacific Northwest, a place where I always felt at home. Finally, the orchid is in honor of my husband, with whom I've spent many wonderful weeks in Kauai. Each time we go, we get a bouquet of orchids from the farmer's market. I think orchids must be my favorite flower. I haven't forgotten the bugs. Those are for my brother, who taught me about bees, butterflies, and moths. He loves flowers too but we wouldn't have the flowers without the insects.
There are many more flowers, linked with memories of my special people and places. Perhaps I'll need to do a sequel to this postcard.