Back to School Bulletin Boards

Well the first week of students being back to school is almost completed. It has been a great seeing old faces and meeting new ones. This year I (along with my fellow speech therapist) took on the arduous task of creating 3 bulletin boards. I personally enjoy the planning and crafting part (especially staring at Pinterest for hours), but it is the execution that kills me. I truly forget how big some of these boards are. Here are our final products.

We created a Bilingual Sound Development Board: (sorry for the darkened corner there is a skylight right above the board). Each sticker represents when a speech sound should generally be fully developed.

Here is our Speech Room Board. We plan on having the students decorate these sunglasses to recall their summer vacations.

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Our final board is  a general board located near the Kindergarten yard. Inspiration came from here. (Quote: With hearts and helping hands we can accomplish anything!)

 

Busy Fingers!

This past weekend my fingers were itching to create. I completed two knitting projects and started a crochet project all while avoiding things such as exercise and cleaning the house.

First on the list was my beautiful blue socks that I started a couple of weeks ago. The second sock was a much quicker knit as I figured out all of the confusing bits with the first one (specifically the heel turn). During this project I developed a serious love affair with my yarn (Anzula Squishy). The texture and the color were just divine! I definitely will be purchasing more of this brand in the future.

The next project was an attempt to jump on the holiday knitting. I had quite a bit of Cascade Pima Cotton Fine left over from my baby blanket project, so I decided to make some dishcloths as stocking stuffers. This pattern is called “Lace Cables.” It is a design from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  The cables are pretty simple, however one must count their stitches well in the lace sections.

My third project was these cute little flowers that I modified from 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet. The pattern called for 6 rounds of crochet, but I kept the flowers smaller and only crocheted 3 rounds.  I had this grand idea of making tons of them and then sewing them all together. The end goal was going to be a children’s blanket. However, since I am just starting out with crochet I don’t know how to bind them together without leaving gaping holes. *sigh* If anyone has ideas I would love to hear them!

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Happy Tuesday!

Victory is Sweet!

I came across this post:  At Risk of Sounding Like a Wet Blanket  on a Ravelry forum and thought it was hilarious.

Let’s be honest there was, is, or will be that project that ends up being a pain to make. Either you 1) have frogged it 9000 times 2)you got stuck on one row and can’t problem solve your way out of it or 3) it just got down right boring to make. At this junction, what is a crafter to do? If you are anything like me, you will want to persevere. You will not  toss that project aside and never think of it again. You will slave away until that project is done. You will want VICTORY!!!

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Once victory has been achieved how will you show your defeat of that crafting project? A cheer? Maybe a dance?

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I really like the song idea. Music is something that reaches everyone. After all that you have been through,  you will want everyone to know you have slayed that evil project dragon. So what should be my crafting victory song be?

Here are some of my top choices ( In no particular order):

  1.  Rocky Theme song
  2.  Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
  3.  Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
  4. Victory by Bond
  5. Sweet Victory by Spongebob Squarepants

Adversity comes at us every single day. So when you overcome  it what will your victory song be?

Weekend Hike

Saturday morning I went for a hike on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County.  The loop followed the Cataract Falls and Potrero Meadows Loop which came out to be approximately 6.5 miles. The rolling hills made for great scenery as were a good challenge on my glutes.

Bird's eye view of the fog

Bird’s eye view of the fog

There has been a serious drought here in California so there was not much water flowing through the mountain and over the waterfall. However, the fauna and wildlife made up for it. All and all a great hike for the intermediate hiker.

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Banana Slug!

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Beautiful Bramble Tunnel

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Sky High Trees

What were your weekend plans?