Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter crafts

I have been working with adults lately in a very different setting. I craft with these adults when I can, they enjoy it. So we used large white paper, crayons, watercolor, construction paper, scissors and glue sticks and created bunny eggs!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Taking a turn

So after my several years teaching multiple art teaching jobs I have had to do some real soul searching. I have struggled financially. My schools loans I can not repay they have been put in foreclosure. I have had to depend on family for support to cover healthcare and just took the first vacation in over five years and I am still paying off the debt on my credit card for that.  I still hope to find an ideal full time art teacher position. In the meantime something has got to give.
 I dropped a few jobs and continuing subbing, I got unemployment and looked for other work. Tomorrow  I begin a new position as a RH at a state run facility caring for adults with disabilities. I was told that "The ladies love crafts."  So I guess in some ways I am putting my art education background to work.

I have fought the good fight as long as I can. I still hope to teach part time art classes as I do love teaching art.. Being an art teacher was truly always what I wanted to be when "Grew up." I continue to make art and I have been painting a lot and working on new hair pieces for my second etsy shop tribaltrends. I will post more cool art projects as they happen...

I am continuing to dance and taking time for spiritual workshops and wish me luck.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I am back in the process of looking for work.One of the things I do in between sub jobs and teaching gigs is make new lines of product for my etsy shops. I have been working on more hair falls and renewing old posts. I have also been fortunate enough to team up with some also local craftspeople. Networking is good.

I would like to introduce to you the team of Wire and Brimstone These three lovely ladies Joy, Tifa and Stephanie make an array of hand made goods. They have Wire wrapped stone pendants and bracelets. The also make wire and ribbon roses, Perler bead products and hair clips.


This weekend they will be at the RocCon. They will have some of my product available at their table. I will have necklaces, hair falls,earrings and several other items available.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Workshops I taught at Brushwood this summer.

I went to Brushwood Folkloric center  during the week of Sankofa this summer and was lucky enough to be allowed to teach some workshops. 

The first workshop I taught was on making beaded tribal hair clips like the ones I sell in my tribal trends etsy shop. My students did a beautiful job.

The second workshop was Drawing Creativly For Adults. This was an open ended workshop on using prompts, games and activities to inspire drawings.

One of the activities was a crumpled paper drawing. Students crumple paper the rub with a crayon or art stick on its side. Then you draw what you see in the creases and folds of the paper.

One of the other activities we did was the combined monster flip books.

Puppetry at the MAG

This summer I got to teach puppetry to kids ages 7-13 not just one week but two weeks!

We made hand sewn and paper mace hand puppets as well as finger puppets and shadow puppets and envelope puppets. I love teaching puppets not just for the making but also for the acting with them.. I was so excited to teach this subject again that I even had students in my before and after school program make them prior to summer.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Making a Non-Denominational Holiday Card

 I had to think of something that the kids could put on the front of a holiday card that would be sent to someone in which they would not know what their faith of religious sect is. So In asking for feedback I was told to use a candle. I agreed, a candle I thought was perfect and fairly easy to draw as well. After all candles convey light during the dark time of year, they provide heat and light and people are rarely offended by them.

The after school students an I are participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes project which send mail to soldiers who are away from their families for the holidays.

I have made a link above to the projects main page if you would like to get involved.
below are the guidelines.

Card Guidelines:

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
  • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is December 6th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

Bitten by the rubber band bug

So working with kids I have seen an awful lot of the stretchy rubber band bracelets. I myself became intrigued by this new fashion phenomenon. I had also recently decided I wanted to learn crochet so I already had purchased some various sizes of crochet hooks. So I got some little elastic hair bands and experimented with those first. Then I learned from my mom how to use the band on a four peg spool knitter.

I used YouTube tutorials for making a dragon scale bracelet on a fork. Then I caved in,I bought myself a loom for the more advanced bracelets.

I have totally been bitten by the rubber band "bug". I love it ! Until recently I have been making the bracelets for the kids I work with in the after school program.I have been  giving them bracelets as incentive. we have also been making them as projects once a week. I have just started to post rubber band related items to my etsy shops.  I combined my love of making tassels with them and made some earrings for my tribal trends shop.  
This weekend I also learned three new variations on the "triple single" rainbow loom bracelet. I will begin posting some of my bracelets and the new charms I made with polymer clay for the bracelets on my sculptresslink etsy shop today.