Monday, January 21, 2008

Skyping with Mom

Thinking about technology and learning with friends and family this morning, I thought to myself, I should just have a technology salon one evening. Last week I taught my mom to skype. We've been happily using it ever since. I don't know very much, but what I do know I like to show and teach others. Web 2.0 tools are accessible and for the most part easy to use. I've fully integrated iGoogle and Delicious into my thinking and learning life and I can see how skype will go that way too. What a great collaborative tool--really, group projects, group meetings...having a car wouldn't matter though having a high speed Interent connection will. I'll come back to this idea later as Lee and I need to empty the trash and tidy up the condo before heading to the office. I just wanted to get it down... technology salons. Hmm...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Welcome to the World Charlotte

Welcome to the World Baby Charlotte! Collin is very excited to have a new cousin and Auntie Lee Ann and Uncle Rick are tickled too.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dance Away

Miss Beth and Hope came over for a visit this morning. Isn't she beautiful?! Hope has gotten so big. She's passionate about umbrellas--know of any cute parasols? She needs one. She and Collin had a great time dancing to Alvin and the Chipmunks, building pillow forts and generally playing while Beth and I got to visit.

Friday, January 11, 2008

From First Grade

I've read a lot lately about writing as punishment. One question lingers: why do educators, even after admitting it is bad practice, continue to use it?


Wheeeeeee! Here I am sliding down the ice slide at the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord Palms. Collin and I froze our patooties sliding down the slide! Cool that everything is carved from blocks of ice, but overpriced.When it's 80 degrees outside, somebody's got to pay to maintain the 9 degree temperatures inside --last we contributed to the utility bill. The ice sculptures were quite amazing. At an ice festival outside with sunshine sparkling off of them I imagine they would be spectacular. Walking through the exhibit at a hotel convention center? Picture worn carpet, hanging curtains, directional queue lines. Different. Nonetheless we enjoyed ourselves -- ice is such a treat in Florida. Collin doesn't quite have the ankle strength for ice skating, but he gave it a good go. Notice how dry he is in the first picture? That was so not the case by the time we left the rink! He loved it anyway though. For me, the ice was too rutted--full of pock marks and pot holes--I wonder if the Gaylord Palms even has a Zamboni?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Tiger's Finished

Just wanted to upload the finished red-flame card. It turned into a Tiger scene. I made envelopes for each of the cards out of Scrapbooking paper. In the meantime, I'm thinking about skating. Which do you prefer? Ice or roller?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thank You Cards

Today was a pink stone day. Collin had a play date with friends and brothers, Robert & Jack, and I had an art day with their mom, Jennifer. I made four thank you cards! I started with torn bits from a cast off copy of Hard Times. Then I used water soluble oil pastels to color around and on the text bits. I just discovered these crayons, so I've been experimenting. You rub/color and then I wet a q-tip and swab the color around. You can even layer color on top of color: swirls, flourishes, scratch designs. Those became my backgrounds and really at first they looked kind of funny--like the red flame one that's yet unfinished.

I'd found an old Atlas book of maps recently and decided I could probably rip it up and buy a new one if need be--what with map quest and GPS we hardly use our Atlas anymore. With some neat map shapes, I thought quirky animals might be fun.

I have a big Copyright free ANIMALS book of black and white animals that I used to use for drawing, but with internet images so accessible I rarely use it for ideas even, so why not cut it up too? Indeed I did-- Jennifer and Robert even got in on the animals adding creatures to their pieces of art.

What fun it is to scissor, glue and glitz things together. Jen brought a bag of her scrapbook things and I absolutely loved using this tribal kind of transparency (see Penguin and Giraffe cards). I like the dimension layering with transparencies creates. I layered: paper bits, transparent images, rub-ons, ribbon and such. Then I outlined things in a heavy gold oil crayon I recently found at Pearl's. I also like outlining in glitter which I did to all of the fun animals. That and some gold flake, ribbon and corners and I was finished. We spent much of the day in my office/art studio playing, talking, listening to music and our kids laugh... like I said it was a pink stone sorta day.