Sunday, 22 September 2013

Band Rehearsal

It was good to have band night at last! Pity it's on a Sunday and I can't indulge in the 'post band' treat of a glass of wine. Went well and met some lovely people...coped well with the music especially as clarinet is my 2nd instrument. All notes in right order and in right place ...all good!

Now, back to finishing off prep for next week. Another busy week of teaching small children;  (not as small as I would like)..but fairly small.

Off to warm up the laminator!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Planning and Preparing for a week of teaching....before crafting and music making!

Have the motivation to do all my planning today before my first band rehearsal at a new wind band tomorrow. I have to admit I did get my clarinet out this morning to check I still rememebered how to play it...I need to make more time in my work-life-balance for, Guiding and more work seems to take up alot of my time an I think we teachers need to remind ourselves; yes, it is a vocation and a calling to teach, but we make better teachers with a good night's sleep, being well rested from a relaxing weekend and having a well rounded life with hobbies and time with family and friends.

Saying that, having been off sick for 2 days, I have an itching to go into school today to catch up on things, rather than face the pile on Monday morning. Swings and roundabouts. But tomorrow, I play!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Art Therapy Exercises

Whilst studying I wrote my thesis on Art Therapy - so much has changed since my degree and I thought that I would update my knowledge.I always try and carry a sketch book but more often that not, take photos to document my inspirations now.

An art journal would be so beneficial for some children who are vunerable ...and maybe adults in times of anxiety. This website has lots of good links to exercises to explore.


I may well melt some glass tomorrow.......

Crochet flowers for a poorly duvet day on the sofa.


My crochet hooks and my wool bag came out today as I was looking for something that was a simple 'no brain' craft to do that didn't give me a headache. What to do with my creations? Hair slides? adornment for shoes/bags? Great for using up scraps of wool !

Some quick instructions to come later in daylight!

Use any size hook or wool!

1. Make a slip stitch
2. Chain 5 stitches
3. Slip stitch into the first stich to make a loop
4. Chain 5 stitches
5. Slip stitch  into the loop - count 3 along.
6. Repeat instruction 2-5 until you get back to the beginning.
7. Remember to keep your work taut as you go.
8. Sew in the loose ends to keep them neat and sew onto your bags, jumpers, shoes, etc.

I might sew or glue a button in the middle and put on my bag. Maybe loads of different coloured flowers to make a picture and sewnn onto canvas.

Welcome to my updated crafty blog!

Me - in the day job!

Welcome to my new blog....having just got married to the wonderful Matthew, over 5 months ago, I have just got round to updating everything with my maiden name on.