Thursday, August 7, 2014

Back to School in Style!

A few weeks ago I had my new teacher ID taken (yay!).  It was given to me on a nylon cord and to be worn everyday around my neck.  Being an artist and someone who loves jewelry...I was especially frustrated by my new accessory; how it looked and how it felt.  I took to the internet to find an ID lanyard that was both stylish and had some meaning to inspire me; after all I will be wearing it EVERY day!  I am an art teacher, however I am also a certified yoga instructor, and have taken to wearing many different mala bead bracelets to help with my personal centering and well being.  I then thought, what if I could find a mala bead lanyard, all in one!  So I came across Mala for Vets and asked the owner and Air Force Veteran Chris Eder, if he could create a custom lanyard. I told him a little about myself, but really left if up to him to create a piece for me, with meaning and aesthetics... and he was also nice enough to work with my "teacher" budget.  Thank you so much Chris for my new accessory, I love it!  If any of you other teachers and/or yogis are looking for a special piece, please check out Chris's website.  His creations are wonderful.
my mala lanyard from Mala for Vets

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Donors Choose for my art room

Many changes have happened since I last posted a blog.  A new chapter has begun as I start the school year in a new state (hello Colorado!) and in my very own art room.  It feels as if we have been on a roller coaster the past few weeks, but things are starting to settle down and I am gearing up for the school year with my students.  I am truly excited to start the year with them and I want to make sure my students have everything they need to succeed, that is why I just posted the project  Shape, Color & Carpet in the Art Room...Oh My! on  Please take a moment to check it (and other projects) out.  If you know someone or an organization looking to donate to help students, schools and the arts, I would appreciate you passing along my project!  Also, if you give to my classroom by August 2, 2014, your donation will be doubled thanks to Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100). If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks (Bonus!)  Thanks so much for taking the time to read and check out my project. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

san fran 01.2013

Last month I took a quick trip to San Francisco for work.  
We had a few moments to take in some of the sights.  
As seen through my i-phone....

sea lions at the Fisherman's Warf

San Francisco has the largest Chinatown outside of Asia!

sweet window display at Swiss chocolate shop Teuscher

Capitol Building lit up in the 49ers colors - I was there right before the Superbowl


May I suggest you take a ride on the World Famous Cable Car!

San Francisco was experiencing an "arctic freeze" when I was visiting....boy was it chilly!

Delicious eats & festive decor at The Stinking Rose...a garlic lovers dream!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

a taste of king cake

King Cake 2013 - not bad for my first time!

Happy Mardi Gras!  Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and is very well celebrated in the US in New Orleans with festive parades, rich foods, lively music and of course, colorful beads (they even have a mobile app!).  Mardi Gras does however have a rich, Christian cultural meaning, referring to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.  A tradition of Mardi Gras is the King Cake, a cinnamon-roll style cake, with various fillings, with a sweet or cream cheese style icing in purple, green and gold.  When I was working at Martha Stewart TV I remember sampling my fair share of King Cakes each year as Mardi Gras rolled around.  King Cake season officially starts on Twelfth Night (January 6th) and ends on Mardi Gras day.  That's a lot of King Cake!  Different bakeries would send their cakes over to the studio for sampling and we even had New Orleans native Lenora Costa on the show to share her recipe.  The video is great because Lenora talks a bit about the Carnival Season and how it is indeed celebrated all around the world.  There is also the tradition of placing a "baby", or some other bean, toy or trinket, inside the King Cake.  Whoever gets the baby or trinket in their slice of cake will then have various privileges or obligations.  Perhaps that person will have to bake the next King Cake or throw the next King Cake party!  The icing colors on the cake each have a meaning as well.  Purple = Justice, Green = Faith, Gold = Power. You can read the history of King Cakes in many places on the Internet...but why not make your own!  Now, I did not try Lenora's yeast recipe.  I decided to go for what I call the "cheaters" version.  During the holidays I made monkey bread with a similar "cheaters" recipe and it was delicious!  Now if you have the time and ambition....go for the yeast.  If not, try this "cheaters" recipe and let me know what you think!  I used purple, green and gold sanding sugar so I didn't have to mix 3 different colors of icing...but I think it would have looked just as sweet with tinted icings!  Now....who will find get the lucky piece?

fresh out of the oven...let cool before you ice!

ooey, gooey, goodness!  approved!

"cheaters" monkey bread made over the holidays!

Friday, November 16, 2012

the sweetest time of the year

A Sweet Dani B Squirrel Cookie w/my felted acorns

I am always thankful for my family and friends. Of course the holidays remind us even more how thankful we are for what we have, and offer us a chance to give back to the ones we love.  My bestie Dan...Dani of Sweet Dani B , asked me to collaborate with her this year (as we have done in years past) and be a part of the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend in Brooklyn, NY.  Of course I jumped at the chance to spend the day with her, as well as my other good friend Amanda, an amazing baker (among other things!).  I will be bringing some of my felted acorns, Amanda some of her delicious cookies, and Dan will have her signature gourmet, artistic, one-of-a-kind cookie creations; all packaged and ready to bring fresh smiles to eager faces. As much as I am looking forward to selling some artistic creations to new customers this weekend, I am even more looking forward to the actual hours of the day.  A day to spend, with my good friends, talking and catching up, laughing, and enjoying our time together.  Check out Dan's super sweet blog post in anticipation of the weekend here. 

Special Edition pink & brown ornaments made in Sweet Dani B colors for Saturday!

Hope to see you this Saturday at Renegade ♥