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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Quilting My Way

I'm still working on a little "patchwork" now and then.  I don't have as many scraps as I thought I did.  I really haven't had the time to sew lately.  I made my niece a few binky clips but my sister doesn't use them.  I need some new coasters but I just haven't gotten around to making them. 

Last night, I finally got around to collaging.  I got that Alene's 2-in-1 glue all over my fingers.  Even after washing my hands multiple times and using lotion, it was hard to get off.  So I was trying to sew, thread my needle, and cut squares with everything sticking to my fingers.  I need to remember to buy a bar of Lava soap.  I couldn't go without that in the old days when I used to oil paint.  I wish I could post some pictures of my colleges and patchwork but my camera won't connect to iTunes since the last update.  I have to figure out how to autosync Google again. That worked great for the two weeks it actually worked.  College is the best way for me to get inspiration. I used to paint from my collages.  Inspiration and focus are what I have been lacking lately.  I want to make jewelry but to drag everything out is overwhelming. Then, when I get it out, I want to make cards. Then, I want to turn everything into a chalkboard...

I love sewing together the patchwork. It's like a puzzle but also a maze.  Some of my pieces are irregular; some of my stitches are also.  I cannot just "crazy quilt" pieces that don't go together.  However, when they do, it looks amazing.  I am using pieces of old sheets, cloth that I dyed, clothes that the dog shredded, and scraps for expensive fabric.  I long for one of those quilting machines that just cuts the squares for me. An accu cutter or something?  Will I ever make big real quilts?  I don't know.  I'm no math whiz and I my quilts would never be perfect.  I saw an old quilt at the art museum on Wednesday.  We were on a school trip and I was blown away but how bright the fabric colors still were after all these years.  Who made that quilt? No one knows.

Virginia Woolf

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”


Virginia Woolf

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Technology Overload

Update:  I've been wanting to update since school started.  Since the latest iPhone update, I haven't been able to upload my pictures. I know that at one point I was able to set up my Google app for automatic updates.  However, I don't know what happened to that.

I've been sick for the last week or so. I actually had to take off Friday because I was starting to feel like Typhoid Mary.  It's been a great year so far.  The new Promethean board is awesome. I just wish I had the time to create the awesome flip charts of my dreams. For now, I just download off of Promethean Planet. 

To keep my classes up to date and learning off-line, we're doing Edmodo. It's free, SAFE, and easy.  There are many more features that I want to start using.  I'm trying to get some new technology from Donor's Choose. We have a class Pinterest.  We now do eMaps.  Students are even following me on Twitter, which I still am not really sure how to use.

I thought about using Remind 101 but my students said that they just wanted to use Edmodo.  We're allowed to let students use cell phones in class for educational purposes this year.  That's been awesome!  Students can check their grades, google things, and use Edmodo during class.  This is the wave of the future.  I'm thinking more and more of getting a Samsung Galaxy tablet.  Do I need one?  No, but I love to write with a stylus! I did get a small little style for my iPhone from Things Remembered. 

I'm in tech overload and I just want more. I want to go paperless. I want all my documents all the time.  I'm tired of file cabinets, papers, clutter, and looking for things.  I'm considering using Google more.  There is so much to do, so little time.  Okay, time for more tea...I'm having another coughing fit.