Friday, May 22, 2009

CFH Bloghop

{Supplies used: American Crafts card blank, five papers from the Basic Grey 6x6 Boxer paper pad, Colorbox ink (blue), Stampabilities ink (brown) and Autumn Leaves ink (black). Sentiment stamp by Studio G. Heart nesting dies by Quickutz. White cardstock by Wausau Paper.}

Welcome, CFH Blog Hoppers!
Remember to start at the beginning.

I based my card on a design from a Page Maps set of card designs. I was having a lot of trouble getting started -- I knew I wanted to use the Boxer line because it is so patriotically colored, yet very masculine in design -- perfect for our servicemen (and women). I just got the cute heart dies this week when Hobby Lobby had their 50% off Quickutz sale, so I thought I'd do a sweet card for someone to send to a loved one back home. I actually created the card first, then found a sentiment stamp for it. I ended up cutting up a Studio G stamp because the "Thinking of You" was surrounded by a speech balloon with an arrow pointing out the bottom -- not what I wanted for this card! It was very easy, and the pieces still fit together perfectly, as though it had never been cut apart.

I created this card for the group Cards for Heroes, a group which provides handmade cards to servicemen and women who are separated from their families. Through this program, no matter where they are currently stationed, they can have wonderful cards ready to send home to their families. It is such a wonderful cause! It means so much when a family can get a note from their loved ones.

When I was about six years old, my dad's cousin Bob went to Kuwait. My grandmother was the principal of my school I went to, and there were just 13 students there. Each of us wrote letters to Bob, and my grandma sent them to him. We each received a postcard from him -- it was so cool to hear back from him!

The next blog on the hop belongs to Blythe. She is a Stampin' Up demonstrator with a wonderful assortment of projects on her blog. You should definitely take a look around her blog and plan to spend some time there!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end...

ETA: I recently resigned from my job so I could join my fiance in Atlanta later this summer. I didn't point that out when I originally posted, and I got a few comments saying sorry about the job loss. Don't be sorry -- I'm leaving by choice! --LH 5/23/09

Today was my last official day as a teacher at Velva High School. I'm so going to miss the students and staff at the school. I'll be around Velva through at least the end of June or beginning of July, so it will be nice for me to see some of my students around town for a few more weeks.

It's a bittersweet ending. I know I made a real difference in the lives of several students, but then there are the ones who dropped out -- despite the fact that I gave them a lot of second chances, despite the fact that I pushed them to succeed. I hope they find whatever it was that we couldn't give them at the school.

There were a lot of tears this week, both from me and from my students. I will so, so miss these kids! The cards and notes were pouring in all week. One of my eighth grade girls gave me a hot pink daisy and her paper mache piggie that she made last year in art class. I plan to put the bright pink pig in my scrapbook room when I move to Atlanta this fall. Of course, I will be scrapping about this experience at some point, as well.

Since I'll have quite a bit of free time on my hands in the coming months, I should be updating here quite a bit more often. I think I'm going to try to start a regular posting schedule, with certain days for book reviews, posting projects, and wedding details, too. For now, though, I'm going to work on getting my scrap area ready, and on preparing my post for the Cards for Heroes Blog Hop -- I've got to have that post ready by 2 p.m. CDT tomorrow. I made my card when I came home from school tonight, so I'll be finishing up the post, scanning the card, etc. later this evening.

Have a great Friday night!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Documenting Your Weekend

Over on the Ali Edwards blog, there is a challenge about documenting your weekend. I've decided to play along with her and the other readers. So, beginning tonight, there will be a series of photos posted each day, as well as a few snippets of journaling about what I'm doing this weekend. I think this is a pretty great weekend to do it -- after all, it's my last weekend of balancing my teaching + personal life. Next Friday is my last day teaching Velva, so May 23 marks the beginning of indefinite freedom from working!