Mr. Burba was the cool seventh grade science teacher of Lord Baltimore Jr. High. Long hair and sideburns, corduroy bell bottoms and leather vests. Girl students would sigh upon entering his classroom. Teacher by day, he was my ice skating instructor on Saturdays.
Flesh colored tights and baby blue skating costume, white mittens and rented skates. I couldn't believe I had the handsome Mr. Burba to myself for an hour. Step in close, arm about my waist, left hand held across his chest.
White breath escaping in the chilly morning air, heart
beat soaring with the happiness of movement.
This was the very moment I fell in love with ice skating, this was
the very moment Mr. Burba said I was ready to move on. My heart nearly
broke at the thought of Saturday's without Mr. Burba. "You are a very
special girl, and one day someone special will find you."
Saturdays became everyday, and everyday became more than once a day. I couldn't wait to
feel the exhilaration of gliding across glass like frozen water. A place
to be graceful and beautiful and everything thing I wished to be.
My second year of ice skating now with skates that were my own and
costumes of every color, someone special found me. Step in close,
arm about my waist, left hand held over his heart. In that very moment I
fell in love. In that very moment I was so glad to have known a science
teacher in seventh grade who skated on Saturdays.
A last Halloween craft made for the party in my craft room, I am giggling about having used every last crafting supply I own!
These Halloween Shakers are inspired by ones made by Bucks County Folk Art.
Round paper shapes can be found at Michaels. This is a great project for acrylic paints which blend easily as you paint. I have drawn faces with pencil.
I have used a simple technique of painting a solid base color,
Painting in small areas, apply a dark shade close to your drawn features, your base shade with with a little white added towards the edges of your shape. Blend from your dark to light until you like the desired effect. (note completed section top left).
Paint your white areas next, then your black. I added a little of my green color to the teeth and eyes and blended it in lightly. A liner brush is used to outline features. A craft stick also purchased at Michaels is inserted in the opening where I pulled out the hanging cord made slightly larger with the tips of my pointed scissors.
I just know cute minds think alike. You do pull out your monthly corresponding ME magazines, don't you? It's always my favorite day of the month. A chance to recall and be delighted yet again by the pages of my most favorite publication ever.
I like to think love for our blogging community is an extension of our affection for turning pages knowing something wonderful will be revealed; and because of our community, we now know how to get the "look" for ourselves!
Simply sweet paper stars, vintage as can be. I always hoped I would have some of these one day!
Empty cereal boxes, what would we do without them! Position your image over your cardboard shaped star.
Turn over and trace. Cut out printed paper as well. I adore the writing on vintage cards. Perfectly perfect for the back of the star.
Glue stick in place, nearly there.
Hot glue two pipe cleaner stems around the edges or glitter as in the magazine example.
Hanging from the tree or strung on a garland. the magic of these nostalgic images is all that is needed to create holiday cheer.
Another project admired so many times were the various wooden containers in cherry red and white.
A .50 cent thrift store find, a knowing smile. Magazine Christmas on a Red Wednesday!