Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DIY: A Needle Felted Emojis Dress

If you're anything like me (which, if that be the case, the funny farm is gonna be full up soon), then you find that you can do all of your communicating in emojis. They truly say it all. I even turned in my most recent lesson plan completely emoji-fied and it was more comprehensible than most. Turns out there is an emoji for all of the latest edu-buzzwords! Hint: it's the one that looks like a steamy pile o' pooh.

In other less stinky news...
THIS blog that you are reading right now when you probably should be doing twenty other way better things, won first place down at the Art of Educations Art Teacherin' Blog o' the Year. Say whuuuut? Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and support! It truly means the world to me, I love all y'all! AND I love the other blogs -n- buddies that won and were nominated, each and everyone has it's own unique and art-mazing voice. If you follow the linky-loo above, it will lead you down a rabbit hole of art blog-tanasticness!
This is my best, "oh gee, thanks, AOE" pose while I greedily snatch that badge outta their hands and slap it on my blog. I didn't want 'em goin' all Steve Harvey on me and pass it along to someone else, y'all!
In other exciting news, I had the AMAZING opportunity to chat with one of my art bloggy besties, Patty Palmer recently! She is the most incredible art teacherin'/entrepreneur there is and I was thrilled when she asked if I'd like to be apart of her podcast. She's had some big stars on her 'cast like The Great Jessica Balsley and The Amazing Heidi Easley. My chat with Patty will go live on her blog on Thursday. You can drop by and listen anytime for free (as well as listen to those past podcasts I mentioned)!
But enough about all that, let's get back to our originally scheduled blog-cast: A Needle Felted Emojis Dress!
I actually wore this bad boy to jury duty today, sans wig. After the nice lecture the judge gave us about how much he appreciated us answering our call of civic duty, I was all, geesh. Now I can't wear my wig, totes guilt-trip! I even toned down my attire yesterday only to have a woman give me the up/down, pat my arm and say, "Oh, honey. You have nothing to worry about. They won't pick you." When she spotted me today, her eyeballs hit the floor. I was all, "But lady! I'm not even wearing my rainbow wig!"
So whilst I was stabbing away at this dress (which is what you do for needle felting. Go here for videos and deets, y'all), I got to thinking. I should make plethora of emojis that express my emotions during one solitary art class. Because, let's face it, even in my thirty minute art classes, I run the gamut of the following emotions, er, emojis...
CRAY EMOJI: This is how the kids usually find me, jacked up on coffee and ready to create! It should come as no surprise that I'm often referred to as "That Crazy Art Teacher" by the kids. My fave thing is when we get a new student. At times, I've found the other kids giving them a warning at the door before I even meet them. Or just giving them a slow reassuring nod when we are seated on the floor. You know, one that says, "We aren't dealing with an adult that knows how to adult. It's okay. We'll be the grown up for the next 30 minutes."
EMBARRASSED EMOJI: Although, there are those times when they manage to even out-crazy we art teachers. Like that time a group of my kindergarteners decided that my Mr. Sketch Markers must taste as good as they smell (word to the wise: NEVER buy the scented markers unless you want kinders slobbering all over them!). Or how 'bout the time another kindergartener (um, do you see a pattern here? It's always the kindergarteners that manage to out cray the cray, amiright?) decided that the best way to solve getting paint on her was to just go topless whilst painting. While a parent volunteer was in the room. I don't think I've EVER referred to the dress code until that day when I said, "WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE WITHOUT OUR SHIRTS IN ART CLASS!" 
DORK-MODE EMOJI: You know we all got into this art teacherin' biz cuz we are such dorks for all things art. I love nerding it up, chatting with the kids about art history, technique, whateves. In one convo with, you guessed it, a kindergarten class, I was explaining Roy G. Biv. When I asked the kids what the "V" stood for, they were stumped. I prompted them with, "You know, looks like purple, starts with the letter V?" It was then that one girl shouted out, "VAGENTA!" and my face went straight to THE SCREAM emoji...
All the kids thought she was correct so they ALL started saying "vagenta" and I almost died. Look, I dunno what vagenta is but I'm pretty sure that if you got it, you outta get yourself to the OB-GYN. I bet they make a cream for that. 
LOVE EMOJI: But, who am I kidding. From fourth grade all the way down to those crazy kindergarteners, I do love 'em all. And you know we are lurved by them. 
SMOOCHES EMOJI: But, let's be honest, there are those times that we do love to see 'em go. BYE Felicias! Smell ya next time!
On a dif note, I gotta tell you a lil secret. That's a wig. I KNOW, TOTES HAD YOU FOOLED (insert wink emoji). I've been toying with the idea of investing in wigs (because they are pricy, y'all!) because I love the thought of being able to change my hairstyle without doing a thing to my hair. I actually suffer from hair-cut-phobia as I've not updated my do in, like, eonzz. I purchased this one here if y'all are interested in being twinzies. Until next time (insert smooches/bye Felicia emoji)! 
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19 comments:

  1. Congrats on your well deserved award! I love the emoji dress! I've done some needle felting before but mine has never looked quite that finished. I'm off to check out your videos for some tips. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you!! Let me know if you have any needle felting questions! It's my jam :)

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  2. Congratulations! Love the emotions run down. And I agree, kinder convos are the silliest.

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    1. Dey so cray! Gotta love 'em! And thank you!!

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  3. Oh man, that "vagenta" story made my night. I actually had tears from laughing out loud. Congrats on the award and your awesome emoji dress! It has all the feels!!

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    1. It's a classic! I've gotten a lotta milage outta that story!

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  4. LOL Vagenta!!! I feel like that needs to become a word

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    1. No. I disagree. It absolutely DOES NOT. (shutter) ;)

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  5. Congratulations Cassie! Your blog is the best one out there so you totally deserve it!! I'm sure your other followers are like me, who religiously read your posts and watch your videos on youtube. You're so creative and your lessons have saved me many times from artist's block (if that's even a thing). Thank you for all you do! Congrats again!! Woop woop

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    1. Thank you so much for your virtual high five! I so appreciate it! I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who occasionally suffers from artist's block! I've found that just letting go, stepping away from lesson plans and the inter web and CREATING gives me all sorts of ideas (even if the idea is to invest in a rainbow wig ;) ). xox!!

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  6. WOOHOOO!!! Congrats! >'.'<

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  7. Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I love your blog. It is in fact the highlight of my day at work. Congrats on the accolade!
    P.S. You look perfect in a rainbow wig! How'd you do that? Sooo Rainbow Brite!!

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    1. You are too sweet, thank you for your kind words!! I dunno if I look perfect...perfectly crazy, maybe! Ha!

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  8. Wow your blog is amazing, I came across it by accident but really enjoyed reading it and looking at the photos. You have a very quirky and eccentric style which I love. Your dress looks crazy!! it must have taken ages to make. I tried needle felting once and it is very time consuming. I look forward to seeing more of your art projects soon.

    Nathanial Thorton @ VDB Ventures

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