Sunday, August 7, 2016

What the Art Teacher Wore #168

Welcome Back Monday: Yep, just like that, we're back at it! I know, I can't believe it either. It's been a wonderful summer...but busy! I'd love another two weeks just to recovery from my "vacation"...but I suppose that will have to wait. Time to do some art teacherin'! dress: Bernie Dexter; belt and crinoline: Amazon; converse: Um, DSW, I think

Howdy, friends! I dunno why I feel this way, but it seems I've not chatted with y'all in ages. I think it's because with the freedom of summer, I got out of my routine of blogging...but all that's about to change. I'm back to art teacherin' and, hopefully, back to a regular schedule. Cuz I don't think I'll be able to keep up those til-2am-sewing nights much longer. I'm excited to be back and I'm excited to be chatting with you!

I've gotten a lotta emails lately from y'all about heading back to school, how to prepare, how to set up the art room and all the rest. If you've messaged me and I've not responded, please accept my sincerest apologies. I am making an effort...but, honestly, I'm never gonna win the Best Emailer Award. If you'd please leave your questions in the comments, I can address them but the best part is, other folks can chime in as well. Don't think you are the only one with questions, we are all right there with ya. The more knowledge we share for all to see, the better. Also you might wanna subscribe here as I've been addressing those questions in Art Teacherin' 101. 

Now, if I can get my act together, I have some fun DIY and In the Art Room posts planned for you this week...so stay tuned! In the meantime, have a super duper week, y'all!
Calendar of Kindness, Day #1: Write a Thank You Note. True confession: I love writing letters. Mostly because I love receiving letters. When I was a kid, I lived far away from my extended family like my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. I sent them tons of letters and LIVED for the day to get one from them. As I got older, I had pen pals all over the world: Yugoslavia (back when there was a Yugoslavia), Australia, Japan, Canada, you name it. I still have those letters and love rereading them. So writing thank you notes, or notes of any kind, is one of my fave things to do. 
I hope you are joining in on the fun! Some of the prompts are hard to post and reshare on social media (like giving a high five)...but I do love the daily reminder to do something, no matter how small, kind. Snapping a picture and sharing it with the interweb is just a fun way to get that wee reminder out there. You can find me (over)sharing here
I thought it would be fun to make a kid-friendly edition too! I just might have to continue this on a monthly basis. My thought is to plant the seed with these daily reminders...and also to use them as prompts for my early finishers. Done with that painting? Write someone a Thank You note! 
 Meet the Teacher Tuesday: Our sweet students come to school in the evening on this day to meet their teachers! It's such a fun way to welcome the kids back. Definitely one of my favorite events as a teacher. The enthusiasm is contagious! dress: by the brand CowCow, found on Amazon; belt and crinoline: Amazon; converse: DSW; sweater and scarf: thrifted; necklace: Paper Source
 How can you quickly become everyone's favorite? Bring a ton of chocolate to those long back-to-school meetings. Nothing makes data-mining sweeter. 
 Wonder Wall Wednesday: When I'm at school, I often snap my photos in front of my Art Rocks wall. You can read more about that here. I love how this dress from Wearing History matches so well! 
Like, WHUT. So my friend Beth Moore turned me on to these inexpensive (under 20!) dresses on Amazon. Search the brand-name Cowcow (if that doesn't make you feel self-conscious...). My buddy Rebecca found TONS of dresses by them in different themes like space, Halloween, Christmas, the list goes on. Go get yourself into some trouble and get you some new back to schoolin' duds. Then we can be twinzies!
 Back to School Eve Thursday: We were so fortunate to have this day to work in our rooms and prep for the kids. I am STILL not ready but I'm ready enough! And excited for the new year, so much fun stuff is in the works! I can't wait to share with y'all how we are kicking off the school year. Stay tuned. dress: Bernie Dexter

So I decided to "Thank an Officer" by taking a couple dozen donuts to the police station. I know, stereotype much? They certainly didn't seem to mind. At the end of the school day, we had about four dozen donuts left over from our morning treat that were sitting untouched in the copy room...so I took those to the police station as well. The sweet woman working the desk must have thought I was nuts! "You're back!? Well, the night crew will love it!" 
 First Day Friday: We started our school year with a half day. No kids in my art room...but we do grade-level assemblies to acquaint the students with the school, school rules, procedures and expectations. I'm itching to get 'em in my art room! dress, crinoline and converse: Amazon; sweater: Target
Calendar of Kindness said to plant something...so I planted my beautiful spider palm, Mildred Pierce, in the Jungle Lounge. I got tired of watching Asha (my sweet tabby) chew her leaves off. I'm excited to have something with bigger hair than me in my art room!
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16 comments:

  1. Anonymous8/08/2016

    Wow, here we go again! This is year 14 for me Cassie! I also ehem, starting when I was about 11 or so, heehee! Anyway you and your room look great! Have a super year full of peace and Love♡!-M3

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    1. Aw, thanks, M3! Hope your year is fabulous as well. Your kids are super duper lucky to have you!! xox!

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  2. Anonymous8/08/2016

    You are inspiring and refreshing...we don't start in the NE for a few more weeks. It is my 36th year...still loving it. wishing you a great year Susan

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    1. Hi Susan! Congratulations on 36 years!! How awesome is that?! I hope it is a wonderful one for you!!

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  3. All the best for the start of your new school year. Your outfits, so bright and summery, and classroom, look amazing as always! We are at week 5 of term 3 so over halfway through our year. It was a lovely sunny day today although it has been very cold. Just the right sort of weather to sit on the couch and watch the Olympics in sunny Rio!

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    1. haha, yes that IS the perfect weather to imagine yourself in a sunnier place! Keep on truckin' thru that school year and thank you so much for your kind words :)

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  4. You always inspire me Cassie!

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  5. OMG just got the same cowcow dresses- except got one of them with sleeves- so excited. May need to steal your crinoline idea as they look kinda short. But for 17 bucks- worth the risk and probs exchangeable/returnable if they don't work! Thank you for pointing me in that direction!

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  6. Also Kapoosh knife blocks are great in the artroom to hold scissors, pencils any sharpy crafty things, They come in fun colors too-cassie maybe they'd send you a free one to review! sorry to hijack but u may be impressed

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  7. Can you recommend a good brand of crinoline? I have so many short short dresses and think this would help! Amazon has a bajillion- done know where to start!

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    1. Sure! I usually order the cheapo ones from Amazon...usually around $15. Unfortunately, they start to lose their volume after about 6 months. I really should invest in "real" ones but they can be mighty pricey (into the hundreds). Hope that helps! Just check the length and you can't go wrong. I think I have the ones from "Leg Avenue".

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  8. Ooh my goodness, you are adorable!! You are like Miss Frizz inspired but for art!! I'm sure the kids absolutely love you!!
    I teach art once a week for our local co-op. This would be so fun(the outfits). I would probably be considered crazy but this seems so fun!! You are an inspiration in many ways!!

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    1. Crazy is a good thing, in my book ;)

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