Feeling Blue

Welcome to Fun Friday in my Special Ed classroom.

It isn’t only the students who learn.

I put out paper, paint, water, and brushes. As I handed the last kid his brush I noticed paint on his fingers. I looked up. His cheek and lips were swabbed in navy blue paint.

“Why is there paint on your face?” I ask.

He says, “I no know.”

His teeth and tongue are also blue.

I say, “We don’t eat paint!”

He says, “No eat. Taste yukky.” And then he drank the paint water — luckily, it was still clean.

Fun Friday isn’t all fun and games. Some learning also happens — usually by me.

(For those now horrified, the paint is Crayola Brand, it’s non-toxic & washable. It is perfectly kid-safe. Some days, I am not sure I am.)

Lava Luau Bucket Bag

I love taking a flat piece of fabric and giving it form.  To me this bag represents the lava flow, island sunsets, the abundance of flowers, graceful hula dancers, and the vivacity that is so very much the islands.  Despite all that glory, this bag is still totally laid back and 100% wash and wear — just like Hawaii.

This Lanai Style of Kona Bucket Bag — “Lava Luau” is molten fun. Fully lined, this bag is sturdy enough to be free-standing and measures 24″ in diameter and stands 10″ tall. It has one large inside zippered pocket, a draw-string closure, and sturdy, crossbody carry straps.

Quilly Sews

Once again, it’s been awhile since I last posted.  Let’s see if we can remedy that. First, let me catch you up on my life.

I live in Hawai’i.  I’m a substitute teacher. I love to sew.

Since it is summer and I am not teaching, I have been sewing. Here is one of my creations:

Jazzy Music Tote

 

This Lanai Style of Kona Music Bag — “The Jazzy” really knows how to sing the blues. The bag measures 19″ x 19″ x 4″ and has one outside slip pocket, and one 12″ wide, 8″ deep inner zip pocket.

These totes are huge.  A couple of our local music teachers carry these.  Gloria has had hers for over 2 years and it is still going strong.  She regularly carries 20 pounds of music and student files in it, and takes the bag everywhere she goes.

 

 

Quilldancer Tries “Art”

I can write.  I can sew.  I have talents I am proud of.  Drawing isn’t one of them.

This I am proud of:

wall decor

I made this piece of fabric art. It is 33″ square. The base is 1/8th” particle board. I padded and upholstered the board, and used a curtain tie back to adorn it. I designed the piece to “pull-together” various elements of my living room decor. It hangs above our fireplace.

Those that know me know my first and most favorite art is that of word weaving.  Drawing has never been one of my talents and likely never will be.  I knew that going in, but I still signed up for an art class.  Below you will find my first composition.  Believe me, I have seen better work from 5th grade students.  If you know me, when you see what it is I’ve depicted, you’ll understand my “self-portrait”:

Words

Even in drawing, I cling to the comfort of words — the art I know and understand.