Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The end

It's hard to believe that I have finally arrived at the end of my teaching career! Yes, it's the end of that phase of my life, but that means it's the beginning of the next, and I'm pretty excited about the possibilities!

My friend Edna made our retirement cake. The top left is for Phyllis (high school secretary), bottom left for Robyn (2nd grade teacher), bottom right for Ken (high school guidance counselor), and top right for me.

Obviously, Edna pictures me traveling and tatting!

Robyn and I received crystal bowls as our retirement gifts.

I started my newest Spinning Wheel glass mat (Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior) is in luscious hand-dyed thread from my friend Marilee Rockley aka Yarnplayer. The color is Lilac Sea. Isn't it beautiful?

I love working with hand-dyed thread. There's something about the dyeing process that makes the thread extra smooth, and I love the colors!

Monday, May 30, 2016

For Mom

If finished my Concentric Rectangles doily today! I chose these colors with Mom in mind. Mom loves red, and these colors seemed perfect for her. So Mom, this doily is for you if you'd like to have it!

I have 18 rows to go before I start decreasing on my mermaid tail afghan. It takes me about 20 minutes to crochet a row, so I guess that means I have a good 6 hours of crocheting before I start decreasing. I don't see how I can possibly finish a third afghan before the play, but I'm sure going to try!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sore fingers

I spent most of the afternoon working on key rings to sell at The Little Mermaid. My fingers are really sore from working with pliers and split rings. I sure hope these sell, or I will have key rings to give as Christmas gifts for years to come!

Despite having sore fingers, I did work on my Concentric Rectangles doily. It looks like I'll be finishing this one soon!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sunny yellow

I finished my sunny yellow Spinning Wheel! This is the other Fiore thread from Slovakia. Like the pink, it's very tightly twisted. Dropping the shuttle frequently and closing rings slowly really did make this a time-consuming tat. I tried using a larger picot size, and it did make a difference. I still had to carefully steam this, but not after every spoke as I have had to do other times. I may keep experimenting with picot sizes. You never know, I may find the perfect picot size for me! ;-)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Close to the end

Tonight was the preschool recognition ceremony. Tomorrow is the last day for the kids. Tuesday is teacher institute day. Yikes! The end is drawing near!

I'd better get crackin' if I'm going to finish this Spinning Wheel glass mat tomorrow. Where has the week gone?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Outside my comfort zone

This has been an unbelievable week so far! Last night was 8th grade promotion. In our school district, the administration leads the school board members, then the teachers, and then the students in to the gym for the ceremony.

The middle school teachers insisted that the elementary teachers lead using the logic that we taught the students first. Then they took it one step further and insisted that Robyn and I lead the teachers because we're both retiring this year. We didn't mind, but it was a little strange to be the leaders of the pack!

Needless to say, there wasn't much time for tatting yesterday, and I was too tired to post once I arrived home.

Today was very interesting and exciting!

Our 3rd and 5th graders had fund raising projects that have taken place over the past three weeks. The 3rd graders read a story about a girl who raised money for a goat for a family in Africa. The kids made signs advertising a lemonade stand and sold lemonade on two different occasions. Two weeks ago, they sold lemonade during the middle school and high school lunch hours and raised approximately $150. Today they sold lemonade to elementary students during the 5th grad carnival. Today they raised $221.50! Their goal was to be able to purchase one goat through Heifer International. They've far surpassed their goal, and tomorrow they will be deciding how they want to donate their money

The 5th graders have been collection cans, pop tops, selling raffle tickets, and conducted penny wars. I'm not exactly sure how penny wars works, but one of our 2nd grade teachers "won" and had to kiss a pig!

Pumpkin was dressed in school colors, and Miss Moranz came through kissing the pig in front of the whole school!

The raffle tickets sold were for throwing a pie in a teacher's face. Robyn and I found out that the drawing was rigged and that no matter what, the two of us were getting pied!

I hammed it up pretty good, showing off my plastic bag "dress" and shower cap.

It's hard to tell from this picture, but my plastic bag "dress" was filled with two cans of whipped cream. Mine was the last name drawn, and the kids really got in to cheering on the pie throwers!

The end result of all this fun was that the 5th graders raised $900 for a local cancer support group affiliated with St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital... pretty impressive for our little school!

I did find a little time to tat. I'm hoping to finish this Spinning Wheel by Friday!

Monday, May 23, 2016

The last week of school

I can't believe the last week of school is here! It will be a busy week with field days, reward movies, 5th grade carnival, 8th grade graduation, and preschool recognition. I know the week will fly by!

Despite all the activity, I am determined to find time to tat every day! I did make some progress on my Concentric Rectangles doily.

I also managed to tat a little bit on my newest Spinning Wheel.

I wonder if I really will have more time for tatting after next Tuesday?