Showing posts with label dog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dog. Show all posts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || The Library

For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that I work at a library. I'm not sure if I've mentioned before that it's a children's library. I love it there. Being a library assistant is definitely my favorite job ever! I thought it might be fun to give you a little peek at one of the projects I was working on today.

With school starting up in less than a week, story times will begin again as well. I lead a story time for ages 2 through 4. The first day, wait, every week of story time is nerve wracking. I don't know why I get nervous before every single story time, but I do! Anyway, one of the fun things I get to prepare ahead of time is name tags for the kids. I won't know their names until sign up starts, of course, but it is fun to be able to choose what the name tags will be and how to make them. 


Last session I printed up a bunch of bees and just colored them in. The session before that it made alien name tags to go with our outer space themed week. This time we'll have a dog themed week during the session so I found a clip art picture of a dog that looked like it could easily be made into cutouts. I rubbed pencil on the back of the picture and traced the pieces onto some old cardstock from the card catalog.  Tracing and cutting the construction paper pieces was probably the most tedious part because I had to do 30 ears and paws and eyes! Don't you think they turned out pretty cute though?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tuesday Cables || T Minus Costume Time

Thank you to Paige of Sunday Best and All The Rest for thinking up the "Tuesday Cables" name! I really liked all of the suggestions! I  knew wanted something craft themed since Tuesdays are technically supposed to be my little summary of what I've been up to crafting-wise during the week. I wrote down all of the suggestions I received in the  comments and had my mother circle her three favorites. Once it was narrowed down the just three, I chose my favorite from those. Tuesday Cables reminds me of both knitting and old fashioned telegrams. I thought it fit pretty well. :)

Now, for my fun little story:
My boss at the library, aka the Children's Room Librarian, called me up about 5:00 last night and explained that she had thought that costumes were all squared away for school visits for the Summer Reading Program. (There was some miscommunication and some of us thought we weren't wearing costumes to the school visit this year.) she asked if I had anything medieval looking in my closet. I couldn't thing of anything so I quickly Googled medieval dress while she described how we could put together some sort of Robin Hood thing with green felt and leggings. Meanwhile, I saw a dress on Google images and said, "I still have my prom dress. I could go to JoAnn Fabrics and buy some tulle and make drapey sleeves."She asked if I could finished it by the next day. I said, "Yeah."

I grabbed the dress, hanger and all, out of my closet and carried it into the store. I found some matching tulle, sateen, bought some poster board, and one of those bouquet holder things. I had some ribbon and elastic left over from other projects. I eyeballed measurements and ended up with what you see here. Not bad, if I do say so myself, for just over three hours of work on short notice. I thoroughly enjoyed that challenge! I would gauge the success on the fact that a little girl at the school asked if I lived in a real castle! That was adorable!

Other no so last minute dress making will be happening soon. I won a 1958 Party Dress pattern Sense and Sensibility patterns a few months ago via the Boyer Family Singers blog. Today, I went to the closing sale of a craft store and bought a tropical print rayon fabric. I got nearly 7 yards for $4.12. The fabric isn't exactly what I had in mind for the dress, but I think it will be pretty fun. We shall see.


In other news...I've been trying to use my camera more. I used to take pictures quite often and got out of the habit when my camera broke. The new one I bought isn't the latest and greatest, but it's better than the one I had, and even has a macro setting which I've been attempting to experiment with when I see bugs. Everybody loves a good close up of a bug, right? Here's a baby grasshopper that I found on my dog after she came in from enjoying the beautiful weather and rolling in the grass. For comparison, that's my thumbnail in the lower portion of the second picture.


Hope you have all had a lovely beginning to your week! Thanks for reading and remember to check back on Friday! :)