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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Settling Into a Routine

So school is off and running and after catching and recovering from my first cold of the school year, I'm trying to get organized for the Nettie and Friends Show! Whew! I'm in the throes of
trying to get some good photos for the posters and postcards... Fun to see 'old projects' again!
I've been busy! I hope you have too!

Looking forward to rooting around deeper into some of my project bins and see what other surprises await me!

Be well all,
Enjoy these lovely fall days.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Kids Are Here! The Kids Are Here!

Anyone who knows me well knows I love teaching. After the Republican Convention, the Kindergarten students started school. Hurrah. There were those (myself included, at one point) who wondered why the PreK-K students shouldn't start as usual... well, let me tell you, just one day into the "student contact" year and two days into the Republican Convention, our buses were running an hour to an hour and a half behind schedule... because, hey, even with rerouted traffic the kid's houses hadn't moved and they had to be delivered HOME! So, it was a good decision, although it made for a longer wait for me to meet my students. Well, they are on board and very fun.

Our first week together was energetic and mostly of the "getting to know you" ilk. I am happy to be teaching. I am also, however, so exhausted I am not knitting or sewing or anything else when I get home. Mostly, I'm lying down on the sofa and falling asleep and drooling until it is time to go to bed! I'll get my energy back. It will all balance out. There will be creative activities in my home again soon. In the meantime, all of you, keep creating. Remember the October 25th deadline. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to!

Cheers (and now I'm going to lie down again!) Nettie

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ely Creations

"If you're lucky enough to be up north, you're lucky enough!"

I'm very, very lucky (blessed) to have a wonderful, peaceful, creative place to go that rejuvenates my spirit, my body, my soul. I took long walks, kayaked a little, jumped off the dock and did a little swimming (very refreshing water temperature in Ely), finished reading a book that has been languishing on my bedside table, listened to some Harry Potter books on my iPod, slept and ate well, then created more stuff!

I decided to finish these coasters while I was up at the Russell cabin in Ely over Labor Day. They are recycled (aka too thick) felted oven mitt material that I cut up, bound off, and needle felted! Fun to work with. Now to just figure out the "what the market will bear" price point for some of these funky items... Then, there are the next items!

So last summer I took a short birch bark basket class at the cabin while visiting my friends up in Ely. I bought some extra birch bark from the teacher to make another basket, but lo and behold, I decided to make some birch bark napkin rings instead. These are a little small, but very sweet.

Keep on creating, all y'all!
October is just around the corner!