Thursday, June 7, 2012

Welcome summer

School's out for summer!!!! YIPPEE!!!  I have had a truly rewarding experience this semester teaching Algebra I remediation classes at a local high school.  The exams are over.  Our students, overall, did exceptionally well, and I am ecstatic!  The TI-84 PLUS calculators, the piles of papers,  graphic organizers and sharp pencils are put away for the summer.

I'm sorry to have been away from my blog for so long, but I have been pretty immersed in life lately. School got so busy toward the end, but now I have some time to enjoy summer, and get back to some creative pursuits.

With the lazy, hazy days of summer upon us, I turn to things here on Garrison.   I adore having more time to be in my favorite spot---HOME SWEET HOME. Spending time out on the back porch with a great book and a tall glass of iced sweet tea sounds like heaven to me most any day.

 When it's too hot for my outside space, I love to be inside, too. I find myself wanting a bit of a "spruce up"... a "pick-me-up" to spice things up.  I found a fabulous treasure at a local antique shop a couple of years ago.  It was such a find... in great condition, and in the most luscious "baby jane" pink!  How could I turn it down???  It has lived in my bedroom, displaying assorted mixed media pieces that I have made and others that have been given to me. I loved that purpose for it, but it was time for a change!

I also collect lovely old china... ALWAYS containing roses somewhere on the pattern.  I adore anything with roses on it.  I don't have a big set of anything... just a fun collection of pieces I have snagged as I have traveled about.  Not having tons of kitchen cupboard space, I came upon the idea of bringing this pink beauty into the family room, opposite the kitchen table, as a display for these "lovelies" stored in the cabinets. As I went deeper into the cupboards, I found so many pieces that I had forgotten about... out of sight, out of mind... Now they have found a wonderful new home...  where I pass them every time I go down the hallway.

Having a cup of morning coffee, or a plate of iced lemon cookies will be such a pleasure, as I pull out one of these favorites to serve with.

The biggest decision may be which "old piece" to use today.  Don't you love old things, treasures that may have a story ???  I adore mixing the old with the new.  It makes things so much more fun!!!

Some of life's greatest joys really are in the "small things"... the everyday things that don't cost much at all.   I hope you'll enjoy some of the everyday joys in your life today. 

I have signed up for Joanne Sharpe's new class called "COLOR LOVE 101"  It sounds like loads of new inspiration for me.  I'm just back from getting my hair trimmed, and luckily the craft store is almost next door to the salon.  I had most of the supplies needed from my stash, but picked up just a couple of things so I will be ready to go next Monday.  Can't wait!!!  I hope to have some new artwork to post soon...It's been way too long...  

Pour yourself some tea... hot or iced... and enjoy this lovely June day!

1 comment:

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Sounds like you´re going to have a very cosy and relaxing summer Jane - with lots of time for fun stuff. Can´t wait to see what you do in your new class