Sunday, July 28, 2013

Textile Design to Die For !!!

How awesome is this?!  This piece is a costume from the HBO series Game of Thrones.  I was looking at my blog roll on this rainy Sunday afternoon and opened up a new post from Mrs. Polly Rogers about professional embroiderer, illustrator and artist, Michele Carragher.

I have never seen Game of Thrones as I don't have HBO in my cable line up.  I am thinking I may have to start buying the DVD's of the series just so I can drool over the embroidery on the clothing!

I have the uncontrollable creative urge to start embroidering/bead things I own!  Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday!

                                                       Mrs.C   :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Art Project Inspiration?

Double rainbow over the Caribbean!  My husband took this picture from the balcony of our room on our cruise ship.  There was a rainstorm going on at the horizon.  How gorgeous are the colors in this picture?!  See what I mean about the ocean being amazingly blue?! Possible inspiration for a painting next year?  Color mixing?  Painted paper/multi-media? Painting clouds?  As I write this ideas are streaming through the creative corner of my mind!!!

I have been researching/planning for my next school year all morning...  Need to stop for a while...  Got sucked into my Pinterest boards.  Found some great stuff on Teachers Pay Teachers and I ran out of black ink in my printer...  Need to go to Target to get more!

Hoping you all are having a great summer!

Mrs.C  :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Oh My God! The Ocean is BLUE!!!

Beautiful Bermuda

I made a huge discovery in the past nine days...  (for those of you who already knew this I'm apologizing ahead of time for all the blubbering I am about to do on this subject...)  Oh my God!  The ocean is truly the most GORGEOUS shade of blue when you leave New Jersey and travel out away from the Jersey Shore!  I am born and raised in New Jersey, spent many a summer day playing happily in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the Jersey Shore. For those of you who have never been to the Jersey Shore the ocean is greenish-gray color.

Atlantic Ocean at the Jersey Shore

I just spent the last nine days on a cruise to Bermuda, St. Marrten, San Juan-Puerto Rico and Labadee-Haiti.  My in-laws took my family on an amazing trip cruising on the Explorer of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean cruise line.  We left from Bayonne where the water was a similar color to the picture above but with out the surfer.

The next day I awoke to look out at the ocean and instantly yelled, "Oh My God!  The ocean is blue!"  Not just blue, but turquoise blue!  The closer we got to the Caribbean it became a deep, gorgeous, sapphire blue!  I couldn't stop talking about the color of the water! 

St. Marrten

You could stand chest deep in the water and see clearly to your feet!  Amazing!

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Labadee, Haiti

I will sadly never look at the ocean on the Jersey Shore the same again.  I have been forever spoiled by the beauty of the blue that I know it should be...

I have luggage sprawled all over the floor outside my laundry room waiting for me to open it up and wash everything inside.  Nah, not tonight.  Tomorrow's another day.

Mrs.C  :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Favorite Quotes from Pinterest...

These are some of my favorite quotes that I have found on Pinterest.
You can find them on my Wise Words Board.


...And the age group you plan on giving it to...

...Seriously, this happens all the time...

...At the end of the school year you find the extra staplers you have been looking for all year!

...Have this one posted on both of my desks...

Going on a well deserved adventure with my family!
Be back in a few weeks...
Until then,  hope you are enjoying your Summer!
Mrs.C  :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Take a Look at the new National Visual Arts Standards Pre-K through 8th

Today I saw a great post at Tales from the Traveling Art Teacher!  On June 30, 2013 the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards released new in progress standards for Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music, Dance and Theater for grades Pre-K through 8th grade.  Heidi asks everyone to go to to view the in progress standards.  You are strongly urged to use the link on the web page to review the standards!  I did a quick look see, but need to go back when I can wrap my brain around it!  So GO and READ the AWESOME post by Heidi at Tales From the Traveling Art Teacher!  And visit the NCCAS wikispace page!  :)