Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Mysterious Benedict Society--Book Review

I decided to make a grading system for the books I review.  Let me know what you think :)  I might change it around a little, but for right now I will see how it works.

   As a substitute teacher it is fun to be in different classrooms and see what kids are reading.  I happened to be in the same classroom 3 times while the read aloud book was The Mysterious Benedict Society.  I couldn't wait to read what happened next!  I knew that I had to read the whole book for myself.   I am not sure what the reading level  is for the book, but the teacher read this book to a 5th grade class.  I think it would be great for a 6th or 7th grader to read on their own.
   In the book, there are 4 kids who become a team of spies that  infiltrate a school to stop a principal from trying to rule the world by sending hidden messages to people through tv and radio.  They need to find out how he is doing it and stop him before time runs out.  Along the way the kids have to learn to trust each other and work together as a team even when working alone sounds so much easier.
   The book has humor and suspense and is an all around great read.  It definitely gets five stars.

If you like the book, I heard that it is the first in a series.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Lime Green Zippered Clutch

    I made this clutch as a gift for someone graduating from high school this week.  I thought it would be perfect for an ID, cell phone, keys, and some money while roaming around campus, to throw in a backpack on the way to class, or for a night out. :) The recipient said her favorite colors are lime green and aqua so I thought this was the perfect fabric for a little purse!  (the aqua looks very blue on my screen, but it really isn't)

This was my first time sewing something with a zipper so I was a little bit nervous.  I checked out these 2 zipper tutorials:  Make it and love it and See Kate Sew  Both have great instructions!

Here is the finished product:

And a view of the inside with a cute little pocket for a license or credit card.

Congrats S. on graduating from high school!   Woohoo!

Friday, June 03, 2011

My First Silhouette Project

    After pulling my Silhouette out of the box I had to wait to use it because I had real work to get done.  I finally got to play around with the machine a bit and here are my first thoughts about it.  First of all I LOVE IT!  I can't wait to try out all sorts of things with it.  With that said, I think that in order to like the machine you have to like to try things out and work to figure things out.   I found the tutorials and instructions from Silhouette average to poor (I really wish they would work to improve them).  Thankfully other kind people have posted tips, tricks, and tutorials.   For example, to use the t-shirt vinyl you needed to flip the image backwards.  It clearly said this needed to be done, just not HOW to do it.  I searched the program for a button or something, but couldn't figure it out.   I had to search online to find out how.

So here is my first creation with the Silhouette:
For those that aren't into geography, that is a picture of the state of California :)

The Silhouette store sells the states, but I used a graphic that I already had. I would love to give credit, but don't remember where I got it from.   I like the little heart near the city I live in.  The font is off my computer and called Aharoni.

I linked to these parties:

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

My New Best Friend aka the Silhouette SD

I have been working on a lot of different stuff lately and have a few graduation gifts I am making, but can't share yet. In the meantime, I wanted to come share my exciting news...

Look what came to my door today!!!

Remember my excitement about the Silhouette from this post?  I can't wait to start using this great machine.  I have a whole list of projects to try out.


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