August Photo Challenge 2019

August Photo Challenge 2019

I’ve written and deleted half a dozen introductions to this post.  Here is a general summary of everything that I’ve thought about saying:

  • August 2019 may go down in history as the month that I fell in love with macro lenses (see photos 2, 13, 16, and 24).
  • In July I apologized for posting 4 photos of water.  This month I have to apologize for posting another 5 photos of water (see photos 1, 3, 13, 17, and 19).
  • Overall, this is my favorite month of photos (see photos 3, 4, 13, 17 and 18)
  • Every day, it gets a little harder to choose one of the 365 prompts (because every day, there is one less to choose from).
Blackout Poetry for World Book Day

Blackout Poetry for World Book Day

Raise your hand if you love to read.

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Then you should celebrate World Book Day next Tuesday!

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While the obvious way to celebrate World Book Day is to read a book, I do have another option for my more artistic friends.

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January Photo Challenge 2019

January Photo Challenge 2019

I have 365 photo prompts, and I have used 31 of them.  How long will I stick with this project?  Your guess is as good as mine.

DIY Valentine’s Wreath

DIY Valentine’s Wreath

I went to three Dollar Trees in one day to find the supplies for a specific craft.  When I couldn’t locate a specific component, I made this wreath instead.

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Sweet Potato People

Sweet Potato People

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I am deeming it sweet potato week.  Why? Just because I can.

Sweet potatoes are nice, and they think you are nice.

Don’t worry.  This isn’t going to be a week of nothing but recipes.  I am hoping to cover as many of my “lives” as possible.

To start our sweet potato celebrations, I am going to show you how to make sweet potato people.  This is an activity that I used during my Children’s Literature class as a follow-up to telling a folk tale.  My class loved it, and it is great to use with children of all ages.

Supplies

  • One sweet potato per student (regular potatoes would work too)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Toothpicks
  • A handout for each student

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Directions

  • Allow each student to color and cut out a few body parts.
  • Use glue and toothpicks to attach the body body parts to the potato.  Some younger students may need help.
  • Display your Sweet Potatoes People.

 

 

DIY Graphic T-shirt

DIY Graphic T-shirt

It’s no secret that I am a bit of a cheapskate.  So when I decided that I wanted a new t-shirt with a camera on it for my photography job this summer, I scourged the internet for the most inexpensive shirt I could find.  I found an adorable shirt for only $10 and was ready to check-out of the online store when an idea came to me.

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Last year I ordered a camera shirt for the summer.  When the shirt came in the mail, it was the wrong size.  The store sent a replacement and offered to let me keep both shirts.  Since then, the incorrectly sized shirt has been sitting in my craft drawer.

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Using a Goodwill t-shirt, the too-large shirt in my craft drawer, and some acrylic paint, I recreated the online $10 steal for less than $4.  A penny saved is a penny earned.

Supplies:

  • Ill-fitting graphic tee
  • Properly fitting plain tee
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard

Directions

  • Cut out the image of the ill-fitting tee.
  • Pin the image onto the shirt that fits.

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  • Use a zig-zag stitck to sew the image onto the shirt.
  • Place cardboard inside the shirt so that it separates the two layers of material.

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  • (The next two steps are optional)
    • On a piece of paper, I wrote the text that I wanted to add, and I placed it on the shirt to decide where I wanted it.ohsnap4
    • I used permanent marker to lightly write the text on the shirt before painting it.ohsnap3
  • Use acrylic paint to decorate the shirt.

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  • Let dry.

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