Saturday, January 24, 2009

16 Things About Me

Well, I've been tagged by my darling friend Annette to list 16 things about me. Where to begin!? So, here it goes:

1. I'm getting married this July to my best friend. We've been together since January 25, 2002. That is the first day we kissed and it will be 7 years ago tomorrow. I like to refer to it as our "Kiss-A-Versary".

2. I love PIZZA! I could eat it every day! I dislike most other Italian foods. Don't like going to Italian restaurants ever. Unless they have pizza. LOL! I do enjoy Indian, Sushi, Thai and Mexican (homemade), though. And I love bread...bagels, pitas, soft pretzles - love my carbs and not afraid to admit it. (Ooh and I cannot kick the coca-cola habit)!!!

3. I'm not good at socializing. It's really hard for me to initiate conversation to this day. When I was in Kindergarten my teacher told my mom I was going to get left back if I didn't come out of my shell. EVEN though I did manage to be in honors classes my whole life! Take that Mrs. Stelhe - you could never say that this day and age! You cannot leave a child back simply because they're quiet!

4. I don't hold grudges, but I also don't like to forget things.

5. I have always always always been self conscious about my nose. I feel like there is this huge monster protruding from my face.

6. I love my Uggs boots because they keep my toes warm. I don't care how "Staten Island" they are.

7. I always thought my mom was crazy for collecting dolls. Somehow, I too, got sucked in! I love my dolls, and they make me so happy, but I am really embarrassed about what other people might think. (See 8)

8. I worry too much about what other people think of me. I get nervous a lot. BUT my blood pressure is 110/70!

9. I stare at the computer too much and it gives me crazy headaches sometimes.

10. I do not have a lot of friends, probably because of #3, but I adore and cherish and value the ones that I do have to no end.

11. I teach art and music in an elementary school. I really do have a good job and enjoy every aspect of it. I love those little boogers, even though one of them just gave me the worst illnesses I have ever had.

12. I can crochet anything. But haven't picked up hooks in months.

13. I don't like wearing last years clothes. It bothers me. Lint bothers me. I hate creasing my pants with the iron. I like clothes from the Gap and Forever 21. I never mix black with brown.

14. I've had many instances where I think of a person and wind up seeing them later in the day! Totally freaky - I think I will dedicate my next blog post to this.

15. I am not a BrideZilla. I am so excited about my Marriage - but the Wedding is only one day. It's not the be-all-end-all of my existance. I don't even like to think about "wedding planning"! There's so many cooler things I could be doing!

16. I am happy!

So, if you're reading this, anyone, consider yourself tagged!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Save the Date - July 11, 2009

Save the Dates

Our wedding is less than 6 months away! I started making my save the dates last February, but didn't mail them until recently. One thing I neglected to do was take a picuture of the whole bunch - because they're all slightly different. I ran short of my Save the Dates so I had to make 8 more today. Here's a pic!

Save the Dates

I love them sooo much, wish I could keep them all!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pretty Valentines Day Card - Sending to Fred Flare

Pretty Valentines Day Card
Originally uploaded by Reyney
I made this card to send to Fred Flare. They're selling one of a kind Valentines online and in their Brooklyn store. All proceeds will be donated to Elder Craftsman, an org. that brings craft workshops to local senior citizens in NYC. Read about it here: I found out about it a little late. The postmark deadline is this Thursday, January 15th.

I glued my felt piece to an already existing heart card.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

How to Make REAL SnowFlakes

As an art teacher, I find that many of my students do not know the real way to make snowflakes. Often we find them making square snowflakes with mostly triangles out of them!

Sorry these pics aren't great, but I had a little fun with Flickr and Picnic graphics to help with the tutorial below.

STEP 1: Start with a piece of copy paper and fold the corner up. The thinner the paper, the better! Tissue paper can rip easily, but the results are still quite beautiful!

SnowFlake Step 1

STEP 2: Fold up the second corner.

SnowFlake Step 2

STEP 3: Cut off the excess at the top. You now have a square that is folded in fourths (the triangle in pic.)

SnowFlake Step 3

STEP 4: This triangle needs to be folded into thirds. Why are we folding fourths into thirds? Because snowflakes have 6 points and the points are symmetrical halves. So, technically, when you open the triangle, you'll see twelfths.

Start by folding in the left side.

SnowFlake Step 4

STEP 5: Then, fold the right side over it.

SnowFlake Step 5

STEP 6: Cut off the excess paper at the top. I tell my students to cut off the "bunny ears" at the top. They are left with an ice cream cone in their hands.

SnowFlake Step 6

STEP 7: Draw a pretty design. There's nothing wrong with sketching your design with a pencil first. Since the snowflake is folded, it's best to draw half shapes on the creases. Half circles and hearts are quite easy to draw. The more details you draw, the more delicate the snowflake will become, and the harder it will be to cut out. If you draw a line directly across the snowflake, you will end up cutting it in half.

SnowFlake Step 7

STEP 8: Cut out your design carefully!

SnowFlake - Almost There

STEP 9: Open your snowflake carefully, and enjoy!

Complete SnowFlake

DISPLAY YOUR SNOWFLAKE: Snowflakes can be taped to windows and mirrors. Hang them from pretty ribbon. Glue to construction paper or pretty cardstock paper. Add glitter. ETC! Have fun!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Honeymoon In Japan!

It's official! Bill and I just booked our Honeymoon to Japan! We'll be gone for a total of 13 days!

We start off in Tokyo and make the rounds. We will be visiting Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kurashiki and Osaka. Thank God we're taking a tour, because I think I would be lost.

We can participate in lot's of neat stuff with the tour. A calligraphy class. A cooking class. Kimono painting. Hopefully we can squeeze in a Dream (UFC Japan) fight for Bill.

I'm so excited. Nervous. Curious. OMG!

So, if anyone has anything to recommend, etc, stores, shops, places of interest, places to eat, things to see, things to do - please don't hesitate to share your ideas.