Moving is Draining

List of Things To Do: Paint my room “French Grey.”  I’m currently in the process of moving to a new apartment.  It is completely draining.  I painted my room myself, packing all my stuff myself, moving my stuff by myself.  Thank goodness we hired movers to move the heavy stuff.  My back wouldn’t be able to take it.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Rubber Stamps!

List of Things to Try: Custom Rubber Stamps.  There are several things on my list to get ready for my classroom next year.  (Mainly little things to tie the classroom together.)  The theme for my class is “Fishin’ for Knowledge.”  The underwater theme can easily be incorporated with everything.  One of the things I wanted to try and make for the class was a custom rubber stamp.  I stamp planners everyday as part of home-school communication.  It didn’t take too long and was fun to do.

First off, I looked around online of what I would need, tips, suggestions, and where to find items.  I found this tutorial, courtesy of Minna May, the most useful.  (You may have seen this floating around on Pinterest.)

I doodled a couple times to see how I would like my stamp to look like, then I traced over it with tracing paper.  The original idea was to have my name in the fish, so everyone knows it came from me.  But for this being my first custom stamp, I found it too frustrating for my impatient self.  I changed my mind and carved out the inside entirely.

 I rubbed the tracing paper into my Speedball Speedy-Carve (pink) sheet. I got my Speedball Carving tool ready.  I used the skinniest tool to outline the stamp, then grabbed a deeper tool to start carving everything away.  I alternated between both of them.

This is the final result.  It’s not the neatest/cleanest, but I actually like it.  I don’t know if I’ll use this one in my classroom, but it’ll be a good substitute until I can carve a better one.
The materials I used:
1. Tracing Paper
2. Speedball Lino Cuter Assortment
3. Speedbal Speedy-Carve
4. Exacto knife
5. Black Ink Pad
I got all my materials at Micheals, but they can also be found at other Art Supply/Craft stores.  Make sure you look in the “printmaking” section, NOT the stamps area.  I made that mistake the first time, be the amateur I am.  The printmaking section in the Micheals near me was within the painting/canvas sections.

#64: Visit Australia

Some of the items on my list require me to travel to new places, because there are all sorts of things to experience in a new place.  I’ve had friends in Australia that I met while they were in America.  I’d rather visit a new country with a friend who lives there.  You experience more of the regular life rather than the typical “touristy” things.  (I got both with this trip.)  For about a month over the Summer of 2011 I had the wonderful opportunity to visit my friends Chloe in Melbourne and Sam in Perth.  I got to see both coasts.  I went during their “winter” seasons, so it was a change from the heat during a Florida summer in July.  Although I was there for 3 weeks, I don’t think it was a long enough trip because I didn’t wnat to leave.  I go to go on a few road trips, went camping, went to the Ningaloo Reef/Exmouth, snorkeled and went fishing, drive south to see the penguins (even helped rescue a hurt one), drive along the Great Ocean Road, see the 12 Apostles in person, meet new friends, try new foods, and so much more!

I spent the first couple of days with Chloe (top picture on the left)
and she showed me around the lovely city of Melbourne.

Then I flew to Perth to spend time with Sam.  We spent most of my time there with a trip to Exmouth.

Since it was more north, the weather was warmer. (Think 70s in Fahrenheit.)
Sam (bottom picture on the left) and I spent our time being outdoors and camping.

Then I went back to Melbourne to spend more time with Chloe.  We went on a road trip along the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles landmark and stops along the way.
I would recommend everyone to visit this wonderful country.  It’s such a nice place and everyone (no exaggeration, EVERYONE) is absolutely so friendly and wonderful.  THe atmosphere is so laid back and nice. I can’t wait to go again!