Monday, June 16, 2008

Teacher Gifts/ Saved by Sue/ Tap Recital 2008

Once again, Sue ( has saved me. I took her "Chipboard Clipboard" class a while ago, and we made these two clipboards. Yesterday I made two coordinating gift cards to match each clipboard (yes, out of scraps!)

I also attached a 4x6 of Julia and a 4x6 of Kathryn to the blue clipboard for Mary. Mary taught Kathryn in pre-school last year, then moved up to Kindergarten and taught Julia this year. Mary is awesome, and we feel so fortunate that both girls have such a solid foundation thanks to her excellent teaching skills and her high expectations. The groovy guava clipboard and note pad is for my favorite secretary at Belmont Station Elementary (BeSt). Joanne is leaving "the Station" for a school much closer to her home. She will be at Round Hill elementary (where my girls attended pre-school at age 2). I am happy for her, because Round Hill is also a wonderful school.

I made a card VERY similar to this at Sue's stamp camp last Thursday. She had us use an SU! stamp sentiment, of course. I borrowed this "happy summer" from friend Mary, but I don't know the manufacturer (not SU!). I decided this was the card for all the teachers, teacher assistants, and therapists. I made each one 4 cards and paired with 4 envelopes and put each set in an acrylic box.

Whew! Can you believe I got all these done this weekend? I can't. But I delivered them all this morning at BeSt.

Doug forgot the flash (it's a good thing...all that make up makes me look like a hussie...not that there's anything wrong with that...) I don't usually wear any make up. Who has time with cards and scrapbook pages to make?
Anyway, we all wore our hair '80s Madonna style. We all wore izod shirts with the collars up, and rolled our jeans up 80s style! Our routine was a medley our dance teacher mixed. We started with Culture Club (remember Boy George????) "Karma Chameleon", then went into Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night" (yes, we put on Blues Brothers style glasses at that point...we don't take ourselves too seriously. We are there to have fun and make the audience laugh.) and lastly merged into Quiet Riot "Cum On Feel the Noize." We had a great time and we always get the biggest applause from the audience. I admit I LOVE the 80s (I was in high school and college in the 80s). I occasionally listen to the 80s music station on t.v. I always wanted to take tap again (I took it when I was 5 years old, then switched to ballet for the next 7 1/2 years. ~2 years later I was dancing on my high school drill team during my sophomore, junior, and senior years, and that was the last time I danced.) I talked about wanting to take tap, but really wanted to join with a friend. One day Doug said, "Just do it. You've been wanting to do it for as long as I've known you. Just do it." So at the very young age of 37, I took adult tap. This was my 4th year and my 4th recital. I have definitely improved, but not so ready for prime time. LOL! It is LOTS of fun. Some ladies in my class have tap danced since they were children, and I love to watch them. Others are starting out new, like I did. So for the past two years I am actually intermediate/advanced. Go me! Most of the studio are children from 6-18 years old. One girl commented, "Oh, you are doing oldies! We had 80s day at school." Ugh. When did the 80s become oldies????


Mike said...

Hello from New York! Those are very pretty. Yeah they said that 80s music is oldies now. I thought 60s were oldies? I have a blog on the best 80s Music . I love Olivia Newton-John's song "Magic". Endless amount of songs though. Have a nice week!

heidi said...

Yet again, I am so honored to receive hand made cards from you. The lemonade glasses are adorable. It made me want to gulp down a whole glass myself. Thank you so much and enjoy the summer with your girlies! Hugs, Ms. Heidi

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SmilynStef said...

I love that you tap dance ... I've always wanted to do that too ... I'll have to see if we have any adult classes ... great cards too.

Mamaw said...

Hello from Michigan I love all your ideas can I ask how you did that glass for the lemonade and I love all the cuttlebug ideas since I just got one. Thank you

Tracy said...

are you insane? LOL... thats a lot of cards missy - cute lemonade! but those were a ton of work! you are a thoughtful mom and they must be quite wonderful teachers. those clipboards are adorable - but not as cute as you tap dancing the night away miss J (hussy! LOL... you crack me up!)