Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Teaching Job (and upcoming show)

As some of you may know, in June I was displaced from my teaching position because of a drop in enrollment at my school. Since then I have been looking and applying for positions in Chicago and I am happy to say that I will be working at Walt Disney Magnet School on Chicago's north side. This school of excellence provides an arts and technology integrated curriculum to a diverse population of Chicago students. I am going to now be working with 6th grade students beginning in September!

In other news... I have been working on some new things for my upcoming show. I will be traveling to Columbus, OH this next weekend. The show is on Sunday, July 25th from 10:00 - 3:00 at the Concourse Inn (4300 International Gateway). This is a great show and I hope to see you there!

Please check back soon for a peek at the new pieces I will have at the show!

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Independence Day! During the day, Zac and I took my niece Larissa, who was visiting this weekend, to the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Nature Museum. The zoo added a beautiful nature boardwalk around a pond with a bunch of local wildlife. We stopped at the new pavilion and snapped a photo.

It was a great day and we had a ton of fun! Later on in the evening we took a trip down to the beach to watch the fireworks. This is the first time since moving up here that we've gone out to see the fireworks and it was great!

Enjoy your week! I hope to get some work done on a new bear and I will share him/her when I'm done.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer in Chicago... and Adama the Bear!

It's been quite some time since I have posted on here and I am going to make an attempt to post more often. Today, I would like to share a couple of things with you. First off, I have successfully completed my first year as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools! This year I was working in a year-round school and our school year ended on Wednesday, June 30th. This year I worked with 8th grade students teaching mathematics and writing. I am so happy with the work I did this year, but I am also happy to have a little time off. Here is a picture of Zac and I out last weekend. We are standing in front of Buckingham Fountain in Chicago. We attended the Taste of Chicago and had tons of fun (and ate too much food!)

The second thing is that I have been trying out some new techniques and I have a brand new design to present. His name is Adama. Adama is a 14" teddy bear made out of a brown Schulte mohair. Adama has green glass eyes with wool felt eyelids that have been hand shaded and he has a hand-stitched nose made out of a brown perle cotton. Adama's paws and foot pads have been done in trapunto style with separate raised paws and fingers/toes that been airbrushed with dark brown shading. He also has airbrushing around his eyes and nose. Adama has a collar made out of raffia and various ribbons in animal prints and he comes with a magical wooden staff with a pendant and beading.

Adama, along with two more of my creations, Winston the Dog and Poseidon the Bear, are up for voting in the annual URSA awards presented by the Bears and Buds online magazine. Please take a moment to see all of the lovely nominees and place your vote in the competition!