Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Break... Leopard Slugs!

The snow is finally gone and it's
starting to 'go green' around this little knoll top 'farm'. Do three chickens and a few gardens make us a farm? At any account, I frequently think of new names to give our spot here along the Sheepscot River - depending on what's about. A few days ago I encountered a Leopard Slug in my basement. Why is it that about 15 minutes after the snow melts... the creatures arrive? When I was removing the horrid creature I opened the basement door only to find another leopard slug on the stone step. Latest farm name: Slug Convention Farm.
Other than the slugs, today ends a wonderful week long spring break. I weeded my flower bed, painted and drew in my studio, knitted 3 pairs of mittens and felted mice. I also got a copy of 'Miss Potter' the movie. I've been trying to stream this on-line to no avail. Now I own a copy and may watch it any time - it's a great movie. What a great woman. I hope you are enjoying your out doors where ever you are.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MAEA Spring Conference

I had a wonderful time at Brunswick High School yesterday. I attended the Maine Art Educator's Association Spring Conference. The title was 'Cure for the Common Core' - always a lighthearted and clever group of educators! Here are a couple of pictures from the workshop I taught on needle felting. My 'students' made butterflies and penguins.

Last night the MAEA group headed over to the Inn at Brunswick Station for an award ceremony. I received recognition for becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in Art for Early and Middle Childhood. I was given this great ceramic box - I love it. Mr. Mousey is getting in the picture to say that I will be teaching needle felting mice at PortFiber the next two Saturdays. Check out PortFiber's website to join the class!