Thursday, September 6, 2012


Hi there and thanks for stopping by!
I hope you are having a great week. Mine has been pretty good so far.  I am back to teaching on Wednesday nights at my church after having the summer quarter off and it was great to get back in the room with all our sweet kids.  On Wednesdays I pick Emma (my grand) up from school so that she can attend church with us.  We don't have a lot of time since it's a school night, but we make the best of it.  Today we ran a couple of errands, got a snack, completed her homework, got her showered (because it's kinda late when I get her back home), grabbed some supper, and went to church. Then I dropped her back home....all between the hours of 3:00 and 8:30!  And here I am, burning the midnight oil and getting this posted in the wee hours of Thursday morning - good thing I don't have to take her to school!

Emma is in the 2nd grade this year, and of course, there is more homework than last year.  She will be having more of those "special projects" and reports than she did last year. So, I made her a little something to help her stay on track....

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Emma can hang this in her room and hopefully it will remind her of upcoming projects and tests!  This was really easy to put together....

* I started with a plain 11 X 14 art canvas and gave it a couple of coats of red acrylic paint
* After the paint was completely dry, I added a fun layer of school related paper for a mat
*I used "Elegant Edges" to create the blue, scalloped mat and the black mat which is Chalkboard paper from DCWV
* The letters are cut from "Nate's ABCs" are are also cut from the Chalkboard paper

* The stack of books is from the "Recess" cartridge and I added some Glossy Accents to the apple.
* Pretty much everything got stitching lines and dots from my white gel pen.
* And, a bit of white rick-rack adds a nice touch
* I love the Chalkboard paper*

* I punched holes in each of the two top corners and threaded this cute ribbon through, tying the knots on the front side of the canvas.

And there you go...instant homework reminder!
Ok, I really do need to go to bed now.  I might not have to take Emma to school, but Lola (my spoiled little Yorkie) will be demanding my attention bright and early!  Hope you have a wonderful day and I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time,


  1. Wow, Tanya. You have more energy than me. This is such a cute project....and totally practical, which is highly appealing to my I don't want to dust it if it doesn't have a function attitude. ;) I saw that DCWV chalkboard paper pack and picked it up, put it down, picked it know the drill. And I am sorry to say, put it down won. That almost never happens. Now I have to kick myself yet again. I shouldn't put stuff down. :) Thanks for the fab directions. I am so bad at posting those, but love that you do it. lol. Take care, busy Grandma. Emma is lucky to have you!

  2. Tanya ~ I think Emma is one lucky little girl to have you! What a CUTE and CLEVEr idea! I LOVe that you used canvas for your base! Of course the paper is PERFECT and so are the cuts! I think this will remind her because it is just PERFECT!! I am amazed you did ALL that in that time frame! As for Lola ~ she sounds adorable too! You know the saying "What Lola wants ~ Lola gets!" hehehe!

  3. So cute...and useful. Even if work has to be listed there. Lee-Ann :)

  4. Thats such a great idea - fabulous. TFS

  5. Emma is gonna love it Tanya!!! The papers, the chalkboard paper and that super cute ribbon are all fantastic!! The stack of books with the shiny apple is great. Fabulous homework reminder!! :)

  6. This is so cute!! And anything to make homework more fun is a bonus!!

  7. Super cute and fun project! Just might have to try this for my little girls!

  8. Wow Tanya! This is amazing! I really love how bright the colors are! That a wonderful project!!!

  9. I saw this on Facebook a few minutes ago..... VERY CUTE and such a Smart idea! I'm sure Emma appreciates all the help she can get when it comes to school work/assignments! :O)
    I also wanted to Congratulate you..... I see you and I are in the October Cricut Mag!!! Yeaaaa for you Tanya! It was nice to flip through it to see my card then your project!
    Great Project & Congrats again my friend! :o)

  10. This is so cute. Great project. Congrats on being published.

  11. What a great idea!! I love this!! The design is awesome!! I need one to keep me on track for my DT projects...may have to scraplift this idea from you :) I bet Emma loved it!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. What an adorable idea! This is so darn cute:) Love this!
    Sherrie K


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