Thursday, April 26, 2012

Project 7

Last year, my first year of first graders were graduating highschool.  I began hunting them down and called it my "Project 7" since I taught 7 years of school and will be hunting down my students for the next 7 years.

Here is my second year of first graders who will be graduating this year.

Dear Students,

It has been so fun hunting you down and finding out what you have been up to and what your plans are for the future.  I am proud of you and your accomplishments!

Here's Andrew, he's still Andrew. . .

Here's Angie, she's attending Southern Utah University. . .

Here's Austin, he's playing football at Utah State University. . .

Here's Bartley, still goofy and energetic as ever. . .

Here's Carly, who says I was one of her favorite teachers. . .

Here's Eli, who went on a Humanitarian trip to India. . .

Here's Emily, who is still gorgeous as ever. . .

Here's Ian, who is preparing to go on a mission and plays in the band at school and even invited me to his graduation. . . 

Here's Ivy who is still as tough as I remember and plays softball like a champ. . .

Here's Maddie, whom I still have the Christmas gift she gave me so many years ago and is beautiful as ever. . .

Hope I can find some more of you, but if I don't, here's wishing you a Happy upcoming Graduation!

Your First Grade Teacher

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

O'Brien Family Sneak Peak

Meet the O'Briens.

I wonder if they are Irish? If they are I would say. . .


I was O'Lucky to have a session with them.


Their little boy Shane, was O'Larious with his expressions. . .


Mom and Dad were O'Some. . .


Zoe, their daughter, was an O'Poser with all of her cute poses. . .


Shane was O'Handsome. . .


The kids were O'Mazing together. . .


This family had lots of O'Love. . .


Grandma and Grandpa should be proud of their O'Family. . .



Thanks for an O'Fabulous session!


You are all O'Mazing!!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Pysanky Egg Tutorial


Ben made me a pysanky egg for Valentine's Day (we make gifts for each other instead of buying them) and he had so much of the supplies leftover that we decided we would do it with the family.

Learn Pysanky is gives you step by step info on how to do it, but if you want to stick around for a little while, you'll see how we did it.



1. Eggs at room temperature. Ben set the eggs out the night before.
2. Kistka and wax.
3. Dyes
4. Candles-tall enough to burn for consecutive minutes.
*Paper towel is another supply that we needed.


First of all you want to design you egg. We gave the kids these sheets for them to make their design on.



5. Then, using a pencil, lightly trace the desired pattern on the egg.
6. Using the kistka and beeswax, melt the wax into the top part of the stylus.
7. While the wax is hot, use the stylus to write on the parts of the egg that you want to keep white. Repeat step 6 when you need more wax,
8. Once you have filled in the areas with wax that you want to keep white, you are ready to dye it.


Make the Dye according to the directions on the package. You will want to start with the lightest color and then continue on to the darkest.

We started with yellow, light blue, pink, red, and then dark blue.

Each time we dipped the egg into the dye (which we put in a glass cup) we would take the spoon out that we used to lower the egg in the dye with. That way, all sides would be dyed.

We let the eggs sit for 15 minutes or for just a couple of minutes for the dark colors like red.

We then took them out and placed them on a paper towel, where we dabbed the egg until it was dry.


Each time we would dye the egg, we would then repeat the process of putting the wax on the part that we wanted to stay that color.

For example, looking at the first two pictures on the image below, you can see that we dyed it blue on the first image.

Using the kistka and wax, we applied wax to the areas that we wanted to keep blue and that is the second image.


You repeat the process for the next dyes. . .
1.Dye the egg
2.Dry the egg
3.Place wax on the areas that you want to stay the color that your egg is currently.

This is a long process and takes a few hours or more depending on the intricacy of the designs and how many colors you use.


Once you are finished dipping the egg in all of the dyes and placing the wax each time in the desired areas, you are ready to take the wax off.


Light the candle and with a paper towel handy, place the egg next to the flame. You will see the wax melting. Quickly dab the egg on the paper towel to remove the wax.

It starts out slow, but once the egg gets warm, the process goes by quicker.



Now here is the fun part. . .
1. You will need an Egg blower tool, X-acto Knife and Dremel.
2. Drill a tiny hole into the top of the egg.
3. Make the hole a little wider using an X-acto Knife, so you can insert the egg blower .
4. Insert the egg blower, moving it around gently at first making sure to break apart the yolk so it can fit in the hole. Next, blow gently.

*You can put a small dot of hotglue where the hole is and then a finding if you are interested in hanging them or maybe for extra decoration.




Happy Easter!