Saturday, 9 July 2016

M's Teenage Girl Bedroom Reveal

It has been a while since M moved into her new room in the basement, and now it's time to share it with you. This post will be very picture heavy but I'm not sorry because I could look at these pictures all day. What I am sorry about is the lighting. This room has a light and airy feel but the pictures don't show that.

Because I love seeing the transformation, here's the before. We had put down dry core sub flooring maybe five or six years ago, and that was it. Then this past fall life got crazy. I was off work for 10 weeks for a major surgery and J's daughter called and things progressed from there and within a month we had a 13 (almost 14) year old living with us.

Before. The side on the right became M's room
and the side on the left became D's room.

Rather than take back her former bedroom, she stayed in the guest room while J built 2 bedrooms in the basement. He had help with the framing, and then did pretty much everything by himself. I offered moral support but that's all I was physically able to do. He did the insulating, drywalling, mudding and taping, priming (with help from M) , ceiling, door, and trim. M and I did the painting (although that was a really bad idea post-surgery) and we hired out the electrical and carpet installation.

We still need to find or make artwork for the wall above the bed.

Now it's time for the after. This is the finished room before she'd moved her belongings downstairs. It's much more "lived in" now, as you would expect the bedroom of a 14 year old to be. She's pleased with it, so that's the most important thing. Now we're saving up to finish the rest of the basement, so she can have her own bathroom.

Yes, that front plant is dying. Actually, by now it's already dead.

The curtains were a single panel made into two as a temporary fix, which I made too short.
We've since added blinds.

While we didn't make a lot for M's room (there are still things planned), I'm pleased with the projects we did complete. I've shared some and will continue to share more in the future, continuing to update the list below as the posts go up.

White Vase
Gold Spraypainted Everything

We have bought a desk chair but haven't painted it yet. Thats' on the to do list.

You may be wondering about the second bedroom we built. That's in case D ever wants to move back in because we couldn't build a room for one and not the other. Right now it's home to a desk, an old trunk, and an air mattress. I may get around to decorating it at some point. Maybe.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Fails: Art Classes 6, 13, 15, and 16

While I've been pleased with most of my paintings from art class, there have definitely been a few that are just beyond saving. Here they are, in all their ugliness. Please, don't try to be kind. I've made peace with the fact that not every piece will be something I love.

Art Class 6: Pink Field

I absolutely love the sky in this. That's all I love. My perspective is very off and the flowers in the front just look all wrong.

Art Class 13: Red Lady

This is one of my all time most-loved quotes, and this piece was on track to be one of my favourites. However, I messed up a bit with the red and couldn't get the white to cover it properly. That just made it look like a hot mess.

Art Class 15: Boats

I don't know where to start. The pastel watercolour landscape is wrong. The boats are wrong. The only thing not wrong is the very little patch of trees on the left of the painting.

Art Class 16: Pastel Trees

This one was my first attempt at using pastels and I am not a fan. We used velvety paper which didn't go well with my texture issues. I also wasn't in the right headspace to make art on the night of this class. It just wasn't right for me.

Thankfully, those are all my fails so far. 4 out of 17 means I'm above 75% successful so I'd say that's a good average.

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Grad (or any occasion) Memory Jars

Now that school is over I finally have time to breathe... until Tuesday. I don't think I've mentioned it but I'll be teaching summer school this year. I'm really excited for this opportunity, and it's only three days a week for five weeks so I'll still have a nice bit of a break.

Before school ended we had grad, which is one of my favourite days of the school year. I think in any school a graduation is exciting but in a school like mine I feel like it's even more of a celebration. For those readers who don't know (because I don't talk about it much) I teach at an alternate/outreach school. For many of my students school has not been a positive experience, which is often what brings them to us, and so helping them achieve their goal of graduating is a huge accomplishment. This year we had 9 graduates, which is our second largest group to date.

In the past we've had sheets for people to sign and write a message to our grads but this year I wanted to change things up. After looking for ideas online I settled on a memory jar.

I bought the jars at the dollar store and added a piece of ribbon from my stash, holding it in place with a glue dot in the back. I also added a label, which I've partially blurred out for privacy. The labels were a pain to make because I created them in publisher and really didn't know what I was doing, but I'm thrilled with how they turned out.

I made an instruction sheet and placed several copies of it around the table with the jars. I also made small sheets (an 8.5 x 11 sheet divided into 4) for people to write messages for the grads. 

All the school staff wrote messages the week before grad so it was one less thing to worry about at the ceremony. Then at grad we had it set up on a table with lots of paper and pens, so before the ceremony and during the reception the guests added their own messages to the grads.

I also made an updated version of my grad centrepieces that I'll share with you soon. 

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