Sunday, September 30, 2012

Flipping Blooms 21

Reconsidering Blooms Taxonomy

Educator Shelley Wright flips the new version of Blooms Taxonomy
so that creativity is the foundation for cognitive processes

bloom difference

Get old-schooled on Blooms Taxonomy here.


Another Blooms 21 flipper:

Educator Kathy Schrock interconnects creating and creativity with all the levels of Blooms.

Bloomin' Apps

What else can we flip?

Index Card a Day #36 - #40

My Summer Art

Daily Art Prompts Using Index Cards from Daisy Yellow art blog
#36 Dramatic

Materials used:

*index card painted with black acrylic paint

*random words cut from magazines that convey "drama"

*list "Don't Be So Dramatic" from reading articles online about how to avoid stress from drama in your life

*green oil pastel crayon for outlining dramatic words

*glue stick

*ultra-fine black permanent ink pen

#37 Nora Ephron Tribute

My favorite Nora Ephron movie is

"You've Got Mail"

Materials used:

*index card

*Nora image from Bing

*random magazine photo with lettering for background

*dark pink colored pencil

*glue stick

*ultra-fine black permanent ink pen

Monday, September 24, 2012

"Bee" Still My Heart: Creative Way to Spread Joy


I found this adorable surprise at my work computer the other day.

It really made me feel so special to think someone did this for me!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Framed Wooden Letters - With Infinite Possibilities

I happened to be in a library when I spotted this beauty.
I did a double take when I saw this gorgeousness:

Inside this frame, next to the wooden READ letters,
is a textured oil painting of a sunflower on canvas in deep lovely colors. 


Index Card a Day #1 - #5

One of My Most Favorite Summer Projects Ever



What could be simpler? Decorate an index card every day in June and July with some creative prompts provided every day by Tammy at Daisy Yellow.

Yes, just a regular index card. You know you have many hanging out on your desk.

Decorate your index card just any way you like: draw, paint, collage, rubber stamp, whatever! There's even a flickr group to showcase your cards. I was totally in! I labled my photos ICAD2 because this is the second summer of ICAD. Did I mention it's free?

My Index Card Art #1 - #5

inspired by prompts from Daisy Yellow Art Blog

ICAD 2#1 Journey
This is a paper collage with my handwritten details to describe ICAD2 as a journey.

ICAD #2 Definition
This heart cupcake is so cute I used to illustrate my definition index card
"If you are what you eat, eat something cute."

Index Card a Day #31 - #35

Took one ordinary index card.  Added the index card a day prompt. 

It's my ICAD summer art!

Here you see my interpretation of the daily prompt. 
Notice it is almost always a paper collage, my favorite style of art.
Summer 2012 was the first ICAD season for me but the second
for Tammy at Daisy Yellow Art blog,
thus the ICAD2 designation.

ICAD2 #31 Butterfly

 ICAD#32 Color of My Outfit

Monday, September 17, 2012

Heads Up! Ceiling Student Art Tiles



Exquisitely painted ceiling tiles caught my attention when I visited CMS for a librarians' inservice  recently.    These captivating tiles were painted by art students.
The school library is in the Fine Arts wing of the school, and it is lucky enough to have ceiling tiles at its entrance and in the hallways nearby.
I enjoyed looking at all the ceiling art tiles, and I was amazed at the large number of them.  I walked around looking up at the tiles for quite some time.  Amazing talent!
I couldn't resist photographing some of my favorites shown below to share with you:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Jayme's Zazzled Phone


Jayme Lynch

Stinson Elementary School, Plano (Texas) ISD

English as Second Language Teacher

 and Her Zazzled Phone

You've been dazzled, right?  Be prepared to be Zazzled!
Jayme personalized her telephone with her nephew Levi's photograph at

Index Card a Day #26 - #30


Visit Daisy Yellow Art Blog

 Index Card a Day, Art Journaling and More


ICAD2 #26 Ice Cream Sundae

This is a paper collage on a 3 x 5 inch index card made from magazine photographs
 for the ICAD2 prompt
"Ice Cream Sundae."

It was the Fourth of July weekend when I collaged this composition and red, white and blue seemed appropro!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Trader Joe's Plano, Texas


Got To Texas As Soon as They Could

Trader Joe's specialty grocery store #402 opened with foodies' anticipation last Friday at the northeast corner of Park and Preston in Plano, Texas,
across from Whole Foods,
 in a portion of the previous Albertson's location.

 Many grocery shoppers and I were eager today to see what legendary Trader Joe's is all about.  The store is rather small like a Sprout's grocery store, but very colorful and packed with TJ products.
 Exploring the aisles  today was out of the question because of the throng of shoppers,
but that's understandable.  Trader Joe's opened in Plano!

I purchased about three of the items on my longish list and then checked out.
  I thought the staff was upbeat  and pleasant.
You'll notice the hibiscus flower motif in the store,
a cool design reminescent of the store's 1960s Southern California origin.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Wedding Table Decorations


Sarah Ryan and Jake Asher

September 1, 2012

 Paradise Cove

Musical Performance by Hillary Leverton and CoCo-Bann

 Lake Grapevine

Southlake, Texas

Creative wedding dinner table decorations:

Sarah's student art in black wooden frames

"Love is...."

Love is about....caring.

Love means blowing kisses.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Index Card a Day #21 - #25

"Everything will be okay in the end.

If it isn't okay, it isn't the end.

Here you see my index card decorated with layers of torn paper from magazine photographs.
The colors I used for this composition were inspired by the photograph on the left of the sun over Antarctica, probably from an old National Geographic magazine.
  I found other colors in my paper scraps in blues, pinks and purples to complete the sun photo. 
The quote was from my random readings of the week.

ICAD2 #22 Snowman

I designed a snowman earring for this index card prompt by punching out white circles with an ordinary hole punch.  I sketched a little hat and carrot nose then cut them out an glued it all together to create a snowman earring. Using an ultra fine tip pen I added some detail to the snowman earring and made it appear that it is being worn by the lady from a magazine ad.

Random letters spelling out "Let it snow" were outlined with icy sky blue pastel crayons and glued with glue stick vertically on the right side.