Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks to, we have a winner for my giveaway!
Set #1:
2, 6, 9, 3, 11, 8, 4, 1, 10, 5, 7, 12 And the winner is.... Susan! Congrats! I'll get these in the mail tomorrow!

Lots of good things going on around here.. I've launched my 6 year old son's Etsy shop - scooterbank. He's going to get a very big ego with all the nice things people are saying about his photography! I have some of his art to put in his shop too - but I need to scan them first. He's also starting an art class after school today - they will be learning about Picasso. How fun!

I get to spend most of my day slaving away in the kitchen. Last night I made some Irish cream brownies, today I need to make soda bread and Irish stew. Luckily I didn't have to look like a lush buying Guinness for the stew at 9 this morning - they had a single pint available.. ;)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Cleaning

I've been going crazy with all our clutter. This past weekend we canceled all plans and went through mainly my son's stuff. Of course, as a 6 year old, he's the main culprit of clutter in the house, with dear old mom coming in a close second! ;) I've got a couple bags of toys ready to donate, and a big bag of clothes for a yard sale! Luckily one of my friends is having one this weekend, so I need to tag them for the sale. Of course, I also have a craft show on Sunday, so I'm not getting much sleep trying to get all of it ready.. by the way, know anyone in the LA area that needs a portable massage table? I have one available... :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day of Action

Today all across California, students, parents, and teachers are having a Day of Action. Many events have been scheduled across the state to bring awareness to the fact that public education is getting the shaft. And that means our kids are too.

My son is in kindergarten at Riviera Elementary in Torrance. This morning we held a protest in front of the school. I was very disappointed not to see any press there whatsoever. As far as I know, most of the protests will be at the high school and college levels, so I would think a grade school participating is kinda interesting. But anyway..

My son and I made shirts to wear today. When we got to school at 8:30, stickers were handed out that said "We are Blue About Cuts to Education! We love our Riviera Staff!"

Many of the kids had made signs, and were shouting "Don't do budget cuts - Save our teachers". Cars would honk as they drove by as well.

The teachers, staff and parents stood in a long line in front of the school. I didn't get a very good picture, because I didn't want to leave the line. At 8:59, as the teachers went in to their classes, they got a big round of applause from the parents.

One thing was very clear today talking with other parents. We are all very angry. We simply cannot ignore such major changes that affect the future of our children. California is now #50 in student spending. Class sizes are going up, the school year will be shortened. None of this is acceptable. The state must not cut education! It is too important to all of our futures, as these kids will be the ones taking care of us in our old age.

Think on that for a while.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Year's Resolution... and a Giveaway!

My resolution for the new year was to start blogging on a regular basis. But you know what they say about the best laid plans.. :)

Life has been busier than I thought with my son in kindergarten. I volunteer at school at least once a week, sometimes more. Tomorrow we will be involved in a Day of Action - a day for protests against proposed education cuts by the state of California. I'll hopefully get some pictures and post them tomorrow.

In the meantime, I have added a third shop - scooterbank. This is my son's shop. It's still in the beginning stages, but we hope to get some great art in there soon.. 50% of his sales will go to the PTA to help out schools.

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know I did mainly beaded jewelry in the past. I am now focusing on chainmaille and wire wrapped jewelry. Both are very fun to do!

So now for the giveaway.. to celebrate my return to blogland, I will be giving away a lovely pair of purple wire wrapped earrings! To enter, to go my shop and tell me what your favorite item is. For a second entry, retweet the giveaway on Twitter. For a third entry, become a fan on Facebook! Be sure to let me know you've tweeted or become a fan in the comments. The drawing will be held on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. What could be luckier?