Saturday, August 15, 2015

School Rules Blog Hop

Welcome to the School Rules Blog Hop

School has started in many places!
Join us as we fill our backpacks with
pencils, rulers, and notebooks of every color.
Showing off projects to inspire kids and their mothers.
because School Rules, you can see it on our faces!

You should have come from Daphne-
but if you need to go the beginning of the line
Connie Can Crop is the line leader on this School Rules Blog Hop.
This is a one day blog hop and I appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these fantastic ladies who are here sharing their School themed ideas and creations.

I have a fantastic sponsor for this hop, The Paper Nest Dolls!!
They will be giving one lucky winner a $15 gift certificate to spend in their fabulous shop!
Be sure to check out their adorable stamps at

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


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I have two projects for you today.  School will be back in session here on September 7th and I always look forward to seeing all the kids after a summer of empty halls and a break from interuption.  To welcome the students back I decided to make a special jar to hold some pencils.  It never fails (especially during the 1st week of school) that students will come to the office looking for a pencil so I’m going to be ready with my jar of pencils and some extra special encouragement.

I work in an inner city high school  as the Accounts Administrator where I deal with a lot of high-risk students, typically from very dysfuntional homes. These kids are near and dear to my heart and I am privileged to interact with them on a daily basis, especially those with behavioral problems as I often see the same kids day after day, and in a lot of cases, several times a day. I try my hardest to make connections with each and every one of them. It amazes my co-workers that in a school of just over 1100 kids, I could probably tell you 95% of their names. It's a standing joke that when a Principal comes around with a picture of a student on their phone wanting to know if anyone knows who it might be, the first thing they say is "go ask Sharon, she'll know", lol.  That’s why I wanted to add an extra something special to make them feel good and show them that I care.  I feel like my workplace is my own little mission field and it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to instill a little positivity into a teenager’s life because they probably do not get a lot of that at home.  Here is a close up of the tags on the pencils. They say “You’re A Star”, “Make No Mistake, You’re Awesome!”, and “I think you’re absolutely “uh-mason” (a little hard to see it but that’s a mason jar).pencils_closeup_apieceofheartblog









My second project is a card.  This year I’ve decided to try something new. Every month I’m going to pick a student who has shown that they are making an effort to do their best, whether that be by having good attendance, achieving good marks, or by demonstrating an act of kindness to another student, and I will award them with a gift card tucked into a special card.  This card will be for September’s “student of the month”.  I’m excited to see the look on their face when they realize that it’s not always a bad thing to be called down to the office, lol.

This past weekend one of our students was gunned down and fatally shot. The police are still investigating but my theory is that it was most likely a gang related incident.  I’m hoping that my new project might make some kind of difference and go a little way toward preventing hatred and violence on the streets.

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That’s it for me.  Up next is Lisa -

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

1. Connie -
2. Angela -
3. Alicia -
4. Rebecca - 
5. Haidee  -
6. Veronica -
7. Ashley -
8. Holli -
9. Daphne-
10. Sharon - **you are here** 
11. Lisa -
12. Cindy -
13. Jenny -
14. Audrey -
15. Jessica -

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Lazy Days of Summer…




and Welcome


The Lazy Days of Summer Blog Hop!

If you have just stopped by to visit with me, thank you and welcome.  Please make sure to start at the beginning of the hop with our Hostess, Robin Lane from Create-A-Latte, just to be sure you do not miss any of the wonderful projects that are included in this hop!  So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you.

The theme for this hop is Summer …

One of the things I think about when I hear the word Summer is biting into a big, juicy piece of watermelon. So yummy! I decided to go clean and simple with my card to help me ease back into the swing of things.  I even managed to dress up the inside a little. I tried to let it go but the perfectionist in me cannot do it.  When I uploaded the pictures of my card to my blog I realized that I spelled the word “melon” wrong.  Grrrrrrr.  I hope you can look past my error and enjoy what I made anyhow.


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Now, for some candy. This month we will be giving one lucky person a Becky Higgins Project Life Themed Kit, Summer.  For your chance to win this amazing blog candy you must hop through each one of the participating blogs … be sure to leave everyone a little blog lovin'. If you are not already a follower, please take a minute to follow each of the ladies so that you do not miss a single project that they make.

Now on with the hop!

Your next stop

will be with...

Jessica -

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project. And don't forget to leave everyone a little blog lovin' and become a follower for your chance to win some blog candy.

1. Robin -

2. Denise -

3. Melissa -

4. Theresa -

5. Kim -

6. Eva Scraps -

7. Sarah –

8. Jearise -

9. Angela -

10. Nana's Scrap Spot -

11. Sharon -

12. Jessica -

13. Lisa -

14. Tami -

15. Barbara -

Thank you for hoping along with us today, I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.