Sunday, May 30, 2010

Style Sunday {15}

Dianna Agron. Wow, what a blond bombshell. She has amazing talent and she is incredibly beautiful. I love her on Glee and her outfits are sweet and sophisticated.....The cast of stylish....All of these photos are from Enjoy!!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Check back next week for more Glee style!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Style Sunday {14}

Lea Michelle. What a beautiful woman. She is part of an all-star Glee cast and she has some seriously amazing style on and off the show. I love her hair too! All of these photos are from

Check back next week for more Glee style!! Hope you are having a beautiful Sunday!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shots from the hip....

 Getting the photos ready for a show....I am so excited about this!! More details when it gets closer!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Photo Shoot: Feet, Mom and Son

Last weekend was very rainy....but I still managed to take lots of photos.

Here are a few pictures from a photo shoot for my friend Marisa. She is a runner, and she loves 'little kid feet' so I told her that I would get plenty of shoe and feet shots for her. Of course, I got plenty of other great shots too...but I just love this collection of sweet!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sweater Makeover

One of my favorite Style School projects ever! I am so happy with the quality and quantity of the online classes I have taken...The classes truly inspire me an I always learn a lot and I am motivated to actually make stuff instead of just wandering around my craft room with no purpose or inspiration.

I made-over this little while Goodwill-found sweater during Nelliepalooza and I am so proud of how lovely it turned out! Makes me want to make over all my little white sweaters with some re-covered buttons, sewn on doilies, and hand embroidering!!
You can see the apron that I wear at school to keep my clothes clean underneath---I made that too, it is a halter top!

I even added little buttons to the sleeves and a length of fabric under the button holes. I got tons of compliments and it was perfect for one of those chilly days in the spring, right after I cleaned all my winter clothes out of my closet!  Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Student Inspired Artwork

A few weeks ago I interviewed artist Danny Brito about being a professional artist. I shared his interview with my 3rd and 4th grade students, showed them samples of his work, and challenged them to create a self-portrait using Danny's style as their inspiration. While some of my students found this very challenging, I was very happy with many of the finished products.

I think it is important for my students to learn how to draw a self-portrait and at least try to make it look like them instead of just drawing a stick figure with a smiley-face. Students have to illustrate all sorts of things with their own drawings in elementary school and if they have never had a chance to learn the details of how to compose a face so that it looks somewhat realistic, the will never be able to conceptually grasp the difference between an illustration, a cartoon, a realistic drawing and a photograph....and I hate it when kids say that they can't draw! I know that by adulthood, many people give up...but kids have so much potential to develop that skill.....just practice!!! I try to teach my students to create self-portraits every year, and I was super excited to have some new inspiration this year with the polaroid portraits by Danny Brito!!

I encouraged my little artists to keep the white border around the portrait like a polaroid picture (I had to show them a sample polaroid photo and a camera and explain how this sort of photography works...some of them had never seen such a thing before!) But I also suggested that they add a pet or a thought bubble so that the drawing would look more like them, even if the portrait part wasn't an exact match...I was hoping to relieve some of the pressure because I realize that not all of my students are confident in their drawing abilities...especially when it comes to drawing people.

At this age, sometimes craftsmanship isn't exactly what it should I try not to focus so much on every speck of coloring inside the lines and instead, embrace the personality behind the entire composition. For some of my students, that style of coloring will always represent them. It is hard to think of it that way because craftsmanship is super important...but so is personal style...I learned a lot about my students from this project. Hope you enjoy!

And like any project that I have really high hopes for...I had my students create some practice drawings while looking in a mirror to get warmed up to the idea of drawing their own face. These preliminary sketches are some of my favorite things from this experience...I almost hated to make them add color--sometimes that ruins it!

I would just like to thank Danny for his inspiration and his interview! If you haven't seen his work, you should really go check it out. I can't wait to order my custom Polaroid Portrait!!