Okay...just added more code that placed that snazzy-looking NEW FB like and send combo at the top of my posts...Cute huh? Follow this link to get one too...http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/2011/04/add-new-facebook-send-button-to-blog.html
Only took me 2 minutes to complete.
Aside from working hard to revamp my unit lessons and fill them with all the ideas I have been scribbling down on my scratchpad, I have been really trying to find my style in graphic designs (clip art mostly). I have done quite a few logo designs for various companies and I have enjoyed painting murals...in the past...but now that I have had my Adobe Design...I can be an artist...and NOT have to look like one...haha! Those of you who paint...you know exactly what I mean. No more splattered overalls, paint-stained fingers, or sore wrists - just maybe a sore back (flatter tooshie) and strained eyeballs...I think it's a fair trade indeedy.
Any-who, I love abstract art, and cute cuddly clip art, but I haven't really found my niche in the digi art...that is...until now! I think I am on my way to the moon (after staring into a computer screen for hours, it does begin to look like the moon - especially around the wee hours, like 3AM). Here is my first character. I decided to give my little guys names...I spend so much time creating and staring at them that I might as well give them some persona. She is missing a little bit of her arm because I am using this one to hold a banner...I'll show you what I mean. My husband and I debated over a few names (he thought of Marge...ugh...note to self - my husband is not one to seek for advice for clothing options..or name choices). I have even added my new logo DBM (Designs By Michelle). I realize she has a little weirdness going on around her right eye, but it gives her character...and nobody is perfect (-:
Although she is certainly not perfection, I think I am on the right track... and there is no stopping me now...look out for some freebies soon! I am using her in a unit that I am working hard to improve and build upon and I ended up working more on the art, and less on the unit )-; Since I have decided to create all of my own graphics for my products on TPT, finishing the units are taking a bit longer than expected...but I am building quite an artsy collection of cuteness!
I took a break from education resources and delved deep into the fiery pits of technology - particularly in HTML, CSS and Java Script. Sometimes, this can be pure bliss, but other times, like today, it can be the not-so-nice word that I won't dare say....out loud...(that's the Junie B in me I guess). Thanks to...Spice Up Your Blog by Paul Crowe & his awesome help tutorials...I was able to overcome the code and I can now work on customizing the navigation bar. He didn't have a button to grab, but here is his URL: http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/p/about-spice-up-your-blog.html
You can also search on my left sidebar under "Best Site 4 Design Geeks" to find his link. You should def. check it out...tons of stuff!
In other news, today my following rose from 18 to 21 and I was excited as a kindergartner! hahaha! Thank you for following! I ALSO got my very first shout out by Barbara over at Grade ONEderful! And she is certainly Wonderful! She has a really cute polar bear and penguin-themed unit displayed on her blog that is so cute. I love the craft she posted...something fresh! Click on the link to check it out. Plus...she is Canadian, which makes her extra special! My adopted mom is Canadian and she has a heart of GOLD! So I am all for Canadians...Ehh.
Make sure to check out her blog! She has wonderfully creative ideas, many freebies and a Pinterest Board to follow (-: I am REALLY lovin' Pinterest. I think I really annoyed my husband because I kept telling him, "It's Pin-ter-est...where people PIN THEIR INTERESTS (With both my parents in education...rhyming was a norm in our house - mostly my Dad)! I think that this could def. be incorporated into the classroom in some way...it would be totally cute.
So head over to Barbara's Blog: Grade ONEderful, and see all the creative things she is doing for many for her students. You will be able to see her button on my right sidebar in a few.
Thank you very much for following & for being so awesomely sweet! You are all such an inspiration to education!
P.S. here is the image I will be using in my unit. Feel free to use her, just make sure to give credit to whom credit is due...and that's me...The 3AM Teacher or DBM. I found a couple more you might like. The ipod has my title on it because I was using it to create a writing space for students to make connections between the texts they read with the world around them...Enjoy! I will edit the ipod, so it does not have the text on it and you can use it for any project.