In the waning days of vacation, instead of doing what I was supposed to be doing, I made myself some new earrings for my "back to school wardrobe". Even though they are opaque, these crazy earrings remind me of Chihuly.
And then I made these, too:
I think the black and white reversed pair is fun, and the spirals are lightweight and go with everything.
And then I made this poster for the art room:
I got the idea for this poster from another blogger last year, but I don't remember who, so if it was your fabulous idea, please let us all know! I started using this concept when making wampum belts with my 4th graders. They had gotten needy when it came to getting out tangles, and tying knots. Having them turn to their classmates for help rather than immediately tugging on me for help really was a lifesaver. Plus it gave them confidence about their ability to help each other. So this year it will be on the wall to use with every class, instead of just when I remember to tell the kids.