Monday, February 23, 2009


Okay, so I have been sick for about the last week. I haven't tried to talk yet today, but I am sure teaching will be interesting with no voice- I haven't had a voice for the last 5 days. Since I took last Thursday and Friday as sick days, it has taken me a while to get these beautiful pillowcases posted. My students this semester did a great job on their pillowcases. They did such a great job, it was hard to decide whose to take pics of. I posted just a few of the really good ones.

The students learned how to use the embroidery machine during the pillowcase instruction as well. Some of my students embroidered their names on the pillowcases. I think they turned out cool!

Friday, February 13, 2009


Today in Foods we had our appetizer lab. Students made 2 kinds of fresh salsa, a cheese ball, spinach dip and stuffed mushrooms. The students were really opened-minded about the mushroom idea. I was impressed. Most everyone who tasted them thought they were okay, even if they didn't like mushrooms. I tasted everything today, and I must say it was good stuff! Good job guys!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Color Wheels

Today my Fashion class is painting color wheels. We have been learning about what color can do in fashion. Last class the Brewster-Prang color wheel was introduced. Today in class we talked about tints, tones and shades. I am looking forward to seeing some of their painting creations. I will post again when I see some!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Breakfast Anyone?

Yesterday in Foods, we made breakfast. A couple of lab groups made crepes, a couple made German pancakes, a couple made buttermilk waffles, and one group made stuffed french toast. I think they all turned out fairly tasty. Most of the students thought the German pancakes looked like tofu and were not that interested in trying it, but it tasted good. I think they were surprised.
Someday, I hope to have our kitchen units stocked well enough to have all the tools we need to make the recipes we choose. Our labs do not have Belgian waffle irons, so I was supposed to bring my waffle irons from home. I forgot. Mr. Reeves saved the day though and made a quick trip to my house to grab one for us. In the mean time, we tried to make the waffles in a sandwich grill. It kind of worked. Not great, but not bad either. Hopefully within the next couple of years, I will be able to stock the labs well.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Way Cool Clothes!!

Today in Fashion one of my students' mom's came in to show some of her designer clothing, shoes and purses. It was way cool!! She talked about the quality of the clothing (the materials, the consturction, etc) and how she felt she was getting a better product for the price she was paying. She brought in a mink, a camel product, a variety of designer purses (Chanel, Dior, Cartier), sunglasses, dresses, shirts, and shoes!!! Here are some more pics of the items she brought in:
The items she brought in were well constructed and beautifully made. As I was looking at the jacket below, it was directed to take a closer look at the zipper. Each zipper tooth is a different color! Wow, the detail on these designer items are amazing! Thank you Mom (I am not naming names due to personal privacy) for sharing your wardrobe with us!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sewing Machines & Sergers

My FACS classes are in the clothing lab now and they are learning all kinds of cool stuff. The last couple of days students have been working on samples to learn how to use the different functions and features of the sewing machines. Today students learned how to use the sergers, and they are doing a great job- no fingers have been lost yet! :-) I am looking forward to starting on the pillowcase project and teaching them how to use the embroidery machine. Keep your eyes peeled to see some of the up coming projects! Sorry about the pics being side ways- I am not sure why they get turned like that sometimes.


My Foods class made cookies today. Each lab group, there are seven of them, made a different kind of cookie- enough so that everyone in the class got to sample at least 1 of each kind. I was really impressed with the way the students worked together and made great cookies. Clean-up today was better than it was last time as well. The gingersnaps in the picture below were made by a group of special needs students. They are the best gingersnaps I have had in a long time!