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7071  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 06, 2008 08:08:09 AM
I love Inkheart and Theif Lord.  I believe Inkheart has a sequel and is being made into a movie.

I saw a movie preview of Inkheart, which is why I picked it up as my next book to read. I think the sequel is Inkspell, which I will get if I don't already have it.

And, The Thief Lord was made into a movie, too. I haven't seen it yet, and I never heard if it was any good, but I'm sure I'll watch it eventually!
7072  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: easiest, cheapest, fastest (and yummiest!) stocking stuffers! *picture added on: January 06, 2008 08:05:38 AM
I had planned to make a bunch of these for my friend, and fellow cocoa fanatic, but I didn't have time before we got together yesterday. So, I brought all of the stuff with me so we could make them at her house. Turned out to be a good thing, too! Not only did we have her kids to help us (smashing candy canes, coating the sticks in chocolate and coating them with the candy canes), but it turns out that her kids don't like mint. She had some Starburst brand strawberry flavored candy canes and and they tasted fabulous!!

We found that it was easier to put a blob (it wasn't melted to total liquid-ness) of the chocolate on a platter and roll the skewered marshmallows in it. Then, we had the crushed candy canes on a plate and rolled the chocolate in that.

After we finished, I took a marshmallow and swiped it through some of the leftover melted chocolate and the dipped it in the crushed candy canes. It tasted like a chocolate covered strawberry! Delicious! And, the completed sticks tasted great in our hot cocoa, too!

Thanks so much for sharing this and doing such a great job explaining how to make them!
7073  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ribbon Votive Holders on: January 05, 2008 09:09:46 PM
Thanks! Be sure to post pics if you do! I've made a couple more and they just get easier and easier. I'm thinking about making a longer one to go down the length of the table. I just need to find the perfect ribbon for it...
7074  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 05, 2008 09:07:47 PM
I tried reading inkheart. I couldn't get through it. I found that it seemed like it was written BY an elementary schooler, not FOR one.

I've only just started it, so I'll have to see...I did read something else by her (The Thief Lord, I think) and it wasn't too bad, but I hated the ending...
7075  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 05, 2008 09:05:54 PM

craftADDchick - Drop Everything And Read time?  Cheesy
But aurg. Bad story with that one. I remember that during the first few minutes I was just tidying up so I could have a clear reading space. But while the room was silent I snapped one of the binder rings on my finger. Hurt soooo bad. But of course, I didn't want to break the silence D: plus the teacher would yell at me - -;
But more or less I liked it ^^

Yeah, I would have *so* loved to have a Drop Everything and Read time when I was in school. I remember bringing Little House on the Prairie books with me to school in, like, 5th and 6th grades so I could read them when I got done with my school work!

Astica- Ouch! And, I had to laugh because I know that I have yelled at kids for what stupid things I thought they were doing when really, they had a perfectly good reason for doing it...but I wouldn't know until after I had scolded Wink

jenncastor- I read in school whenever I had a free moment. It usually wasn't for long, though. And, once I'm sucked into a story, I hate to get interrupted!
7076  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 05, 2008 05:44:16 AM
craftADDchick - I noticed that you teach -- what grades and what subject? I just started teaching art and remedial reading at a local high school this year myself. Although I love to read, it sure is challenging teaching kids who claim to hate reading....but I think I'm starting to get through to some of them....

For thirteen years I taught 7th and/or 8th grade. This year, I am working at a K-5 school as the science specialist. Quite a change! And, it used to kill me when my students wouldn't want to read during the DEAR time. I would have given anything in Middle School to have a reading break during the day!
7077  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps (sign ups Dec 5-Dec 27, Sendouts Jan18) on: January 04, 2008 03:18:23 PM
I haven't started yet, but I think I have my ideas down. I got side-tracked over vacation, so I'll be working on things this weekend. I think I have all of the materials I need, but I have to find my box of supplies.
7078  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 04, 2008 03:09:09 PM
Wow! You guys have been chatty since I last stopped in! Wink

I've never read (or even heard of) Jasper Fforde. I'm picking up a whole bunch of new authors here!

Last night, I started Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I worked in a middle school last year and we had a DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) period. I bought a ton of books to load up my bookshelf in my classroom to A) Make sure I had books on hand for kids who "forgot" theirs and B) Make sure I had books on hand for kids who "just finished" theirs and wanted to take the entire time walking to the school library...and killing time while there. I read every book before I put it on the shelf so I could make recommendations or talk about a book with the kids, if they were so inclined. I have a large stack of books that I haven't read and that never made it onto the shelf. And, since I'm inn an elementary school and don't have a homeroom, I don't have kids for any free reading time. Plus, most of my books were too high for elementary. So, the books are in boxes on my porch (enclosed porch...so no danger of loss due to snow Wink ), and I'm slowly working my way through the stack of unread ones...

Classics I've picked up...and found to be torture...I'd have to say Howard's End by E.M. Forster (more of a modern classic, but still considered a classic). The only reason I finished it was because I was on a sailboat for 2 weeks and didn't have much access to other books. And, being ecologically minded, I couldn't throw it overboard Wink But, it was one of the most tedious books I've ever read...
7079  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 03, 2008 05:32:04 PM
I have Devil in a White City around here somewhere...waiting to be read...You guys are really making me want to organize my book room! I've been itching to do it (as has my sister), but I just haven't had the time. Maybe soon...
7080  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cable Hat! on: January 03, 2008 05:25:46 PM
I bought a couple of skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Plum Heather (or something like that). I'll be making this hat soon! And, someone posted a crocheted cable scarf that I'll be making to match. This is one of my next projects. I just hope I can finish it while it is still winter Wink I'm a slow crocheter...
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