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7281  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Summer Reading Swap-Signups:Closed; Sendouts:7/30 on: June 20, 2008 05:47:48 PM
you should be glad you could get your students to enjoy books
my brother just finished 7th grade and you couldnt get him to pick up a book if you paid him
thats what the generations of kids are coming to Tongue

"Silent" reading usually wasn't! Last year, I gave my kids a choice, read or learn to crochet blankets for the Snuggles project. I had a bunch of kids pick up hooks!

CraftADDchick, I'm so jealous of you.  I went to college in the Amherst area, and I miss it so much.  There are, indeed, some great used book stores in the area.  The Raven is the first one that comes to mind.  I think there was a place called the Book Barn, too, but I could never find it. 
Don't miss Bart's ice cream while you're there.  It's yummy.

Thanks for the used bookstore tips! I'm sure that I'll be strolling to the center while I'm there. They provided free campus housing for the week (even though it's only a little over an hour to drive, free is cheaper than $4+ for gas!). We'll have partners by then so I can pick out some perfect books!

I was reading something the other day where someone was criticizing someone elses grammar and the criticizer actually spelled grammar wrong..

I saw this somewhere, too! I laughed my head off!!

And, I really think the reading/spelling/grammar thing is connected. The more you read, the more you are exposed to words (usually correctly spelled) and varied sentence structure. Reading is the best way to build vocabulary, too!


And, I love Bill Bryson! I've read a few of his books, and have several more that I haven't had a chance to read, yet.
7282  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT Shrinkie Swap part deux Gallery on: June 20, 2008 05:43:22 PM
Thanks for the printable sources! I looked in Michael's once before and they didn't have it (or the person I asked was just clueless...). I'll have to wait until I get a coupon and then head on over!
7283  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Summer Reading Swap-Signups:Closed; Sendouts:7/30 on: June 19, 2008 07:38:00 PM
If the series is short, I tend to buy the series. But for longer ones, the library is the way to go! I used to teach middle school and we had a 20 minute "silent" reading block every day, so I bought a bunch of series books and, after I read them, I put them on the shelf. And, it bugged me to no end when a kid would lose one of the books in the series...grrrr...
7284  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Summer Reading Swap-Signups:Closed; Sendouts:7/30 on: June 19, 2008 06:59:32 PM
Hmmmm...I'm thinking about joining in on this. I'm crazy busy for the month of July, but I should be able to pull together some small items. Plus, I'll be out at UMass in Amherst, MA for a bit of the month, so I'm guessing I'll find a good place for used books. Like a few other folks have mentioned, I tend to pass off the "non-keepers" to other folks.

My first love is a good mystery (ripped through the Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden series as a kid, then moved on to Agatha Christie). Thrillers come next, then well-crafted fiction (love Stephen King, John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Jodi Picoult). I am in the middle of reading a "romantic mystery" and "Inkspell" by Cornelia Funke.

I participated in the Reading Rainbow swap, and based on the discussion in the thread, I started reading the Discworld series and am really enjoying it so far! So, I'm open to new genres as well.

Now that I've thought about it a teeny bit, I think I'll just have to send in my info. The timing just seems to work...

Yay!
7285  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Oreo balls/bombs/delicious bits of bliss on: June 19, 2008 06:05:31 PM
I made mine with mint chocolate  candy melts on the outside and they were heavenly...just the right amount of mint!

Probably the only time I ever made anything that got eaten up completely...
7286  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT Shrinkie Swap part deux Gallery on: June 19, 2008 02:38:34 PM
Thanks for the added info on the yellow burst and for sharing your images! Very cool indeed! Now, if I can find some printable shrink paper, I'll be in business Wink

And, the tree pendant is fantastic! I really have to try some layering soon...
7287  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ JUNE on: June 17, 2008 07:36:26 PM
I had not enough stitches on round 5, so I added to make the right amount (or so I thought), but then I had an extra on round 6. Hopefully  round 7 works out right!

I had trouble starting, too. The first time I didn't read carefully, so when I went to the next round the directions didn't make sense. Then, after I fixed that, it looked like I had extra stitches, so I redid it twice!
7288  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 7/2/08) on: June 17, 2008 07:33:51 PM
Cute cards, MissDisney! I may have to steal some of your ideas Wink
7289  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ JUNE on: June 17, 2008 07:28:00 PM
Maybe you could do show pics and then count the folks that way! I'd do it, but I should have been in bed half an hour ago- early meeting tomorrow...

But, for those of you who have done this month's square, did you have any troubles with the early rounds? I was pretty careful and my numbers still weren't coming out right somehow (I really love when patterns include stitch counts so I know that I'm on the right track...the word "around" doesn't really help me much!). I finagled things so it doesn't look too bad so far, but I can't figure out where I went wrong...

I've finished through round 6, and I think that after round 7 it'll be smooth sailing... so maybe by the end of the weekend I'll have a finished square...

Yay!
7290  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT Shrinkie Swap part deux Gallery on: June 17, 2008 07:21:02 PM
Cool cell phone charm and zipper pull! How did you do the yellow "burst" one?
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