May 26, 2014

Designing it Moday: Teacher's Rule Planter

I think we don't show enough appreciation for Teachers especially since they are a big part of shaping our children's future. Plus they are the most devoted and patient people I know, well at least in Arizona they were. So with school coming to an end, I thought why not design a gift from the heart for your child's Teacher.

First gather your supplies: clay pot; black, yellow, and white acrylic paint; one fine tip sharpie marker in black; measuring tape; a white crayon or colored pencil; ModPodge and some lovely flowers.

Let's Create:

Step 1. Paint the base of your clay pot black and the lip of it yellow. I used a foam paint brush to paint mine. You can even get creative and use your child's teacher's favorite colors instead of the traditional black and yellow school colors. Remember creativity is your best friend.

Step 2. Grab your measuring tape and wrap it around the bottom lip of your clay pot (as shown) and secure with tape. Step 3. Next you will need that fine tip sharpie marker or you can be brave and hand paint it. I used the marker so I can careful draw on all the lines just like a real ruler.

Step 4. For the next step you can use paint or a crayon. I found it easier to freehand the writing in crayon and then touch it up with paint. Voila you have the perfect chalkboard font. Step 5. Now you just need to find and plant that perfect plant for your child's teacher. I used ones I found from my local Home Depot.

This project would also be great as a gift for graduation or for your child's last/first day of school. Hope you are inspired enough to create your own. Sincerely, Rozy 

May 16, 2014

I'm still here

It's been quite a year for me and it is only mid May. I've been on hiatus from the internet and all social media networking because I moved back to California in February. It was a sad break up with Arizona, but it may only be temporary (that is unless my husband or I get a dream job). Until then here are the top five things I miss about Arizona summers:

The Pool. In the last decade of my life I have lived with a pool and no not because I am rich, but because all apartments have them. So to live the summer without one is truly a tragedy. Long gone are the days of floating in the pool while listening to my iTunes, swimming to the edge of the pool to take a sip of beer, sunbathing with a beloved book, just because night swims, workout cool downs, and after work foot soaks.

99¢ Draft Beers. Yes, it is true Arizona still has Happy Hour or as most in the San Fernando Valley now call it "Bartender's Special." I use to think living in a college state didn't have it's perks that is until I went to my first bar (right across the street from my former apartment) and discovered that alcohol is really cheap in Arizona. The best deal in town was at a pizza joint, which also happened to be right across the street from my former apartment, with all the 99¢ draft beers you could drink and free pizza you could eat from 3pm - 6pm. It was a bar i held dear in my heart and miss every time I buy a $3 "Bartender's Special" draft beer.

Central Air Conditioning. I know, it's 2014 and everywhere has central air conditioning not only Arizona. But the fact of the matter is if you're an average Mexican-American then the home you own may not be equipped with it. In my case, my mother's house falls under that category. So whoever invented window coolers you are my new hero, sorry Spiderman.

The Library. How could I miss a building? Well simple. The libraries in Arizona were nothing compared to the ones in the San Fernando Valley. You could literally spend the whole day there with your family. There was free WiFi without a library card sign in, free use of computers for both the kids and adults, a real kids area accompanied with several play areas, and stages for both live kids (puppets shows, magic shows, movies, and diy crafts) and adults entertainment (live bands, movies, poetry readings, and special guests). It made me want to become a librarian.

Free Water. In Arizona it is illegal to deny anyone water. So you can walk in anywhere and ask for a cup of water even if you aren't a customer. In fact, the staff at our old apartment would even provide us with free water tokens to fill up a gallon of water. Life of luxury I tell you.

Keep cool and if you know of any good Happy Hours, let me know. Sincerely, Rozy 
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