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appreciating teachers…

i’m thankful for teachers: for my teacher husband, for my teacher friends, and for my daughter’s teachers. teaching a classroom full of students seems like a duanting task to me, but somehow the teachers i know do it with such grace and ease. this year, e started a new preschool, a signing preschool with 4 other deaf/hard of hearing children. it has been the best class for her and she has grown so much in her language and development since starting. the teachers and aides are all fluent in ASL and they sign and speak all day long. the entire Deaf and Hard of Hearing program for our county is at this school so e is surrounded by other kids with hearing impairments and who sign.  the teachers are amazing and i am so thankful for all of them and their devotion to teaching kids like e.  while teachers deserve thanks and recogntion every day of the week, teacher appreciation week is this week and i wanted to do a little something fun for them.

cue, ASL TRUTHlets:) … i hope they don’t think i’m too cheesy:)

(and in case you can’t fingerspell, this one is for me and says “eden’s mama” 🙂 )

                                                                  e helped with the tags:)

if you haven’t already, thank a teacher this week!


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fun with fingerspelling

e’s teacher gave me a download a few weeks ago with a font for the computer that types out in “fingerspelling”. i was instantly smitten and the craft wheels started turning. my first thought was to combine it with an unfinished project on the table, enter labeled snack bags! you know, just in case someone thought about swiping her snack.

and i love that she loves her mama-made things. she does, really, she tells me every day. okay, e, twist my arm, i’ll keep making stuff for you.


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a month in review

well, it’s already july and i’m not quite sure what happened to june. it totally FLEW by. maybe it was the two short weeks we spent in nc visiting friends… yeah, that was probably it. we had a marvelous time staying with my bff. heather has two girls, one older and one younger than e. the girls had a such a great time and for the most part got along really well:) we had lots of playdates with all of eden’s old buddies, so sad i didn’t get any photos of the kids:(we also got to see two of e’s therapists from raleigh, ms jodi and ms jenny. i was such a proud mama and was so excited for them to see e and how well she was doing, thanks to their many months of hard work with her!

Then there was Marbles Kids Museum… totally fun (and now i can’t wait for the Tampa Kids Museum to open in september). the girls played to their heart’s content and we finally had to drag them away from the ballet/dance floor exhibit. who knew brazilian music and a few tutus could be so entertaining.

i watched a unhealthly amount of reality tv and ate an equally unhealthy amount of sopapilla bars, but totally worth it to just hang with heather:) we chatted it up every night and i’m still regretting that we never got out her box of old photos to do a little more reminiscing:) but then again, i made her promise that this would become a yearly get together.  i can’t believe heather and i have known each other for almost 14 years! good times people, good times. (and if you know her, you should tell her that she needs to move to florida). – oh, and that’s her on the right, taken just last week actually.

the week we returned to tampa, e had another hearing test which showed her hearing loss isn’t getting any worse… yah! and other than this test, we’ve managed to stay out of doctors offices for quite a few months now… impressive:)  her therapies are going well, though we’re trying to decide what to do with speech therapy right now, there’s so many different approaches out there and she’s not responding much to the current one, but we’ll see… such a matter of prayer at the moment. and she’s not in PT right now either – long story – but we’re waiting for a spot for her to start aqua therapy.

and i have to admit, there has been quite a bit of sewing going on around here these days, even some sewing for, ahem… me:) i’ve been trying my hand at clothes making, and while it didn’t get off to a good start, my latest project has me giddy. don’t worry – i’ll share pictures soon.

and since my theme tonight seems to be random… if you’re interested, i now have a set of ASL Learning Bags up in the shop.


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f-i-n-g-e-r-s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g and a TUTORIAL!

i know, i already posted once about eden’s love of the alphabet, but it definitely warrants revisiting:) last time, she only knew 4 letters, now she knows 9. and not only that, but she can recognize them when she sees them and will then sign the letter. amazing, i know. she’s pretty smart i tell you.

so to encourage her love for letters, reading, and the ASL alphabet, i whipped up these pretty bean bags. and when i say whipped up, really i mean : i took weeks and weeks and weeks to complete (and actually there are still 5 more that are sitting on my sewing table to be finished).

and for once i actually took photos along the way. so here’s my first almost-tutorial:)

ASL + Alphabet Bean Bags:

gather your supplies:

26 pieces of scrap fabric 12×6 inches

26 smaller scrap pieces, at least 4x4inches

2+ pieces of printable fabric

fusible interfacing



cut 52  6×6 squares (2 of each of 26 prints) and gather 26 coordinating scraps for the letters (4×4 inches)

print your fingerspelling letters (or whatever you choose for the other side) on printable fabric. follow the instructions on the package, they are all different. the ones i used are from joann’s and you just stick them in your inject printer. i created a word document with the handshape letters that i found on the internet. once they are printed, iron each sheet (don’t cut them yet) to fusible interfacing. now cut them.

iron your scraps (4×4 pieces) onto fusible interfacing.

draw your letters on the back of the interfacing (don’t forget to draw them backwards!)

cut them out, lay them out and make sure you have all the letters… then ooohhh and ahhh over how pretty they are:)

next, stitch them onto your squares. i used the “applique” stitch on my machine. do this for all your letters and ASL signs.

put your matching squares together and sew all the way around, leaving a 1 1/2 to 2 inch opening on one of the sides. don’t forget to make sure your letters and signs are going in the same direction.

flip them inside out. fill with rice (or beans, lentils… be creative!)

stitch it closed.


really, it was a pretty simple project, just more tedious than i envisioned. had i not appliqued E-A-C-H letter and sign on them, it would have been a “one nap” project. THIS method may have been a little quicker, but i’m pretty much in love with the way mine turned out. i totally didn’t think about it until i was almost finished, but it would have been so fun to put the letters on themed fabric (i.e the “M” on the mermaids fabric). And if you’re not into ASL, you could totally do a picture on the opposite side of the letter. just a thought!

we’ve had alot of fun with these and they’ve become multi-functional. aside from using them to teach her the ASL signs, they serve lots of purposes in PT as well. I added different amounts of rice to each bag so that they act as different size “weights”. clever, i know;) and i think i may have *accidentally* volunteered to make a plain set for her OT!

this project is also on my never ending to-make list… just trying to figure out how to cut and sand the board since i have access to none of those materials (hint, hint)…



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