1. No, I'm not going to turn this into a sewing/DIY blog, but excuse me while I babble about some awesome new fabrics I bought on Saturday. (Ignoring the fact that I already have a pretty good stash at home - I promise that I don't need an intervention -- yet).
I've never been to this store, and one of the things I really liked was that it had a substantial remnants section. Usually when stores have remnants, they are really small, but many of the remnants here were quite large - at least a good 2 to 3 yards. The only thing I didn't like too much was that because the fabric is on rolls instead of cardboard bolts, it was hard to determine the fabric's content and care. They did have signs for certain areas, but there were also enormous tables loaded with rolls of mystery fabrics.
I picked up the Hello Kitty and Strawberry Shortcake fabrics to make gifts, and picked up 3 other remnants (two not pictured because they were already in the wash) with the plan to make skirts/dresses.) Now I'm wishing that I hadn't signed up for the four-day training that I'm attending this week ... I'd rather be home sewing! I'm hoping to make this skirt.
2. This is the best professional development book I've read this summer. Basically, it lays out in clear steps how to teach students to work independently on literacy activities. It's all the stuff I've basically always wanted to do in my classroom, but could never quite figure out how to implement. So excited about implementing some of the great ideas -- and the authors are coming to Hawaii in September for a workshop.
What's making you happy lately? Please share! :)