From the monthly archives:

June 2011

Getting Creative

by Julie Kohl on June 22, 2011

I have been in such a creative mood lately! I have really worked hard at doing something “artsy” every day and I have managed to succeed on most days.  I have been drawing, painting, cutting and gluing and it has been so fun.  My creative ideas have been flowing so much.  I have even been working on my curriculum plan for my classes next year. I have been tweaking my lessons and revising some things and I am really excited about the new school year.  Aside from school I have been doing art just for me.  I think this is so important for an art teacher and something art teachers often overlook.  When you have drawn and painted with kids all day long sometimes it is difficult to motivate yourself to do your own artwork and to improve your own skills.  This is part of why summer breaks are so important for teachers.

I just wrapped up 4 1/2 days of prefessional development where I got to learn and make about 6 different 3D projects and about 8 multi-cultural art projects.  Today I went to a photography workshop where I picked up quite a few tips and tricks I didn’t know.

Right now I am also involved in a Traveling Art Journal Swap.  The swap consists of about 22 people from the US and Canada.  We each pick a theme and make the first few pages of our own art journal.  We then mail the journal in round-robin fashion and each respective person adds a few pages to the journal until it eventually makes its way back to me in about a year.  The swap is being hosted by some of the members of the Facebook group associated with A Year in the Life of an Art Journal.  I have chosen ‘Nature’ as my theme.  This means everyone who works in my journal make pages to do with nature.  As I receive journals I will be expected to work in it’s owners chosen theme.  I mailed my book off to a participant in Fort Smith, AR today.  I should be getting a book from a girl in Albuquerque, NM any day now.  Before I mailed off my book I completed a title page and two additional pages.  Here they are:




















I also have several other projects I am working on right now.  I am additionally working on my own art journal using the No-Frills-Prompts I found over at Daisy Yellow, one of my favorite art journaling websites.  I will share my pages as I go along.

I am also planning to take two online workshops to teach me some new art and art journaling techniques.

The first workshop is called 21 Secrets.  Basically there are 21 different techniques in 21 different lessons taught by 21 different teachers.  I am so excited about all the different techniques I will be learning.

The second workshop I will be doing is a ‘Doodle Camp’ and it starts in July.  This workshop will be taught by Dawn DeVries Sokol who is the author of the book Doodle Diary: Art Journaling for Girls.  I love her doodley approach to art journaling and I look forward to learning some of her techniques.

What are you doing to stay creative this summer?


I hope you have a stong marriage!

by Julie Kohl on June 20, 2011

Richie and I received that little bit of advice from strangers no less than three time over the course of a  week.  We decided to take on a project of monumental proportions that would seemingly be a true test of our marriage.  We decided to replace the carpet in our living room and hallway with wood laminate and we decided to do it ourselves!

We spent about a week perusing different stores and different samples and finally decided on the Mannington Restoration Collection and found a store in Little Rock that keeps it in stock.  Friday afternoon we drove to Little Rock and picked up the flooring with the intention of beginning the project on Saturday.

We emerged on Monday bruised and battered but with our marriage 100% in tact.  We actually made it through all of the long hours and the countless setbacks without a single argument.  Our knees and hands did not fair so well!  Hours of being on the ground took its toll on our not-so-young-anymore bodies.  In fact not only did we put down all new floors but we decided to go ahead and replace all of the baseboards in the living room, hallway, and dining room/kitchen.

Would I ever lay laminate flooring again? NO way! But I am glad that I can look at the floor and know it is there because of our hard work and that throughout the process our marriage survived!

The Finished Product
































Box Turtles

June 14, 2011

Let me introduce you to Roslyn.             She is an amazingly knowledgeable Teacher Naturalist at the Ozark Natural Science Center.  Last weekend at the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged Retreat we were blessed to have Roslyn with us on Friday and most of the day Saturday.  She shared her knowledge with […]

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Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged “Camp” – #AWBU

June 13, 2011

I turned off of highway 23 and onto the dirt road.  About a mile in I thought, “this isn’t too bad,” as I continued onto the Ozark Natural Science Center driveway.  About a 1/4 of a mile into that 2 mile stretch I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into.  Beth, of ONSC, had […]

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June 1, 2011

Friday was the last day of school(work) and summer break has started.  I am looking forward to the time off because when school starts back things will be very different.  If you haven’t heard…I have taken a new job!  I have so many mixed emotions and while I am very excited about it I haven’t […]

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