Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gif Animation

Animated Turkey Gif

Click on the link above to see the Animation!

This week we had an extra credit assignment to create a Gif. This project felt very much like a problem solving task. From my research there are many paths to creating a Gif. After several failed attempts that included setting up scenes and photographing them, I decided to create my animation in steps using a Paint Online program. As I finished each step, I took screenshots of my turkey. Once I got to the banner portion of the project, I transferred my last image to PicMonkey and added the text. Finally I uploaded my images to Gif Maker, ordered them, chose a speed and finalized the project. Overall I think it was a fun project and I learned a lot. I am sure I will make more of these in the future. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Alaska Inspired Learning

One of the reasons I love homeschooling is because we can explore whatever topic happens to interest us. Today during reading we opened my daughters reading curriculum to find our story was about a boy who had moved to the Yukon and was traveling by sled to his uncle's home, who was a doctor. This got us talking about the tundra, Alaska, sled dogs and more so I requested a bunch of resources from my local library to help us explore this topic deeper and I am sharing them with you. 

Who knows how deep we will go with this but I can assure a lot of learning will take place and I wouldn't be surprised to see "sled dog teams" made out of Legos. 

Books that Teach

Alaska, Sled Dogs, Northern Lights, Tales

Thursday, November 7, 2013

3D Imaging

So glad this one is over! Actually once you figure out this program, it is really easy to use. But until you find all those buttons, and pages, and save features your going to spend hours upon hours trying to do so.

This is a 3D Model of a doll I made a few years ago for my daughter. Her name is Dorinda Gabriella and she stands at about 18" tall. I photographed her with natural light about mid-day and used crayons set in patterns around her instead of newspaper as my reference points.

I used all the tools in creating this model. First I cut away the excess background, rotating and resizing as I went along. Then I smoothed out my lines. I used the Plane Cut to bring her back to earth and that was about it. She looks great! Source:

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Bananas & Ham Oh My!

This weeks menu is dominated by Bananas and Ham, but don't think it is the same flavors over and over! Oh, no, you'll find plenty of variety here. Enjoy! 

Meal Plan: Week of November 3rd-9th

Smoothie & Banana Muffins 
French Toast Sticks & Sausage
Banana Bread Oatmeal & Milk
Peanut Butter Toast, Banana Slices, Milk
Egg MoMuffins (English Muffin, Egg, Canadian Bacon, American Cheese)

Smoothie Recipes
  1. 1 banana, 1 TBSP Honey, 1/4 c. Banilla Yogurt, 1 scoop Protein Powder, 1/4 c. Milk, Ice
  2. 1 banana, 2-3 tsp.Truvia, 1/4 c. greek yogurt, 5 frozen strawberries, 1 scoop Protein Powder, 1/2 c. almond milk, ice
  3. 1/2 c. almond milk, 1/2 c. water, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 TBSP Peanut Butter, 1 TBSP Cocoa Powder, 4 frozen strawberries, ice.

Ham & Cheese Crescent Rolls, Veggies & Ranch
Club Sandwich (Turkey, Tomato, Bacon, Lettuce, Mayo), Fruit & Whipped Cream
Egg Salad Sandwiches, Cucumbers & Ranch
Toasted Peanut Butter & Chicken Noodle Soup, Grapes
Sloppy Joes, Mac & Cheese, Pickle
Baked Potatoes (Butter, Salt, Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon Bits), Apple Slices

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas, Yellow Rice
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, Biscuits
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Corn
Chicken Fettucini Alfredo
Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad
Cheesy Hashbrown & Ham Casserole
Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Smiles Potatoes, Green Beans

Apples & Peanut Butter
Cheese & Crackers
Graham Crackers
Deviled Egg

Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

Friday, November 1, 2013

Art with Everyday Items

I am simply mesmerized....




and Inspired!

Check out more amazing illustrations by Ecuador-based  artist Javier Perez. His simple mix of everyday objects with line drawings are simply enchanting over at Instagram.