Part VI 100 Day Challenge

I reached the half way mark!

Posting another set of ten creations for the 100 Day Challenge.

Days 51-60

This set includes remembering two legendary, award winning authors and illustrators.

Eric Carle


Remembering Eric Carle

Lois Ehlert


Remembering Lois Ehlert
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Part V 100 Day Challenge

This set of 4 X 4 creations includes book pages with watercolor paintings.

Days 41-50

Creating with multi-media makes for interesting and unique art work.

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Part IV 100 Day Challenge

The 100 Day Challenge continues as I create on 4 X 4 watercolor paper every day.

The following creations are painted with watercolor. The theme is picture book characters.

Painting faces was challenging for me. I stepped up to the challenge and put forth the effort. Most importantly, I enjoyed my time creating.

Days 31-35
Days 36-40
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Book Giveaway: DUMPLINGS FOR LILI by Melissa Iwai

Dumplings for Lili written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai is on my BTR [Books to Read List], Norton Young Readers, June 2021.

Together Lili and Nai Nai love cooking baos together. But today they are out of cabbage.

Read more on Melissa Iwai’s web site and Kathy Temean’s blog.

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100 Day Challenge Part III

Here are ten more creations:

Days 21-30

This set of ten is created with acrylic paints. Some include mixed media and cut paper pieces.

Reading, writing, and creating always fill my heart with joy and a sense of accomplishment.

May the season of spring fill your heart with joy, too.

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Book Giveaway: JUNE ALMEIDA, VIRUS DETECTIVE! by Suzanne Slade

Such a timely, important picture book about how June Almeida discovered the first human Coronavirus in 1964.

Read more about this book on Kathy Temean’s blog and enter win a copy of this book.

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100 Day Challenge Part II

The one hundred day challenge continues.

Taking time to create every day is important to me. I feel this journey supports my wonder and curiosity about the world around me and offers and opportunity to grow as a creative.

The second set of 4 X 4 cards are painted with a variety of watercolors, including metallic watercolors.

Days 11-15
Days 16-20

Springtime on the Illinois Prairie keeps Perry and I busy. At Gardens by the Willows many flower and vegetable seeds are planted. Every seed is filled with wonder and hope.

I am grateful for many beautiful flowers and yummy garden goodness that we grow. I am also grateful to learn and grow as a reader, writer, and creator.

This head of lettuce was harvested from our greenhouse!

I look forward to sharing more 💯Day Challenge creations with you soon.

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100 Day Challenge 2021

It’s Springtime on the Illinois Prairie. This is the third year I am participating in a 100 Day Challenge.

On April 1st I created my first creation. The final creation will be created on July 9th.

My first creation is on a 4 X 4 inch watercolor piece of paper.

Day 1

I painted paper with acrylics and then I cut the paper to create mixed media. Watercolor was used for the branch.

For the next nine days I continued to create more 4 X 4 inch creations using acrylics and/or watercolor and painted paper to design more mixed media with cut paper.

Day 4

Today I am posting the first ten I painted and created during the month of April.

In about ten days, I will share and post another set of 4 X 4 cards as I continue with the challenge.

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Summer Lights on a Summer Night

By Suzy Leopold

Sun slants low. 

Twilight follows. 

Shimmering, silvery! Moonlight shines. 

Scent of honeysuckle seeps through the air. 

Screen doors slam. 

Footsteps follow. 

Whirling, twirling! Children swirling. 

Hear their excitement and the laughter. 

Summer nights. 

Sparkly lights. 

Blinking, flashing! Fireflies aglow. 

Chase the bright, fluttering lanterns.

Nets and jars. 

Capture the glow. 

Reaching, jumping! Catch one if you can. 

Tighten the lid. Remember to punch holes. 

Eyes focus. 

What do you know? 

Observing, wondering! Asking questions. 

Starry mysteries. Amazing insects. 

No more time. 

So set them free. 

Shimmer, sparkle! Into the nighttime. 

Dancing diamonds. Summer nights. Summer lights. 

Word Count 96

Photo credit: @csak
Photo credit: @BBCAmerica

Thank you Ciara and Kaitlyn for the opportunity.

For more information and the rules of the Spring Fling 2021 read Ciara’s blog post.

Good luck!

Let’s catch some fireflies!
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Time to Make a Journal

Many people, young and old, keep journals-artists, students, teachers, librarians, gardeners, farmers, athletes, politicians, scientists, writers, chefs, and many, many more. 

A journal can be used to record every day events and topics that interest you. A journal may include daily entries that record news and events that are personal in nature. Some journals become similar to a diary and are private. The journal entries include personal experiences, thoughts, and dreams.

Journal Creations

Some journal entries share thoughts, recordings, and reflections. Journals can keep favorite quotes, jokes or delicious recipes. A working journal can record observations and facts, such as crop, plant, and weather data.

Journals can be a written conversation for learning and growing in a double-entry journal. This type of journal is a way to share, read and respond while rotating the journal between two writers. For a writing workshop, a double-entry journal dialogue is shared between a teacher and a student.

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci kept over forty notebooks?  He wrote about his activities, and recorded plans for his engineering projects. 

If Meriwether Lewis had not kept a journal while exploring across North America, we would not have a glimpse of his travels nor the geographical information recorded in his journal. 

The beloved, world class diary, The Diary of Anne Frank, was written while Anne and her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. Reading her remarkable child diary connects the reader to the horrors of the war.

Our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, kept a kind of diary. On little scraps of paper, he jotted down thoughts and sometimes referred to these notes during his speeches, as a powerful orator.

I am an educator who reads, writes, and creates. I have many journals that I created over the years. Journals support my writing journey.

Let’s make a journal.

Materials needed:

1.  A composition notebook

2.  Four pieces of scrapbook paper 12 X 12 inches. Cut two pieces 12 X 8 inches for the outside front and back covers of the notebook. Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper 6 x 9 for the inside front and back covers of the notebook. Note: Be creative and mix and match pieces of scrapbook paper. Consider using gift wrap paper, construction paper, card stock, linen type paper or even craft paper.  All work great.

3.  Glue stick and hot glue gun

4.  Scissors

5.  Ribbon, rick rack and/or twine

6. Embellishments, such as scrapbook letters and/or stickers, recycled greeting card cutouts, buttons, rhinestones, etc.

7.  A Paper Folding Tool or Straight Wood Ruler [optional] I use a plastic kitchen bench scrape!

Folding Tools
Suggested materials needed.


Using a glue stick, generously apply glue to notebook.  Place one piece of paper to the front of the composition notebook.  Repeat for the back. The scrapbook paper should line up next to the spine of the journal leaving the black binding of the note book exposed.

1st Step

Line up the piece of scrapbook paper next to the black binding of the notebook on the front of the composition notebook.  Repeat for the back of the notebook.

2nd Step

Repeat for the back of the notebook.

3rd Step

Use folding tool to make crisp folds. If you don’t have a a folding tool, press firmly with your fingers. Create mitered corners [triangle shapes] by folding the scrapbook paper inward. Do this for both the inside front cover and back covers.

4th Step

Once four triangles are folded, use the glue stick to adhere the corners to the notebook.  

Fold in three sides on the inside and back covers. Make crisp folds using a folding tool or finger presses. Glue and secure.

5th Step

Use a generous amount of glue to attach the 6 X 9 pieces of paper to the inside front and back covers of the journal.

6th Step

Open journal to the center seam. Using a glue gun attach two or three pieces of ribbon as shown in this photo. Tie a knot at the end of each. These are bookmarks.

7th Step

Final step—Time to decorate the cover of your new journal.

8th Step

Enjoy making and creating journals. Hope your new personalized journal provides you with many opportunities to write.

Have fun making journal creations for various writing events including an annual writing event, ReFoReMo hosted by Carrie Charley Brown and Kristi Call.

Over the years, I made and shared journals for gifts and recently sent one to Carrie Charley Brown.

Journal for Carrie Charley Brown
Journals galore that I made for teacher friends.


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