Thursday, April 25, 2013

Henna TOMS

I love TOMS.

As a teacher they are wonderful because:

a) they are comfortable
b) they can match almost any outfit
c) the kids think you're hip :)

Plus, it's for a good cause.

I also love henna. Getting henna is on my 30 things at 30 list. I missed my chance at getting henna at the Dallas Art Festival last month, and was pretty disappointed. So I decided to put some henna on my new TOMS instead.

I bought natural canvas TOMS and bought some fabric markers, water color pencils, and scrap paper at Michael's for inspiration. There are a TON of custom made TOMS on Pinterest you can get ideas from. I also googled images of henna online as well. This is my favorite, which I'm sure you've seen:

So cute! I also saw awesome Wicked TOMS, Harry Potter TOMS, and even Hunger Games TOMS!
So instead of shelling out $100+ dollars on etsy, here's how you can make your own custom TOMS.


-canvas aka TOMS
-fabric markers (I recommend Tulip fabric markers)
-water color pencils
-scrapbook paper or any other images for inspiration
-scratch paper to doodle on

-other embellishments (glitter, gems, etc)

1. Get a light colored water color pencil and draw a design you want on your TOMS. You can practice on a scratch sheet of paper before you do it. I am no artist, but I used a scrap paper design I liked and basically just eyeballed it.

2. When you like the look of it, use the fabric marker. Choose one color overall or a combination. I chose dark pink/coral for the summer and used the same color on the side with green and purple.

3. Less is more! I love the Pinterest TOMS, but I wanted to leave some "white space" on my TOMS. Maybe my next one will be covered. :)

4. And here it is...

Saturday, April 13, 2013


My posts have been few and far between these days. For some reason I have been so stressed at work. I guess having less than 2 months left of the school year is bringing me to the realization that my students are about to become 3rd graders and should have at least a year's growth. And me being the perfectionist, doubts are creeping in about my teaching abilities and the what ifs; this week I got so frustrated because there's only so much I can do as a teacher and it's not enough. My kids deserve so much more and I just feel so limited sometimes. But I guess I can only do what I preach to my kids all the time: Just do your best. Give me your 100%. That's all you can do.

Luckily I have so many supportive, wonderful people around me to encourage and help me, cry with me, and put everything into perspective. Whether it's a drink at Starbucks, help with grading my mountains of papers (not exaggerating), or a kind word, it has encouraged me so much and I know I am blessed. Thank you!!!

So no more Negative Nancy.

On Thursday night I went to go see Wicked the Musical at the Music Hall in Fair Park. This was my fourth time seeing Wicked. My friend was seeing it for the first time. I was so excited for her because I remember my first time seeing Wicked and how I felt. It was amazing of course! There were a few sound mishaps, but it did not detract from the show. Plus, we sat the closest I've ever sat before at a musical! I could actually see their faces! :)

We had dinner at Bistro N before the show. I haven't been in so long, but the Crab Stack is still good!

At the end of the show: This was the only picture of the cast I could get. :( One day I will get a clear photo!

I'm collecting. :) How cool would it be to have the London Theater Playbill?! 

It's the weekend, so I am going to take full advantage! My sister and brother in law invited me to go watch Jurassic Park 3D and eat some Cuban food tonight! Have a great weekend. :)