When my dog ate my homework he also ate all my pencils

At the start of the school year parents buy the number of pencils that is specified on the supply list. Some parents even have a considerable stash of pencils that they keep at home. Now when I tutor the children in my community, I cannot believe how many times they tell me that they do not have a pencil. Boy if I had a dollar for each time. I have seen some lovely highly decorated pencil cases though. LOL


Sometimes they dig and dig into their book bags only to pull out a chewed up nub little stump of a pencil with a missing eraser and a dull point. The point is dull because they also cannot find all the pencil sharpeners that the parents purchased along with the start of the school year supplies.

Which brings me to my gift giving every Christmas. I make up mid-year school supply packs for the children in my circle. No toys from Queen Teen.

Each year I use different items and themes


This year I made these cute pencil and eraser with skinny note pad stocking stuffers.

These are being sold at local craft fairs where I am vending.

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November’s Guest Designer for Word Art Wednesday

Hello! Queen Teen (aka Tina Teen) is back again with another project as the guest designer for Word Art Wednesday.   Head over to their blog and take a look at all the beautiful entries and inspirational designs. I hope you take some time to meditate on this weeks scripture.

Today’s project is a simple card.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; Psalm 103:17

I believe that we are right here, at this place in time, because of God’s mercy. This scripture is timely. As we approach a holiday whose origins are controversial for many cultures, we are reminded that no matter why the world celebrates a holiday…we can give thanks always because God’s mercy is everlasting.

Comment below: What are you thankful for?

Fall is in the air…

…and it can be in your home too.

Make a scrumptious smelling fragrance for you home. Place all ingredients in a crock pot and fill with water.

apple-peelsApple peels

lemon-rinds  Lemon rinds

cinammon-sticks  Cinnamon sticks cloves     Cloves

Let the crock pot simmer with the lid off. Refill with water to cover the ingredients as needed. The whole house will smell yummy.

I hope you try this. What other variations of crock pot potpourri have you tried?

Guest designer

I was invited by my friend and fellow artist, Karen, to be a guest designer on the Word Art Wednesday blog. I am honored that this project is showcased in my first blog post. Welcome to the Tina Riley IMAGINariums blog.

The idea of the Word Art Wednesday blog is to challenge the participant to make art: cards, mixed media etc. using the the word art of the week. The word art is usually a scripture from the Christian bible. Be sure to click on the link above to read the detailed instructions,  enter the challenge, or become a giveaway sponsor.

For today’s project I made a 6″ x 6″ greeting card.

Psalm26:7 NKJ That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all your wondrous work.

Those who know me well know that I challenge myself to use scraps. So after making all those BCA(Breast Cancer Awareness) projects, mostly everything I had left was pink. I’ll be back with another project later this month.

Let us know in the comments what wondrous work that you are thankful for.

Thanks for visiting.