Monday, 23 May 2011

My weekend haul, my crazy classroom and a lickle competition

I really should be marking some work or editing some photos from an event on Saturday but I've been wanting to share my finds from Deptford Market this weekend - so the rest can wait for a bit.  I'm sitting cross-legged on the sofa watching Come Dine With Me munching on fruit and now I will share ...

So let's start with the books:
I've been intrigued by Haunted since it came out
This looked intriguing - has anyone read it?
I LOVE Mr Fry and have most of his books - but not this one -  well I do now!
This 1940s dog book is full of excellent images and adverts
Brilliant recipes for home-made wines
We are quite geeky and love to collect old AtoZs of London and then sit comparing how much has changed in the city!
I met Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell when they came to a school I was teaching at - so I bought these two books for my tutor group's 'book box'.  The Parliament of Blood intrigued me because it seems to be similar (slightly) to a novel I've been working on - BUGGER!
For some reason this book grabbed my attention and I have no idea why
... but I'm glad I opened it because it's the first Richard Scarry book I've found second-hand.  I used to love Richard Scarry books as a child and this one, despite being battered shows signs of being very well loved.

 Onto the paper ephemera:
I love these shaped birthday postcards - so cute.  I now want to find 1,2,5,6,8 and 9.  Not sure if there's a 10.

Cute kittens!

Random ephemera - a few photos for the Ghosts project we're working on.

I quite like drinking ephemera and this little Stones booklet is so cool - with recipes and games inside :)

Now the random shizzle and COMPETITION TIME!
What do you think this is??????????? I'll let you guess and reveal the answer AND the winner in next Tuesday's post.  I'll even send a prize (a box of random goodies) to the closest guess. To win you need to post your answer as a comment AND follow my blog. If a number of you get it right I'll put your names in a hat so to speak and pick out a random.   HINT: I'm going to take it into work tomorrow and show it to my Year 7 Media Studies class to show them how we 'used to do it' back in the day!

 I love this pair of peacocks made out of tin.  I don't think there is much age to them but they're adorable.  I have an art deco style peacock tattooed on my back and have a real love for them.  In fact this weekend I'll be spending the weekend in the company of a peacock as Ben's parents' have one :)  We've now got to find a home in the flat for them.

Did you ever have a flower loom as a child?  I did and I loved it.  I found this set for 50p :)  BARGAIN!  It didn't have the instructions but it did have some odd colour combination of wools and a really bad wool flower.  I'm guessing they tried it the once and gave up after that!  So I looked up some tutorials on the web and found this great one on Youtube.  The woman collects vintage flower looms and creates her own kits then sells them on.  This is a really good tutorial and as I've said before I find it easier to be shown how to do something rather than read instructions.  So - do you want to see the results?  Of COURSE you do!

Instead of using wool I had some old thin curtains that someone had given me and was never going to hang them up so I decided to rip them into strips and use that instead of yarn.

These ones were made out of a silvery/purple curtain the same person gave us.  They make quite cute rosettes for presents I think.
Well done you for getting this far with my blog post :)  I thought I'd also share a story from the crazy world of teaching.
I have a Year 11 class who are difficult to say the very least.  Basically it's a class where you have the worst behaved, most excluded kids in the year group, and I have to start and end my week in their company.  I've grown to like them in a weird way.  However it's now 4 days before they leave to go on study leave, as the course they're doing is 100% coursework they're slowly starting to filter away to other teachers during our lesson time in order to prepare for their exams.  Today was the last lesson I have with them and I was trying to get the 'strays' to finish as much off as possible so they can go off and do their Maths, English and Science revision.  One of the students took 1 1/2 hours to write about 5 sentences and THAT was with me sitting next to him to make sure he did it.
Anyway - I was updating the spreadsheet on the smartboard so that the kids could see what they had left and I heard a bit of commotion behind me.  Freakin' out thinking that a fight had broken out (not unusual for this class) I turned around and saw the same boy who took forever to write 5 lines, standing there with his flies and button undone on his trousers and the trousers lowered.  Apparently he was 'just sorting' his trousers out.  Seriously.  Well he's now on an 'early bath' (which means he only comes back for exams now) and the school is investigating the situation.  He just kind of stood there like there was nothing at all wrong in what he was doing. 
To say this is the worst thing that has happened in my classroom with boys and their hands down their trousers is, unfortunately, not true.  I'll leave the rest up to your imaginations.  Ahhh the youth of today eh?


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  2. Thanks for your entry Jackie - you've been added into the draw :)

  3. Love your vintage post cards!! Im going to have think about the object and come back to you. Mwah Scarlett x

  4. Hi Polly, thank you for visiting my blog. Glad you did.

    Laughed when you said that you collected A to Zs. I collect most things but not those but a friend of mine does - so you're not alone in your weirdness!

    Loving the postcards. My partner used to collect them big time and has a massive collection. I'm hoping to blog about them one day.

    Finally, the flowers you made are fabulous. Can't believe that you ripped up bits of curtain to do them. Genius!

  5. What an interesting haul, I will have to check out Deptford market. I really like the number cards, peacocks and your flower loom - never seen one of those before. You got great results, so many possible uses for them.

    Am going to have to have a think (ie. ask husband) about your competition. And very impressed you have married into a peacock owning family (tugs forelock)

  6. Every images is looking great and Each image is saying the great meaning full..and too good design..well thinking of it..thanks for that..

    seo usa


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