Autism Awareness 2015

Today is World Autism Awareness Day.  People all over the world are wearing blue to raise awareness.

Many of us know someone or are related to someone with Autism.  The latest research shows that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism.  Today I post this graphic and proudly post it on my Facebook page to help raise awareness as well.

Please feel free to use this graphic in your stores or on your pages to help spread the awareness of Autism and show your support of the children and adults so many of us love that happen to have Autism.

Worship Wednesday

I keep meaning to link up to this awesome blog linky by Adventures of a Schoolmarm.  Its called Worship Wednesday and its a chance to share and reflect on what has stirred your faith this week.

Well, I'm a day late, but I still want to link up.  I've started reading a new book with a group I'm in called, The Best Yes, here's the cover...

 Chapter 1 really rocked my world as she discussed how we don't have to say yes to everything and everyone.  I could hear myself in her words.  I'm excited to continue through the study and to have more to share with you.

This verse is one I have been reflecting on this week as well...

In my head there are so many worries that go on. I am an over thinker, over achiever who constantly has something on her mind.  My dear, sweet husband has reminded me over the past few months though that my worries are not something God calls of me. God calls me to trust and to put my faith in Him.  He calls me to look to Him in my commitments as well, not to worry myself to death that I will be hated for saying no to this person or that.  This is a daily struggle for me, but I pray that in reflecting on this daily, I will eventually get to a place of less worry and more faith that God has it handled and I need to just live in today.

If you would like to join up with this linky visit Adventures of a Schoolmarm.

http://www.adventuresofaschoolmarm.com/

Build a Frame Kid!

This is a set I've been working on for a while. Its been one of those on and off again projects that I've worked on while I tried to figure out the best way to deliver it. Well, its finished and I'm excited to see what you all think of it! It's called, Build a Frame Kidz...Its a set in which you get to build your own kid using one of the 13 kid images, a choice of over 200 frames, and then adding the matching hands to make it look complete. I'm super excited about the outcome of this set. So much so that I made a video on them.

Check it out here!



You can get this set or see more images of it by clicking on the cover photo below!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kids-with-signs-clipart-1758365

My Teacher HERO




In honor of celebrating Teachers are Heroes with the TpT Sale I am also linking up with some great people to talk about some of my teacher heroes.  Thanks to Lucky Frogs Lilypad for hosting!

I have so many teacher heroes!  My heroes range from the teachers I've taught alongside in the trenches over the past 13 years as well as the teachers who have taught me along the way.  Thanks to Facebook I am able to keep up with many of them, though some from my childhood remain out of touch.  However, one teacher stands out amongst all of them.  This teacher wasn't a grade school teacher, but rather a college professor (a group we often forget I think at times).


Dr. Roland

Dr. Roland was an amazing teacher.  I was blessed to have Dr. Roland for more four or five classes in college at a tiny little baptist school in central Texas.  I had heard that he was tough and sarcastic to boot.  I went into his class with the flippant attitude of a freshman expecting that this class was just another obstacle to get me to where I wanted to go.  Well...it wasn't.  Dr. Roland quickly saw through what I was doing and he challenged me.  This time the challenge was different from my past experiences.  I was challenged not to be the same as everyone else, but to be better.  He pushed me to be a better me and to find my strengths.

Dr. Roland also taught me that you don't have to follow the crowd in teaching.  I was taught great techniques that involved thinking outside the box and being different in my instruction.  I was also taught that you have to listen to your students' needs and make sure they are met.  We went beyond the curriculum in our classes with Dr. Roland.  I still remember the day we pulled out markers and were instructed to take of our socks and shoes and put the marker between our toes...um what the heck?  (I still remember thinking, ummm I'll pass).  As we did this activity, and not well I might add, we learned a valuable lesson.  Dr. Roland had us put down the markers and discuss what we felt and how it happened. He then explained that this is how small children feel when writing at first.  He used it to explain fine motor skills to us within the realm of child development.  This is just one of the many, many lessons I taught from him.

Beyond the classroom, one thing I loved about Dr. Roland was his life outside of school.  He contributed in the community, was involved in church, and he pursues other interests that were so fun and different!  He truly taught me I could be all I wanted to be.

The biggest lesson this man taught me came in a conversation we had my freshmen year.  I had been up to something...not sure what.  Dr. Roland looked me in the eyes and said, "You can be like the people around you, or you can be what you were meant to be."  Those words have stuck with me.  I have had many great people in my life, parents included, who attempted to realize my capabilities.  It was in the months after that where I found what Dr. Roland meant.  If it had not been for this one professor who was willing to push me, I would not have graduated from my program early.  I would not have gotten my Masters degree if it weren't for him and I would most certainly not be finishing a PhD without having had a teacher like him in college.

Teacher's truly make the difference in a child's or young adult's life.  Teachers have the power to make or break dreams and to ignite a fire within that burns far beyond the days and months they spend teaching.  Thank you for all of you who are heroes in some child's life!  You truly are amazing!

Nerdy Bird Superheroes!

I can't seem to get enough nerdy birds for my own classroom.  My students love them! Here is a new set with the nerdy birds as superheroes!  Enjoy!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Birds-Dressed-as-Nerd-Heroes-clip-art-1729713

There is a SALE coming!!!

There will be a SaLe on TpT in just a few short hours and both of my stores will be on SALE.  Check out my new clipart sets you may want to add to your cart to get ready!  Scroll to the end for a FREEBIE!!!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Super-Sleuth-Detective-Kids-Clip-Art-1728018

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Superheroes-Kids-2-clip-art-1727995

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cloud-Polka-Dot-Frames-Clip-Art-1727987

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kids-planting-clip-art-1729976

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Farm-animals-clip-art-1721264
 @ the Farm is part of a NEW series!  I will be featuring different places and the things you find there.  Stay tuned for many sets to come...and if you have a request, PLEASE feel free to send me an email and I can add it to the list! :)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kids-Blowing-Bubbles-Clip-Art-1708237
 This is one of my new FAVE sets...Just Blowing Bubbles.  I like it for a very nerdy reason...I figured out how to make transparent pictures.  You are the benefactor of that if you get this set. The bubbles all throughout it are see through...set them on top of other things and what the pictures pop!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kids-Reading-Clip-Art-1697923

 Reading Kidz was a fan request.  Some of you may have seen the original.  After creating these kids I found out that there was a trademark infringment.  I wasn't aware that the red and white hat was trademarked by Dr. Seuss.  SO, the hat has been changed to reflect the overall fun of reading to insure that my fans and I both stay out of copright and trademark issues. ;)


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spring-Flowers-FREEBIE-1723408

These happy flowers are my thank you to my followers for being so supportive of my work!  We reached 400 and we are already half way to 500!  Help me spread the word of my art so that I can shower you with some more Ta-Doodles love!  In all seriousness, the teachers I am meeting on this journey have been so supportive and kind, ya'll make me smile and give me a reason to keep drawing! THANK YOU!

Saint Patrick's Day

I absolutely love Saint Patrick's Day!  It used to be because I am part Irish...something I and many of my family members are quite proud of.  However, two years ago a new reason came to be...I got married!  Yes, I married my amazing husband on Saint Patrick's Day.  This year we will celebrate two years of marriage. He is my best friend and soul mate.  I can't imagine life without him!

So here are two sets that would be great for any project celebrating one of my favorite days of the year!  Enjoy!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Saint-Patricks-Day-Kids-Clip-Art-1711233

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Saint-Patricks-Day-Leprocahns-clip-art-1626251



Mardi Gras!

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday!  Any of my teaching friends who may have to teach about Mardi Gras or may be creating products for Mardi Gras might be interested in this set released that was recently released!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mardi-Gras-Clip-Art-1699168

My Favorite Thing February

I am excited to link up with the Teaching Trio and talk about three of the things I'm LOVING this February!  It was hard to choose just three things, because, man do I have a lot of things I LOVE!  This month I want to share with you three of my favorite things I use when creating clipart and share why they are so awesome and you should love them too!


 Okay, so here are my three FAVES for clipart creation!

1.  Adobe Illustrator - hands down, if you want to design clip art this is you go to product!  To say it has a learning curve, might be a bit of an understatement if you don't have experience with Adobe products or are not as tech savvy.  Once you have it down though, it is very efficient and it will turn your drawings into works of art!  Here is an example of what I have done with it!

This is where I start...


And you end with this...
 The elements of Adobe Illustrator are unparallelled and they provide crisp lines as well as the ability to add detail through different features.  If you are concerned about the learning curve, there are TONS of how-to videos on Youtube as well as tutorials offered by Adobe.


2.  My second favorite today are these Master's Touch Drawing pads.  I was told by a very wise person who has been doing this longer than me that paper quality matters.  I heeded that advice and went on a search to find the paper that best suited my needs. I like having it in a spiral because its easy to keep up with my sets.

I label the outside of my spiral with the date, year, and the sets I've made in that spiral as I do them so that I can keep them organized and keep up with my hard copies of my original work.

In searching for spirals, I came upon the Master's Touch brand at Hobby Lobby.  The paper quality is awesome!  They are smooth and they rarely bleed through when I use sharpies to go over images.  So they have been perfect for me.  To boot, they go on sale usually once a month and are 40% off.  So my spirals end up costing me around $4 each or less.  Which is good since I use 3 or 4 each month minimum.

3. Finally, number 3 is a much simpler product from my past.  I LOVE click eraser!.  They are easy to use, keep clean and they just look so darn fun!  I was super excited this past week to find some in purple and green!  It's the little things in life! haha


Join in the fun and link up over at Teaching Trio using the link below!



Currently: February

Where did January go?  It is hard to believe it is February! I'm looking forward to this month being a great one!


Listening to:

My husband, through an odd turn of events a few months ago, decided he wanted a cat.  We have to dogs and I had wanted a cat, but he wasn't on board.  Well, after visiting animal control rescue animals at the pound we came upon a kitten that he was absolutely in love with...problem, it had a sister that needed adopting too.  Long story short, we now have two kittens.  They are normally great!  They often like to spend an hour in the evenings running up and down the stairs in our two story house.  There is never a dull moment. Oh, and the dog, well he is allergic to grass and sneezes. Yes, a dog that is allergic to grass haha.

Loving:

My husband works long hours and usually has to work weekends. This is one of a couple of Sundays a month that he is off.  I love having him off to go to church with on Sundays!  I look forward to the day we get him a job that allows him to be off on the weekends.

Thinking:

Its February, AHHH!!! I have SO much to do!  Clip art sets to get ready, a few Valentine's Day products to finish up for my other store Smart Puppy Learning, time to start writing Chapter 3 of my dissertation.  Time to start doing interviews and collecting data for the dissertation.  Oh, the list goes on and on.

Wanting:

I've been having the urge to paint and I have a gift to get ready for a friend's baby shower. Ran out of time this weekend, but hopefully I'll get to it soon.

Needing:
What I really need is a live in made.  The laundry is never ending and there is always a dish to be cleaned it feels like. I can feel spring cleaning around the corner as well.

Pagent Title:  Well, I'm procrastinating on all the above mentioned to blog and play on Facebook!  Ha!

Wishing everyone a great February!  Thanks to Farley of Oh Boy Fourth Grade for the great blog hop!

Some Valentine's Day Love for my Followers!

Wow, what a crazy week!  I've been busy, I've been sick....I've just been plain all over the place!  Of the places I've been my Facebook page has been one, and well my blog...not so much. Sigh.  Can't do it all I guess!

I am going to catch up my blog friends on a couple of freebies you may have missed and a set release from this week!  If you haven't gone to my Facebook page, go check it out so you don't miss out on the rest of the fun this weekend!

Hope everyone is ready for a fantastic Superbowl weekend!

Here are the freebies!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Koala-with-Heart-Tag-FREEBIE-1674826

I am also having a SALE all this weekend along with the flash freebies and another freebie to be announced on Facebook this weekend.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ta-doodles-Illustrations

 I am very excited to release this set of Science Kidz! They are a set requested by a near and dear friend of mine up in Alaska!  I hope you will like them as much as she did.  They are perfect for Science Fair time or for any of your experiment lessons.  The sent includes all of the images in BOTH of the pictures below.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ultimate-Science-Science-Fair-Kid-clip-art-1678443




https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ultimate-Science-Science-Fair-Kid-clip-art-1678443



To see some other great freebies click the image below to blog hop!

http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2015/01/the-last-freebie-friday-in-january.html


Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom's birthday and I just wanted to take a chance to brag on her, since anyone who knows her knows she will never do it for herself!  My mom and dad both are truly my cheerleaders and have been there for me throughout my life.  I am beyond blessed to have both of them.  They worked hard to raise both my brother and I.  They have taught us so much about love and taking pride in what you do.



My mother has taught me so much and I could sit and ramble on, but I thought it best to just write a Top 10 List.  So here you go mom...

The Top 10 Things I've Learned from My Mom

#10 Always go after what you want in life!

#9 Working hard is a requirement to get where you're going.

#8  It's never a bad idea to pick up add another skill to your repertoire.

#7  Busy can be a part of life, and that's okay if it makes you happy.

#6  One can never have too many fonts...or too much clip art for that matter!

#5  Don't be afraid to laugh, especially at yourself!

#4  Creativity has no rules, don't be afraid to think outside of the box!

#3  Your husband is your teammate.  Respect him, support him, and remember he is your best friend!

#2  Your family are the most important people you'll have in your life.

#1  Love and serve God above all else, and remember your talents come from the Lord so use them for his glory and for blessing others.




Outside of being a wife, mom, and communications director my mom has also been a small business owner for most of my life.  I have seen her business go from small publications such as school handbooks to websites and the like.  She has added publisher to the mix in the last few years as well and now does that.  How she finds time to do all she does, I will never know.  Though I am told I'm just like her the older I get.  All I can say to that is, that there is no better person to be.  How she put up with me during my teen years is beyond me, but I know that the older I get the more I respect and love her every day for the lessons she has taught me and the values she has instilled in me.

So today on your birthday mom, I say thank you for all you do for our family.  We love you more than words!  You are our hero and our example and we hope you know how proud we are of you!

My mom is one who doesn't really need a lot of little trinkets a bobbles, so this year in her honor I am uploading this set of clip art.  Growing up my mom always told me her favorite animal was armadillos, so mom, here you go a set all your own to be used by children all over!

Happy Birthday Sheila Fredrickson!

Love you bunches!
Tonja

If you'd like to check out her set you can click the image below.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sheilas-Armadillo-Round-Up-Clip-Art-1668641

Cute Kittens and School Birds

Here are two new sets just posted!

School birds is a set of fun birds ready to get to work in the classroom!  They've brought the supplies and the fun!



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/School-Birds-clip-art-1668462


This next set is of cats and kittens of all different breeds.  My husband and I just recently rescued two kittens and have added them to our crazy little family.  This set is a not to them and their daily antics that make us laugh!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kitty-Cat-Cuties-Clip-art-1667398





Groundhogs, Dragons, Nerdy Birds OH MY!

The beginning of February means the beginning of Groundhog's Day!  Check out this short stack of cute critters that are great for any activity, and they're priced just right!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Groundhogs-Day-Clip-Art-1655691


I had a request for dragons and other mythical creatures.  These guys were a ton of fun to draw and I see a whole line of mythical creatures in my future!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dragon-Clip-Art-1655694

Finally, this feather brained set came to me one evening as I loaded a freebie!  I am in love with them, if you don't believe me, ask my students as they start seeing them on EVERYTHING!  Everyone needs some nerd in their life!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Birds-Dressed-as-Nerds-clip-art-1655705


Which one is your favorite?!


Enjoy!

Friday Freebie: Kidz in Fun Winter Caps!

This freebie set of Clip Kidz was inspired by my students!

Our first week back from break and my kiddos all got these cute hats for Christmas.  One of my little girls (who is cute as a bug I might mention) came in with this pink puppy dog hat on the Tuesday the kids came back.  I was in LOVE with it!  The pink color was just adorable!  She is the inspiration for this freebie.  Such a giving and happy kiddo!  I hope you enjoy!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kids-in-winter-hats-Freebie-clip-art-1640199


If you like these two kiddos you might also like this paid set of other kids in fun hats that I released a while back.  A couple of them are student inspired too.  I couldn't help but add the two above cuties to the collection though!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kids-Wearing-Fun-Winter-Hats-Clip-Art-1598837



Thank you Cheryl for the link up!  Hop on over to her site the Techie Turtle Teacher for other great freebies!

Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Clips!

It's hard to believe that Valentine's Day is just a month away!  What are you working on creating for the holiday?!  Here are some great sets to help you out in your Valentine's Day adventures!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Love-Birds-Clip-Art-1641444


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Owls-Clip-Art-1615770

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Kids-clip-art-1620438

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Love-Bugs-Valentines-Day-clip-art-1617287

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Colors-Polka-Dot-Rectangle-Frame-Clip-Art-1617278