I am working three mornings a week in July, getting things ready for the new job. Its been incredibly busy, but so nice to have time to do all of the things that they have always expected teachers to do outside of regular work hours. There is an extra option for paid time in the classroom before the start of preplanning this year, so hopefully we will all be able to prepare for the new year together. Next week I am running a welcome training for our new teachers. So many fresh faces! The old guard is fading fast. Our newest Florida education issue is not being able to have any books in the classroom that have not been approved. They think they will have an approval process in place by January though. I am feeling bad now about leaving my library of biology novels for the new teacher. I will have to go and make sure she hides them away until we find out which books are banned. So far we have been assured that it is still OK to wear rainbow colored shirts, but other districts have already warned against that as well. Probably a good time to NOT be in the classroom right now. I am sure I would say something inappropriate and get myself in trouble.
I did find some more sewing time this week to make these "unpaper towels" for Anna's new apartment in the fall. After looking through several tutorials on Pinterest, I decided to use flannel on one side and extra t-shirt fabric leftover from the quilts on the other. After measuring paper towels, I decided to cut the flannel to 11.5 inches and lay it on top of the oversize t-shirt backing fabric. Then I sewed along the edge of the flannel, leaving a gap for turning and trimmed the backing fabric even with the flannel. I even made a basket to hold them from extra 6.5 inch squares of the flannel. I think the flowers are quite festive and went well with lots of different colors of extra shirts.