A new beginning

I love my job. I really do. I’m not big on politics though which tends to frustrate me a lot and sours things for me. In case you don’t know me already, my name is Heather Fusilier. My regular job that pays the bills is teaching music at the elementary level. As I said before, I love my job. I don’t even mind having people stop in and watch as I work with students. It’s when people who are not trained in my job decide they know better and critique what I do that I take issue.  However, that job is not what this blog will mainly be about. It does affect things connect to this blog because what I will be discussing and sharing all started with the students that I teach.

LaClaire Creations got its start when I noticed projects being displayed at our school using Zentangles. Now there are those whom think poorly of Zentangles as if they are just fancy doodles. Maybe so, however I loved the look of what I was seeing and wanted to try my hand at it desperately needing a stress reliever besides video games. I took to it pretty naturally I guess, but I do have a tendency to be kind of concrete when getting started with my pieces. Fortunately, there are tons of resources out there and once I found some patterns I liked it was as if a fire had been lit.

Fast forward a bit to one Thursday or Friday morning while I’m hanging out in our school’s library during a class.  No I am not full time, though I should be. That’s a whole other story.  However, while I was hanging out, I was working on some Zentangle sketches when a student noticed and asked if I could make him/her a bookmark.  I said sure and others started asking from the same class of 5th graders. So that year I focused on making personalized bookmarks as graduation presents based on things they told me they enjoyed such as extracurricular activites, games, characters, etc.

Since then, I’ve made other bookmarks and a few larger personal designs. I even created something special for Penn & Teller when my husband and I went to Vegas for a few days during a summer. I also tried my hand at creating a portrait of them that I actually got them to sign. (Squee!) I still can’t help smiling having met them in person. Anyways…

Last year I added crocheting hats and scarves upon request from various students. This year I formally let the students know that they can leave requests in a basket on my desk or hand it to me in the mornings before class or if they see me in the library Thursday & Friday mornings. I’ve also expanded from bookmarks, hats, and scarves to gloves and OT covers (were an AVID school). So this is a little about how I got started creating things you’ll see on here and my various other sites. If you like what you see, have questions/requests, please email me at laclairecreations@gmail.com!

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Lady LaClaire

I am an elementary music teacher for USD 259 Wichita Public Schools. I have 2 children and have been married for 10+ years now. I am certified ESOL, Levels 1 and 2 for Kodaly, and I graduated with honors from Wichita State University in May 2006 with my BME. I started teaching the following fall. A couple of years ago to help deal with stress and inspired by my students' work from their art class, I took up Zentangling. Since then I have branched out to more traditional art work using mainly colored pencils, markers, and pens. I also crochet various clothing items with a focus on what season we are in (winter = hats, scarves, gloves). I hope to return to cross stitch at some point. I do have a shop on Etsy called LaClaire Creations. I currently am out of stock, but am working on resupplying soon. You can also find me on Instagram as LadyLaClaire.

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