Have you ever had that one teacher that just connected with your kid? Well, you know the saying it takes a village…Mary Frances is still very connected to a number of her teachers from PK-12 grade. Ann Danford is one of them. She taught MF when she was in 2nd grade. We have blogged on her before. I have listed the links for you to visit and see just how amazing of a teacher she is!
We were the recipients of this fabulous hand made tree out of clay. If you want to see more things handmade by Ann check out her Etsy store at
Giddy Up Ann

 This is Ann with MF in 2nd grade. Yes, she is retired now but that hasn’t stopped her from coming to many events for Mary Frances this year. She made it to her volleyball senior night. See link below:
Here is a photo of that village that is still around supporting MF.

She was at her recent signing to Rhodes College to play volleyball.

 This photo was taken during January of Mary Frances’ 2nd grade. Santa bought her Roy for Christmas. You see Ann and MF share the same love for lots of things and dogs and horses are 2 of them. We will never forget Ann dropping off a Christmas goody for MF that had a welcome to your new home puppy theme going on. Seriously, Ann you have made such an impact on our family. I am blessed and honored not only to call you my daughter’s teacher but “family”.

Look at her doing what she does best! TEACHING
You my friend are just the

These trees were made out of white clay coils.
They were fired. You can glaze them or use acrylics and spray a light coat of polyurethane on them. I am just in love with the way this tree has turned out!
We will decorate with it many years to come and I feel certain when MF gets out on her own, she will want it for her home.
We have blogged on Mrs. Danford before check out the links below. Best 2nd grade teacher that Mary Frances could have ever had! We still make her famous chocolate pumpkin muffins during Thanksgiving. What an influence you were to MF in 2nd grade and still are as she is a senior.
We even went to the stables in and did a photo shoot with her horse Rocky.
 This is by far one of my most treasured photos from second grade. It fits right in with my senior philosophy…Roots and Wings. Ann, you have helped us give Mary Frances some really deep roots with valuable lessons. Now she needs to spread her wings and fly with all we have taught her. 
Rocky is such a good horse.  I remember just how gentle he was with her all afternoon. Thanks for our Christmas Tree that inspired this whole post. We love you to  the moon and back.
XOXO – 1969
So, we all think this original Ann Danford looks like a tree that is straight out of Whoville. Watch the video below and see for yourself!
I tried to find Rhodes College Cupcake toppers but no such luck. What do an engineer and art teacher parent combo do? They take to the internet and figure out how to make their own. So, that is just what Left Brain hubby and I did. Just for giggles…check out this post on my hubby. He is real crafty. We all joke that he is like MacGyver. He can fix anything with gum and a match stick.
First we found the Lynx Logos that we wanted to use.
Put them in a template.
We had them printed on card stock at Kinkos
This gadget was found at
This was my art project over Thanksgiving Break.
See this link for more details on the whole punches and how you mibht be able to use them.
We punched out 1 logo of each out and glue to a wooden stick. Time consuming but they looked really super.
The spread laid out before the students came in to munch.
Custom water bottle labels can be created at
Goody bags full of red and black candy. This was easy this time of year with all of the fun peppermint treats.
We had white batter cupcakes with black icing and chocolate batter cupcakes with red frosting.

Our family is pretty sentimental. This is a thrown bowl made by my Dad. In the blog, we have referred to him as Bobo. He throws on the wheel. He made this for me one year for part of my Christmas gifts. Being an art teacher, I just wanted a part of his talents on the food table. It just so happens that Rhodes College colors are Red and Black. You know how all the 
Cochran-Jerles-Ray-Daniel Crews feel about Red and Black. It is in our blood =)
I got this idea from my friend Meredith. She used the link below a few years ago for her daughter’s soccer signing. Again, we love the red and black. One side has an R and one side has Rhodes College. They were super easy to create online. I used a coupon too which sweetened the order even more. 

 This chore was really easy. We created the labels online. They arrived in less than a week. We bought small and large Publix brand waters. Peeled the label off and stuff or Rhodes College label on the bottles.

I thought Publix did a fabulous job with this cookie cake. It was delicious and devoured in no time flat. I am thankful that Publix has artsty folks that work in their bakery department. 
 So, when Coach Erica got up to say a few words about Mary Frances we all ended up with tears in our eyes. MF just got up and went to give her a hug. They have had their ups and downs but they speak a special language and always have each other’s best interest at heart. One of the sweetest photos from the day. Much love and respect right there.
 No words needed…photo bomb with my sister. It is nice that we are all pretty close even though we live apart from one another. Doing this Art Education Blog helps 1965 and I stay connected on a daily basis.
 To the Bass’ thanks for attending all of those high school volleyball games. Not to mention our runs to eat after many of the games to places like Newks https://www.newks.com/
Waffle House https://www.wafflehouse.com/
and Moes https://www.moes.com/
After many games! Good time and great memories.
 I don’t know who has the biggest grin…MaC or Aunt Dawn.
 It is official and we are inked.
 Mary Frances had many guest show up from her past. Like Coach Monica. She was her lower school PE Coach and the first one to motivate MF to get her Presidential Fitness Award =) We are so blessed to have had such amazing coaches and teachers on her journey.
 Stickers were custom created from 
 The whole family crew…minus Papa and the cousins who were either working or taking finals.
Technology + Art = this super cool new scoreboard table!
 Check out this snazzy new scoreboard table!!! Thanks, Coach Jake for making it scroll. I am most appreciative for this addition to the Maclay Athletics facility. Marauder to Lynx…she has got this Roots and Wings.
 Yes, there were many shout outs on social media (Art / Technology / Communication)  We all appreciated the love that was shown. It was very sweet to read all of the post.

 Madison, you are our daughter #2. You are family. I will never forget the first time you guys tried out for Tallahassee Juniors. That seems like a lifetime away. I am so grateful that we have all made this journey together. 
I know you too are forever friends / sisters. We have survived so many things between our families. We have laughed, cried, vented, had hissy fits, been hangry, made many road trips…I could keep on going. Most of all you both just get each other and I love that. In the last 5 years I have watch both of you over come many hard situations that life has thrown you from Alzheimers, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Brain Cancer to just finding a Prom dress or trying to find a weekend to get away to the beach or lake house.


Most appreciative for Mary Frances’ Maclay Teammates. (and Ty Fowler for his fabulous photography!) I am going to miss help coordinating themed games via social media. You guys still know where to find me on campus…and, I promise…I will be at some of the volleyball games next year to cheer you all on!
For other Malcay Volleyball Post and ideas on Senior Nights click the links below:

We appreciate you, Gina Weaver at Blue Canopy Photography for always showing up to take photos. This is a classic one. Friends. All Seniors. All going to different schools. 
 One of my favorite pictures of my parents and MF. We appreciate the love over the years.
 Maclay Volleyball it has been real!

 Alison Posey, we are lucky to have you in the Big Bend area. You are awesome at your job. Appreciate the love over the past 2 years. We think you are the bomb.com
Link to interview is below:
 Looking forward to 1 last club season with these guys at Tallahassee Juniors. Thanks for the support and thanks for coming out to support our new Lynx.
 The look between mom and dad when they realize they have a senior and are about to be empty nesters…tee hee!
 That smile says it all. Coach Harris, she is all yours and we couldn’t be more proud. We are so looking forward to watching your team over the next four years.
 Roots and Wings as my friend Marty termed it for me the other day…Yes, Coach she is ready to fly and we all have given her roots to come back when she needs a Tallahassee fix!

Our Art Ed Blog has a good deal of family history in it as we have been posting since 2010. I love the fact that no matter what we have going on in our life we some how enhance it with art to make it even better. We combine technology and communication to spread the word and share our ideas so others don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I can’t imagine our daughter having a signing and art not being involved. Think about it. Art was all throughout this post. I am glad we were able to share it with you all and I hope that it will help inspire in some way at your next family or life event. This was a fun post to share today.

Morale of the post:
Art makes things better.
Raise your kids with ROOTS and give them WINGS.
Art enhances technology, communication and athletics

Happy Friday

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