Sunday, August 25, 2013

Do you Washi?

Washi what?
Washi Tape?
 I didn't get it!
Now I do!
I got me some and started taping away.
I started with some of these...
And created these...

I know a lot of people don't like the fact that the tape is see through, but I kinda like the look.
I used zebra print tape, silver sparkle tape and some blinged out letters.
I also made a file folder organizer thingy that's all over Pinterest.

I used gold sparkle tape and the blinged out letters.
I'm going to use it for my File, Grade and Copy hold all.
Hmmm...What else can I Washi?
Have you Washied?
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Chair Bags

About 10 years ago my mom and I made some chair bags.
They had a couple of large pockets and even had small, thin pockets to hold pencils.
But as you can see, they are really starting to fall apart! 
I desperately need some new chair bags so I asked my mom to help me make them...again.
This time I wanted to make some simpler bags, kinda like the book covers everyone is using for chair bags.
I went to the fabric store and purchased 3 yards of fabric for my 20 bags.
I know...that's not enough!
I realized this once I got to my moms.
I had it all calculated out before I went to the store and completely forgot those calculations after having been down every isle 3 times looking for the perfect fabric.
With the amount of fabric I had we figured we could get 10 bags out of it.
I wanted to maximize every piece of that fabric so I told suggested to her that we make each bag an inch shorter.
That way we could get an extra 2 bags out of the fabric and not have any waste.
My mom started cutting out the bags using the new measurements.
She sewed one to make sure that it would be big enough and to make sure she understood how I wanted them made.
All was good!
{Excuse my hand. I forgot to have my mom hold one up for me to take a picture of it}
As she began to sew, I started cutting out the rest of the bags.
To save some time she told me to go to the store and get the rest of the fabric and she would finish cutting and sewing.
I was gone for about an hour or so.
While at the store I was also looking for fabric for my teacher stool (I still haven't found the perfect fabric for that).
The whole time I was gone I kept wondering how come she wasn't texting me?
Was she wondering what was taking so long?
Was she done and waiting?
When I got back I found her still in her sewing room sewing the bags.
Me: I thought you'd be done.
Mom: I would have been but I realized I had sewn them all the wrong way, so I enlisted the help of your dad to help me take them apart.
Me: Ummm, these are wrong mom!
Mom: What? Oh my!  That's what your dad kept saying.
Me: Didn't you look at the first one you did?
Mom: Oh, I forgot about that one. Whoops! Maybe dad will help us take them apart again?
My dad laughed, said that's what he kept telling her and that my mom and I could take them apart, he would pass this time.
Can't blame him!
While taking them apart I made the comment that there are 12, right?
Mom: 12???? I thought we could only get 10 out of the 3 yards?
Me: Remember, we changed the length so that we wouldn't have any left over fabric?
Mom: Whoops, I forgot that's what we decided to do. I only cut one out of the last section (going the opposite direction that the others were cut out)!
Oh My!!!!
Good news! We were able to get one more out of that cut piece and pieced together the last one with leftover fabric from the new fabric I bought.
All being said, I got my new chair bags.
ALL 20 of them!
Man, did we get some good laughs that day!
I painted large numbers on them.

I LOVE them!
I love them so much I decided to make some new book bags.
Uh worries!
Remember those old chair bags?
I reused that fabric for my book bags and attached some black straps.
Once again, mom agreed to help.
This time I did all the cutting and pinning.
My mom was in charge of sewing...and that's all!
I didn't leave her alone in the room this time...not even for a potty break!
{We chose not to put a hem on any of the bags, just a serged edge}
I plan on painting the large numbers on them to match the chair bags.
One last thing...
While at my parents I mentioned to my dad that I needed something to house my big books in.
Look what he whipped up while we were sewing.
He's pretty amazing!
Now all I have to do is paint it black.
Well, I guess I'm off to get my painting on!
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Project Reveal and a FREEBIE

 Last week I gave you guys a lil sneak peek of a few projects I would be revealing today.
Well...without further ado...
Project #1: Teacher Toolbox
Last year I jumped on the teacher toolbox bandwagon and loved it.
This year I wanted to take my toolbox to the next level.
I spray painted it with black paint made for plastic and created new labels to match my room d├ęcor.
You can grab the labels {here}.
I think it looks much better black.
The bling really pops now!
Project #2: Storage Drawers 
How boring are these?
The drawers definitely needed a pop of color and I hated how you could see the mess in them.
One day when blog stalking I saw Maria's at Kender-Craze.
So I set out to Fancy mine up too!
Again, I spray painted the frame with the same paint I used on my toolkit.
I then Mod Podged bright scrap book paper in the drawers.

Once I figure out what I'm going to put in each drawer I will create labels for them.
Project #3: Table Caddies
I have really small tables in my classroom, so I've never had table caddies but I REALLY wanted some.
I found these at Wal-Mart.
They're not too big so hopefully they won't take up much space on the tables.
I added some blingy ribbon...and voila!
From drab to FAB!
Project #4: Teacher Stool
My parents remodeled their kitchen last spring and gave me 2 of these.
The brown wood won't match my classroom so I spray painted it black.
I used a dual spray paint that has the primer and paint already in it.
I really like it black!
I think relaxing teaching from occasionally sitting in it through out the day is going to hurt my hinny.
Introducing my new chair with a zebra cushion.

I haven't been able to find the perfect fabric for it yet, so I will be starting off the year with the zebra. 
Project #5: Supply Pots
I needed something to hold the supplies for my writing center and saw this idea on Jo-Ann Fabric's site while sitting in the dentist office.
So I took 5 of  these...
And created these...
Mine definitely aren't as cute as theirs, but they'll do!
I've got some other projects in the works right now.
I'll be sharing those as I finish them.
Hopefully I will have pictures of my classroom to start sharing soon as well.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

BTS sale

It's that time of year again!
My cart is full and ready to be yours? 
Everything in my store will be 20% off and TPT is offering an additional 10% off.
THAT'S 28% OFF!!!
Make sure you enter the code BTS13 at checkout to get the TPT discount.
Just click on the image below to head to my store.

{Button design by Krista Wallden}
I've added  three word wall packs to my store that I haven't blogged about yet.
Each pack includes the first 200 fry words, 2 different size headers, and a word wall header sign.
Just click on the pictures to below to take a closer look.

Happy Shopping!
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Oh My Word, Sneak Peak, TPT sale

Oh. My. Word.
Has it really been 8 days since I last posted?
Well my babies thank me for taking time away from creating to focus some well needed time on them.
I have been walking these 2 little cuties twice a day.
Here I am getting my walk on.
I LOVE to walk. Do you?
When we first start out, they are in the lead.
Have you ever seen a leash like this? It makes it so easy to walk 2 dogs at a time.
They are much easier to control when we happen upon big dogs.
They Sammie (the little one) thinks she can take 'em!
By the end of our 45min walk, I am winning! Yeeeeesssss!!!

This is our routine twice a day!
I must say I am loving it and I know they are too.
I also took a little mini-vaca to Seattle.
When I say mini, I mean in a day.
Seattle is so beautiful and there is so much to see and do there.
However, we were on a mission.
My girlfriend is getting married at the end of the month and my man needed a new suit for the occasion.
We headed to K and G to snag us a Steve Harvey suit. Mmmm hmmm!
I can't go to Seattle without stopping by the Farmers Market for fresh flowers.
It was a fun, but quick, trip!
Glad I was only gone a short time because I returned to a dog with garbage gut.
Look at his belly!!!

He got into the garbage that someone did not put into the garbage can.
 Instead this person put the bag in the GARAGE. UGH!!!
Poor thing. He looked like he was pregnant.
Happy to report he is back to normal now.
I was one mad scared mama!
I have also been busy crafting things for my classroom.
Here is a sneak peak of a few items I am making over.


Stop back by on Monday for their reveal.
One more thing...
TPT is having their annual BTS sale Sun and Mon and so will I!
I'll be posting more about that on Sat.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Half Sheet Color Posters

This will be a super quick post.
I have been collecting Nancy's (Joy of Kindergarten) colored pencils.

There are 11 colors in all.
As I was waiting for her to share all of the colors, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.
Introducing... half sheet color posters.
Click the picture or head to my TPT store for your copy.
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Perks of Being a Teacher

Over the weekend my mom and I volunteered at The Color Run handing out water to the runners/walkers.
The cups that were used were sah-weet!
They weren't your typical Dixie cup. These were plastic cute cups.
After the race there were numerous unused (by people) cups that were going to be thrown away.
Toss out perfectly good cups? What!!!
So...I gathered up a few.

I kinda had that feeling like I was going to get in trouble for taking the cups since I am a big chicken nervous nelly.
I mentioned to The Color Run staff that I would like to take them to use in my classroom....If that would be ok?
You're a teacher???
 Have a few more!

There are definitely perks to being a teacher!
Here's my stash.

I have a few ideas what I'll be doing with these.
Art and organizational projects come to mind...
On another note, with only a month left before school starts I am doing some reevaluating of priorities.
I spent the majority of  July creating new decor for my classroom.
I have made a goal to start exercising again and getting out and enjoying what is left of summer.
So with that being said, I will not be creating as much this month.
I will, however, still continue to share freebies with all of you fabulous followers.
My freebies won't always be on Fridays so make sure you're a follower.
 You  don't want to miss out on any goodies!
Have a great Monday everyone! I'm off to enjoy some sunshine!

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