Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It!

Yay! I finally get to participate in all the crafting linking-up-ness!

I've been hunting around thrift stores lately and I finally found a mini-muffin pan! So I chopped up those well-loved crayons from last year and made some new ones!

I enlisted the boyfriend to help me unwrap them all and he used his grey matter to find the utility knife to slice off the paper! Genius! Especially since I have a whole bag-full left to unwrap.
Chopped up and ready to go!
 I may have left them in a little too long, but they sure look cool!

I also made a SUPER CUTE gift for my girl's night this week. I'm meeting with the ladies from my old school 150 miles away (I moved this summer). This will be my last night playing Pokeno with them and here's my present to some lucky winner, maybe me!

It came out so nicely!!

First the stickers...
... then spray it down.
I made the mask separately by layering glitter and spray gloss on a cardboard cutout. 
Then I hot-glued the sparkly-cuteness on!

Wish me luck so I can win it!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thrifty Thursday!

Now that August is around the corner I've definitely caught the shopping bug. I should probably live in Target. Dollar Tree has had some good finds, too. But the real fun is hunting around in Goodwill and Salvation Army!

I've always loved going to thrift stores. You'll never know what kind of gems you'll find and excavating them from shelves is half the fun. Dangerous work, too, though. I had a huge wooden mask fall and crash at my feet. And I wasn't even picking in that area!

Take a look at my latest finds!
A sweet painted treasure box for reward smellies and a tin box for magnetic letters!

ANCIENT compact cameras for... something. Maybe read the room, or science observations, or just plain fun?
When I saw these I knew I had to have them, but had no idea what they were used for. I guessed that they would be fun for the kiddos to balance or even sit on, but when I tried my tush was way too much for it! Apparently they're used underneath the hands and feet for a core balance workout.
They'll be used for SOMETHING!

I was also tickled to find a crock pot for $6 and a pair of old-fashioned beaters! Can't wait to make applesauce again in class. I used First Grade Parade's recipe last year and it made the room smell soooo good. 

Go check out your local thrift store! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beg, Borrow... and... steal?

You know how it goes... creative teachers do an awful lot of creating, but their fair share of borrowing ideas, too. I hope my attempt at some good ideas are looked on as compliments, not stealing!

I've been following Herding Kats in Kindergarten for a while and love seeing her "Where the Wild Things Are" theme pop up in her Monday Made Its. She had a great idea of using place mats on student tables instead of taping down name plates. Genius! I borrowed her idea and made my own.

Click to download!

Another idea came from pinterest, as all borrowed ideas come nowadays, but I'm struggling to find the pin! The blogger explained that she's a little tired of the colored clip charts that keep track of student behavior. Her do-gooders knew they were doing better than the others and the ones who had to sit out never could remember what it was they did wrong. Her idea for this year was to place a rule card from Whole Brain Teaching by the students name so that both she and the student would remember what needs to be worked on. She discussed removing the clip chart altogether, but I may combine the two some how. 

At any rate, I borrowed her idea of making small rule cards by shrinking my rules posters down. 

Click to download!

I'm kicking myself that I didn't pin that idea to any of my boards! Seriously, I've looked around for about an hour for it. 

This last idea has been tossed around by just about everybody. I made it last year and I'm STILL getting requests from Scribd to share it so I thought I'd just make it a Goggle Doc (why didn't I do that in the first place?) Click to download!

Can you tell I love me some Scrappin' Doodles? And I'm lovin' all the good ideas!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Pinning!

I was doing well... really well! Not ONCE did I think about school in June... besides the brief pang of guilt that I WASN'T thinking about school. Pinning on Pinterest made me feel better, but then I realized:

Source: via Kim on Pinterest

So I might as well get off and start some projects.

First, I took this:

And made this!

I used cute wooden cutouts and ribbon from Michael's!
I love how it turned out! If I can find a shoe for walkers then I'll replace the sun and cloud.

I also whipped together some cute mini shaker eggs!

So THERE's the reason I was hoarding Easter Eggs!

The ever-growing list also includes:

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest

Good thing I'm only halfway through summer! :)
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