Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pintervention Party...I've started doing.

I worked on this Friday but didn't quite get it posted until today. I actually got side track on another project - imagine that.


I have been pinning things like crazy since early last summer. Unfortunately many of them just get inner and nothing more. Finally this summer I have made time to recreate some of the cool things that I have pinned here is just one example.

This was actually a combination of two pins that I've had for a while on Pinterest

and inspiration from Katie's post for week two of Made It Monday.

Here is what I did.

blue dye in a bucket with 120 clothes pins

a used a bowl to hold down the floating clothes pins
clothes pins drying after the 2 hour soak
half the clothes pins lined up ready for next step
mod podge then some glitter
two more layers of mod podge on top (to hold glitter)
gluing on the thumb tack
 This is the final product
a class set of decorated clothes pins
 The plan is to use them to hang up student work outside my classroom. Up to this point I have just used clear push pins in the corkboard strips.

Thanks for stopping by.

June purchases

Well, I have been shopping like a crazy woman so I thought it would be fun to join Kristen's linky party over at Ladybug Teacher Files.

Some of the shopping has been at physical stores and others online. Here are SOME of my fun purchases.

I did a couple of smaller orders with Vistaprint to stock up on ocean themed items. I had a custom t shirt made and some rubber stamps (to get up to $25 for free shipping) but most of the rest of it was free. I even uploaded a picture of myself while scuba diving to go on the notepad and business card.

After all the talk about the quietest pencil sharpener, I bought a couple of blue ones for my room. I haven't tried it yet but I'm hoping it's great.

I bought a bunch of ocean/diving themed stuff at Lakeshore while they were doing a sale. I don't really like the fish and clams wearing the jewels in the one kit but since our school theme is "go for the gold" I thought the treasure chest could be a connection. I'm not sure exactly what I will do stickers but I'm sure I will come up with something. I actually bought two packs of tiny fish/creatures that I will use with a reading incentive board where they will fill their aquariums but I had them at home so they aren't in the picture.

I also purchased two bean bag chairs for my reading area. I actually ordered them online from Walmart. The boxes they showed up in were huge but super light. I'm sure the kid taking care of the dog that weekend was probably really curious what was in the boxes. I didn't think to take a picture of them so I have included a promotional one.

The other cool thing I bought is a classroom library embosser. I pinned it a while back to finally went a bought it. I usually just write my name with sharpie on the front but I thought this would be really neat. It hasn't arrived yet but I technically bought it in June :)

Of course I have bought a ton of crafting materials and also some fabric for a friend's mom to make curtains for my room but I don't want to get too carried away.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Getting into my crafty groove

I have been hard at work trying to get in touch with my crafty side - which is generally buried very deep. Here is my newest link up for

The first project was inspired by a pin from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten. Of course who knew Tara was also going to be doing something very similar this time too :-)
so inviting
Pinterest inspiration
Here is my version. I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out the letters and circles. I used card stock for the letters and the outside circles. The inner circles were digital scrapbook paper that I printed on white card stock. I attached the letters with a tap runner and the middle circle to the back with spray adhesive.

my version

close up

The next project was a quick one that I've had pinned for ages. This is the inspiration.  In hind sight I should have stuck with a rigid plastic visor rather than foam. I will probably have to remake them later on but this will at least get me started

Two students (rotated weekly) get to wear these hats during centers, when the teacher is working with small groups. If they can't answer the question, then only these students may come to the teacher. Sort of a play on "ask three, then me"
Pinterest inspiration

my version

The final creation was just because I saw cheap tumblers at the dollar store and I thought it would be fun to personalize them for my grade level teamies. The fourth grade next year will be made up of two teams (a reading/language arts teacher and a math/science/ social studies teacher). One pair of teachers (which includes myself) are doing an ocean theme and the other team (which includes a special ed teacher as well) are doing a super heroes theme. We also have an EIP teacher that serves fourth and fifth that will reside on our hall and she loves owls. I'm not sure if it will be a theme but I wanted her to feel included. The pink ones incorporate their initials into the design but the others have an initial on one side and the image on the other. I put paper in the blue ones since it was distracting to the see it showing through from the back

super hero cups

ocean and owl cups

Okay I wanted to throw in one other quick cutie. I did a large Vistaprint order last week (and I haven't even gotten to my Groupon one yet) and I made a banner for the other reading teacher who is my bestie at school. I probably should have put a book in the flying kids hand also but I didn't think of it until later.

reading banner
I'm looking forward to checking out all the others now.