Arm Candy for the Teacher in You!

Kim, aka The Trashy Crafter, is doing a little guest post today!
DId you see my new Busy Town bracelets on IG?
I loved Lowly Worm as a girl and my boys always hunted for Goldbug on every page! did you know he's hidden in there? It's like Where's Waldo...also an obsession!

Books are magical, they give you the ability to go on a jungle safari one minute and a deep sea dive with mermaids the next, but what happens when books has gotten lots of love from years of use? The pages get creased, dog-eared and ripped, the bend or even start to fall off.  That’s where my Mom Helen and I come in, and this is where the story of Trashy Crafter begins. 

My name's Kim, and I have pretty much been a crafter since I was old enough to hold scissors in my hand and not eat the Elmer’s glue.  As a little girl I would come home from school each day, and as long as my homework was done I could create crafts all afternoon at my Grandmas house until my Mom and Dad came to pick my sister and I up after work.  My Grandma made beautiful crafts and sold at lots of holiday craft shows, crafting ran in my blood and it was bound to become a part of my life some way or another.

One day while I was in my senior year of college and my Mom and I went to the local thrift store. While there we noticed they had these auction bins out front of the store full of damaged and outdated books.  We found out that when books would not sell at the thrift store because of being damaged or outdated, they auctioned them off, and if the folks sifting through the auction bin thought could not sell the book or it was too damaged it was just thrown away. 

Needless to say my Mom and I were heartbroken that all those beautifully illustrated children’s books were just thrown away… so we grabbed about 25 books each in our arms and took them home.  I was really busy with school at the time, so the books sat in the corner of my room for about 3 months.  I was trying to think of a useful thing to turn the books into when it hit me!  I was very lucky to have a 3rd grade teacher that was very crafty, her name was Mrs. Bryant.  She had taught us how to roll magazines pages into paper beads (I’m sure many of you have done this in girl scouts or grade school).  I made my first few beads and knew from then I was hooked, the most magical part about it to me is that you not only create beautiful, colorful unique beads made from something that was going to be thrown into a landfill, but you know what book or item it was made from!

Everyone has stories, and connects with them so well, the reason we continue to create recycled book beads, map beads and sheet music beads is that when people purchase a set at a local craft show or online they have a story behind what they wear…. Perhaps they went on a road trip across the country, and that map bead bracelet they wear reminds them of the fun they had, or they had a band teacher that taught them to play an instrument, so they give them a sheet music bracelet as a token of appreciation… or even a gift for a mom or teacher that read you a book as a child that connected with you and stayed in your memory to this day.  As humans we all connect universally with stories, and it’s a beautiful thing to throw away, so my Mom and I plan on fighting the good fight and continuing to turn old books into beautiful, wearable works of art.

Our Process:

My Mom Helen and I gather the books from a lot of different places, sometimes we find them in cardboard boxes outside of libraries, in thrift stores on the clearance shelf or in the bins, and even get books, maps or sheet music donated from folks that love and support our mission. Once we gather all of the books we measure and hand cut the book pages into long narrow triangle strips and roll them one at a time onto lollipop sticks.  Once they are on there we coat each bead 3-5 times depending on the thickness of the paper.  Once that is done we spray them with a matte finish and then we start to make them into the finished jewelry.  We purchase damaged necklaces and bracelets from the local thrift store and strip them apart to repurpose the beads.  We create the jewelry with a mixture of the paper book page beads we made along with the repurposed beads. Once that is finished, we hand cut recycled cardboard bracelet holders and place the book labeling on to each set so folks know what book their bracelets were made from J
and don't forget to like and snap a pic from the etsy store for a bonus point! #bloghoppin2014
Kim and her mom!

BOGO Deals Day 3: Matter!

Today's BOGO is one of my BEST sellers! 
I love teaching matter and I think this little unit shows!!
I literally have to use nothing else! and that's awesome!
So if you buy Marvelous Matter today through Saturday, you get this fun little add on free! It will be included in the download for this week only. 
Double Double Toil and Trouble is regularly $3 in the shop, and it's perfect for Halloween! It brings all sorts of potions into your science time! and even if you are not teaching matter at the time, it can stand alone!

and here's the rest of the deals!

BOGO Deal Day 2: Economics for Little People!

Today I'm sharing a open house scavenger hunt [that I previously shared about 3 years ago on here!] on Blog Hoppin'! Get on over there and snag it!

In the meantime...

today's BOGO deal is a little different-the Little Economists organizers are INCLUDED in the Itty Bitty City download! and I just overhauled the WHOLE file! it looks so so much better now!

So if you purchase Itty Bitty City product, you get the organizers product for free!
and you can still snag the Iditarod freebie for the rest of the week as well. I also added it to both Iditarod products, so you can purchases either the centers or the class activities and get the sweet husky craft for free!
I've set all the BOGO deals up already! you can click the picture to go straight to them!

Happy Monday!

Christmas in July BOGO deal days

So I am trying something a little different! It may work great; it may and learn! 
I have matched up some products that I feel go hand in hand-like they're best friends!
If you have never followed the Iditarod dog sled race with your class-you NEED to!! Seriously amazing! and those doggies! 
I included everything you need to follow and learn about the "Last Great Race" held each March in Alaska. 
So how today works is you purchase the class activities OR the centers and get my brand new product for FREE! I won't be posting this until the fall! and how cute would these little huskies be hanging in your hallway!?!?!

here's the deals for the rest of the week! You can go ahead because I set them all up already!! Each freebie is INCLUDED in the purchase! But be sure to download, because they will be gone next week!

Yes, please leave feedback! I appreciate it and it earns YOU free credits!
this sign is a little old (hence the check out tomorrow reference from the Black Friday sale...) but Feedback still works the same!! I immediately leave feedback after opening the product! then I won't forget!

Christmas in July Day 5: snowed in with freebies

Today's dealio is one I've updated fairly recently...I tend to update things I use year after year!

each year for the past 4 years [since I've been teaching second grade] my team has a "snow day"
we live in southern NC, snow's a HUGE deal to us!
I'm sure if I lived anywhere north of here I'd hate the stuff!
But we take an entire day, decked out in our jammies, and pretend we are snowed in at school.
that includes reading by flashlight-because if you live in NC or anywhere south of here, you know the power is going out! 
SO here's my Snowed in at School!

 so here's a peek inside!
this one is loaded-you could actually do a week long snow theme with this!
above are literacy activities including a reading log specifically for the snow day
fact and opinion writing about the best snow day activity-ours is always making a snowman because we don't really get enough to do much else! I also included an awesome activity online that I learned about from Christina Bainbridge! Kids can put themselves right in a wintry wonderland!
and there are 2 visualizing activities [one funny poem, the other more serious]

above is my favorite-a snowman shaped book review! I made a great bulletin board with this one!
and there is also making paper snowflakes how to writing.

and for some math I have snowman shopping and a snow day snack! yum cream cheese!
I have posted about our snow day a few times-you can see more here and here [and some freebies too!]
tomorrow is the last Christmas deal!
and next week is a whopping ol surprise!

Christmas in July Day 4: 12 Days of Christmas!

I do love this little gem! It's perfect for that week before Winter Break when the kids are acting like they've never opened a present before and you are doing all you can not to jerk a knot in one of them!
That right there is why I made this! My teammie had the great idea of making them stations for that last week! life.saver! 
There are TWELVE centers in this file! And they are pretty fun if I do say so myself! All are correlated to Common Core that curriculum hat shall not be named, too! And it has great centers/activities from 1st-3rd grade!

and it's marked down half off today only!!

to find it, just click this little sign in my shop! I change the link every day to make it easy for you!

and here's what coming up! You're going to just DIE next week I tell ya!

Christmas in July Day 3:unwrap an inference!

Merry Day 3 of Christmas in July!

Today my Unwrap an Inference is half off! I LOVE these activities!
I made a Valentine version and am working on a few more! They are interactive and challenging!

so how does it work?
There is a read aloud for you to..well, read aloud!
it's all about a gift exchange mixup! and boy are there some OVERreactions 
there are character cards with a short bio about each charactergift cards for each gift givenemotional reaction cards (show the dramatic reactions when kids got the wrong gift!)4 different assessment options-match the wrong gift, match the right gift, match both, and a text clues sheet (cvarying difficulty)gift tags for each gift (with kid names to use for matching which gift goes to which kid)
I know you'll love it!

and here's what's coming up!

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