Monday Made it! Jobs and contact paper!

I am posting!
and it's almost Tuesday, but it was a long day of meetings!
I had to run down to my room to snap some pictures to post of a few little projects!

Last year I covered the back of my built in bookshelves with this contact paper straight out of heaven!

It's from Amazon and I bought 6 rolls!
SO obviously I had some leftover!
I was planning on going to IKEA to purchase a corner shelf for all the binders of amazingness I am supposed to keep up with, but I spotted this nasty white cube shelf thingy in the trash last week at school!
all it needed was a little 409 and contact paper!
and it will match my new color scheme!

I didn't want to waste a few little scraps and I still had about 5 little clear cans from Michaels that I never used from last year...I plopped in a fake plant from IKEA, rolled a strip of contact paper (still attached to the backing) and perfection! you can see my bookshelves below!

Now this is an oldie that I had to blow the dust off of!

Since we are beginning the Leader in Me, classroom jobs are going to be a big push this year.
confession-I cannot keep up with class jobs!
This was my old job chart from my first year in 2nd grade! I made it in WORD!!! what?!?!
so I recovered the cork board in some wrapping paper from Target and added navy bordette to bring in the color scheme
Isn't it beautiful!
Now let me explain why there are no faces on these poor kids...
I took a picture of every little kiddo's and cut out just the face to use for this board.
I attached Velcro to each and when they did not have a job, the hung out on the velcro strip up top. When they did have a job, I put that sweet little face right on the job card! Talk about cute!
Don't ask why I put it up the next year. I honestly forgot about it until I cleaned my closet!
it's like brand new to me now!
and I added it to my store!

I hope  you saw something here you can use in your room too!
I can't wait to read all the Monday Made It's on Tara's blog!!!

Sunday Smorgasbord July 27

Happy Sunday Funday!

I'm linking up with Michelle to share some randomness all about classroom colors!!
This week feels like I'm back to school officially!
I'm getting the excitement that decorating my classroom brings!
I absolutely swore that I would NOT change any color theme in my classroom, but I have to admit that I get bored very easily with looking at the same thing year after year...
but what really got me was a trip to Hobby Lobby!
Here's the thing with HobLob and me...we live next door to each other
so we aren't apart for long periods of time
and it's simply setup to lure me into it's color combo goodness!

oh don't mind if I do!
I instantly fell in love with this combination!
and bought it
with no specific need for it
as usual
then this happened later that night!

I went completely outta control! a pinning crazy lady!
then...I remembered my wall I just painted lime green last summer

now that's not gonna work, is it!?
So with a little help from my owls, I decided the thing to do was to make a s-l-o-w transition to coral and navy!
SO I went the easy route and bought this beauty from Melanie aka Schoolgirl Style. It will blend perfectly with my existing wall and I only had to remove pink and red from the old classroom colors! 

in the meantime I am working on a decor set for next year cause I'm a lunatic!
here's a little sneak peek!

pretty, huh!?
I still have until August 25 before the kids come back!
I can't wait to share some progress this week on Instagram!!
Happy Week friends!

five for friday

Whew! It's Friday and I actually had to be at work this week!
not really work.
We began our Leader in Me Lighthouse Team training!
I'm officially able to be a presenter...not that I would even try right now!
We had to do mini-presentations and there's just so much passion that goes into this! It's really life changing and something I really needed in my life. Honestly I get caught up in drama and it's not where I want to be!
Here's my little Lighthouse team-I guess they won't mind!

that's me in the pig tails...yep

what bubbly wants, bubbly gets...My sweet friend Bubbly Blonde needed the genre posters in neon, so we added some flair! aren't they presh! I'll add them to the shop soon! I mean, anything with arrows is my thing! Of course I do love the original ones! and they are quickly becoming my best selling product!

Middle and Little Lamb enjoying a Minecraft scavenger hunt at a b-day party! They were all over it and it may have brought out a little competitiveness in the adults! This is my teammie's picnic table at her mom's house...seriously!!

A new project is posted on DonorsChoose!! We are trying to get a projector in the room so I can prevent crow's feet from squinting! and so the kids can also see! If you so feel the need to give even a dollar-all donations will be matched dollar for dollar! Use the code INSPIRE! I just gave everything in my paypal! yes, to myself but for something greater than clothes!

On Monday I went to arrange my classroom furniture. In fact, I won't even uncover the boards because they will sidetrack me!
My goal this year is decluttering. I LOVE knick knacks! bad! and they are everywhere. I am trying really hard to toss stuff or put in away. I am finding some creative ways I'll share on IG too!
happy friday! I'm off to declutter before squid dissection with the boys later!

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!

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