Monday Made It

Happy Monday Made It to you!  This week's MMI proves that I spend way too much time on the computer.

MMI #1 Shutterfly Pillow
Did you know Shutterfly has pillows now?  To be honest, setting a plate of pizza on my kids' faces seems a little weird, but I had other ideas for this new service.

I whipped up an image in Photoshop, and uploaded it to Shutterfly.  About a week later, this little beauty arrived:

So cool, right?  I'm kind of obsessed with anything personalized, so it makes me happy whenever I see it on my couch.

MMI#2 Canvas
I wanted something balance out the shelves over my craft table.

I knew I wanted something on canvas because that wall is pretty busy already.  Canvases aren't cheap, so I scoured the Internet.  I ordered from Canvas Print Factory.  The next morning, I realized I shouldn't have ordered 6 canvases from a company I had used before.  These types of logical decisions don't really happen at 1:00 a.m.  Thankfully, I am super happy with the quality.  The price was right, the shipping was free, and they turned out cute.

My last home made it is something my older daughter and I worked on together.  She's growing up, sniff, sniff, and getting more into clothes and accessories.

Sadly, I didn't take any pictures while we worked on it.  Basically:
1.  Cut a long rectangle.  Hint: Measure a scarf you like.  Double the width and length (if it's an infinity scarf), plus a little extra.
2.  Fold wrong sides together the hot dog way.  Iron.  Sew the long side.
3.  Fold a 1 inch cuff, iron, then turn inside out.
4.  Tuck the non cuffed side into the cuff.  Sew.
5.  Boom.  You've got an infinity scarf.

Now for the school Made Its.  I made a couple of new things for my TPT store.  I'm super excited about this set:

They turned out so stinking cute.  Here's a close up:
I also made some new things for my Retro Brights series.

Now, hop on over to 4th Grade Frolics, so you can see what everyone has been getting crafty with!

Monday Made It

I'm back with a few Monday Made Its.  I love this linky because it gets my booty moving from just pinning cute ideas on Pinterest to actually turning some of them into reality.  Big thanks to Tara for hosting this every week.  And you'll definitely want to make it to the end of this post for a super crafty giveaway!!

Made It #1:
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my office/craft room make over.  I've been putting that space to good use.  I had seen this project on a blog I love to read:
I'm starting my older daughter's tween makeover and decided these pillowcases would be a great start.  I {LOVE} how they turned out.

I had a little trouble figuring out the tutorial on the blog, mainly because I'm a level -22 sewer, so I included a few extra pictures.
**If you follow the tutorial, your pillowcase will be too big.  I didn't realize that until I was farther along in the process.  You can start with less fabric (if you feel like doing the math), trim the extras, or just sew a wider seam.

Made It #2
I recently bought an embroidery machine.  I have no idea how to use it, but thanks to YouTube I'm slowly learning.  I knew I would need somewhere to put all the embroidery thread I will inevitably end up hoarding. I saw this pin on Pinterest and knew exactly what I wanted!
A trip to Hobby Lobby led me to this magnetic board. I had to take the magnet board out to replace with my peg board, but I kind of fell in love with the gray chevron.

I sprayed my peg board white, got busy cutting out a chevron pattern with my beloved Silhouette, sprayed it gray, peeled, and voila!
FYI-I couldn't find any dowels that actually fit in a pegboard.  But a trip through the pencil sharpener and a dab of wood glue solved my problem.

How cute does this look???

Made It #3
The school supplies are starting to sneak into stores.  I guess I had B2S on the brain, so I whipped up these cute gingham apples for my TPT store.  I think I'm going to add some chevron apples, too.

You'll definitely want to head on over to visit 4th Grade Frolics and see what everyone is up to.

Throwback Thursday

Hey hey!  Happy Throwback Thursday to you.  I'm linking up with Cara over at First Grade Parade today.

This was one of my most favorite writing activities this year.  We were focusing on how to show not tell in our writing.  I had found this super idea at Miss Radka's Rhapsody.  The kids chose a strong emotion, and used this planner to brainstorm.

**Originally posted October 20, 2012
I wrote here about the awesome lesson I found on Miss Radka's Rhapsody blog and how well it went in my classroom.  Here are a few pictures of the final projects.  We actually finished these up about two weeks ago.  Details details.

This is the lesson that keeps on giving.  We were working on plans this week.  I asked the kids not to just plan the feeling they were having, but how they were going to show it.  This lesson has been PERFECTO to refer back to.  I know it's going to be an anchor lesson we come back to all year long.

Annnnd, here's a little tip for your kiddos that are really struggling with showing feeling.  I was working with one of my little guys who was feeling terrified at a point in his story.  I asked him how he was going to show it, we referred back to this lesson, and he was still struggling.  He told me he wasn't feeling anything, he was just terrified.

So, out of nowhere I yelled "BAM!!!!!!!" at the top of my lungs.  He jumped a mile.  We discussed how his body reacted physically and how he looked when I did that.  We also had a good laugh before y'all think I tortured the poor kid.

Hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane.  Going over this lesson again makes me ready to jump into teaching writing again!

Five on the Fifth

It's the fifth, which can only mean one thing on this blog.  It's time for . . .

If you're new around here, these posts show off the heart of teaching blogs-the sharing of really great ideas.  Five on the Fifth even has its very own Pinterest board.  You can follow it here.

Everybody is loving on Interactive Notebooks right now and for good reason.  Middle School OCD shared this idea for making pockets.  So genius!  

Kids love writing reports, right?  Um, no.  The Teaching Thief shared her windows into history projects.  I want to make one, and I'm a grown up.  So, I'm pretty sure you could trick your kids into a writing a report with this idea.

Parts of speech rank right up there with writing reports with the elementary set.  Joy in the Journey seriously set my heart to pitter patter mode with these.  She has them in color and black and white.  I cannot even describe the depth of my love for these.  Only other language arts teachers would understand it.

Oh Kim.  Where were you when I taught self contained for ten years??  KG Fonts is major.  Not only does she have cute fonts, but I stumbled on this when digging through her massive TPT store.  Did I mention all her fonts are free for personal use?  Like this math bar models.

I felt like I was staring at my own green baskets when I saw this on A Cupcake for the Teacher.  Except Teri's has little plastic cups from Ikea to keep things organized.  Smart, very smart.

Now, if you're in a pinning mood, be kind and pin either from the 5 on the 5th board or directly from these ladies' sites so they can get the credit they deserve!

Ready to Get Crafty-Monday Made It

It's summer, so the Monday Made Its are flowing.  Love having the time to start and FINISH projects.  You know what I mean.

First up-my home Made It
A couple of summers ago, I bought a little sewing machine.  I wanted to learn to sew.  I have become a very accomplished straight line sewer.  I can whip up anything that requires a straight line and a straight line only.  Pillows, curtains, shams, bed skirts, and the cutest playhouse for my girls (fits over our dining room table-best project ever).  If it has straight lines, I'm your girl.

So I bought a sewing machine, and being the OCD gal I am, I organized space for all of my supplies.

Then I sewed more.

And bought more fabric.

And more supplies.

And got a new machine.

Lately, I found that I don't want to sew anything because my stuff had grown waaaay past a few baskets.  I couldn't even find a measuring tape or scissors without a blood pressure raising dig through multiple baskets.  So, I pretty much quit sewing.

After my husband moved his office area to an upstairs closet (you can see that here), I had his old space to myself.
It used to look like this:

After a trip to Ikea and Michael's for the supplies, I now have a perfect space.  That hanging bar from Ikea may not have been complete necessary, but I love it so much.  I big time {heart} those craft cubes from Michael's, too.

Here's another view-just because.
I have a few projects planned to cutesy up the area, but for now I'm so glad I have this space with "room to grow".  Several of those drawers and baskets are empty, and I have storage under the table.  Which is good because I may have ordered this:
It's an embroidery machine.  And I love it.  And I'm scared to take it out of the box.  Hopefully, I'll have a few Monday Made Its with this little beauty.  Once it's out of the box.

I love having a whole little room.  It's mine, mine, all mine.  Here's a shot of the other wall after I gave it a ruthless organizational makeover in January.  Can you tell this room is my little slice of happy?  

I got crafty on the computer, too.  I've had a TPT drought.  I just haven't wanted to make anything for awhile.  Finally got a little inspiration and got to work big time.  Let's just say it was a very late night.

I kept rolling this past weekend and started a new brights pack.  I'm working on the frames and clipart now.  I'm seriously in love with this color combo.  I've been want to make over A Bird in Hand Designs, my blog design site, and I think I have my color inspiration.

Want to see what else summer lovin' teachers have been up to?  Head on over to 4th Grade Frolics to see.