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Gettin' Crafty for Monday Made it with a FREEBIE!

Monday means craft day... at least that's how I feel :) Tara and her amazing linky always provides me with some serious motivation to pull out the glue gun and get to work! Today I was uber productive and have lots to share with you :)

Last week my good friend Caity and I (the teacher friend I always talk about who is always up for craft adventures with me!) found these awesome plain wooden frames at Michael's for $1.99. We knew JUST what to do with them! First day frames :)

#1 We spray painted them lime green (they look yellow in the picture but are much more green in person!) and spray painted some stars yellow. We used my cricut to cut out the letters and laminate them, and made a cute bow with some ribbon and poms! We made "1st" and "Last" letters to put on the star and use velcro dots to attach them. This way we can change it out for the first and last day of school photo!
{Aren't they adorable?! Caity made hers say school since she teachers Special Ed. and has all age groups!}

{Close up of mine... Isn't it adorable?! I can't wait to see my precious fourthies pics with it!}

#2 We also saw this real cute canvas art at Hobby Lobby and thought... we can make that! So we did!
{ We painted the canvas brown and took turns on the different fonts to paint the saying. We were pretty proud of our free hand.}

#3 Every year I try and do something to make my kiddos feel special on their birthday. With 56+ kids this can add up! I found these crazy straws 10 for $.80 on sale at Walmart and picked up every pack they had in May. I made these cute little balloons, laminated and cut them out, taped them on the back, and put them in a cute bucket! Every kid can pick one on their birthday :)

If you like these, you can pick up the balloons and tag for free at my TPT store! I made them in 6 different color options, too :) Just click here to head on over and download!!

#4 I wanted to add a little more pop of color and love to my reading nook this year, so I had to make a cute READ sign, of course! I picked up two 2 packs of 8x10 canvases from Hobby Lobby and set to work having fun painting them! I used lime green, yellow, and blue to go with my room theme! I can't wait to see them hanging on the wall.

{I know, the "R" is a little low on the canvas, but I had a little burn my hand glue gun disaster... yikes! haha I guess I'll have to deal.}

#5 I have been loving making these Classroom Decor Packs, and my good friend Caity wanted one to match her Dots on Turquoise classroom theme. Of course I couldn't refuse my best crafting buddy, so I set to work! First, I made these papers to create the pack! There are 17 papers and 2 bunting banners in all! If you use these colors or the Dots on Turquoise set in your room, these are perfect for anything else you want to create to add to it.
{Click here to download them at my store!}

#6 After I made the papers and banners, I set to work on a Dots on Turquoise Classroom Decor MEGA Pack. There are 208 pages of goodies in this pack including nameplates, bunting banners, library bin labels, number labels, Team Cards, a calendar set, Color Behavior Chart, Daily 5 signs, and so much more! Click here to head on over to my store to pick it up!

Now before you leave, don't forget to take the poll to name my new linky party. I plan on starting it the first week of September and can't wait to have everyone's thoughts and ideas all in one spot :) It will be a KWL for bloggers where we will share what we know, want to know, and have learned from other teachers on a topic each week; a great place to store everyone's wonderful ideas!

Let's make it a GREAT week!


My Goals for This Year & Linky Party vote!

Happy Sunday Funday everyone! Hope you're all enjoying your weekend :)

It has been so long since I have linked up with Latoya at Flying into First Grade, so I just have to for this week's fun topic :)
My goals for this school year:

BE ORGANIZED! Yes, I always start the year with this spic and span organized classroom that I am so proud to walk into. Then, about 3 months into the year I feel like a hurricane has gone through and I am pulling my hair out trying to figure out what happened. I am trying to be more proactive this year and get things organized right away so I don't have this problem!

BE TECH SAVVY! I am currently working on my Masters in Instructional Technology and all of this tech talk has me really feeling like a bum in the technology department. I need to vamp up my tech usage, like fo' real! My first step towards doing this is creating a new "lesson" block each Tuesday in my schedule I am going to call "Tech Tuesday"! Each week I plan on taking 20 minutes to share a new technology with my students. For example: Blogger, Kidblog, Wikispaces, Voki, Google Docs, iCloud, etc. I am also going to give them 15-20 minutes that day to explore the technology. I know it is a big chunk of time, but with the mode of taking standardized tests changing, the technology component of Common Core, and my students working towards being 21st century learners, I think it is a necessity! I am also going to have a class Schoology page that I will share more about when it is all created. I plan on posting homework, important class updates, discussion forums with literature circle roles, comprehension quizzes, and writing journals on Schoology.

BE A LEADER! This will be my 2nd year at this school and I absolutely LOVE it. I have learned so much through blogging and my masters and I want to make sure I share it with my coworkers. We have such a positive and loving school environment, and I want to continue to encourage it!

What are your goals? I'd love to hear them!

Now for a linky update!

For those of you that read a few days ago I want to start a new linky pary that is like a KWL, for teachers. Each week I will choose a topic such as Reading Workshop. Bloggers will fill out a cute KWL chart with what they know already (share ideas and thoughts on the topic), what they want to know (bloggers can comment with suggestions and answers to their questions), and what they've learned from other bloggers or teachers or even just tricks of the trade over time. I need help naming this linky and got some amazing suggestions! I am going to give the person who suggested the name of my linky 5 free products from my TPT store.

I want your opinions too! Please take my poll and vote on what you think the linky party should be called:) Feel free to fill in your own idea for "other!"

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Monday Made It-Crate Seats, Crafts, and Subway Art freebie!!

I have been trying to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer..
I don't even like saying that!!!
One of my close girly friends, who conveniently is also a teacher:) And I have been getting together for craft time! I'm here to share what we've been up to, and a couple home crafts by linking up with the amazing Tara!!

{Our busy day of crafting!}

Starting with...

Crate seats!!!
We scoured the internet for the best tutorial on how to make these, and combined a few that we found.. here's what we did and it worked beautifully! :)
{We started with 5 each of these white crates from Target. They also come in teal and black! We liked these because they seemed sturdier than many of the others, and they were only $4.00}
{We used this adhesive spray to connect stick the foam, to the wood for a little extra reinforcement. It was $4 at Lowes}
{We wanted alternating fabrics to make it a little more fun! You need 1/2 yard for every 2 seats because the fabric is folded over, so basically 1/4 yard per crate. So I got 1/2 a yard in the chevron and cut it in half for 2 crates then 1 yard of the green stripes and cut it into 4's. I was happy too because this gave us 1 extra square in case any of them get worn down. So each square is around 18x21 inches. I got the green striped one from Joann Fabrics and it was on sale for $3.99 a yard and the chevron from Hobby Lobby for $5.00 a yard.}
{These are Caity's fabrics! She got them both from Hobby Lobby and they match her Dots on Turquoise classroom theme!}

{Caity's dad was awesomely nice enough to cut the plywood up for us! We wanted the board to sit down in the lip of the inside of the crate, so we gave him one to measure. The measurements of the boards are 12x14 and they are 1/2 inch thick.}

{We knew the foam was going to be the most expensive part of the project, and we wanted thick foam so it would be comfortable and hold up well. Hobby Lobby sells foam squares that were 12 by 12 that would have been small, but we could have made work! They were $8.99 a piece for the 2 inch foam, and I believe $5.99 for the 1 inch. We wanted 2 inch so we found this roll that made 10 11x12 foam rectangles to fit our crate. It was $34.99, and we used a 40% off coupon so it ended up only being $21 for enough 2 inch foam to cover all of our 10 crates! We looked at Michaels and Joanns and this was the best deal by far!}

{Cutting the foam was the hardest part, and as you can see it isn't PERFECT. But it worked! We rolled out the foam and placed the wood boards on it. We then took an exacto knife and sliced around the rectangles one at at time, as deep as we could. Then we folded the foam in half and used scissors to cut the rest. The length of the foam worked out to be exact with 10 crates, so we really just had to cut about 4 inches along the top, then cut it in half lengthwise, and then cut those in fifths width wise. **If this step sounds too difficult to you, then the pre-cut 12x12 foam squares would work, they'd just be a little more pricey!}

{Sorry I didn't get a picture of us wrapping them, but it was all hands on deck at that point! We folded the long sides over first and used the staple gun to staple them. Then we folded the short sides in like a present, and stapled them under! VOILA! They fit and looked great. Lastly, we took about 6 inches of ribbon and folded it in half to make a tab, and stapled it to the bottom of one of the short sides of the wood. You don't need this step, but it makes it easier to lift up the cushions for storage!}

{Caity's all finished!}

{Hubs thought this was how you sat on them.. oh boy! haha}

In our shopping adventures for crate seat supplies, we found these adorable wooden frames from Michaels for $.99. We decided to spray paint them and make some cute subway art for our classrooms! I LOVE how they turned out :)

I made both of these in multiple colors and I am offering them for free at my TPT store! :) Click on the pictures below to download.

My next "made-it" is a home one! If you remember a while back, I blogged about my victory of finally convincing hubs to paint our accent wall in our bedroom black with gold glitter. After a little cajoling, he finally agreed! It turned out amazing :) Well I wanted to add a little more to spice it up! So I spray painted letters with gold glitter, and had some of our wedding pictures placed in black frames. 
{Hubs was amazing and helped by space it all out right!}

{It's hard to tell in the picture, but I LOVE how it all turned out!}

{Caity made this adorable flower pot for my desk! Isn't it SO cute?! I just love it, and I know my kiddos will too! She used a foam ball and just stuck the suckers in all the way around! Then she made loops out of the ribbons and hot clued them. She covered the "C" in glitter, and glue it to the ribbons! She is a talented lady!}

Before I go, THANK YOU for making it this far! I know it's been a lot of reading :) I want to leave you with a few reminders...
We are scheduling an Ohio blogger meet up!! We have about 9 bloggers interested so far, and we'd love to have more! We are thinking around the Columbus area in August! I can't wait to meet all of these amazing people behind their amazing blogs :) Send me an email if you are interested for more information!

Also, remember... I NEED LINKY HELP!! I posted this in my last post and got a lot of good feedback, but keep it coming! :)

Well, I have had an idea for a linky party for a while, but I would love all of your input! I want to do a bloggy type KWL. I would pick a topic each week, and using a cute KWL template, bloggers would link up with what they know about the topic (what they currently do) what they want to know more about (bloggers could comment with ideas and suggestions) and then what they've learned from other bloggers or research.

I need a cute name for this linky party.. and that's where I'm enlisting you all! I am taking suggestions for names.. and the person whose name I choose will win 5 free products of their choice from my TPT store!!!

I am also open to doing this linky party with another blogger as a joint linky party, so if you're interested, comment! Make sure you leave your email in your comment :)

Thanks for reading.. I know it was a long one. Go reward yourself with some chocolate, or a cookie :)


Ohio Bloggers Wanted, Snapshots, and Linky Party HELP with WINNERS!

I was so bummed when I found out our Vegas Vacation was 2 weeks before the 2013 Vegas Blogger meet up! I would have LOVED to meet all of these wonderful bloggers that I read and share with! When I got an email from Britney over at Tailor Made Teaching expressing interest to do an Ohio blogger meet up, I was so excited! 
So, shout out to all of you Ohio bloggers... let's get together!!! :) We haven't picked a date yet, but we'd like to get a big email group going to figure out a good date, time, and place for all of us to meet up! Britney and I are in the North to Northeastern Ohio area, but we want all bloggers from Ohio to participate so we can find a central meeting place! I don't mind driving a little to meet all of you wonderful teachers :) Send me an email at mrscap6(at)gmail(dot)com and let me know you're interested so I can add you to the group.

Yay!! I am all giddy and excited just thinking about it! Also, please share this button on your blog, instagram, Facebook, etc to get the word out!! :)

Next, I'm linking up my favorite photos of the week with Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera for her amazing Saturday Snapshots linky!

{I was ECSTATIC when I saw this on my porch yesterday! For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you know I love to run! After getting a hairline fracture in the side of my foot 5 weeks ago, my doctor said I had to invest in new running shoes. Of course, I have no problem with shopping!! :) I can't wait to put some miles on these puppies!}

{Aren't they puuuurty?!?}
{One of my closest girlfriends, Caity, and I finally got the chance to do some major classroom shopping! We got SO many phenomenal deals! Make sure you follow my Instagram where I post classroom finds and deals! I can't wait for us to craft it all up and use it!}

{Crates and wood for crate seats, cute ribbon, fabric, and poms from Target and Hobby Lobby! Hobby Lobby has 50% off of ribbon this week and lots of fabric on sale!}

{More fabric, canvases, pillow covers and frames! The pillow covers were only $3.99 from Hobby Lobby and we plan to use old pillows for some, and stuff the others with polyfill!}

{Letters for "READ" sign in my classroom and more 50% off ribbon!}

{AWESOME nonfiction leveled finds at Target $1 spot! Presidents book, 50 states book, Sharks, Wolves, and historical documents!}

{Frames for $1.99 at Michaels! We plan to paint them at put subway art in them! Our FAVORITE find was these amazing metal bins from Michaels for only $4.50 They are the perfect size for clipboards and  dry erase boards, and they are so much more sturdy than my current plastic bins! YAY! }
{.49 cent Scentos highlights, markers, erasers and dry erase markers at Michaels... YES PLEASE! }
{My adorable friend working on our crate seats! I will reveal the finished products on Monday!! Isn't she the cutest?!}
{Thursday hubs and I headed to Pittsburgh to see Jimmy Buffett in concert! We have ALWAYS wanted to see him and were so excited! He didn't disappoint. It was an unbelievable performance! We will definitely be going again next year!!}
{The Wives! Love these girls.. we had a blast :)}

{Our seats were amazing! We were right in the thick of the action and I loved being under the Pavilion.  *Sidenote: One of the girls shared a 20 signs your close to thirty article that said one of them was you no longer purchase lawn seats at a concert! HAHA... well, I'm not THAT close to 30, but I don't care.. I'll take these amazing seats over being soaked by rain and hot in the lawn!:) }
{We stayed the night in Pittsburgh and did some sight seeing and exploring the next day. We had breakfast at Deluccas (featured on Man Vs. Food), went to the Duquesne lift, and checked out the Rivers Casino! Such a great day! }

How was your week? I'd love to hear about it!

Thank you for reading this far. The last thing I wanted was to ask for some linky party help! I have always wanted to host my own, but I have felt anything I did would be seriously inadequate to the amazing Farley, 4th Grade Frolics, Fourth Grade Flipper, Doodlebugs Teaching, Collaboration Cuties, and all of you other amazing bloggers!

Well, I have had an idea for a linky party for a while, but I would love all of your input! I want to do a bloggy type KWL. I would pick a topic each week, and using a cute KWL template, bloggers would link up with what they know about the topic (what they currently do) what they want to know more about (bloggers could comment with ideas and suggestions) and then what they've learned from other bloggers or research.

I need a cute name for this linky party.. and that's where I'm enlisting you all! I am taking suggestions for names.. and the person whose name I choose will win 5 free products of their choice from my TPT store!!!

I am also open to doing this linky party with another blogger as a joint linky party, so if you're interested, comment! Make sure you leave your email in your comment :)

Thanks for reading! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!