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Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Made It #5

Let me start off with an apology.  I didn't realize until last night that I had "word verification" turned on.  Apparently, it's a default setting.  Sorry about that, folks!  Those things drive me nuts!  Let's move on...
I've had a busy week of packing, and was away from my apartment dog sitting this weekend, so I only have two things to share.  Both were very quick and easy to make. :)

Teacher Notes Box: This one was inspired by Pinterest.  For the life of me, I can't find the pin.  If anyone has the address, let me know and I'll add it.
The one I saw on Pinterest, was a wooden box with a hole cut in the lid.  I bought new shoes last week and had a shoe box sitting in front of me when I got the bright idea to paint the box!  If you're thinking about doing this, let me give you a friendly warning: don't even consider acrylic paint.  It doesn't coat well and with each coat, you actually remove some of the paint.  Go straight for the spray paint!!  I was able to use acrylic paint for the pink and white after a coat of the blue spray paint.  I had a clear sealer left over from making my supply box, so I also sprayed on a coat of sealer to protect the cardboard box.  It's kind of funny that I want to protect a cardboard box. :)

Kiss Your Brain Jar:
I first saw this idea on Amanda's Blog (Teaching Maddeness).  I wasn't going to make one, but I saw this jar for cheap at the Christmas Tree Shop, so I decided to go ahead.  The hardest part??  Deciding on letters.  I seriously stood in Walmart for 20 minutes trying to decide which letters to buy.  I don't normally switch back and forth with caps and lower case, but there weren't enough of each in the pack I bought... and I wasn't about to spend the money on a second pack.  So... It just looks funky and fun! :)

Brownies:  I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I do love brownies!  What's more, I love slightly burnt brownies!! :)  I picked up a $1 box of Duncan Hines brownies at the grocery store today.  They are not the best brownies, but for $1, they're great!! :)
Yep, I couldn't wait to taste them. :)
**Update: I just realized I put the brownies in the refrigerator.  WHY???
That's all for this week!  I get to start working in my classroom tomorrow, and we have 5th grade planning on Wednesday, so I'm not sure I'll have time to make anything new this week; HOWEVER, you can expect to see classroom pictures as I get everything set up! :)

P.S. I have one last picture to share.  Last night, I packed my car full of school stuff that will be taken on Tuesday.  I would have done it tonight, but there is rain in the forecast and I didn't want to take the chance.  So, as of last night, this is all the school stuff that is left in my apartment (that I didn't want exposed to outrageous heat)!!  Woot!!
And yes, those are twigs and that is a pumpkin.  I never bothered to take down my fall decorations, but hey... It's almost fall, again!!!  Too bad I have to pack it all up, though. Haha :)
Thanks for reading! :)

I was just asked to join a "teacher fashion" linky party for tips on how to dress.  Mind you, I'm not the most fashionable girl (I just can't make myself care when I'm not trying to impress 5th graders), but I do know what's comfortable.

1. Do you have a favorite store for "teacher clothes"?

I am a loyal Kohl's shopper.  While I realize that the prices are marked up only to be put on "sale", I cannot help but love the clothes.  They are somewhat affordable and wear very well.  New York & Company is good, too.  I don't find their clothes quite as comfortable, though.

2. What are some of your favorite accessories?

I have to admit, I'm not an accessories girl.  I wear my pearl studs, my Clemson ring, and my Citizen watch everyday and that's about it, besides my Clemson lanyard for my ID. :)

3. What type of shoes do you teach in?

If you're smart, you're not going to go for fashion where your feet are concerned.  I'm lucky in that we are allowed to wear flip-flops every day of the week.  So, if it's warm, I'm usually in my Rainbows.  During the winter, I opt for Dansko's.  They're comfy and ergonomically correct for your feet.

4. Do you have a "go-to" item in your closet?

My closet is full lightweight cardigans.  They're great because you can wear them all year (especially when you want to wear a cute tank that isn't exactly school-appropriate.  Like these:

5. Have you ever had a fashion "uh-oh" at school? 

Ummm, last year, at the end of the day, I realized that a pair of my dress pants had a split in the back.  Luckily, it was in a position that no one could see!!! :)
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  1. And, yes, that is a Scotch laminator...your soon to be, if not already, best friend! :) Thanks for the shout-out! Your jar (and box) turned out adorable! Yay for getting into our classrooms so our houses can turn back to (somewhat) normal! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  2. I love the idea of a teacher box! It looks awesome and ready for some mail from your students. BTW I "loose" pins all the time, no worries :)!

  3. Love your teacher's notes box... I would have never known that was a shoe box. It's beautiful!!

    Im having a linky party and would love for you to join! It's A Teacher's Fashion linky! Hope to see you there!

    From Blood to Books!

  4. I love your teacher box!! And how did you figure out you had the word verification on? I hope my blog isn't doing that! It's sooooo annoying!

    I'd love it if you'd come check out my Monday Made It if you get a chance!

    Krazy About Kiddos

  5. I love your teacher box! That is now on my to do list!! I go back tomorrow so my car will be loaded down this evening when the hubs gets home!! I am your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog and check it out!!

    1. Thanks for following! I'll be right over to check out your blog! :)

  6. My car is finally free of school supplies...well there's a binder and a bag of books...almost free! I have found myself too staring at letter stickers...too many to pick! All your made its look fantastic!

    1. Thanks! :) I loaded the last of my school stuff (except for a few stray items) in my car tonight. I loaded my car over two days, and tomorrow I'm going to unload it in one day. My arms and back are going to hurt! haha! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  7. I love emptying my house of the school supplies that have been cluttering it all summer!! The Kiss Your Brain jar looks great. I like the funkiness of it! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. Great job on all your made its!! I have brought in a box of items a few times so it is not overwhelming all at once:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Gosh, I wish I could do that! Tomorrow is the first day I'm allowed inside the school, and I'm signing a new lease on Friday, so I've got to get the school stuff out so I can continue packing! Wish me luck! :)

  9. Your teacher notes box turned out super cute. I might just have to make one!
    iTeach 1:1

  10. You and I have a TON in common as far as fashion goes! Where in NC are you? I am also in NC!

    I am your newest follower! Come check out my blog sometime! I am having a giveaway right now:)

    1. I am in the raleigh/durham area!

  11. I love your jar and your box for notes. I also had a bunch of things sitting in our living room, ready to be taken to my classroom. :) Thanks for sharing your ideas. I will definitely be back to visit your cute blog.

    Fabulous Finch Facts

  12. oh my goodness, the note box looks super cute. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my latest outfit and post for xo

  13. I could so see myself doing something like putting brownies in the frig. My excuse would be (and feel free to borrow it) that it is August/Back to School time, therefore my brain is in overdrive!

  14. Love all of your little crafties! They look so cute!

    I just started following your blog. I'm a fifth grade teacher too and I'm always interested to see what other fifth grade teachers are doing in their classroom! Your stuff looks amazing! If you get a chance stop by my new blog

  15. Thanks for reposting and linking up!! I shopped at Kohl's in high school because it was close to my parents house, now I need to find one that is close now... it had totally slipped my mind until you mentioned it in your post!

    From Blood to Books!


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