Monday, July 9, 2012

Made-It Monday~!

Hey all!  It's my favorite day of the week again!  Tara, I just have to think you so much for making Mondays exciting!!  (Did I just say that?  :D)  I have truly enjoyed not only making my own things, but getting inspiration from teachers all over the world.

If you're interested in linking up with Tara's Made-It Monday or you're simply curious about what other teachers are doing click here

School Made-It

1. Labels

I have been wanting to make my own math manipulative labels and organizational labels for a long time.  Then I read Kristin's post yesterday from Ladybug's Teacher Files and I thought.  Hers are super duper cute.  Why spend my time reinventing the wheel right?  Well, there's only one problem.  My kids have Mandarin Chinese as one of their specials.  So I used her as inspiration and made a Mandarin Chinese label.

I fully intend on buying every single thing in Kristin's store.  I just love her new Bright & Clear decor!  If you're interested in the hype that is Kristin please visit her blog here.

I also wanted to take a dab at creating some math manipulative labels.  Here's what I have so far:

So those cover most of the math manipulatives that I use in 3rd grade. There are so many cute labels already out there, but I wanted to create something in my pink and lime green color scheme.  Plus I really like how the black makes it pop.

I have also started working on strategy cards for the CAFE/CRAFT/FACE board.  Here's a preview:

So before this weekend, I had never really made labels before so I'm just playing around with it.  I am trying to make things I will actually use though.  So many times I see things on Pinterest and my cuteness alarm goes off before my brain has a chance to say "You would never use that!"  Haha.

Home Made-It

Collage Wall

Nate and I currently live in a two bedroom apartment.  While we have lived here for over two years, our walls are primarily white with no decoration.  I have calendars up and a few pictures, but all too often I am staring at white walls.

Well,  as most of you know I am engaged and getting married in Maui in June.  We just got the prints back from our engagement pictures, and all I could think about was this...


So remember this from the other day?

All those 50 cent things from the Dollar Spot at Target!  And all of these frames that were on sale?
Well this is the finished product...drumroll please!!

I know it's nothing you would ever find on pinterest.  BUT  total cost including decorations, prints, frames, thumbtacks, cork board = $11.34


Besides my wall in the apartment, I really haven't done anything major for school in the past week.  I'm kind of realizing that summer is passing me by.  It seems between blogging, wedding planning, and classroom decor so many hours pass by.  Don't get me room, I'm having a fabulous summer, I just need to remind myself to stop and smell the fiancee or appreciate time with loved roses.  :D  Or something like that.

Happy Monday!


  1. Your new decorations are super cute! They look great!
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  2. Your labels are great. They should really help with organization.


  3. Your labels & home decor came out great!! I didn't know you were getting married in Maui!! What a dream wedding- I love it! :)
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  4. Wow! Did you do alot or what???? Love everything!!! All your projects turned out just great!!! I'm getting some of Kristen's things too! Isn't her stuff just amazing!!!!! Thanks for linking up:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. I know that feeling about slowing yourself down. I see so many great ideas and want to start them now...LOL
    I think the space you created on your wall is adorable. And I can't believe you only spent $11! AMAZING!!!
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  6. I think it is awesome--especially the price! I am also your newest follower. I would love to have you come by and visit. I am also doing a giveaway(small but sweet).

  7. Love, you wall. Thanks for sharing. The labels are gorgeous.

  8. I love your pink and lime green colour scheme. Holy busy-ness-i hear you about summer passing by in a whirlwind.

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  9. I love that your life is so similar to mine! Just got married and finished my first year of teaching! Planning a wedding during all of that definitely kept me busy! I think your blog is adorable and nominated you for an award! Come by to check it out! :)

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  10. Love the wall! I'm always happy to find a new 3rd grade teacher to follow!


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    Congrats on the engagement!!!


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