Monday, July 1, 2013

Blogoversary, Monday Made It, & Manic Monday

Happy Blogoversary to me! 

Wow! So much going on on this fine Monday Morning & first day of July!

One year ago TODAY I started this blog! And it has been a fabulous adventure with no regrets. So happy to be a part of the blogging community! We also have Monday Made It with Tara at 4th grade frolics, Manic Monday with Charity, AND the moment everyone's been anticipating............


A LOT going on today! And of course, to add to it, what would a blogoversary be without a 
GIVEAWAY, right???

So first things first....Monday Made It!

So anxious to finally link up with Tara for the first time since summer began. I was hoping to have some cutesy numbers made by today to number my made its, but this will have to go on next weeks to do list. 

Made It #1
I finally finished my chair! Well, almost! Still have to add the varnish. But other than that it's done!

If you're not super artsy like I'm not......this is an easy alternative for your name! Let me tell ya, this head board has so many coats of paint on it from me messing up.....shhhh! I tried it free handed, but it didn't turn out. Then I tried stickers, yuck! So I ended up purchasing these cheap, little wooden letters from Walmart and painted them and hot glued them on! I think it turned out GREAT! I'm happy with it!

Another tip for those not so artsy people out there like me!! I really wanted polka dots on my chair, but you know how hard it is for someone like me to paint those on??! So I used the end of a paint brush.....and bam.....I have polka dots! Dotted polka dots, but nonetheless!!! I have polka dots and it's super easy for those of you that need easy like me!

Love it!
Can't wait to put it my room!
 Monday Made It #2
I painted my Friendly pencil sharpener, purple to match my room! I was lucky enough to get a free sharpener from the awesome Troy at "Classroom Friendly Supplies," but it did not match my classroom. I used spray paint and it turned out great! My son is very mechanical and LOVES taking things apart, so this was the perfect project for him. It went right back together just as easily as he took it apart!

If you haven't heard about this sharpener, which I'd be surprised if you hadn' can see my review video {here}. And at the end of this post, you'll have the chance to win your own!
 Monday Made It #3

I finally made my crate seats that I been wanting to do since last summer when I first started seeing them!

I have yet to see anyone make them with these type of crates, but they seem to work just the same! The other ones are a little more eye appealing, but since I live in a tiny, rural resources are extremely limited! A few years ago, all we had was a Walmart!! We actually have a Target now and just got a JoAnn's last year! Seriously! No Michaels, no Hobby Lobby, no IKEA. I get so envious hearing all of you talk about all those awesome stores! Now if that isn't enough.....the stores we do have, carry a limited supply, different from larger cities, because we are in a rural area! When I go to Walmarts and Targets in other areas, I can't believe how much HUGER the selection is!!!

These are the patterns I used for the fabric.

Love this one and wish I could have found this same one in the blue!

Had to settle with this one for the blue, being in the rural area and little selection, but it matches & looks nice! 
I used travel pillows for mine from Walmart.....and HIGHLY SUGGEST this if you're planning to make these! The padding at JoAnn's was very thin, not much cushion, and they wanted $30 for it! These small travel pillows at Walmart fit perfectly, give a nice, rounded, and thick cushion for $3 each, which costed me $15, as apposed to $30. 

I also ended up going with these fabric quarters from JoAnn's, which I also HIGHLY SUGGEST! They are literally the perfect fit for each stool! NO CUTTING whatsoever!! And you don't waste money and end up with a bunch of leftover fabric!

I took one of the crates into Home Depot, and the associate there measured and cut the plywood for me for free of charge! Done, all I had to do was pay for the plywood and that was $22! They are so nice there! Can you believe we actually have a Home Depot here....hee hee!??

And from there, it's very easy! Anyone can do it. Oh, you will need a staple gun though, if you don't have one.

Just lay in this order, and staple away! It does help to have a second person to help you hold the fabric tight, but isn't necessary.

Monday Made It #4

This is not MY Made It, but my crafty son got in on the Monday Made It this week!!!

It's twirls in the wind and looks really awesome when it's spinning!!! I love it! He did a really good job!

Now, for Manic Monday!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
And since it's the 1st, that means "Freebielicious on the First" is also hosting their freebie linky party!!

I'm linking up my new Subway Posters I finished lastnight!

Here's what's included!

You can get them right {here} and for free! If you take advantage of this freebie, feedback is always appreciated! :)

OH......the giveaway!!!
Seriously....I'm giving away MY ENTIRE STORE to one lucky winner! Granted, there are only 32 items, but that's still a pretty good deal!! 

One lucky winner will also win a Classroom Friendly pencil sharpener! Choose from black, red, green, or blue.....or paint it like I did mine! Pin this image for an extra giveaway entry! :)
{sorry, but this can only be shipped to winners in the U.S.}

A $24.99 VALUE

And one winner will win this interactive solar system Smartboard software from LAKESHORE! If you haven't tried Lakeshore's interactive software out, you're missing out! I currently own three of them for Phonics and math, and they are fabulous! This particular one is for grades 3-4. 

A $19.99 VALUE
You can go {here} to check out all of their interactive software!
So, there will be 3 winners! Leave a comment below telling which item you prefer to win, and hopefully when winners are chosen, it will work out that I can give you the item of your liking! I hate to see teachers win items they will not use!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And....speaking of giveaways, and google reader being gone as of today.....did you get in on all of the "Bloglovin' giveaways that Amanda at "Teaching Maddeness" has been hosting?? If not, check it out! Even though, the collection has closed, many of these giveaways are still going on!!!!

Have a Great Week!!!! :)

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  1. Wow! You have been Monday Made It busy! Love that your son joined in on the fun too! Everything looks awesome! Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Your chair is absolutely adorable!

  3. Loveeee your chair and the posters! Your blog is so darn stinking cute too!

    24/7 Teacher Amy Harrod

  4. I love your chair and what a great idea to paint the pencil sharpener. I like all of the colors. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for sharing those cool Subway signs, Heather

  5. I've been thinking about painting my rocking chair but just haven't had the motivation to start the project! Same goes for the crate seats!

    Love those pencil sharpeners too! Great giveaway!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason

  6. Love the chair. Looks great. I have a green sharpener and need another one!

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  8. I would love to win all the items from your store! If I win the sharpener, I would like the blue one. Thanks!

  9. Three things...
    1. Using a travel pillow is genius.
    2. I'd choose green for the pencil sharpener
    3. I'd most want to have the pencil sharpener since I had one last year and it broke :(

    ❤ Karen
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

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  11. Your chair is adorable! I love the way you did your polka dots - very unique. Thanks for all of the directions on making the crate chairs; your tips are some of the most helpful I've read. (And I may be the only teacher left in blogland that has not made a set yet!!!)
    I would like the blue pencil sharpener if I am a winner. Thanks!

  12. I think I would like the blue sharpener as I'm getting ready to move into a brand new BLUE classroom, floors and all! I would love to win the items from your store too! How awesome would that be?!?!

    One Berry Blog

  13. I would be happy with winning any of the three options. If I won the pencil sharpener I would like the blue one.

  14. Great posters! Your chair looks so cute! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!

  15. I would be happy with any of the three options. If I won the pencil sharpener I would like black.

  16. Wow, you certainly are creative! I pinned the Subway Art posters, they are just what I was looking for! I would love your TPT store, or a (blue) sharpener.( I don't have a Smartboard.)

  17. So many awesome things at your store! It is hard to choose, but I really like the Writing Frames for Struggling Writers, Calculator Math Task Cards, and Melons of Antonyms and Synonyms Center. If I was lucky to win that great sharpener green or blue would match my color theme.

  18. I could really use the sharpener!! Blue would be the perfect color! :o)


  19. First that chair is ADORABLE!!!!! Second using the travel pillows on the crate seats was GENIOUS! Third I would pick the black sharpener and winning the sharpener or the store is what I would love.

  20. Your chair is SO cute!! I love the way it turned out.

    Thank you for the giveaway - I'd love the pencil sharpener to be black (so I can paint it, too! LOL) and if I could choose 1 of the things to win, it would be that fantastic sharpener :)

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  21. Wow, you have been busy! Love everything you've made! Especially the chair, so cute!!

    The Resource(ful) Room

  22. Wow! You have been busy!! I love it all! Never thought about painting my pencil sharpener!

  23. Congratulations on your blogiversary!! What an awesome giveaway. Your chair turned out great, thanks for the tips. I had a hard time getting my plywood cut exactly right for my crates, glad yours turned out so well! It must be hard not having any of those stores near you, but think of the money you are saving :)

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  24. I'd love the black sharpener! And I don't have a smart board, but the other two prizes are great :)

  25. This is the second time I have been here today! Love your giveaway! It wouldn't matter what colour sharpener I want, because the company does not ship outside of the US. I won one before but couldn't get it:( I would LOVE to win your whole store! That would be awesome!

  26. I would love the black pencil sharpener the most/but the solar system software would also go great with my unit!


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  28. That chair is unbelievable! How in the world can you call yourself a "non-crafty" person? I would love the pencil sharpener! It doesn't matter what color it is - I just want it to WORK

    Happy Bloggiversary!

    Surviving Sixth Grade

  29. Thank you for the travel pillow idea. Genius! Your chair is also super cute! I think I would like a blue sharpener and would love anything from your store. :D

  30. I cannot decide between the pencil sharpener or the whole store. If it is the pencil sharpener the color would be blue (I love blue). Although, you items are great also. I guess it would be the whole store. More options that way.
    Melissa Mize
    Creations by Mrs. Mouse

  31. I would love a red pencil sharpener. And the pencil sharpener is what I'm hoping to win the most! I go through a lot of sharpeners!

  32. Thanks for the freebies... Love the Subway Posters...
    I would like a blue sharpener and I would LOVE to win the WHOLE store ... that would be awesome!!!

  33. I would want a pencil sharpener -- a green one! :) I've heard fabulous things about this sharpener!

  34. Would love your store, or a blue pencil sharpener.
    Congrats on your milestone, and good luck!

  35. All of your projects turned out great! Thanks for sharing the freebie!

    Success in Second Grade

  36. I would love to have the pencil sharpener the most!! I would choose green!! :)

  37. I would like the red pencil sharpener. Thanks for sharing the shortcuts on how and what to use to make the seat made it so much easier!

  38. I would love to win the pencil sharpener. Can't wait to spend some time looking through your blog!

  39. thanks for sharing the awesome posters! Red pencil sharpener, from the store: morning calendar, addition fact homework, editable binder covers :)

  40. Glad I found your blog. I would want your store items or the pencil sharpener.

  41. Love this giveaway!!!! It's amazing!!!!!! I would love a green pencil sharpener!!! They look great!!! To many great things from your store to choose just three but if I had to I would choose the ladybug life cycle unit, spring into attributes, and spotting numbers 1-15. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  42. Love your chair! Thanks for the give away

  43. I would LOVE to win the pencil sharpner! I have read so many amazing things about them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Your chair turned out great! I'd like black if I win the pencil sharpener, which would be my preference if I am a winner! Thanks so much!


  45. I would love the sharpener in any color! No smart board :(

  46. I just found your blog and I'm already in love! You did great with the chair!!
    Thanks for the chance to win some great stuff!!

  47. I love your chair! I would love the sharpener (blue would be great)! Thanks for the opportunity!

  48. I would really hope I win this sharpener!

  49. I would most like to win the sharpener. I would like it in green, my favorite color!

  50. I would love the sharpener in any color, but my favorite is the blue one. The 3 top products I would most like are...
    126 Photo classifying cards
    The Ladybug life cycle
    Spring into Attributes

    Thanks again!

  51. I would love to win the sharpener! All I have is an electric one! I would also pick blue!


  52. I'd love the sharpener in blue.

  53. Love to win the sharpener and I'd pick blue!

  54. You've been busy!! LOVE all your projects... especially the adorable chair!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  55. Congratulations! I would like a sharpener in blue or black.

  56. I like the blue sharpener and I would love to win all of the prizes.

  57. I would like the black sharpener if I win. From your store my top three items are:
    Lady Bug Life Cycle
    Spotting Numbers 1-15
    Write the Room Mini Books

    I LOVE your chair! You did an amazing job! Now I want one but I don't have the room in my "new" (much smaller) room.


  58. Wow! Soooo many great ideas! I would love to win your store. Your products are adorable. If I won the pencil sharpener, I would prefer black. What a great giveaway!

  59. I would love the black sharpener! and I would like to win any items at all! I am a new teacher and would love any assistance and free really awesome and useful things! <3 it!

  60. I would love to have the green sharpener. I also love, love, love anything chevron. My favorites are the job and clip chart. I also like the binder covers.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Great giveaway! Love the sharpener. I have one but something got jammed in it so I'd like a new one. Also, what kind of paint did you use to repaint yours? I love purple too!

    Carol T.

  62. Hi again!

    I'd love to win your store. Don't have a smartboard. If I were to win the sharpener, I'd like blue. Seems the best choice if I repaint it like you did.


  63. Would love to win the red sharpener the most!

  64. I have been wanting one of these pencil sharpeners!! I'd love any color, but would probably choose black

  65. It's me again! Forgot to leave my email.

  66. I would love the pencil sharpener, but any of the prizes look great! Love the suggestions for the crate seats!

  67. Wow what great prizes- thanks for doing this- I do love your blog too!!

  68. I would love the sharpener or the items in your store :) Red is my favorite color.

  69. I LOVE the green sharpener and would have to say that my first choice would be the sharpener! :c) Thanks for the chance to win.


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