Monday, July 30, 2012

Made it Monday and more...

Let's begin with a picture...

This is what my desk looks like. No, not my desk at school. My desk in my bedroom. Can you guess how thrilled my husband is?! This may not look like much, but I can assure you, it is! Plus there's another pile beside my dresser and somehow my baking station (yes, I have a baking station! You don't??) has somehow become my crafting station. I have never bought/made so many things in one summer before!! I'm counting down the days until I get to go back to school and unload all of this crap these goodies!

So today I put the finishing touches on a pinterest inspired (shock) mailbox for myself. My students are ALWAYS writing notes to me or drawing me pictures. And I truly love them all!! The problem is that they put them on my desk.... everywhere.... all the time! I'm hoping this box will become a collecting place for my student made treasures.

I'm not too happy with how my name turned out, but hey. Whose perfect? And I know pink isn't in my polka dot/red/owl theme this year, but it is my favorite color so I had to sneak it in!

All this crafting has even started to rub off on my hubby. He actually wanted to go to Michael's with my this week! I know!! I could hardly believe it either ;) He decided while I was making my mailbox, he would make a bed for our cat. Our cat is strange. Really strange! But in a cute way! He's ADDICTED to cardboard boxes!!!!!! If we bring one home, the second it goes on the floor, his 6th sense kicks in immediately and he comes running into the room. He'll hop inside and play there, scratch at the corners and eventually fall asleep. See, I told you he was strange! Anyways, my dogs usually comes around sooner or later and rips it to shreds (which is so fun to pick up, let me tell you). So my hubbs decided to buy a wooden box. Genius!! And since he was a Marine, he had to paint it camouflage. I think it turned out pretty darn awesome...

I tried to bribe my cat to get into the box, but he wasn't going for it.

When I wasn't busy painting, I was working on my Back to School centers this week. I originally decided to go with a frog theme and call it Leaping into Learning. So that's what I did. BUT, I've had such a great response (thank you) to the owls that I just had to do that, too!

These centers are almost identical. Obviously the graphics are different. There is also one more math center in "Whooo's Ready for First Grade." As always, you can pick these up at my TpT store. Or, the first 5 followers to comment will get the packet of their choice for FREE! PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!!! I'm a lot of things, but a mind reader is not one (although that would be cool)! 

Happy Monday friends! What did you make today? Link up and share!

Best wishes, 


  1. Am I seriously the first to comment? Who-hoo! I'd love the owl one. Your mailbox looks cute (as does your husbands kitty box :) ). Can't wait to see what you do with all your crafts.

    Thanks so much

  2. Ooo! I have those target owl rugs too! Love them!

    First Grade Fabulosity

  3. What is the large owl on your desk? I am also doing an owl theme this year and I get very excited when I see awesome stuff like that! You "Who's Ready for First Grade" looks amazing!!


  4. WOW you have been busy. OMG your box is so cute, but so is the owl set - I love it.

    queenoftheclick {at} yahoo dot com

  5. I love the box idea! The kids are always laying stuff on my desk & I tend to shuffle them around for days looking for somewhere to keep them. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Stop by & visit sometime:)

    First Grade Fairytales

  6. That box idea is fantastic! I have seen other teachers who three-hole-punch everything their students give them and put it in a binder to keep all year. Both great ideas!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  7. I love the beginning of the year froggy packet! So cute! Need some beginning of the year activities, this is my first year teaching 1st grade!!

    Mrs. Jankord

  8. Your items are wayyyy cute! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower and would love to have you visit my blog and to link up on my "Blogs of Inspiration" page.
    Happy Teaching,

    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  9. My cat, Skunky, loves cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, etc. She even tries to get into the 24 can soda boxes. I LOL'd when I read your post, because I just took a video of her today. She flipped a square box over in the living room and then lifted it up, so she could hide underneath it.

  10. I LOVE the centers... Also thought I'd say hello! I spotted you since we clearly have the same good taste! We match!
    - Michele

  11. Your owl theme is adorable... I am your newest follower, I found you through the linky!

  12. Awesome! I can't wait to check out the games.

  13. Your mailbox and owl themed things look AWESOME. I am doing a mailbox myself this year - zebra of course for my theme ;)
    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings