Monday, July 23, 2012

Oops, I did it again...

I spent waaaaay too many hours blog stalking last week and not enough actually working. This addiction is really overwhelming at times. Hmmmm, maybe I need to go to bloggers anonymous meeting or something. Anyways, besides surfing the web, I did a little shopping for my next Made It Monday. I bought material, styrofoam, candy, a flower pot, some canvases and crayons. This is what I did with them all...

Curtains to hang along my "teacher shelves." My friend helped my since I didn't have a sewing machine. We made 4 curtains. It will be a nice change from the ones I have previously used for 6 years!

After we finished the curtains, there was still a bit of material left. I didn't want to throw it all away so I decided to make some pillows for my reading corner. By this point, my friend was already all sewed out, so I got to make these all by myself! I was so proud!! Hehe

I know we have all seen these before. My classroom is going to me so heavily decorated in black and white polka dots with a hint of red. I thought this sign would add a much needed pop of bright color! I'm not 100% thrilled with how some of the wax leaked under the tape so I may try it again. However, I'm definitely keeping the work try. So many of my students like to say they can't do something before they even try it. Drives me bonkers! If you make this, here are a few tips: 1. make it somewhere that can get dirty or be easily cleaned (I choose my kitchen counter since it's in the middle of a remodel) and 2. use Crayola crayons. I used to cheapies and the wax seemed a little too runny.

This little beauty is another one we've probably seen plastered all over pinterest. However, I liked Rachel's addition of the sign at the top. So, I painted a flower pot, added polka dots and stuck a bunch of dum-dums into a styrofoam ball. Then I created a sign at the top, printed and cut it, and glued it to some straws. Easy peasy! In my class, red is the highest color on the color chart. At the beginning it's pretty easy to get there. I want all students to have the feeling of success. As we get farther into the school year, my expectations rise making red a little harder to achieve. At the end of the day, I reward those on red with a treat. It used to be otter pops, but this year I'm making the switch to dum-dums. Otter pops were awesome and the kids loved them, but they were not given on cold days and sometimes getting to and from the freezer was a task. The dum-dum tree can sit right in my class. Love it!!

So, what did you make??

Link up and show off!

Best wishes,


  1. the pillows came out so cute im your newest follower...drop by =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  2. ooo! I need to make some pillows for my reading corner! Wish I knew how to sew! :) I'm a new follower! Come check out my blog when you get a chance!

    First Grade Fabulosity!

  3. Love your creations!! I can't wait to see pictures of how your curtains look in your classroom! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. So cute. I love the curtain idea. I may have to try that this year.

  5. Smart thinking with using the extra fabric to make matching pillows! You made a lot of things this week! They look great. I also loved your owl polka dot theme set you made. It turned out really cute. I'm giving you an award. Stop by my blog to pick it up. :)
    Cathy :)
    C is for Cookies, Cakes, Children, Classroom, and Crafts

  6. I always tell my kids it is better to eat a dum dum than be a dum dum