Weekend Warriors: Pinspirational June (Part 2)

I'm back for  part two of the Weekend Warriors Pinspirational June! You can check out yesterdays post about some great things I've made for my classroom by clicking here

Today I'm going to be sharing a few creations I've made for my home. I don't know about ya'll but my DIY board is FULL of great ideas! If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen this photo. I used some left over materials from our wedding last year to make this cute wreath for our front door. I got everything from Hobby Lobby. The "B" was black. Here is how you can crackle paint.

1. Paint your base coat the color you want to "show through". Mine was white. Let dry.
2. Put a layer of crackle paint (you can get this with acrylic paint at any store.) Make sure you do not go over it more than once. If you put more than one coat of crackle paint, it will not work. The thicker the coat, the thicker your cracks will be.
3. Once your crackle paint dries, paint over it with your top coat. Only do one coat. Do not do two or it will not crackle right.

The ribbon and sunflower I had left over from my wedding. I bought the wreath using the 40% off coupon. I got it for under $2!!! Here is the final product and I LOVE it!!!

I needed a ring holder for my kitchen. I can not stand to wash my hands or do dishes with my rings on. I saw this cute on on Pinterest and loved it!

(Pinterest version)

My version. I got the frame at Hobby Lobby. Frames were half off that week so I got if for about $2. I took the glass out and my husband attached the hook screw (we just and lying around the house). I think he just "screwed" it into the cardboard backing. Anyway, I like how it turned out. 

I really like to save things that are sentimental. When I first joined pinterest almost three years ago I kept seeing these memory shadow boxes. I always wanted to make one but never got around to it. Well guess what...I got around to it. I bought this frame shadow box at Hobby Lobby (can you tell I like that store?) also with the 40% off coupon so it was about $5. I added a cute paper for a background and added some lovey dovey stickers to jazz it up. Each time we do something fun we add it to the box. Inside, I put ticket stubs from sporting events or concerts, notes, movie tickets and other sentimental items that my husband and I have done together. It is a great way to remember all the fun things we've done. 

Last, I made a magnetic make up board. I'm honestly not sure what I think about this yet. Our vanity in our master bathroom is small so there isn't much room for my makeup. When I saw the idea on Pinterest, I thought it would be great. I bought a cookie sheet from Dollar Tree and covered it with this fabric square that I got at Wal-Mart. I used adhesive spray to attach the fabric. I tired hot glue and super glue but it wouldn't stick to the metal. I had a burlap flower glued at the top but it fell off and I just never glued it back on. I bought those little round magnets that you can get at the craft section at Wal-Mart and hot glued them to the back of my make up cases. Then I stuck my make up to my cute board. Now, this does work really well if you have limited counter space. What I don't like about it is when your make up runs out and you get a new one, you have to pry the magnet off the back of the old case or buy more. Then get out your hot glue gun and start over again. They also make it harder to fit inside my travel case when we go out of town. All in all, I like it, it's just a pain to keep up with. 

There's my home pinspirations! Click on the links below to see what awesome creations my sweet friends have made. 


Weekend Warriors: Pinspinrational June (Part 1)

Hey ya'll! I've teamed up with my favorite bloggy friends for this months edition of Weekend Warriors! This month we will be bringing you all sorts of pinspinrational projects! 

I'm sure you know this all ready but Pinterest and I have a special relationship. You see, it was Pinterest who introduced me to the blogging/TPT world. From there our relationship has blossomed! When the school year ended, I had (and still have) a long list of pinterest projects lined up. Then June came and I became super busy. We had weddings and vacations so not many of those projects got completed, but it's almost July and the crafting craziness is about to begin once I get back from the TPT conference. Today I'm going to be sharing three projects I've made so far. Two are super simple and easy, the other is my summer labor of love! 

Up first is the "Lost & Found" bucket. How many times a day does a student come up to you with a pair of scissors or a pencil and they say "I found this on the floor and it doesn't have a name." I don't know about ya'll but that annoys the poo outta me! Then I came across this idea and just knew I had to implement it into my classroom. 

If a student finds a "no name" something on the floor, they simply place it in the Lost & Found bucket. On Fridays, we will go through the bucket so students can see if they are missing anything. This will be perfect with my math tubs. Some one always forgets to pick up all of their manipulatives and something is found on the floor and I never know which tub it belongs too. So, for example, on Friday if there are some colored counters in the Lost & Found bucket, we can get our tubs out and each student can check their counters to see who is missing one. (They will know how many they are suppose to have.) You can read about my math tubs here and here

Want a copy of this cute poster? Click here to get it for FREE! I've included a zebra, chevron, and polka dot version. 

Next, I made a PVC pipe mini anchor chart stand! I first saw this idea from Falling into First

This cute little stand will hold mini anchor charts for students to use as reference. I'm going to place one in my writing center and then have one for small groups. 

Here is what you need:

Lowes Materials:
2 - 1 x 1/2 in. Side Outlet Elbow
2 - 1/2 in. Adapter (Slip x Thread)
2 - 1/2 in. Elbow (Slip)
1 - 1/2 in. PVC pipe. Cut it into three 10'' pieces. They can do this for you there. 

Other Materials:
Binder Rings
Paint or Washi Tape

Now when you go to Lowes, there will be two isles FULL of PVC pipe. Do yourself a favor and just ask for help right away instead of trying to find them on your own like I did! LOL

I had planned on covering the longer pieces of pipe with washi tape. I didn't buy any new kinds because I already have a ton. When I went to cover it, it didn't cover up the bar codes and red letters (not shown in pic.) that are on the pieces of pipe. It drove me crazy so instead of making the 20 minute drive back to Wal-Mart, I just decided to paint mine instead. Duct tape would also easily work. 

When it's finished, add your rings to the top and attach your anchor chart. Isn't it cute?!?

Last but not least is my summer labor of love...can you tell my excitement? I have three filing cabinets in my room. Two are large and then I have a smaller one. While I love them, I've come to HATE them at the same time. My files and units always get mixed up. I'm going to have a much larger class next year so I've decided to get rid of one of my larger file cabinets to make some space. So of course, I turned to pinterest to help me find a storage solution. I immediately was drawn to the binder solution and have debated for two years to try it. I've finally taken the plunge. I'm organizing all of my monthly files into these binders. 

My mom was a teacher and when she retired she gave me FOUR, yes FOUR, giant tubs full of binders! Teacher heaven!!! I'm so glad I could finally put some of them to use. That is why they are not all the same size or color. I just decided to use what I had. I needed the binders that had the plastic cover so that I could put my binder covers and spines in them. 

Now before I show you how I organized all of these lovely binders you saw above, let me show you what my spare bedroom/craft room looked like during the middle of all of this.  

See that huge pile on the floor...all TRASH! I said if I haven't used it in two years it's going to the dump. I had stuff everywhere!!!! My classroom is being painted which is why I couldn't do this at the school.

Here are what a few of my binder covers look like. 

Inside each one you will find all of the activities used for that month. I'm going to use November as an example. 

Since I'm getting ride of those files, I didn't want to go buy dividers and label each holiday. I just tore the folder it was in, in half, punched three holes and placed it in the binder. They became my dividers. Behind each divider, all of the actives used are in plastic sleeves. 

This made me go through ALL  of my units. I separated them out. Threw away duplicates. Next came Thanksgiving. Each unit I have purchased is in a separate plastic sleeve. No more getting things mixed up. 

Sometimes, I had left over craftivites that we didn't get too. I just placed them in the side pocket (construction paper and lots of card stock doesn't fit into sleeves very well.) I had a writing activity left over from Valentines Day that we didn't get to. Instead of throwing away that pretty paper, I saved it for next year. 

Honestly, I'm still not all then way finished. I still have one bag of files to sort through. I am loving it so far. When August/September come around, I can grab my binder and everything I need for the month is in one place. 

You can grab my Monthly Binder Covers in my TPT store. Click here to check them out. 

There you have it folks! My pinspirations for the month of June! Check back tomorrow for some pinspinrational crafts I've made around my house! You can see some other great classroom creations by clicking on the links below. 


Five For Friday (June 27th)

Happy Friday friends!  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday. 

I just returned from my vacation. My husband and I went to Nashville and we had so much fun. 

On Sunday, my husband and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary! We ate dinner at the Hard Rock on Broadway in Nashville.

We got to go to the Grand Ole Opry! This was a bucket list moment for sure. I grew up listening to Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, George Jones and so many more great country artists. It was truly an awesome experience to be where so many legends have performed. 

There was a surprise performance from Little Jimmy Dickens! How cool is that?!?

We also toured the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the legendary 
Studio B recording studio. Here are some snap shots of our trip. 

I had a slight obsession with the Miranda Lambert exhibit at the Hall of Fame. I'm a tad obsessed with her and aware we could be best friends if we ever meet! 

This piano sits in the RCA Studio B recording studio. It was Elvis's favorite piano. Over 1000 Billboard hits have been recorded on it. It was awesome to see. 

Of course I had to rock my Jamberry nail wraps during our trip. I'm wearing this months sister style wrap Born to Sparkle! The picture shown below is at the Grand Ole Opry! I still have these wraps on today and they look great! 

I have two open spots for online parties in July. Want to earn FREE jams? Book your party with me today! I do all the work and you get the rewards! Click here to host a party! 

We drove to Nashville. It's a 10 hour drive from my little town in Texas. That gave me some time to work on some new products. My husband calls me a workaholic. It is only sorta true! 

Do you use Brag Tags in your classroom? I do and my kids LOVE them. Are you curious as to what they are? Brag Tags are a rewards incentive where students can earn tags for various things to be placed on a necklace. I created a set of Math Concept Brag Tags. They were created to reward my students when they have "masted" a certain math topic. Once they can show me how a skill is done, they will earn that tag for their necklace. These are great for small groups. You can click here to check them out. They are on sale today! 

This starts tomorrow!!! I'm linking up with some of my favorite blogging buddies to share some great ideas with you! Stay tuned! 

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