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Thursday, 12 July 2012

This Just In...

I got a Cricut, I got a Cricut, I got a CRICUT!!!  :)

I barely know how to work it, and I am a little obsessed already!!  My mind is spinning with ways to use it.  This is my first project...I ordered a toolbox from Amazon, then made the pretty labels with my Cricut.  Now all of my teacher supplies will be in one spot!  Pretty excited about this...y'all know me and organization!  ;) 
I've been Googling and YouTubing tips and ways to use my Cricut, but if you have suggestions or fun tricks, please comment on this post and let me know!  I would love to hear them!

Here are some other things I've been working on this week for my classroom:
These are my yarn letters...love how they turned out!
I told y'all I have been making some purchases, and a couple of my most recent ones are these bookshelves.  I am sooooo excited about this!  For years, I have had two large mismatched bookcases in my classroom, and they are such an eyesore!  So, I purchased four of these stacking cubes, and a bench to go in the middle of them...

Here is a picture from Pinterest...mine will look somewhat like this.  

I recovered the bench cushion that came with the bench.  You will soon find out about me (if you don't know already) that I DO NOT sew.  Never.  I don't do it.  I don't even want to learn how to do it.  So when I say I recovered the cushion, it means that I used hot glue to do it.  :)  I can do anything with a hot glue gun that you can do with a sewing machine.  You'll see.  
Check back for pics of the finished product next week!

Just a note, guys...I see you all looking at my blog, and I LOVE IT!  Please remember to follow me by email...that way, any time I post, you will be notified.  Also, leave me a comment so I can know your thoughts.  I love hearing new ideas! 

I'll be posting my resources for our first Scott Foresman Reading Street story this week as well.  I will also be posting some "before" pics of my classroom soon!  :)  
'Til then!


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  2. Wow, thanks, Wendy!! Looking forward to reading your blog as well! :)

  3. Holy cow! I love those read letters...what's the base and are there instructions somewhere? And I am heading to pin that beautiful storage area..moving into an extra small house soon and that looks just perfect! Great site...love your blog!

  4. Thanks, Heather! I am all about organization...hope the storage space helps you! The letters I got at Joanne's...they are the paper mache' ones, and I think there are a couple different sizes. I bought the yarn at Wal-Mart...and just started wrapping! It's a little tricky figuring out which way to wrap first so that all of the corners are covered, and I did have to unwrap and rewrap a few times! Ha! There is actually a great tutorial from Pinterest that I should have watched FIRST!! LOL You can view it at http://ciao-mama.com/2012/03/06/yarn-wrapped-letters/. Hope that helps! Happy wrapping! :)

  5. I am your newest follower!!! I'll be new to the world of fifth grade. I am super nervous, I have been in primary for many, many yrs.

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  6. Mrs. Wright,
    Welcome to the fifth grade club!! HA! Hope you can find some ideas for your new venture here! Don't be nervous--you'll be great! :)