Saturday, August 23, 2014

Washi Tape Clipart Accents

I've survived the first full week of school and my brain is tired.

How do I recover?  A little netflix marathon while playing with colors.

I started my morning working on some products and wishing I had some simple Washi Tape clipart that wouldn't clash with the words I wanted on top.  Next thing I know, I'm playing in Photoshop.  This is so much more relaxing than thinking.

Teaching 7 grade levels is mentally exhausting.  I'm glad I remembered how much fun I have playing with shapes when my brain is tired. :)

The first result is this Washi Tape Crosshatch Clipart accents.

They will be a flash freebie  in my TPT store until Sunday morning.  If you like them, please leave feedback.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

How We Made a Pirate Ship: Finishing Touches

The best find for building the ship was mini 99 cent chalkboards.  I hot glued some twine around the edges of the chalkboard and my hubby added a wood scrap wrapped in brown duct tape.

We attached dowels together with wire and twine and then hot glued them to secure.  When we were camping, we bought wood in mesh bags that became our sails.  I just cut them to size and tied them to the dowels with twine.

We glued down some Styrofoam and a corner piece from a package to place the dowels into.

My husband cut a piece of cardboard and wrapped it to hold a captains wheel.

The final touch was to add some silver yarn and a painted silver anchor to the boat.

I'm still working on my pirate bulletin board.  Right now all it has is some adorable Melonheadz pirates.

Whew, that was a lot of pictures and blogging about my pirate ship.  Maybe someday it will help someone build a ship of their own. :)



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How We Made a Pirate Ship- Part Two

My husband watched the time lapse video I posted a few times.  He laughed every time he watched me take a break.  Who hasn't wanted to just stretch out on the floor and take a break?!  I was already there and no kid germs were in there yet!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How We Made a Pirate Ship for my Classroom

I have an ocean themed classroom.  Mostly my room looks like it is underwater. 

Last year, my Kinders fell in love with Harry Kindergarten's Subtract Like a Pirate song.  I had a blast speaking like a pirate and telling pirate related math stories.  Since pirates live in the ocean, I decided it was time to add them to my ocean theme.

I recently shared a time lapse video of my husband and I making the pirate ship.  Check it out HERE.

Day 1- Shaping the Ship from Cardboard Boxes

I set up my GoPro to take pictures while we were working.  This was my favorite picture.  If I didn't know any better, I'd think my husband was proposing.  I should have been the one down on my knees thanking him for all his hard work!

When it doubt, take a Pinterest break!

You can check out my Pinterest Pirate Board here.  
You can see some wonderful examples that inspired us.

I should add: glue, glue, glue.  I spent so much time gluing.  My husband spoke in welding terms about gluing.  He wanted me to tack things down and then glue all the seems with thick beads.  All that gluing worked out.  We've moved that thing all around it holds together.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pirate Ship

At the end of last school year, I told my husband that I wanted to build a pirate ship for the top of my cabinets.  He laughed and suggested I buy one at a toy store.  By the end of the summer, he'd come around.

I'm so excited to share what we made.  I'm so proud of how it turned out.

My students are loving the pirate ship.  I'm mostly hearing, "We love your boat."  My favorite compliment was a third grader that told me the ship was boss.  So funny hearing a kid say that.

When my fifth graders came in, they were so distracted by the old globe on the shelf, they didn't notice the pirate ship at first.  One girl put her backpack on a hook under the globe and announced, "This globe smells AMAZING!"  The kids gathered around her and all started sniffing the globe.  I was cracking up.  I walked over and whispered to her that there was an air freshener plugged into the wall under the globe.

When we started building, I set my GoPro to take a picture every 30 seconds.  I put those images together to make this quick time lapse of how we built the pirate ship.  

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This week I'll be blogging about how we made the pirate ship.

I'm linking up with Tara for Monday Made It.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Freebie to Remind Us

I normally only have this freebie active during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Unfortunately, we recently lost a close family friend after she had a long battle with breast cancer.

I'm not feeling very calm these days.  The only way I really know how to fight is through awareness.

Please take a moment every month at the beginning of your cycle to do a breast exam.  Here is a page by the American Cancer Society with details.

I'm sharing this in August in honor of Pam.
If you know someone fighting cancer, give them an extra hug.  If you know someone who is a caregiver, give them a little extra support.

My hope is that using these backgrounds will remind you to take care of yourself and those you love.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Today I'm linking up with my friend, Jessica for What I'm Loving Wednesday.

I spent last week in my classroom getting organized. 

I love the feeling of knowing that everything is in the right place.  

Now, how long can I keep it that way?!

Once a year, I empty out my cabinets and repack everything properly.   Maybe if I had 30 munchkins staring at me while I try to find something at home, my house would be as organized as my classroom.  I need to make more labels, but at least I have clear containers.

Last year, the bulletin board paper in the plastic bag, fell over all the time.  As I was organizing this year, I realized a basket on the floor would cure that.  I also found a bunch of stick on hooks in my cabinet that I used for my bag of bags and my umbrella.  (Am I the only one that has a bag of bags- just in case?)  Maybe I shouldn't confess this, but that drawer I forgot to close... it is a drawer full of empty containers: baskets, bins, buckets...  Please don't judge me to harshly. :)

When I look at this photo, the first thing I see is that I still need to wrap my new sharpies in washi tape.  I LOVE pens.  Each year, I buy myself a few new pens.  I keep these inside my desk so they won't disappear.  Then, on my desk, I keep pens from last year.  Then around my room, I keep older pens that I won't be sad to lose.  (I feel like I may be confessing too much in this post.)

I'm loving collaborating with some amazing bloggers I admire at Fifth Grade Freebies.

Fifth Grade Freebies

I posted there today about one of my favorite back to school freebies.  Click the picture to check it out.  Consider following the blog.  What is better than a blog full of freebies?

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