I must say that I have never felt better about being on top of the holidays! Something feels right about planning ahead!
It started with the father’s day gift that I wrote about last post. Well, then I found some SUPER cute Santa sacks, Halloween sacks, and Easter Bunny Baskets for a SUPER good price. Umm, yes please!
Since Halloween is up next, I started with that one.
I ordered extra if anyone wants one! I’ll post pictures of the Santa Sack and Easter Bunny Baskets when I do those!
It’s been longer than I wanted between blog posts. Oops! Who cares, right? As long as I’m having fun in the process, I don’t really care.
I thought I would share the progress on Matt’s first Father’s Day gifts….
I love the pictures! I hope he does too. I’m going put more ‘fluff’ in the basket and wrap it but it’s coming a long.
In the card I wrote, “Dad, Teach me about good music! xoxo Charlotte” I’m going to do a hand print of hers too. I got him an amazon echo. Is it bad that I wanted one so I got him one? Oops again.
I wanted the sign on the front to be bigger, but I didn’t think the vinyl would go well on the bumps.
Until next time, make today and everyday amazing!
Sometimes you just have to laugh. Seriously, I gotta laugh or I’d fall to pieces. For example…
Yes. It is what you think it is. Sorry, I know that was gross. That was Friday, of course Friday the 13th. I saw it pretty much as soon as it happened but for some reason I didn’t want to believe it was what it was. So, I picked up the entire walking toy with child inside so she wouldn’t roll over it or step in it. I looked a little closer and sure enough, my doubts were cast aside. I had to laugh. Like, HAD TO LAUGH or I think I would have exploded into a million pieces, which would have been an even bigger mess to clean up.
On a more positive note, I got my supplies today for a project! Can you guess what it’s going to be?
Charlotte’s father’s day gift to Matt. So freaking excited! Selfishly, I wanted to have some super cute pictures on our wall, so it’s a win for both of us. As far as pictures around the house…well, we have pictures hanging in Matt’s office because that gets the most traffic and it is right there when you walk in, but that’s pretty much it as gar as house decor. Every other room of our house has blank walls. Seriously, we moved in over 6 months ago and I can’t get myself to hang stuff up on the wall or to go buy new stuff. I have more important things to do. Like Matt’s father’s day project and writing my blog!
This was made the other day….
It’s a pretty sturdy key chain!
It turned out pretty neat. I LOVE the glitter vinyl I bought to use on these key chains. It turned out very pretty. It was the first time I bought glitter vinyl and now I wonder why I ever used everything else!
I have never been the type of person who can just throw something together when I make crafty things. I go through a very specific process:
- Light bulb moment where an idea comes to me or I am inspired by something or someone.
- Brainstorming. What do I want it to look like? What is the best way to achieve what I want? What materials do I need? A lot of this phase is mental and thinking through what needs to happen.
- Design. Brainstorming kinda runs into this phase naturally. Often times I am trying to draw or move around images to figure out what I want, which evolves into my design.
- Prototype. Okay, maybe I just create an sample, but I like the word prototype. It sounds fancy. During this phase, I figure out if what I planned is really realistic. We all know that there are many examples of times when we think things in our head that turns out another way when executing the idea. This happens to me all the time when cooking, I think something is going to taste great, then my taste buds are let down. Back to the point…I just tinker with my physical materials slowly because I don’t want to waste supplies if it doesn’t work.
- Create! If I find that my small sample actually seems to be working in real life, then I create!
Today’s post I really want to show case how I designed it in Photoshop. This skill is pretty easy, but looks complicated! First, let me say I’m sure there are a million other methods. This is just the one that worked for me.
In Photoshop, I opened up the image of my acrylic crosses, which came from my acrylic supplier, then typed the words I wanted to fit to my image. I find that it looks best when using all capitol letters since they fill in the spaces better.
Change the text to a smart object.
From here you are going to transform the word(s) by warping the text.
To warp the text, you literally just pull the text to where you want it to go. Click anywhere in the box and drag it! I usually start with the left and right edges, then work towards the middle.
After I designed the key chain in Photoshop, I used my Cricut to cut it out of the purple glitter vinyl. Even though I use good vinyl that sticks really well, I didn’t want to take the chance of the vinyl coming off or getting damaged from going in and out of my purse, so I gave it a clear protective layer of enamel.
These days I get a lot of time to just think. So thankful that I am now a stay at home mom and less stressed, which allows me have some time to think about random stuff. Like today for example, I was thinking about if I had a superpower.
IF I did have a superpower, I’m pretty sure it would be called the “triple threat”. I would be able to rock, pat, and shush a baby to sleep. Babies everywhere wouldn’t be able to resist sleep. Look out babies! No more fighting sleep for you!
Oh my Charlie girl needed some cuddle time today. I hate that she is grumpy, but I must selfishly admit I love holding and rocking her. It’s a sweet sweet time! Most of the time she wants to go go go and not be still, so I was thankful for a rare occasion to snuggle. Most of my snuggle time is usually during feeding time, which is great but it’s nice that she just wanted momma for momma’s sake!
My husband told me a while back that he wants Charlotte to wear more bows. I was in shock because he is not all about frilly things. Well, our little miss doesn’t have much hair, even after 4.5 months! We tried to let her wear headbands since we got several at her baby shower and I bought a few. Well, apparently they are not “one size fits all”. Her little head was WAY to big for the newborn headbands, who am I kidding, she didn’t even fit the 0-3 months headbands. For being just shy of 7lbs as a newborn, she had a gigantic head. Anyway….my husband mentioned again that he wants her to wear bows. We will have to opt for cute headbands instead of bows until her hair grows more!
I was scrolling through pinterest and found some DIY headband tutorials. Umm…yes please! I am thinking some matching mommy and me headbands are in our near future! This post is more of a bookmark and accountability so I actually create these. I’ll let you know what I come up with. My crafty wheels are turning up in my noggin’!
Cute, cute, cute!
After experimenting with banners, I decided that it would be super cute to do the same thing but mini sized! They turned out so so cute. I love them!
Using my Cricut, I was able to write and cut the banners!
They are adorable!! I designed them as a cake topper, but really they can be used to decorate anything small in size.
I have another version “small sized“, but the letters are cut out and are white instead. The letter cut outs would be too small if this was done in the mini version. It’s still perfect size to decorate small objects and maybe even used as a cake topper if the cake is a sheet cake size.
Yesterday was my very first Mother’s Day. It was wonderful! I am so excited about this adventure. It hasn’t been easy. Parenting is hard. It is so SO hard. But I wouldn’t give her up for anything in the world. It changes you. People have said that to me before I got pregnant and while I was pregnant. I thought I knew and understand what they meant. I’m not dismissing what I knew while pregnant and before because I did know that I would love my baby more than I could imagine. It’s just now that I have her in my arms I can imagine how much I love her. It’s like a hidden compartment of my heart has been blasted open and now I know (at least somewhat!) what I couldn’t imagine before. Ahh, my heart is full!
Since I am home full-time and can devote more time to it, I have decided to open back up my Etsy shop! I am SO SO SO excited! I’m going to continue keeping up with education and creating supporting materials for TPT, but my love and ‘therapy’ at the moment is monogramming. I love what I can create! Plus, I have created some really awesome things for Charlotte that I would love to share with others too! Here is an example:
It’s quilted alphabet letters! These are great for learning the alphabet, spelling names, or can just be used as colorful toys now as she is learning hand-eye coordination. When she starts teething, these are going to be great to dampen and chill them to help sooth her sore gums!
These turned out really neat and I love them!
It’s been a while. Well, a long while if I’m honest! And I’m okay with going on a blogging break for a bit even though I didn’t mean to. This blog is mainly for myself and the progress I make as a teacher. If I make blogging buddies or help someone else along the way, that’s great too and an added bonus!
I haven’t been in the classroom since October 2015. That’s a long time to not be at school. To make a long story short, I was put on bed rest and then decided to not go back after my baby was born (after talking with my principal and getting her okay!). But now I miss it. I really miss my students and my teacher friends big time. I wasn’t able to focus on school for a long time, but now I feel like I’m becoming more like myself and have a desire to grow myself in the teaching world again.
I decided to update my school calendars for next school year even though I decided to take next year off. I had a little helper! She’s great and a keeper!
Here is a peak of the calendars I made:
Here is a link to my calendars if you would like to download a free one or purchase one!
I had a conversation with a co-worker the other day that has really stuck with me. We were talking about the variety of students that we have at our school. From the outside looking in, it would appear that a majority of our kids would be very ‘thug’ and not interested in school due to their background. That use to be the culture of my school, but that changed several years ago with our current administration. They are kids and kids make mistakes but they are great kids. I wouldn’t trade them for anything else in the world.
Back to the conversation I was having….I was talking about how that I feel my kids are awesome and well behaved in class this year so far. Her response….not that it was a dig toward me was this…”but are they learning?” I do think our kids are learning at our school but we need to continue pushing them. Now that our school culture has changed to a happier and better place, that also needs to translate to improved learning. It definitely has, test scores have risen, but we have a ways to go still. She didn’t mean anything bad towards me but meant as a school in general our focus needs to improve student mentality on acdemics. But it made me think about those super good kids in my class that don’t interrupt and do what they are suppose to do day in and out that I don’t have to check on as much because they do what they are suppose to do. “But are they learning?” popped in my head. I don’t need to assume that they are learning just because they are shaking their head up and down and saying they get it. How do I know they get it and are learning? That right there proved the importance of formative assessments through out my teaching to make sure they get it.
It doesn’t matter how good your kids are if they aren’t learning.