Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It

I've been working hard on some things for my classroom-so picture overload warning ahead! :)


For my first made-it this week....


I customized my Target sign!
Since I like to set the rules with the kiddos, I wasn't a big fan of the follow the rules heading-but I liked the rest of it!

I thought I could make it better-and I did!

The first thing I did was to gather all of my tools.
Not pictured: The paint pens I used
Then I cut all the string off, so I could work with it easier.
and flipped over the arrow
and did a coat (or three!) of paint!

The paint is Martha Stewart's Craft Paint Pearl in Putting Green
Since I was changing what the arrow said, I also had to turn your into our for it to make more sense. I painted over that as well, and added an 's' with my paint pen.
 I was originally only going to do a few of the sayings in silver-but then I remember I had other colors {from years and years ago}, and thought it would look much cooler with other colors!
I did do 2-3 coats with the paint pens.

While the paint was drying, I went to my computer to type up what I wanted to put on the arrow-and brought it over so I could make sure that it would fit!
Now, I don't have a Silhouette or a Cameo or anything fancy like that-so I went old school.
Using a pencil!

I turned the paper over and rubbed my pencil of the back of the letters.
Then I flipped in over and 'centered' in on the arrow.
Then I took one of my smaller crochet hooks, flipped it over, and started 'tracing' the letters.
Since the back was covered in graphite, it left a faint impression-just enough for me to cover with my paint pen!
I slowly started tracing it with my paint pen, not wanting any paint explosions
But you know, accidents happen
Fortunately, it was an easy fix-just paint over it!
All better!
Once everything was dry, I started putting it back together.

I changed the top a little-I wanted a little bow on the top!
The best part-the follow the classroom rules is still there on the other side!
If I ever want to change it, I just have to cut the twine and fix it.
I love how it turned it!

Total cost for the project-$3-the cost of the sign-I had everything else!
I also completed my lesson planner for the next year! I had some hours to fill while waiting for my car to be fixed...
I changed how I did the calendars this year-which made it take longer!

Instead of doing a table and splitting the cells-I decided to do each date in circles!

















It looks so cute! Since the days were so wonky with the dates as I had originally had them (I had a lot more Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays than I did Thursday, Friday, Saturdays), it was really throwing off the formatting.

Since I didn't really fill in the boxes the previous two years, I thought I could go with something smaller.

It also allowed me to add some extra clipart to each month-all fitting in with that month's theme of course!
I kept the format for the rest of the plans the same (I like to handwrite mine, and since things can change, I don't like having it typed out-I'm anal that way! ;)
I also added in the no school and PD days-helps me remember them {although, really, who forgets those days?!}

I've also started setting up my planning guide for the year. It will include curriculum maps, standards and helpful things for planning :)
Covers-I need to laminate them!




This is from the book Making Thinking Visible- a great read!


I also did two paintings! One was at the studio I normally go to, and the other was a surprise! My friend had tickets to do a paint nite with her daughter (the traveling one that goes to different restaurants), but her daughter had something to do at the last minute, so I got to go instead!
Studio Painting

Paint Nite Painting
I had fun with my friend (and we went out to dinner after), but I definitely prefer the studio painting experience-you get more colors and better instruction, as well as help if you need it.

Have a wonderful week!

Smiles and Sunshine,
Kaitlyn

7 comments:

  1. Wow...I love how you changed the sign. How creative!

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  2. Your reimagined sign turned out fabulously! You were extremely busy creating for school, but I love that you balanced it with painting time for you. It's so important to try to find balance in life!
    Tonya
    Storybook Endings in Second

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  3. Love the way you made the sign your own. Awesome. Your planner looks fabulous, as well. :)

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  4. WOW! You have been super busy. I love your creations. You are a great artist for sure - and very patient. I don't think I'd be able to stick with everything you did for the top of your sign. All looks great!!
    Janie
    Are We There Yet?

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  5. Love your sign. Someone actually got me the same one as a gift. Can I send you mine and you can update mine too? Lol! It turned out great!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  6. Thanks for all the directions for your sign. So cute! It looks like it took quite a bit of work but turned out great!
    Pam
    PJ Jots

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  7. Your sign looks great-- I love the updates you did to make it more personal! I just went to my first date night-- my painting doesn't look as great as yours though. There is a traveling night that goes to different restaurants? That sounds so much fun!

    My Bright Blue House

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