Monday, January 18, 2010

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Okay. Here is last weeks POD. I decided that I was going to start taking pictures with my iphone because it is so easy and I usually have it out. I don't have to reach for a separate camera. I'm trying to make this as simple as possible.

Well, leave it up to Sam to find the errors in the week before. He told me that the pictures were on the wrong day and that there were other things that were more important. So here are the remade pictures.

So, so far it looks like I am keeping up with all of this. It doesn't seem like it should be hard, because I carry a camera in my purse all the time. I'm always snapping pictures of this and that.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Project 365

I'm going to try this again this year. I combined a little because I wanted to start this week as my week two. I like my weeks to start on Monday. I'm going to go back and put some numbers down on the second page and fix a few snaphooos, but I wanted to upload because I was going to try to be a better blogger.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

More Picts of the Room

I'm sure many of you are getting a little tired of hearing about my new classroom. I can't help it! I am so excited about my room. I still have tons to share. This is my outside bulletin board as you are walking down the hall. You can't help but see it.

A few little recycled beauties from my old school.
I did update the number on my door plaque.
I added this little bit of fluff over my door. I just didn't want anyone to not know which door was mine. This is a really cool thing. Built into our teacher cabinet, we have two places like this to put bulletin board supplies or charts. I am using them for bigbooks. I also have a few little Maya Road goodies that I have made into hall passes.
As you can see, I have covered tons of chipboard and wood. The other day at the Crafty Scrapper, some ladies were wanting to know the best way to cover chipboard. Well, everyone has their favorite, but I can do this in no time flat. This is how I do it.
You have to have a glass mat and here is the key- the fiscars finger cutter. I only like the orange one. The new retractable one does not give me the pressure I need at all. You can cover the chipboard with modpodge or outline them with your favorite adhesive. Place your piece or pieces of paper on the chip board. Then turn the letter over so the paper is on the glass mat. Take your fiscars and trace around the letter. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. No problem at all. I then take my Basic Grey files and file them. Then I ink. I have been using Ranger Vintage Photo, but this last group was done with Brown Courderoy. I really liked the effect. If you want to do the other side repeat the process. It is important to sand one side before covering the other side.

Monday, January 4, 2010

My New Roost

Well... it has been a long time coming, but the Annette Perry Falcons finally have a new roost. Tonight we had an open house for the families and the kids come tomorrow for our first day of class in our new school. I just wanted to share picts of my room. I really am proud of how cute it turned out. I couldn't have done it with out my cricut and Maya Road Chipboard. I just snapped a few quick picts as I was walking out the door tonight. Tomorrow I will take some better picts.
If I were taller, you could see the cool stuff I have up there. I'm not, so you need to come visit me.
I am so glad to have all my books out of storage. I have 18 of these great crates filled with picture books. This doesn't even count the tubs of chapter books that I have around the room. New teachers, I'm telling you....this is where you should invest. I've taught 1st through fourth grade and I have used these picture books in every single grade level. I love this paper- Websters Paper. Of course, everything looks great on a little Maya Road chipboard.

Here is the valance above my huge window. Lots of Jenny Bowlin and again more Maya Road, this time the stars and penants. (I don't think they make this one any more.)
This is the view from my door. I don't know if you can tell but I have this really kickin' document camera, computer and projector on the black cart in the middle. It is so cool. I am almost totally paperless except for my books. I invest in ebooks and materials that are pdf files. I love technology.

Tomorrow I will take some more close-ups so you can see some more of the goodies I made.

The goal was to make it tasteful and cute without being cluttered. I have a lot of students including my own son who don't need a lot of distractions.
Oh.....I don't know if I told you. From my window, I can see Dallas to Maypearl I bet. The water tower behind my mom's house is in the very center of my window when I sit down at my teacher table. I like looking there and thinking that that is where my mom and dad are. TFL!