Sunday, August 18, 2013

FIVE for Friday

Hi all!  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this week's FIVE for Friday.  Looking back on this week, I have so much to smile about:

1.  Being married!  This marriage thing is great - hehe.  Seriously, though, I DO love being married to my wonderful husband + best friend.  It is a great feeling knowing that we will be spending forever together.

2.  I finally finished all of the DIY projects I had planned to do in my home!  (Until, that is, I add something else to my "to do" list)

3.  My dog...she's my baby.  Bella is a puggle who stole my heart almost six years ago.  She always makes me smile.  Although, the other day I came home to a trail of chewed up tissues on the stairs.  Someone got into the bathroom trash...hmmm?

4.  Yoga -Ohm.  I began practicing yoga in the spring.  A new studio opened in my area and had to check it out because of the incredible reviews I had been hearing.  I am hooked.  I LOVE the hot yoga/flow classes.  I feel strong, yet relaxed.  Ahhh.  Namaste.

5.  Last week of summer.  This one is a love-hate thought.  I hate to see the summer come to an end - it's been an amazing one.  Yet I am excited to start the new journey ahead with my new firsties this year. 

Feel free to link up and share your FIVE for Friday thoughts! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Clothespins + Paint = masterpiece!

Whew!  It's been a busy summer - unfortunately, blogging (or school in general) was not at the top of the list of activities.  Sorry. The number one big, wonderful, busy event of my summer was getting married!!!  It was an absolute dream. :)  Now it is just a few days before I officially go back to work and I am realizing that school has been a distant thought.  It's about time I start getting back into the groove!  I know once I step foot back into my classroom, the creative juices will begin to flow.

One day, though, I began thinking about the hallway wall outside my room.  That's right - the lovely cinder block walls that we all know and love.  I wanted a new way to display my kids' work.  I was inspired by my school's art teacher to display students' artwork by stringing ribbon with two 3M hooks, then uses clothespins to hang the work. So simple. So cute.

Here we go...I used black stain on the clothespins then I used white acrylic paint and a pencil.  After lots of dipping and dotting, my paperclips turned out exactly the way I had envisioned them.  Every time I look at them I smile!!  Mission accomplished.

So, although I haven't put much thought into my classroom as of yet, the hallway is taken care of.  I can't wait to put these pins to good use.