I don't know about you, but I am starting to feel a sense of urgency in completing my projects. I still have a month left of vacation, BUT I have 2 full day and 2 half day inservices coming up, plus I know I will go back up to school to start unpacking and setting up my classroom as soon as I receive the email saying what day the building will open. [Is it me or is it crazy that I don't already know this information? Shhhh! It's a secret!] Thanks to Tara @ 4th Grade Frolics for motivating me each week to get my to-do list done!
My apologies, but this is going to be a loooooonnnnng post.
I made these signs for the 2nd Grade blog hop this past weekend. If you didn't download them, they are available in my TPT store for 2nd-5th grades.
For the blog hop, I, also, had to make FB tabs. I love learning new skills.
A little lesser known fact about me...my favorite pizza is Hawaiian and although I grew up in Kansas and live in Texas, I am not a big beef eater. I'm not going to pull an Oprah and say I hate it, but I just don't eat a lot of it. I prefer chicken and pork, so when I saw this recipe for Hawaiian sliders, I was like "What?"
Recipe for Mini Hawaiian Burgers from simple & delicious
The recipe made 12 mini burgers. I froze them in packs of two. I have another similar recipe for turkey sliders with bacon and applesauce. I need to make more and stock up my freezer for back-to-school season. They are easy to grab, defrost in the fridge during the day or in the microwave, then grill up on my grill named after a famous Houston boxer.
Sometimes it seems that I am the only teacher blogger that hasn't made a teacher toolbox, yet. Until now!
While I was in the garage spray painting, I took these old buckets that I've had since I started teaching and worked my magic on them. First, I tried scrubbing them. Didn't help! After they were dry, I sprayed them with 2 coats of white primer. (#3 I sanded, but it didn't seem to make a difference, so I didn't sand any others.)
This is #6 after one coat of primer.
Next, I gave each bucket 2 more coats of different colors, including; navy blue, meadow green, key lime, seaside, and spa blue. Much better! I am trying decide if I want to add ribbon or a team tag. What do you think?
While I was out there spray painting the toolbox and buckets, I decided to spray these frames. You might notice my selfie and a little extra texture. They stuck to the newspaper. I could have sanded it off, instead I just sprayed over it. I blame it on the paint fumes. Craft fail!
Some final spray paint advice: Wear old shoes! (My feet look like I am trying out for Avatar 2 or the Blue Man Group.) Each time you apply a new coat, lay down new newspaper or plastic. (I had some sticking issues.) Don't do it in your garage! (Even if you lay out plastic and or newspaper, the paint fumes travel. Hubby doesn't know it yet, but our garage floor is a mosaic of shades of blue and green paint haze. If we ever move, I'll probably have to have it painted. I, also, tagged one leg of an old barstool and a few boxes.)
My new teacher binder inserts
My clock circles
The clock circles were one of my easiest projects. Again, I couldn't find the exact file, but there are several on TPT.
Since, I have a lot of new followers. Let me take a moment and introduce you to one of my SKcrew. This is (S)Kipper. He was originally adopted by my step-daughter, Tiffany. He was supposed to live with us for a month. 3 years later, he is one of my project inspectors. He is a very sweet red tabby with a crooked tail. His only fault: He likes to knock things off of tables and counters.
Math Word Wall letters @ Tina's Teaching Treasures
To finish this project, I still need to print out, laminate, and cut out the matching bunting.
Days in School Tracker @ MamaJenn
Finally, I need to make an announcement. Tomorrow is a BIG day for me! It is my first blogiversary and my 20th anniversary of being a Texan!
I am hosting a 3 for 3 giveaway starting at midnight. Here is a list of my donors.
Stop back by tomorrow and enter to win! Now, aren't you glad you read my very long post?