Monday Made It and Some Freebies(Yay!)

Yikes! This summer is slipping away from me! I've been going to school two days a week for the last two weeks, and I definitely have the Back to School itch! Fortunately, many Pinterest-Inspired crafts have been keeping me busy! I'm so excited that some of the bigger DIYs are done so I can share them with you!

First, I finally got to make my very own crate seats!! I really wanted to make them last summer but couldn't find any fabric that I loved, and I finally found some! I've decided to do my classroom in blue, green, turquoise, and a teensy bit of yellow.  Here are my crate seats, which, by the way, were not cheap. I was a little disappointed that I had to pay $35 for my wood (when I didn't even need 1/3 of the sheet) and they could not give me a teacher discount! I did save a little money by using a foam mattress pad, though. They turned out so cute I'm going to try and forget my sticker shock. :) Oh, and the guided reading shape icons were a Pinterest idea, too. If you'd like to download mine, just click the image of them.

Next up, are my READ letters. I just bought some white letters at Joann's (yay for not having to paint them) and Mod-Podged (or as I like to say, Modge-Podged) my fabric onto them. I think they turned out pretty cute! And, I love how they look above my freshly painted shelf, Binder-ized Files, and new guided reading drawer labels!

Last, but not least, I am super-excited to share my biggest and most time-consuming project of the summer. While painting my rusty classroom bookshelf (shown freshly white, above), I found this little baby in what my favorite janitor likes to call the "furniture graveyard" (this is also known as a loading dock where all of the misfit classroom furniture pieces go).

It was a little dirty and banged up, but with a little sanding, paint, and a lot of patience (I didn't imagine taping chevrons would be so hard!!), here is my new "Celebration Seat!" I think it is beautiful, and I cannot wait to invite students to sit on it for their birthdays and when they share their published writing!

Besides crafting, I've been working on some other things for my classroom, and one is a freebie for you! Here are my new focus wall headers--I included 7 designs, so hopefully there is one that will work for you! Click the picture to download them for free!

Here are the other goodies I've been working the picture to check them out at my TPT store! Have a great week!


  1. I love it all! Cute packets too.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  2. I love everything you've been working on :) That desk is precious. I'm loving the chevron :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  3. The desk came out INCREDIBLE!! Your hard work was SO worth it!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  4. I love the desk. I wish we had a furniture graveyard with cool goodies. You look super organized all binderized. Everything look great.

    room 4 imagination

  5. Your room and projects look so bright and cheery:) I wanna go treasure hunting in the "furniture graveyard!" You're kiddos will love sitting in that desk!

  6. Your desk is perfect! You have been busy! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. Love the fabric you used on the crate seats. So cute! I love all of your ideas.


  8. Super cute desk~ Sadly these types of desks are far and few~ You've done an excellent job of restoring it~ Way to go~ Join me over at my blog.

  9. LOVE your furniture graveyard piece! Great job:)

  10. Your organization is astounding! It looks amazing. I can only hope that I can get myself as organized as you! Wow!!!! love your hand signal posters too. Thanks so much for creating and sharing all this!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  11. New follower! I love your Read sign and the binders underneath! I would love your organizational tips and information about your binders.

  12. I love your desk! I'll have to check with my favorite janitor!!!


  13. Love, love, love that desk!!!! SUPER cute! I'm off to check out your how we go home labels in your TPT store! Thanks!

    Kindergarten Korner

  14. Love how organized your shelf is! Way to go!!


  15. Love, love, love your re-do of the desk. It looks fantastic!!

  16. This is wonderful! Thanks for all the ideas and freebies :)

    I'm having a huge giveaway and a week of freebies on my blog! Check it out if you have the chance :)

    The Fabulous First Grade

  17. Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE the desk!! Super cute! And the chevron stripes turned out amazing! I want to do this so bad, but I haven't been able to find one of those desks anywhere!

    Lessons with Laughter

  18. Your desk is beautiful! Great job.
    Everything looks ready for the kids to come back and enjoy.

    Thank you for the freebie-it's perfect.


  19. I just found your darling blog! I love that desk you made. DARLING!! I love the freebie. I want to check out the hand signals. Those would be so nice instead of in the middle of teaching you ask a question and a child raises their hand to go to the bathroom. Happens all the time in my class :)
    The Hive

  20. So excited to have found your blog...I'm your latest follower! I'm moving to 1st grade this year so I know I'm going to love your blog. Come visit my blog!


    Mrs. Prince & co.

  21. What is the name of the font in your "binderizing kit"

  22. This blog is a whole lot of cute and so very clever. Thanks for sharing so many ideas! I'll be checking back!

  23. I love the "What We Are Learning" posters. I was wondering if there would be any way possible to add "Language" to them. I would love you use these to label my common core standards that I have to post.

    Swinging Through Second Grade



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