Sunday, September 5, 2010
Pin It Now! I wanted to make a fun perpetual calendar to use in my classroom. I was going to make the whole thing - frame and all, but then I found this chalkboard one ready to go at my local Hobby Lobby. I glued magnets to it and also to the back of my dates. I didn't think ahead, however, and when I moved my dates for the next month, I found that my positive and negative sides of my magnets didn't match up. This is why you see some of them are not straight. I haven't taken the time yet to fix it. The dates I made on my Cricut with mostly Plantin Schoolbook and Potpourri. The month heading at the top, I got in a set from my local teacher store.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Pin It Now! We have been back to school for 2 weeks now, and I have actually already celebrated THREE birthdays in my room...WOW!! Here is the update to my cupcakes that I made earlier in the summer. The banner was from a discount store. I made them larger than the ones you can find at teacher stores because I wanted my students to be able to see them from across the room. I used the month abbreviations and ordered them according to our school year. I have a poster next to them with the full month names displayed in order of January-December. I like to refer to these for a different way to display the date.
Pin It Now! Mini Monsters cart. The cute green monster is acutally the astronaunt that I modified on my Gypsy! This display is above my door in my classroom. It is going to be my motivator for AR or accelerated reader - a program where students read on their own levels to earn points which we turn into prizes! My door frame is metal, so I put their names on magnets that travel around my door as they reach different goals. The kids LOVE it!
Monday, August 9, 2010
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I get tired of the same old T-shirts all year long, so I decided to make my own. (I'm also making a few for my co-workers) I've seen this theme before, but not quite like this. I do not own a cart with a peace sign, so I used my Gypsy to morph & weld together shapes from Plantin School book: 2 circles & 3 rectangles.For the bear paw, I used 5 circles. I've read many blogs & the Cricut message board about cutting fabric and put all of the tips together. I tried to find Steam a Seam 2, but couldn't. Since I am impatient, I found some fusing at a quilt store called "Soft Fuse." If you can find a stiffer fusing I think it would be better. Another important part was that this fusing has a paper backing. This way, you can iron it on the back of you fabric before you cut it. It gives the fabric more body and also helps it cut easier. Before you iron it on, make sure that your fabric is ironed first. I also found that using heavy starch helped the fabric to cut better and have less frays. After you iron on your fusing, take off the paper backing and stick it to your mat, fusing side down. **VIP** Make sure that you use a BRAND new needle and mat. My settings on my Cricut were Blade 5, Pressure Max, Speed Low, and multicut 4. The zebra print material gave me the most trouble, but after the heavy starch, it cut like a dream! I ironed on the designs and then zig zagged around them in pink thread with my sewing machine. I had read on the internet that you could use typing paper behind your design to keep the stitching from bunching up the shirt. I did this on the shirt pictured, but for the rest, I am going to get some interfacing. It is cheap and I think will give the shirt more structure!
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Pin It Now! I am a second grade teacher in a fantastic Texas town. I have another blog that I have used this summer to categorize my everyday creations . I decided to make this blog to help catalogue my crafts and ideas for my classroom. I have found so many inspiring ideas on other people's blogs, and I hope to find the same inspiration in other teacher's blogs.