Monday Made It Week 4: B-

I did not bring my "A" game this week. I'm loosing steam... maybe it's because my focus is changing-

A) My sister's baby boys are still cooking. Which is a miracle. But her C-section date is now just over a week away. They are coming folks!!

B) My husband and I have started the house hunting process for real this time!!!!!!! Bank meeting later today... house shopping on Thursday with our realtor- stuff is getting real!! Our hope- be in our new home before the first snow fall (or for me... September haha).

Because of that, my Made It game is a bit off, but when I'm feeling stressed, I find something to create at home or tell my husband he can find me at Michaels. So as long as I have a living room to take over crafting space, I'll be doing SOMETHING.

In this post, you'll find failures. In a few different ways. I'll make sure to point it out to you if you think you might miss it ;) One last thing, I took these photos at all hours of the day including through a pop up thunderstorm so the lighting ain't the best. Remember, this is more like my B- game today.

 (1) Student Note Bin

Do you have kids who want to just share anything and everything with you? As much as I love it- sometimes I don't have the time right at that moment to listen to their 5 minute story of how they watched their brother's swim meet. Does that make me cruel?

Also, maybe you remember the whole, "I wish my teacher knew" thread that was spreading through last school year. I did it once with my students and I learned a lot!

Some were awesome:
"I feel smart now in math." "I feel included in our classroom." "I love cats more than anything."

Some were not so awesome:
"I don't feel like my table group listens to me." "My parents yell at me a lot." "I don't get much sleep at home and come to school tired everyday."

Sometimes they don't know how or when to say some of these things, so I wanted to make a more permanent place for them to share anything they want with me. So I whipped up some containers because that's what I love and I made these little note templates, but to be honest, mid-year it might just be cut up lined paper (but we'll start with the cute stuff at least). I also left a space for them to "check" if they want me to follow up in a little meeting. Some don't want to talk about it. I respect that. They just want me to know, and to be honest, even if I know and we don't talk about it, it helps me make decisions in what I say to them... knowing what they are going through. Some do want a follow up though, and this way, I'll know.

*UPDATE*: Many of you have asked so here they are- grab the little note cards for free here.

Ok now to the actual Made It part. Sorry- got a little passionate there and off topic!

These containers came in a set of 2 for $1.00 at Target. I had a vision in my head and wanted to test it out, so I used my acrylic paint and an eraser end and began to dot it up.

You'll notice there are two white container here. But I'm only using one as of right now because...

You know my obsession with vinyl?? Ya, well I tried it and it did not "pop" enough on the paint pattern I added, plus, it was not sticking very well because of the bumpy nature of the paint. I told you there would be failures.


So one note card holder will do. I made a little sign on my computer to attach to the other bin (which was also $1 at Target), hot glued it on, and done!

Oh! Here's a trick! My glue gun just oozes slowly if I'm not using it constantly and it's plugged in. I took the cap off of a parmesan cheese container and have used it to not only hold my glue gun up correctly, but it collects the glue goops and it makes it easy to peel off. I've kept this cap now for months!

(2) Attendance/ Lunch Count Magnets

So for the last two years I had those cute little gems that everyone makes for like attendance and lunch count. I made myself two sets and used them in my room, but those were a bit of a...

Here's why: They are too small and slippery for my little friends. They fell off constantly and I'm SHOCKED that we've only lost 1 in the last two years. So although they worked to an extent, I was looking for something a bit easier so I made these wooden cubes instead.

This project was supposed to help me not be so nit-picky and it was somewhat of a success. The washi  tape did not cover the whole side of the cube, but I was ok with that. These cubes were .75 inches at Micheals and I found .75 sq in pieces of magnets too that had adhesive backs so it should fit perfectly, right!? Well not completely. Some of the magnet pieces were a tad too large. And I could have easily left them and not think twice, but I couldn't resist people! I COULDN'T RESIST! One day, I will. And I didn't do it for every single one. #babysteps

Anywho, I wrapped washi around. Put on a magnet square. Trimmed a bit on some. Now it was time to add the numbers.

Yes, I used vinyl. But first I painted the square tops navy blue to make them pop more. And I put a layer of Mod Podge over it just in case. And I kept my vinyl scraps for a reason.

So I put a little square box (.75 inches) around each number so that if one should get lost, I can just peel off the square and use it as a stencil at school with my trusty sharpie white paint pen that I keep there. I made a few extra squares without numbers for this reason. Always trying to be prepared. 


I'm obsessed with guac now and I refused to make it at home because I knew I couldn't make it as good as Chipotle. But I found this awesome mix at Target and now I've been eating guac constantly! All you need is the ingredients you see there (I added a tomato because I like them now... thanks Italy). You cut the avocados, mash 'em with a fork, dice up your tomato, throw it in the bowl, coat with a little lime juice (I'm obsessed with lime too... you might not need it with this guac mix) and then this fabulous guacamole mix. It's not a powder- it's a liquid with tomatillos, green chile, garlic, cilantro... so good! I only used half of it though and found it plenty. It has a bit of heat to it too. It's delicious and you should go find some of this mix and try it. 

So there ya have it. We'll see if I can keep my crafting going through this busy week! I'm trying to go into school a bit too (I went last week, but they weren't ready for me to enter yet... it was a sign perhaps), meet up with my teammates for a fun lunch, visits at the bank and house hunting- plus those babies... ya never know!

Go check out Tara and the others who probably brought their "A" game to their Made Its. ;)



  1. Your note cards are so cute! A couple teachers in my school do this as a "check in" every morning but their template isn't nearly so cute!

    1. Thanks Raye!! I have to be honest, that may be me come mid-year when the crazy is in full force ;) I love the idea more than anything and since I had sometime to make it cute, we'll start with that haha.

  2. I love how you "own it" with the fails. Too funny! My "Monday Made It' was a fail as I thought I'd be all Van Gogh/Kimberly Geswein on chalkboards. I'll leave clipart to the clipart artists. It sure was fun though. Your notecards are adorable and a great idea! No, it doesn't make you mean :) It makes you "keeping it real". Sing it, sister! Loved your post!


  3. Stop it with all the cuteness! You're stressing me! I have to find more bins for your made it #1...are those in your store??? So cute! I did the "I wish my teacher knew" a few times....some of the responses cracked me up and some broke my heart:/ Love this idea:) Thanks as always for linking up your fun! Exciting about the babies and a new house! Good Luck!!!
    4th Grade Frolics

  4. I love that idea of the kids being able to share with you at any time by writing it down. I teach 4th and 5th, and I think even my older kiddos would really like this. Thanks for sharing!
    Are We There Yet?

  5. You had me at guacamole....
    LOL! I LOVE guac! I could live on guac. Even my students know how much I love avocados.....I got a bag of them for Teacher Appreciation week, and another bag on the last day of school.
    Life should be all avocados, all the time! Then make some GUACAMOLE with it!
    I haven't had that Rick Bayless guac starter, but I make a MEAN guac of my own. It's delicious, if I do say so myself. No limes....just avocado, lots of cilantro and green onion (pulverized in the food processor) add a dollop or two of sour cream, and stir in pico de gallo. Salt and pepper to taste. Delicioso!

    I really liked your "made-its", especially the cute lil' box you color dotted. I think it came out great!

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  6. Your attendance cubes are awesome! I love the tape color, and the navy paint does make the numbers pop. I'm off to download the notecards; thanks for sharing!

    A Very Curious Class

    1. Thanks, Amanda! I hope you enjoy the notecards :)

  7. Can you just come redecorate everything in my room for me please? That would be greeeeeaaat! xo
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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