Sunday, July 28, 2013

Shape Sorting Jars

I kind of feel like I'm channeling Harry Potter or something when I tell you I've got a new product that is for sorting shapes - it's not a magical sorting hat... but a fun sorting jar... maybe I just gave away the fact that I'm nerdalicious! Ha ha... any way....

I just finished working on my shape sorting jars. I drew these cutie patootie jars and labeled them with shapes. Then I made environmental shapes clipart (I drew those too - who would have guessed?). So basically what you do is cut out the shape cards and let students sort them into/onto the correct jar. There are 9 jars & 42 shape cards. I'm thinking about using this out as a math center. There are jars for 2D and 3D shapes. Fun! If you like it - check it out in my store.

And I wouldn't be satisfied until I gave you a jar of your own to use. Here's a little freebie! You can use these jars to make your own sorting things or whatever else you're inspired to do! Click on the jars to get your free downloads!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Printable Calendar Freebie 2013-2014

I'm working on getting my things printed for back to school. One of the things I just finished working on are these monthly calendars.  REVISED: They go from January-December 2014. They go from August 2013-July 2014. If you like them - make sure to leave me some love in the comments! It makes my day!

You can grab them here if you'd like: CLICK HERE

2015-2016 Calendars are HERE They go from August 2015 to July 2016 (my school year)

Credit for the cute clipart credit goes mostly to KPM Doodles & My Cute Graphics. I drew the October clipart, and the fonts used are Second Chances Sketch & Hello Millionaire.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Appreciation Tags

If it's confession time...I must admit. I'm a pin-aholic! I can't stop looking at Pinterest pins. Like whenever I need to see a cute idea I login. I might need an intervention.

Well, tonight my mom called me on her way home from work (using her bluetooth of course) and her boss gave her a big chore to do. She needed my techie help.  Kind of on a whim they're going to surprise their staff at the big office with some small tokens of gratitude. I love little random acts of kindness so of course I offered to help. Inside this corner of the company office they have about 30 people who they want to thank. Now my mom can't do anything just normal - she has to make it CUTE. I think I got that gene too. I like to make stuff cute. 

So... after surfing for pins I came up with these ideas. Many thanks to the pioneers who pinned their wonderful things and gave me so much inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorite pins:

LISA STORMS made these super cute tumblers with darling tags! 
I think I have a new blog to stalk! Talk about cute stuff!

The HAPPY HOME FAIRY made these darling sanitizer labels. 
If you haven't visited her blog you MUST go check it out! Run...I mean click and go see! It's awesome!

So you get the idea - you buy some mini-presents, print out a cute colorful tags (I emailed mine to Office Max and they print in color for about 50 cents a page. Then,  hole punch the tags and tie them on with some sort of ribbon or twine. Here are the tags I made for my mom's co-workers. 

to download my tags
These will be tied so they dangle around a can of Rockstar Energy Drink.
These go on a starburst.
Attach these to Mounds candy bars.
These go on top of a box of Hot Tamale candy

These go with a pack of EXTRA gum

Put these with a roll of lifesavers.

These go with a pack of 100 grand candy bars or individual bars

These go with some Mt. Dew soda pop.
**NOTE** This is a very similar tag to one I found on pinterest. I can't find the originator of it- so if it's you or you know who made it- please let me know so I can give them credit and a link to their blog. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


My blogging buddy Tamara is having a 
 Bloggerversary CelebrationToday she is featuring one of my products in her giveaway to a lucky follower. This is what I'm giving away:

You can hop over there to give her blog "Mrs. Russell's Room" some love and enter to win! Best of luck!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July Currently

Happy 4th of July!

I'm chillaxing at home - played in the kiddie pool all afternoon. Munched on some yummy blueberries (as part of dinner)...they were my favorite part! Now I'm trying to keep this lil' blog going. I've linked up with the super funny friend Farley over at "Oh Boy 4th Grade!" for her June Currently. Here's a little update of what's going on at the start of this month.

Listening: I'm listening to something that popped up on my iTunes - something great my husband put on there. I've never heard of A.J Croce in my life - but this mellow guitar strumming is pretty awesome. I have no clue if it's old-school like the Beatles or new ... I think I'll have to google him later. I'm also thinking it is reminding me of my college days - going to Elliot Smith concerts - and kinda giving me the urge to crack open a bottle of something stronger than lemonade. UPDATE: hubby just told me he is a newer artist - son of someone famous.

Loving: Mmm...ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR! Where has this program been all my life? Seriously...I love to draw/doodle - whatever you call it. It is so fun to make cute little pictures. I have to learn so much to use this professional drawing program but it's a hobby that I can put to good use. I've been selling clipart sets and this program makes vector art (meaning it's not pixel based and doesn't get blurry when it's stretched). Here's a sample of a little crayon I made.

Thinking: I live in Oregon. It's supposed to be gray, cloudy and rainy here. Not super sunny and HOT. And HUMID! Ugh. The past few days have been 98-100 degrees or so. Last year I wanted to put in an A/C unit - but they told me I'd need a WHOLE new heating system (like over $15,000) and that's just too much $$ for the few hot days here. So I've been heading to the kiddie pools - hoping there's enough chlorine to kill all the little yellow germs from getting me. *YES* I am so desperate to cool off - I put my whole body in the same water where the little toddlers splash and play. Hey, it's better than going to the Willamette River. I did that once with a beautiful french manicure (acrylics) and when I came out - my nails had dissolved...true story. The river literally ate my fake nails off and turned them into blobs of  brown dirty jelly. Um...I'm never going back in that river! Sick! *I think I got side-tracked --- I was trying to say - It's too dang hot!

Wanting: Hmm...I want someone to clean my house. I pretty much hate doing that. I have a million things to always pick up. My son's memory game that becomes 100 card pick-up, train tracks, etc...there are millions of toddler toys - EVERYWHERE. I'm at the point where I've bagged up stuff and when it cools off a bit - we're having a garage sale. I can't handle SO-MUCH-STUFF! Oh yes...I also want to be healthier - I need to get my cubby buns off the chair and move. That's my goal. But sometimes Judge Judy just calls my name. And working on my TPT store keeps me busy - and by the time my hubby gets home I'm too tired to go out and do anything. I'm not exactly the outdoorsy type - I don't like hiking or things like that. I do like staying cool in A/C places. I've got to figure something out. Seriously!

Needing: Ok, this is a little personal, but I had this ugly mole on my back. I've had it for years and years. It's fine - maybe a birth mark of sorts, but it finally go so annoying that I had to do something. My mom teased me that it looked like a nipple on my back. Nobody wants that. So finally I went to the derm and I finally got it sliced off. Yes! Yes! Yes! So now it's in the healing stage and I can't reach it and I really need hubby to change my band-aid. Hey, he vowed "in sickness and in health..." haha...

Blogger tips and tricks: If you're like me you like things that look cute - in real life like clothes, cars, make-up...etc. Same goes for blogs and TPT products. I like things that are visually pleasing - trendy and cute. If things look like my granny made it back in the 50s when she was teaching - I'm not interested. If you use fonts like Comic Sans and Times New Roman you're driving customers away because those things are so old-school. Stay modern and hip. That's my advice. 

Now, I guess I better go and get ready for the fireworks. TTL! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Editable Class Newsletter Template

I made a class newsletter template this week. For some reason it's so hard for me to shut off my "school" brain and just relax. Sometimes I feel guilty that I keep doing things for school over the summer. I know some teachers are able to just kick back and relax, but for me I feel like it's my little bit of time to catch up on all of those school projects that I want to do. To grab this blank template just head over to my TPT store and download it for free - if you like it please leave me some great feedback - and if you don't like it - feel free to move along - hahaha. You will need to have PowerPoint to type your text in the boxes. For example you might type something like this. You can use any of the fonts on your computer. I  used Hello Literacy fonts by Jen Jones in this sample. The title is called Hello Honeycrisp and the words are Hello Ellie. I have purchased her commercial fonts, but there are many super cute ones for free at her TPT store. The rectangular frames are in my TPT store and the circle heart frame is from the fabulous Graphics from the Pond. She has excellent clipart - and some great freebies too!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Fourth of July Freebie

Are you ready to bring in the 4th of July? Even though I plan to just stay home with the family - I love celebrating the 4th and here are some free clipart images as my treat to you. 

Hop over to my TPT store to grab 14 free images. :-)