Sunday, September 8, 2013

A year without a class= A year of craftiness/Currently

So no job this year, but I am subbing. I am getting to know the schools in the area and find out which ones I would like to be in the future. It has been easy, I'm not used to having the free time. So I have found that I am starting to make new things for my future classroom. Especially since I got a new sewing/embroidery machine for my birthday. I'm also linking up with Tara at 4th grade frolics. Here is what I have done so far:

I redid my crate seats, they were looking a bit dingy from last year. I can't seem to find a picture though.  This time I decided to go with one color and number them. I used some of my old thirty one fabric swatches to create the numbers. I think I will either paint the crates or get some new ones. Has anyone tried painting them before?

Then, thanks to Jennifer at First Grade Blues Skies, I got my idea for my next project. She took a pocket chart and dyed it black. I though why not have something different so I set out to create my own. Here is the first one: It is about 22" and has five different pockets.

Then I decided to do another one for my friend that loved the one I made. Here is how it turned out: It's 18" and has 7 pockets. I have had fun making them and am going to try different styles. Update: I have opened an etsy store. Check it out by clicking on the chart below:

Here are a few non-classroom things I made:

Love my new monogram shirt! Love using my old swatches.
Some necklaces,
and a new fall burlap wreath,

Later today my husband is going to help me build a craft table so I have a place for sewing, etc. The desk already has the computer and my laminator. I hope it turns out!

I saw this in one of the classrooms I went in, love how Mrs. Fuller put the bandaids on the heart!

And of course, first day at one of the schools, a bee decided it would be a great day to sting me. The other teachers sent a student to take me to the nurse so I could get an icepack, lol.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of their school  year!

I also am linking with Farley and her Currently: Click on the link to head there.

I am looking at this year as  a learning year. I am going to get to experience many different classes and grade levels. Here's to hoping I learn a lot. I am going to love having some extra time though!

(Thanks Samantha! I don't know what happened when I posted my currently. I went back and did it again :))


  1. Hi there! I found your blog from Farley's linky party. I tried to find your "Currently" to read, but I don't see it! Your blog is adorable though! I'm so sorry you didn't get a job this year. That's so hard, and as a teacher who was "pink slipped" her first two years, I know what a roller coaster of emotions that is to go through! I was fortunate enough to get rehired each year, but I had to go through several months of "not knowing", and it was so hard! I hope you will enjoy your "Learning Year" as you gain experience in lots of different grade levels. I loved my time as a substitute... it was so great to be in so many different classrooms. You really get a chance to see what works and what doesn't. Best of luck to you!

    Samantha :)
    Making Lemonade in Second Grade

  2. Those are FABULOUS pocket charts! Are you sewing your own?
    Ms. K/1 ELL

    1. I am, I was bored and thought it would be a cool project. I've sold a few since then on Etsy

  3. I love the pocket charts. Do you have a shop?

    1. I do.