Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dark Chocolate Flourless Cookies

Dark Chocolate Flourless Cookies :)

Just made these Dark Chocolate Flourless Cookies this morning with my extra hour today. They are so yummy and easy to make. I used dark chocolate bars (cut up), dark chocolate cocoa powder, and added walnuts at the end. I think I could eat the whole tray of cookies. Use a small ice cream/cookie scoop to get the dough out of the pan. Going to make these again :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gumball behavior incentive

Trying to think of new ideas to motivate the students to work hard and saw similar ideas on Pinterest. I saw this gumball container in my Cricut "Just Because" cart and made it out of paper. Then I ran in the problem of how to put the gumballs inside and thought to make it out of felt so the Velcro would stick to it. I know it will not last long and become fluffy when I remove the gumballs at the end of the week. For storage I put the extras on the back. Everything was hot glued together.
If it does wear out I am going to make it out of paper and laminate it. Then hot glue strips of Velcro to hold the gumballs. I know I have seen sheets of Velcro to make the whole container the same material.
Maybe we can have a sugar free gum party for Fun Friday!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Rainbow Wool Tube Yarn Scarf

Tube scarf with matching nose warmer!

I made a tube scarf for a friends birthday. I knitted in a circle on double point needles. You close up the two sides to make it flat. Cast on as many stitches you want it wide.  Also made a matching nose warmer (pictured on the right). This project took 2 balls of Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee Sunset yarn. It will be nice and warm when she has morning bus duty in the winter with the two layers!
Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee Sunset yarn

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Homemade cleaning wipes

Trying to find a faster way to upload my projects using my phone so hope the picture turns out good.

I wanted to find an alternative for Clorox wipes in the classroom and found this idea on Pinterest. I see parents use this system for baby wipes but knew I could use it for cleaning wipes. We use a lot of wipes in the classroom!

I bought some Seventh Generation disinfectant spray to use as the cleaner and using a Sterilite Ultra Latch 12.6 cup squared. If you cut the paper towel in half using a serrated knife it fits perfectly in this container. I put about 1 cup of cleaner and 1 1/2 cups of water to get all of the paper towel soaked. I am using the select a size generic paper towels. I am not fond of the scent but telling myself this is scent of saving money!

Now I am getting into digital scrapbooking and made the cleaning wipes tag using a kit I found free. I am always disappointed with the books I have done/not finished and this is might be the key for me to show off my photos and not just on Facebook. For my next cleaning wipes tag I will add a recipe and what product/ingredients I used.

After buying this cleaning spray I saw this great cleaning recipe that I will try. I already have the supplies to make it! Going to use this for the hedgehog cage because I know Clorox wipes are not the best option.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Book rose wreath

It is complete!

The back

The librarian at our school has been collecting all of the damaged books from the library and thought this would be a fun project for Earth Day. She had her librarian aides to cut out the circles out of the books. We did not have much time before school started but I ended up with around 10 roses on my wreath. I spent a lot of time in front of the TV to finish it. I ended up getting a book at Dollar Tree to finish it up. I am happy on how it turned out and now in my classroom. Might add some pearls or glitter on the wreath.

Fabric Haul

Car is full
 Last weekend my Aunt gave me a lot of her fabric. She is moving to a smaller place and knew I would enjoy all of it.

"The Haul" in game room
My craft room closet was not the best organized so I put all of the contents in the game room.
I have been trying to find a good way to organize my fabric and decided on using the foam board from this blog.

You can get 30 x 20 inch sheets at Dollar Tree My DH cut them out out to 10 x 5 inches. I was able to get 12 boards for only $1.00. It is going to be a pain to get them all loaded but worth it in the long time.
This is my new project for watching TV. DH is going to make more shelves on the wall for the fabric to be all lined up and perfect.
Now I will have no excuses to keeping my fabric organized and putting it back once I am done with it.
First group in closet

I am going to have to get more foam board and pins to connect the fabric. This was perfect to reuse all of my dull pins I have been saving.
After putting 60+ on the boards I am thinking I will need 2 more sizes for some of the pieces of fabric.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The date

Another Pinterest project that is finished! :)
I have had the numbers made for at least half a year. I decided to finish up the project this week but ended up finish it up tonight.
For all of the day, month, numbers I used the Designer Calendar cartridge for the Cricut. (dial was set to 2 1/2) The year I cut out 20 and 12 and cut the middle frame out and glued it together. I laminated just the numbers and double stick tape to a blank card. I have up to 2023 cut out. For the background I just cut the paper on my paper cutter. I laminated all of the pieces and hole punched in the middle. Still deciding how I will hang it on the board. Probably get some command hooks.
Now I do not have to write the date and can make this a morning station for my class. I will try to get a picture of it in action in the classroom.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Days until... calendar


Here is my version of the countdown calendar I found on Pinterest.
From another Pinterest project I kept the back of the picture frame. I spray glued the paper to cover up the back. Punched holes for the binder rings. The tags were in a set of 24 just enough to make the numbers go up to 399. I laminated the tags so the students can not rip them off. I laminated the days until tag and was going to just use dry erase but decided just to laminate Summer and other holidays for the school year. I used a binder clip to store those for future use. I used grommets to keep the days until sign on the frame so if I need to change the bottom I can in the future.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentine Cards

I wanted to make my own valentine cards this year for my students. I had several ideas on what I wanted to make and first thought of giving them a sucker with the card. I saw these pencils at Micheal's and thought perfect. We are always in need of pencils and they cannot get sick from them (well maybe if they chew on them long enough). just put these cute Owls and found some cute owl card sayings. I am very happy on how they turned out. The speech bubble is from the SCAL shape library.