Saturday, August 6, 2011

Life's a beach!

What a busy summer! I did a semi-upgrade of the site and added a page of my photography. Let me know what you think! Here's what else I've been working on for my ocean/beach themed classroom:

This bridal planner from Michael's is going to make a perfect sub binder.  
It was missing some pieces and a little beat up, so I got a nice percent off the sale price!
 You can't see it, but the little notebook on the left says, "My Wedding Contacts" but I'll just change that. The inside is perfect for letting them know what teachers to go to for help!

This is the view when it was open, before I fixed it.

It was missing a post-it pad and tabs. I found these for $.99 at a dollar store.

I got this bookshelf at Goodwill for $4.50 so I would have a place for my chapter books. They take up sooo much room in baskets and this was the perfect size but I didn't like the wood grain.
 After a little black spray paint....
 Just a few books for now!
Stickers from Dollar Tree match perfectly with...
these planters I made from Michael's! (They say Relax, Paradise, and Beach - just a bad pic)

Gonna frame these!

I found these ice cream cones at Amazing Savings. Right now they have bubbles in them but I'm sure I can come up with some sort of game to use them for.  Dice and Bingo chips can fit inside.

A library book bin and guided reading table basket from Amazing Savings with my new palm stapler from Staples ($5!)...gotta figure out how to get the bottle opener off!

My new rolling cart from Michael's (with a few to-be-made projects)

Top it all off with a coconut cup from the dollar store for my desk (I'll probably put a pen in the straw hole and erasers inside)

...and I'm almost set with my ocean / beach theme!
School doesn't start until September 6, so I'll post classroom pics later!


  1. Love the bridal planner idea...will have to give that section a look next time I'm at Michael's. Super ideas, can only wait for classroom pics...lucky you to start on the 6th...when do you get out?

    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  2. Okay, first you are very lucky that school doesn't start until September 6th! I'm in a PANIC over here with only 18 days left. :) Second, tell me about the cute buckets you used for your book bin and the organizer bucket. Did you paint the dots on, or did you find them that way? Where did you get them?

    Also- thanks for being a follower of my blog! :)

    Kendra at Light a Candle

  3. Pat - We usually get out by June 25 and it's usually before that, like the 21st or 23rd depending on the year. We have to have at least 180 days of school but some schedule more. Some districts up here build 5 snow days into the calendar and if those are used up, they can add days on to the end of the school year or take away spring break days.
    Kendra - the buckets were from Amazing Savings; they only have stores in NJ and NY. They came with the polka dots painted on. Unfortunately I took the tags off so I don't know what company makes them. I'll check next time I'm in the store. They had yellow and pink too!