Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Made It...Week 4

I've been busy again. 

I'm really feeling like I need to stop.  Like right now.  But, I probably won't.

First off, I have been busy at the homestead.  I've removed all of the wallpaper in the kitchen and the half bath.  See this?



Gone...whew!

Here's how the wall in the kitchen looks at the moment.   Next week, hopefully, I can show you the new wall color:

Removing wallpaper can be rather satisfying.  If you are the type of person who likes to see progress (Hello, me!).  Here's a helpful hint.  You know all of those products out there for removing wallpaper?  Not worth it.  All you need is this:


 and home hot water.  Seriously!  I had spent about $7 on a bottle of wall paper remover and it worked OK.  A friend told me that all I needed was really hot tap water.  Put it in a spray bottle, saturate the wallpaper and it peels right off.

It worked!  It even worked on the walls that weren't primed.  That wallpaper came off in sheets, too!  I was amazed.

Next, I have to show you this:


I had a friend visit this week (Holla Sara!) and she wanted to make a toolbox for her classroom.  Didn't hers turn out BE-U-TEA-FUL?  Way to go, Sara...see you are rather crafty and you didn't know it :)

For my classroom, I made these:

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I made 5 of them and plan on stringing them around the room.  I was inspired by Nicole's pennants {from Rowdy in Room 300...love her blog}.  She convinced me that I needed to make these out of  fabric.  I knew that I wanted to hang them from the ceiling and they would be visible from all sides.  So, I first cut two triangle shapes and fused them together with Stitch Witchery.  {Which, by the way, is my newest BFF...sorry Google.} 

This is what it looks like:  Go BUY some.

Even though I can sew, I chose not to for this project.  It would require more work and seeing as these were going to be hung high from the ceiling, no one would be the wiser that they don't officially have finished edges.  As my grandmother used to say, "You'd never be able to tell on a galloping horse."  So, I just cut three strips of this "magical tape" and placed it on the first triangle (the wrong side).  Then, I placed the other triangle on top of that with the wrong sides touching.  Ironed it and "Poof", done!

Once all of the triangles were finished, I used the ribbon to string them together.  I opted for a ribbon that was wide enough that I could fold over the tops of the triangles.

See:



That way, the ribbon is showing from both sides.  And, do you see the edge of that pennant.  It's not too bad, right?  Grandmother (who we called Honey) was right!  That's a cute story, by the way...

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That's going to be my "random" word instead of squirrel.  I don't want to step on any squirrel's tail :)

My brother couldn't say "Grandmother" and my grandmother did not want to be a Grandma, Granny, MeeMaw or the like.  So, my brother overheard my Papa say, "Honey, will you ___________?" over and over again.  Or really, it was probably "Honey, you look so good in that dress."  He was that sweet.  So, my brother, naturally, just called her Honey.  So, that's how she got her name.  Cute huh?

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I can't wait to go and string my pennants up in my classroom.  I'll be sure to show you the finished look as soon as I'm allowed back in the school (right now the floors are being stripped).


24 comments :

  1. Love the pennants! I need to do this.

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  2. I have award you The One Lovely Blog award. Stop by my blog to pick up your award.

    Tricia
    Queen with Class

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  3. Oh dang it!!!!!! Now I'm going to have to make this!!!!! Everytime (ok, 2 times...long drive) I go to Hobby Lobby I LOVE their fabric but don't have a machine and didn't know what to make.....um hello...now I do!!!!! Or, I could send you the fabric and you could make it???? We are scarily too much alike!!!! Hugs and thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

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  4. AwEsOmE!! I'm doing a sports theme in my room this year and these would be PERFECT! Thanks for sharing the quick and easy tutorial.

    Kristi
    Learning's a Hoot

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  5. One day this summer I WILL make something crafty and post it. One day.....

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  6. I love the banner and didn't think about doing it that simple with the stitch witchery. I've used stitch witchery before to make sad I can't sew curtains but these look great.

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  7. love the banner...man, I was just at JoAnns and couldn't find ANY fabric or scrapbook paper that I liked for my room (looked for various projects)...guess I need to go look online - sigh...

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  8. Great way to make the banner! I really want to make one and I don't feel like sewing it:)

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  9. These look great...another to do project!

    Brandi
    Success in Second Grade

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  10. You have been busy. I love the pennants!! Great job!!

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  11. The pennants will be super cute in your room!

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  12. I LOVE the pennants! Way to go!!

    Learning With Susie Q

    susieqsclass@gmail.com

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  13. I love the pennant! I think I'm going to have to get some of the non-sewing tape. I can sew but I don't have a sewing machine.

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

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  14. I love your pennant!!! It looks super fab! :)
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  15. Love this! My daughter did something similar with pages from (garage sale) books! Be careful with the iron though...

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  16. I love the pennants and the fabric you picked! Cannot wait to see how this looks in your classroom

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  17. Oooh! I absolutely love your adorable pennants. It looks like a perfect rainy day project! What a cute story about "Honey". My mom's pushing for her (future) grandkids to call her "Your Highness" because she refuses to be a "Granny". Ummmmmm... No, mom! :)

    I'm following you now. I need to catch up on all of your fun projects & stories!
    Ansley

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  18. Did you Stitch Witch the ribbon? I want to try this, too - very nice!
    Sara

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  19. I had plans to make a banner out of scrapbook paper this summer...but I really like the fabric idea, less chance of it fading!!

    P.S. Love the blog, and I am excited to be your newest follower!!


    ThirdGradeIsAHoot

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  20. I love the classroom pendants! I am using a template with similar flags/pendants for my classroom blog this year, along with the theme "Flying into 5th Grade"..so I think I will just have to make these! Thanks fr sharing!

    Patti

    talesfroma4thand5thgradeteacher.blogspot.com

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  21. I like your pendants. I made one for my Happy Birthday Display. I am your newest follower!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  22. I have pendants on my to-do list for the summer! Thanks for the idea/motivation to actually do mine. I'll be following along for more greatness ;0)

    Jessica
    Teach on a Limb

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  23. I'm busy using my summer to get my new classroom ready also and now I have to add these SUPER cute pendants to my list!!

    I found you at Will Grade for Coffee and I'm your newest follower!!

    Amanda
    http://stallingssafari.blogspot.com/

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  24. somehow I missed this post!! Yours turned out awesome!! I think we have some of the same fabric! I only made one when I first made mine - I need to make 2 more (I ran out of ribbon!) Love them!!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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