Friday, July 27, 2012

Fabulous Find Friday~ Week 5

Hi everyone,
I'm heading out to the Georgia Aquarium today with my daughter and our friend from France.  She leaves tomorrow to go home after being here since July 1st.  We've had a wonderful time while she was here.  Sarah, my darling daughter, gets to go to France next year to stay with her family for a month.  This has been a wonderful experience ;)

Do you have a fabulous find to share?



Grab the picture above and link up your finds....

Here's my fabulous find.



Now, let me tell you why I chose to buy these suckers. 

I know you have all been inspired (Pinspired) by all of these beautiful crates that everyone is making.-Just like Ginger's below:

But here was my theory:

But the time I buy the crate, the wood, the foam, the fabric and the blood, sweat and tears...I've spent the $20 that the one above cost me.  Right?  I'm sad that mine aren't customized, but I've got so much going on in my room that has been crafted by me, that I can sit back on this one, right?

The storage ottoman, by the way, came from Hobby Lobby (no doubt).  It was originally $39.99, but you know I bought it when it was 50% off.  I bought 6 of them.  I know that was a lot to spend on chairs for my guided math table, but, they look good and they fit my classroom.

I'm investing.  At least that's what I'm reminding myself as I am getting my room ready.  I won't have to do another over-haul for at least 5 more years.

OK, link up your fabulous finds below :)

31 comments :

  1. Elizabeth, I wanted to make those for my guided reading table, but I just couldn't invest the money. I chose, instead, to just purchase stools from Ikea. I won't have the storage option, but that also means I won't have a place to hide my junk! :) I love those ottomans, though! Have fun at the aquarium. I've never been. I make it to the Coca-Cola factory and can never seem to leave! :)

    Leslie
    Miss R's Room

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  2. I lived in France for two years as a child. Where in France is your friend from?
    I agree with you about the seats...plus I don't have a handy-man around to help me with the wood part!LOL
    ~Natalie

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    1. She is from Paris and I just sent her home today... We are sad and will miss her:(

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  3. That is the exact reason that I purchased ottomans last year! Great minds think alike! :)

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  4. They're super cute! But still cheaper to do it yourself. ;) Love ya!

    Ginger Snaps

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  5. I've loved checking those crates out on everyone's blog, too! I saw some like that (different patterns) this week at Bed Bath and Beyond for $20...and they have those 20% off coupons...and you can use several in one purchase. Just an idea for anyone near a BBB:-)
    Michelle
    mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  6. I love these. The color is awesome. I love the crates, but I am worried that I will be blamed if one of the kids happens to fall or slip off one of them.

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  7. I agree about the cost of making the crates. For me the blood, tears, and "OOPS" just aren't worth the creation. I must say, those that can create should because the crates I've seen all look adorable!
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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    1. Totally agree with you and am beginning to think that maybe Ginger is on to something. I might have to do 1/2 of them crafty.... Hummm

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  8. I love these! I've though about making the crate seats but they seem like so much work!

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  9. I like your buy this week! Are they the kind you can store stuff inside? That would be such a great thing to have this year! Definitely keeping that in mind! Thanks for sharing, and hosting this fun linky. I always enjoy it.

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

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  10. I think that is a wise investment for sure! Have fun at the aquarium!
    Layla
    Fancy Free in Fourth

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    1. We had a great time!!! The dolphin show is too cool:)

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  11. I did the exact same thing you did last year with the ottomans. I went to Walmart, with the intent to purchase the stuff for the crate seats....saw the ottomans, and it was a no brainer. The kids LOVE them, and they serve the same purpose without the craftiness from me ;)

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  12. I totally get it!!! Also, time is a HUGE factor in figuring out cost! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  13. Have fun today!! I am totally envious of your purchase! I think it's smart and I am going to have a VERY hard time not doing the same--are there other colors as well (I adore the green, but was hoping for a mix maybe). Thanks my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Kristen:) We had a great time. Target had orange and teal ones :)

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  14. You are SO right! I made 2 benches using 8 crates this past week and if I could have a 'do over' I would totally buy them! With all the supplies and time involved I would have SAVED money if I bought the ones you did! Oh well, my kiddos are going to love them and I am sure they will last FOREVER...lol. :)

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  15. Looks like you got the better deal on these crate seats. I already have the milk crates that aren't being used so I plan to revamp them to use this way in my classroom. I just joined up with your fabulous find Friday linky party.

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  16. I just found your blog and linky party! 50% was a great deal!

    Marlene
    I Heart Teaching Elementary

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  17. How fun that you hosted a French girl and that your daughter gets to travel to France next summer! My family hosted a French girl when I was in middle school too and later, in college, I lived in France for a summer with 2 different French families and it was LIFE CHANGING! My mom told me to keep studying French in college (when I was tired of it) and I stuck to it and my first five years of teaching were at the Normandale French Immersion School in a suburb of Minneapolis. It was my DREAM job, elementary + French! That experience made me the teacher that I am today...teaching in English though for the past 8 years. Staying with a host family for an extended time is the KEY to learning more French than you would by "studying" it in school. What a fun connection!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story with me :) I feel that this has been a true blessing and we are so grateful for this opportunity for our daughter.

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  18. Love the green ottoman! I just wish I had a Hobby Lobby near me. UGH! I love Hobby lobby! BTW, I am a new follower. Stop by and check out my blog. :)-Kristi

    Lucky in Learning

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  19. I LOVE them...think of the time that you saved! The storage will be great and I'm sure once they get a little rough around the edges from being loved by your kiddos that you could pretty them up with some fabric and get a few more years out of them. Definitely worth the investment!

    Sherri
    Books, Blocks and Baskets

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  20. I've been looking for two of those for my daughter's room. Hobby Lobby, eh? I never thought about using them in my classroom, but they would be fabulous at any of my small group areas. Thanks for sharing!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First

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  21. I love these! I live in Va and I found mine on sale for $16 at Target. It's a simple black one but it's fantastic in place of a rocking chair and doesn't take up that much space.


    Sliding into Second Grade
    slidinginto2ndgrade.blogspot.com

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  22. For those worrying about the wood part of the project, you can get the milk crates from your school's cafeteria (all the milk company does is grab them & most times throw them away - at least ours does). I'm sure they could spare a few, ours did. Also, if you go to Lowes, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, etc, you can get the lawn furniture cushions to tie onto the top of the milk crate - and you have a cushion, minus the wood & need for a handyman. Worked for ours!!!

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