July 29, 2013

Monday Made It

I actually accomplished something today (which is a miracle, considering that I have an injured dog and two kids who refuse to go outside and play!)!

Kin, who is a Border Collie, tries to herd everything. Yesterday, he made the mistake of trying to herd KShaf's truck, and he got more than he bargained for: two shattered teeth and a (possibly) fractured jaw. He has surgery to remove the teeth tomorrow, but in the meantime, he is getting lots of love.

As patient as can be. This dog should be sainted.

Because I actually got a few things made over the past few days, I get to participate in Tara's Monday Made It linky party.

MADE IT # 1:
This may not qualify as a legitimate Monday Made It, but I did get around to making pennants for each of my focus boards. This is the colorful polka dot set that I've used for my classroom theme this year; I am in love!
(Sorry the lighting is terrible: I took this pic during a thunderstorm last evening, and the light was super weird!)
MADE IT # 2:
I am super excited about my second project! I finally got around to making no-sew curtains for my classroom. (Yes, they are polka dot.) 

Here's what you will need for this incredibly easy, inexpensive project:
  • 8 bandanas (I got mine from Hobby Lobby for $0.99 each)
  • 2 spring rod curtain rods (I got the 18-28" rods, but I found that I'll need at least 28-48" rods to fit the windows in my classroom)
  • iron
  • hot glue gun
  • plenty of hot glue sticks
Step 1:
Fold the top of each bandana over about 1 1/2 inches (all measurements are approximate; there is no science to this project). Press with an iron to create a pocket.

Step 2:
Use the first bandana as a template for the other seven bandanas. Just eyeball it!

Step 3:
Once you have created pockets at the top of all 8 bandanas, heat up your glue gun. Use the glue gun to seal the pocket (just a thin line of glue will do). 

Step 4:
You can fit at least 4 bandanas on one rod (particularly if you go with the 48-78" spring rod). Bunch and fluff them so they look the way you want them to.

I had to hang these in my daughter's bedroom doorway (hence, the light purple wall in the background) to get a decent pic. She wanted me to leave them there.

MADE IT # 3:
I created black and white polka dot (noticing a theme here?) classroom library labels. Check them out in my TPT store (they are on sale for $1.50).

MADE IT # 4:
This one totally doesn't count, but in order to get all of this work done, I had to bribe my children with the promise of homemade playdough. Check out this awesome, easy recipe!

Head on over to 4th Grade Frolics and link up!


  1. Hi Susie,
    I found your blog from the Maryland Bloggers linky! Fun! I love your polka dotted curtains!

    I hope your puppy is better soon!!!!
    Laura ~ First Grade Spies

  2. Shafer! I am in love with the curtains. Can't wait to see them up! So glad you have windows friend :)

    Always Sunny In a Windowless Classroom

  3. I love your blog! The curtains look great! I hate glue guns (come read My Make it Monday), by the way did you make your adorable banner on the computer? I sure wish someone would do a tutorial...I love your classroom library labels.

  4. Hi Sandy! Thanks for sweet comments! You could also use Stitch Witch to make the curtains...no burning of fingers necessary! I did make the banner on the computer...I will put together a tutorial in the next few days. Be sure to check back!