Monday, July 27, 2015

Some things are harder to make than they look....Monday Made It

Y'all...some things are way harder to make
than they look...true story.
I'm linkin' up with my sweet friend Tara from 
4th Grade Frolics for my favorite linky...
Monday Made It.
This is long...stick it out to the END.
It'll be worth it...I promise!
Hello...Amazon gift card!

Everyone stand up and curtsy...or bow
for Aris from Sailing into Second.
Last week she made the most ADORABLE
banner gif thingy for her TpT Store.
Look at it here before you read any further.

I'll wait for you to finish readin'...

Hers is just so precious and I decided the first time 
I saw it (love at first sight)...that I WANTED one too.
There is NO WAY (yes, I'm shoutin' this)
that mine could even compare to hers...ever...BUT
I was DETERMINED to have one...even
if it did take me a REALLY long time  
to make my own and it's nowhere as cute as Aris'.


Cue rockin' roll music and air drum your fingers.

The BEST advice I can give you...
READ Aris' post.
Here it is again if you missed it up there.
I followed her directions that lead me to 
*Read Christi's directions and then WATCH the video.
Don't be like ME and start workin' before you have
viewed that me.

When I was finished makin' the first image, I made 
a second and a third one.
I then dropped all three jpegs into 
*Sign in with Facebook for free if you don't
want to use their watermark.  

After I had my gif saved, I then dropped 
the gif into 

After I had my direct link from Photobucket, I 
then copied that and dropped it into 

Final step, I used Christ Fultz's directions
again to input the TinyUrl code into TpT. 

*Aris...if by some magical chance you are readin' 
this, you seriously need to put up custom orders
for this flyin' banner thingy in your TpT store.
You will make billions.
I would like to be your first customer...please!
I'm not jokin'...have your people get with my people.
And by my people...I mean ME!  
I'm beggin' you!

I also made a banner thingy.
I'm a banner newbie,
so I will probably get tired of it in about three days
and want a new one.
I found a fun little tutorial on TpT...
and it was a freebie from Camping Store.

Some of you may be thinkin'...
"Whatevs Alison...
makin' banners
is SO last summer"
and guess what...
you would totally be right. 
I'm obviously late to the party.
In my defense...I DID take the past year
off from bloggin'...
just wanted to throw that back out there.

I need to give Stories by Storie a shout-out also.
She also wrote about changin' out your 
TpT store front last week and inspired
me to "just do it"!
Thank you!
I also made some "Pals" from Polka Dots and Pal's
This was so F-U-N.  
It was like relivin' my childhood and playin' paper dolls.
I just couldn't decide which one suited me the best.
I wear my hair all of these different ways.
I'm horrible at makin' decisions.
I think everyone should make their own Pal!

Does anyone think these look like my favorite crazy pants?
I have a palazzo pant addiction...if you didn't already know.

Before we leave these two techy made-its...
Have y'all checked out the 
You should think about followin'.
Lots of great technology pins have been added
from blogs and other sources 
in the past two weeks!
Thank you to Rachel Burden from 
180 Days to Happy for settin' it up.
I love butterflies.  
I'm pretty sure my classroom decor 
has an identity crisis every year.
The theme is supposed to be Rockstars,
but through the years I have added in pieces
of things I love...
butterflies & giraffes bein' the main additions.

I saw this outside of Kirkland's and I could NOT walk away.
It's wings were whisperin' my name.
Even was on SALE with an additional 25% off.

I quickly ran inside and asked them if they would put it on hold for me.
After a little beggin' from me and the promise of a new fishin' reel,
Jerm took his truck back to pick it up and even put it
together for me.
So, I guess my "made it" is...I made Jerm
help me on his day off.
I'm lucky he loves me and my bossiness.

When I woke up on Saturday mornin' he was busy puttin' it
together for me and told me...
"You almost missed Monday Made It because you
were Sleepin' In On Saturday".
I love him!

I have no idea WHERE it's goin' to fit in my classroom.
I will have to make space....
 even if I have to put my desk...
on the ceilin'.

This was also on sale for $ had to come home with me too!
It will match my room...and might also have to go on
the ceilin'....yikes!
See if you can find a spot for it to fit...

See....I bet you didn't find a spot either...
no more room left to put anything except children.
*These are last year's beginnin' of the years pics.
I can't get in my room to work some magic until
Summer School is over and carpets are cleaned.
Everyone made such a big deal about 
from last week
that I had to get back 
into the kitchen with him...again.
You guys OWE me BIG time.
You know how much
I LOVE the kitchen.
*One day I'm goin' to get struck by lightnin'
as a punishment for my sarcasm.

Just look at all the love me bein' in the kitchen
got last week from my BBB's.

pretty much told me she loved me
(more than she already did)
 because she made Jerm's Corn Salsa...
minus the black beans
and jalapeno.
Her yummy creation made her happy...which
made me happy.

Erin from Miss Lifesaver
made Jerm's Corn Salsa too...
and some other yummies!
She even tagged me in a picture on FB.
I tagged Jerm and told him he is famous.
Miss Lifesaver KNOWS who the kitchen boss
is around here.
*Hint: It's not me.

Carol from Teachers are Terrific made the 
Key Lime Tart and sent me pictures.
She added toasted meringue to hers
and I'm goin' to be honest...her pictures
made me want to eat her tart...with a shovel.
She put mine to shame. 

Okay...focus Alison...
kitchen...cookin'...cute apron...torture.
Sandcastle Cake
Not sure where I got the pan...maybe T.J. Maxx
or Marshall's several years ago.

This past weekend was my mother-in-love's birthday
so we made this for her because she loves the beach.
The castle didn't want to come out of the pan, so 
we lost some of the towers, but that's okay...
we just added some candy for distractions.
(Swedish fish, seahorsies, and Sour Patch Kids)
The sand on the sandcastle is Vanilla Wafers.
I got chased out of the kitchen for tryin' to steal frostin'.

I didn't make y'all a cute recipe card this week
because we were in a hurry and used a cake mix.
You can just call us "Mr. and Mrs. Betty Crocker". 

I discovered somethin' while in the kitchen...
I still don't like bein' in there.

My friend Jamie from Life As I Know It... is havin' 
an awesome Back to School giveaway and 
asked me to join in the fun!
Make sure you head over to her blog for a chance
to win a $35 Amazon Gift Card and $15 to my TpT store.
I just put up a bundle of my best-seller Rockin' Behavior Beads.

Happy Monday, friends!


  1. Wow you weren't kidding when you said stay with me. Love reading your posts. You really are a fun writer. I'm loving the butterfly bench and that giraffe rocks. I think your room is starting to look like mine. I even have more space now then you. :) cute cake! I love your polka dot pal and tpt banner. That pal just needs to be in pjs since school is going to be starting 15 minutes earlier.

    1. will never have more space than I do in your classroom...nice try! Yes...the pal in pajamas would be perfect since we will be starting school when it's still dark outside. Not excited about that. I have a hard enough getting there on time since I'm not a happy morning person...ever.

  2. I sooooo desperately want new store banners and blinky thingies and I am so not techno/patient/smart enough to figure it out without throwing my computer:(((( Love how yours turned out!! Ha....I just read another post with some husband help....mine helped too...I see a theme growing for this week:) Or maybe a whole new linky..."My Wife Made Me, Make It!!!" Thanks for linking up friend!!!
    4th Grade Frolics

  3. I love your GIF banner! I have been wanting to make one for a while, but I haven't mustered up the motivation to actually do it yet! Your classroom looks so nice, I especially like those green stools!

    Enchanted in Elementary

    1. Thank you so much, Victoria! My team ordered those stools last year. They come in a package of different colors, so we passed them out and everyone got a different color. The only problem is the kids like to lean in them...which scares me!

  4. I love your "Pal"! I am going to have to try that someday. I also love that apron of yours. Did you make that too?

    1. Thank you, Stephanie. I didn't make the apron. My friend Miss Nelson was selling them. I think it is a Mud Pie brand.

  5. Wow, so much inspiration packed into one post. I am definitely pinning this to refer to next weekend when I'm struggling with what to create. I love how colorful and organized your classroom is. Where did you find those black bean bag chairs? They look fabulous!

    Elementary School Garden

  6. OMG! This was the BEST post EVER!! (Can you hear me yelling?!) I have saved all your links you provided because that's the next thing I'm going to do (after reading everyone's Monday Made Its) go and make some new love for my TpT store! I also jumped over to purchase the pals. I can't wait to make one of my darn cute! I love your classroom! It looks like such a happy place - and the butterfly chair is so cool! Your kids are gonna go crazy over that!

    Thank you for all the inspiration!!
    Are We There Yet?

  7. I'm a butterfly enthusiast, as well. I saw the chair, but didn't know where I'd put it, either. I think yours looks great right where you have it. Thank you for all your ideas :)

    1. Thank you so much! I might just keep it at home if I don't find a space at school. It's so cute.

  8. Wow, you've been busy! I do love the banners and gif banner thing. I might have to try that.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

  9. So many things! Of course, I'm still loving the salsa! :) And I swear I'll get on my TPT banner just as soon as I'm done with the B2S prep. Priorities! And WHERE did you get that adorable giraffe???? I NEED IT! Not for my classroom, but for my house! I LOVE it! And I want a Pal! I don't know what I'd do with it, but I want one anyway! I love that yours is in those palazzo pants you love so much! It's SO you!

  10. You have been busy, girl!
    I admire your tenacity to make that TPT banner. I saw that tutorial going around last summer, but there's no way I want to attempt that much tech. BUT, I do want one of those pals, so I'm gonna head over and make one for myself. Woooo hoo!
    The classroom is awesome, but you know what I zeroed in on in those pics? Those black beanbag chairs! All I could think was, "Ohhh, nap time for me after lunch...."
    And the sandcastle cake pan??? I LOVE those pans! I keep wanting to buy those fancy bundt pans, but I never bake cakes.
    So, I made another batch of that corn salsa this weekend, and THIS time I sautéed the freshly-cut-off-the-cob-corn in some garlic butter, then added it. YUM! It was so delicious in the saute pan, it almost didn't make it into the salsa bowl. Fresh corn in now my obsession! It's breakfast time here in Cali, so I'm gonna go make some scrambled eggs and add that corn salsa and avocado to it. Yummy......

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  11. Wow, I had to have a snack while I read all that. (Just kidding) It was AWESOME! Making that banner is on my list, just know I may "muck" it up, so I am procrastinating. So glad you clarified that those were last years pictures, I was getting so jealous that you were ready!!!

    Hodges Herald

  12. Holy Cow---did you even get a chance to watch TV this past week? Love the banner and gif--I just updated mine...but now I wanna put a gif to it. Thanks for ruining my hard work.

    Love the cake--I want to go to the beach now

  13. You are just a hoot and a half! I haven't updated my banner in a looooong time- and I don't have an excuse that I took a year off from blogging. Because I didn't. And I have time right now to do it. But I'm not sure if I have the patience. This is my life struggle. Can I just pay you to do it for me?? Lol!! We'll get you to like kitchens soon.... maybe even with some fish ;) Your sand castle cake looks like it's a real sand castle! Perfection!

  14. So much awesomeness in this post! I don't know where to! Let's the banner! Too cool and I went and saw it on your TPT page and followed you too so I could enter the giveaway! Your pals are too them all! The butterfly bench is awesome! And so is the giraffe pic. I see a couple spots you could put! But, just a couple. Your classroom is wonderful! I know your kiddos love it. Finally, I wish I had a piece of that cake now! Looks tasty...:) I wanted to let you know that I am 90% finished with my daughter's quilt and will send some pix soon! She leaves Friday...not sure I am totally ready for it! But, she is over the moon excited so I am trying to be too. Have a wonderful week!


  15. Love, love, love your new banner! I'll have to try to make myself one! I've tried to find palazo pants for quite a while but can't ever find any that I feel right in! Your classroom is beautiful and that cake is adorable! I just may nominate this as the best post ever! SO much packed into one awesome blog!

    Life As I Know It

  16. You have been busy! The gif banner is awesome! I wish I had more time this summer to learn how to do that! I'm pinning it for sure! Loved reading your post! Thank you for sharing all of your great projects! :)

    1. Thank you, Marissa! The gif took a lot of time and effort. Not even going to lie. It's definitely a project that you have to set some time aside for to get it just right, but it's worth it.

  17. You've done all of these things AND found the time to come by the Corner and leave a kind comment? You must be a force of nature. I am in awe and in-spired!

    Cape up and crusade on,


  18. OMG I am totally pinning this whole page! So much amazing information! LOVE the new banner and the PAL! I need more time in these days LOL!

    Droppin' Knowledge

  19. I love your creations. Making a TPT banner has been on my to do list, so I am so happy to have found the tutorial. Your clipart is so cute. I am just starting to make my own clipart. Do you draw it by hand or use a program? Thanks for sharing.
    @ Wiley Teaching

    1. Oh I wish I could take credit for the clip art. That is actually a set I bought from Polka Dots and Pals. You can create your own "pal" using the different clip art she provides in the set: clothes, hair, accessories, etc. It's just so fun!

  20. I love your crazy pants, even though I wouldn't call those crazy. I need to get me some of those!!

    1. I have a serious problem with palazzo pants. I have a pair in every style and color. That's the crazy part. Lol!

  21. Those Create-a-Pals are so cute! I'll have to check them out.

  22. You're so fancy with your gif!! Great, another project for me to try to tackle! We could just pay you to make them! How cute are those Create-a-Pals??!! Love! Do they have an assortment of high heels? And, there's no room in your classroom, but I don't feel bad because it's HUGE! Our classrooms are so small-I hate it! I asked if I could build an addition and they laughed at me, but I was totally serious!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  23. I love your banner, and I totally need to make one. Your create-a-pals are adorable! I'd love to make those too! Thanks for the technology Pinterest page. I am now following that board. I love all of your ideas, and I greatly appreciate that you share them!

    Fit to be Fourth

  24. Love how your classroom theme is what makes you happy. I am glad you add in giraffes and butterflies and whatever else makes you happy. I really like that butterfly chair!

    My Bright Blue House

  25. Everything looks great! I love your banner and I LOVE making those Pals too!

  26. You weren't kidding about the length but I read every word! Reading your blog feels like having a conversation! Your gif turned out fantastic!!! It's on my to do list for this weekend! I am in LOVE with the giraffe so just put on your small group table so you can look at it everyday!!! And your pals are adorable! Can I have one to put in my pocket and carry you wherever I go?!

  27. Any way you could hang the awesome giraffe picture on the folding curtain wall above the two black chairs, table and lamp? Just a thought.
    BTW, send me an invite and I'll fix your page links up for ya! (It's Erika from HBD) :)

  28. Your pal is SO CUTE!!

    Also, love your classroom :)

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings


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