Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pinterest inspired Cupcake toppers

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I was so excited about finishing my “You’re a Lifesaver” printables that I decided to make some more.  With the 4th of July approaching rapidly I thought it would be fun to design some cupcake toppers with a Red, White and Blue theme.

Now I know some of you are thinking…but you’re not in America, why are you thinking about celebrating the 4th of July.  Well the reason that I celebrate is that I lived in upstate New York for a few months a few years ago…July 4th was my favourite day during that time.  Wearing Red, White and Blue all day, eating Red, White and Blue food.  The celebrations, the fireworks and passion of people that day is something that I will never forget.  To commemorate that period of my life I like to celebrate every year.  Nothing huge, just some cupcakes, some snacks or a meal and wear a little Red, White and Blue.

This year I have decided to make some cupcakes, and I will most likely make a meal too…I’m just not sure what yet.  Maybe some Ribs. Anyway thats kind of off topic.  But I used the same idea for these as I did with my other tags.  It’s super easy when you know how!  I am also in the process of making some pantry labels for the food containers at work.  When they are ready I will post them too.

Now back to my 4th of July Cupcake toppers.  I think they are super cute and I can’t wait to assemble and use them.  I just have to buy a 2 inch hole punch and some sticks and I’m away!

This is what they look like, but I am trying to no avail to upload the document.  I think I might have to have a think about a document sharing service.

I’ll get back to you on that 🙂

I figured out it will be easier to upload it to scribd, as I already have an account.  If you click on the image of the toppers it will take you to download it. Sorry I know this is a pain but I want to share them with you and at the moment its the only way I can figure out how.  🙂

4th of July Cupcake Toppers

The digital paper used for these toppers is from Ashley Hughes at  The School Supply Addict and is the Patriotic range, available on Teachers Pay Teachers, the stars are also by Ashley Hughes at  The School Supply Addict and the Fonts are from Creative Clips by Krista Wallden.

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Lots of Pinteresting……

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So since Friday I have competed 4 Pinterest projects. Today is Sunday.  I think that would have to be my record!

On Friday at school I made use of the 50% off and got some sturdy containers to make some better quality glue sponges.  I learnt some neat tricks off Mr Greg over at Kindergarten Smorgasbord, of spritzing the sponges with a little water to keep them moist.  I’m not 100% sure about his Listerine idea, personally I would just dump the sponges and start again.  Here are a couple of pictures of the glue sponges, I am off to get some Elmers glue tomorrow to finish them off as my glue has gone yuck.

Glue Sponge - before

Glue Sponge – before

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Glue Sponges – after

 

My next little trail was sewing some old guide badges together to make them easier to sew onto my never started but long thought about camp blanket.  I didn’t pin it but I found it while I was trawling around for camp swaps.  If I come across it again I will put the link up.  So I’m 99.9% sure this is the blog where I found it, it seems pretty familiar.  This is how my badges looked/turned out.

Stage 1 and 2

Stage 1 and 2

Final Product

Final Product

Tonight I cracked out 2 Pinterest project.  The first was a Warm Potato Salad courtesy of Martha Stewart.  It was such a nice dish to eat on a cold night.  I served it with roasted beets and supermarket roast chicken.  Simple but delicious!  The goats cheese mixed through gave the salad a creamy dressing that is so much better than what Mayo is in a potato salad.  I will be interesting to eat the left overs tomorrow for lunch to see what it is like.

Warm Potato Salad

Warm Potato Salad

Project 2 is REFRIGERATOR OATMEAL!  I know is a bit cold at the moment to be thinking about cold summer type oatmeal, but its always fun to think about new things to eat at breakfast, especially when you don’t eat it that often.  I found my recipe here, at the Yummy Life.

Refrigerator Oatmeal

Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Refrigerator Oatmeal ready to go!

There are 6 initial recipes and then another post with another 8 recipes.  I chose the apple and cinnamon one.  It is always one of my favourite flavours.  I am planning to have it for breakfast in the morning.  If I remember to take it to school with me.  As you can see my coffee jar has come in handy once again.  I can’t wait to try it in the morning!

Well it’s time for bed as another week begins.  The last week of term! 5 days until its sleep-ins, early finishes and exciting times!

 

Wow! What a week!

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Greetings!

It has been a bit on an intense week here and this week looks to be just as amazing!  We were, however, lucky enough this past weekend to have a long weekend/public holiday yesterday for the Queen’s Birthday.  So happy birthday Queen Elizabeth! and thanks for the well earnt day off!

So why was last week intense I hear you ask??  Well….it was because it RAINED…nearly the whole week.  Which means no play out side which equals hyped up after school care kids (and now for nearly the whole weekend too :()

Wednesday was my absoloute highlight of the week.  I was out at the store during teh day, getting some lunch stuff whe my friend rings to ask if I can take over the prep class for the rest of the day while their teacher goes home sick.  Not a problem I say! then it starts.  The rain that is.  All through 2nd sessions, then through lunch.  It looked like it was going to be fine enough to go out for normal pick up.  I’m outta the classroom and headed up to the pick-up area.  Then comes the dreaded call ‘excuse me parents and teachers, today will be classroom pick up!’ ARGHHHH my one hate on rainy days.  Knowing that I didn’t have enough staff  quite cover whileI waited for parents I mushed all the children I had been teaching that day into the classroom of a 10 week substitute teacher, who has been here 2 weeks, and does not really know how to take me at all!

So i can now hear you saying….’Ok that’s enough ranting’ what have you been doing on Pinterest?’  Well that is kinda where the rant comes in. I felt so guilty about doing a dump and run of the kids I wanted to get a little something for the poor teacher to say thanks for dealing with nearly 50 kids that afternoon.  I have seen a few cute sayings that people have printed out and created to give to teachers especially on teacher appreciation day and for end of year and for the start of the school year.  Actually the list I have seen these for is pretty endless.

I remembered seeing one saying ‘You’re a Lifesaver’ and having it attached to a pack of lifesavers.  I thought that was pretty cute, so I went with it. I pinned only last week or the week before a tutorial on how to make those cute little tags yourself on Word.  That tutorial is over at Just a Girl and her Blog.  Useing Abby’s instructions I was able to create some super ‘You’re a Lifesaver’ tags, which I then attached to the roll of lifesavers and gave to the teacher.  The teacher, Ben, was supper appreciateive and I think it made his day (especially seeing as he is so new to our school commnity and doesn’t really know anyone!)

I didn’t  take a picture of the final product before I took it down to the classroom, but I am hoping to put the sheet up here as a freebie. i have a picture of what it looks like though.  I just have to figure out how to do it as it will be the 1st freebie I have posted in conjunction with my blog.  Once I figure that out I will be pinning it on Pinterest so be on the look out!  The digital background is from Clever Chamleon and the font is from Krista Wallden from clever clips.  They are all free downloads.  If you are not signed up for Teachers pay Teachers here is a link.  It is free to sign up and there are heaps of great freebies, including digital paper.  Click on this link or the picture for you pdf Freebie!  You’re a Lifesaver

You're a lifesaver tags

You’re a lifesaver tags

Welcome to Winter

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Winter is finally here, and while it is slightly warmer now than it was a couple of weeks ago, I’m not looking forward to it at all.  The kids however most likely are as winter is when I crack out all the exciting winter crafts.  I have a whole bunch planned for vacation care, which I just looked at and is only 2 weeks away ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH….

I have recently broken the $300 mark on my Teacher Pay Teachers store, which I found thanks to Pinterest.  It was a pretty exciting acheivement!

Now for my latest Pinterest creations. 

There have been a couple of successes in the last week or so.  Firstly for a meeting last Tuesday at our head office I made a  pecan-caramel cheesecake dip which I found over at Oh! Nuts.  Now yes it is a sweet dip and yes it was good AMAZING! I served it with pretzels, apple slices and savoiardi.  The big bosses were super impressed with it and consequently I now have to send the recipe to about 15 people.  That was a good feeling!  The umbrella in the middle was jsut to stop the cling film from getting in the caramel sauce.  It only kinda worked :(.

Pecan-Caramel Cheesecake Dip

Pecan-Caramel Cheesecake Dip

The other little thing I have done was on Saturday for my cousins baby shower.  It was a high tea style baby shower which I had to take a savoury for.  So I made these cute crostini’s that are from Martha Stewart.  They were a great balance and a nice mouthful to go with the food that other poeple had bought!  I dont have any photos of them but i am hopeful that my cousins will put some up that might have my taste morsels in them. 

 

I am planning on at the moment making some Thin Mint Puppy Chow on the weekend as well as trying out some sweet heat molassass meatballs that I found.  or maybe a soup or a pepperoni pizza cauliflower casserole..the possibilities are endless!

 I also need to get all my travel ideas in order as it is only 3 mths until I will be vacationing in HAWAII!! I am just a little bit excited 🙂

Until next time!