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And so this is Christmas – Part 2

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Today is Boxing Day (WOOHOOOOOOOO)…which is feel is the equivalent of Black Friday sales.  I have chosen to avoid them this year.

I have finally mustered enough energy to write the 2nd post of the 2 part holiday special.

Taking up where I left off, bought some Egg Nog last year, never having had it before and it turns out that I love it! So this year I bought some more, this time they had cinnamon flavour available too…now i didn’t like this as much as the regular Egg Nog, but all can be forgiven.  I have used these in a couple of recipes in the last couple of weeks.  First I made this Egg Nog Coffee Cake through a link to Mandy’s Recipe Box.  Now I did a couple of things different.  I used a tub of plain chobani 0% yoghurt instead of the sour cream, and i didn’t realise at the time I made it you are supposed to put it in the fridge for a while.  I wanted cake then and there so that didn’t happen….It still worked fine and was a hit with everyone!

Egg Nog Coffee Cake - pre baking

Egg Nog Coffee Cake – pre baking

We made these tiles a couple of days before we closed for the holidays.  Now the idea for these are all over pinterest.  I used Mod Podge to seal them then sprayed them with a can of acrylic to make sure they were fine to use with water as coasters.  The washi tape was on sale at Officeworks, I think I got it for about 70c -90c from a bin near the registers.  The red stars on the white background were much more popular than I anticipated!  Here is a couple of shots of the final products.

Here is a list with links to a few of the other recipes that I have used over the last few days

Maple Cinnamon Nuts

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

Martha Stewart – Classic French Toast

Ice-cream Christmas Cake

Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins (we did ours in a loaf tin though)

Raspberry Frost Sodas

A couple of non consumable links are my present wrapping idea and my gift tags.  The gift tags that I used were just so cute.  They are from over at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. And there are so many more styles than the ones I used.  I also use washi tape and brown paper to wrap my presents.  I don’t have a link to the exact site where I got the idea from, here are 2 website that have similar ideas.  The first is Curbly and the wash tape idea is at number 2 and the second is this photo over at Flickr.

So between all these ideas and the gift tags this was the end product.

My gift wrapping for 2013

My gift wrapping for 2013

I’m not sure where we would have been without Pinterest this year.  It has certainly made this holiday season MUCH MUCH easier.

So from my family to yours, I hope you have had a very merry and blessed holiday season.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Book Week – Read across the Universe

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Tomorrow is the conclusion of Book Week at my school which means it is Parade Day!

This years theme is Read across the Universe and the children and teachers have been encouraged to dress to the space theme. I don’t have to dress up, but I like to get into the action of it, and the kids love that I do.

I decided to go for a mask so I can go out during the day if I need to. I found the perfect mask when I looked on Pinterest for some Space Halloween ideas over at Spoonful, which is associated with Disney.

I couldn’t find the green foam for the mask so I went with purple, which I feel is still a little spacey. Here is a photo of what the finished product looks like, hopefully it will be a hit with the kids.

 

(The photo won’t load at the moment so I will give it another go tomorrow)

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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

Superhero Week

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I have named this week superhero week after the sewing project that I have been doing for school.  I came across these Superhero masks on Cutesy Crafts when I first started pinning, almost a whole year ago.  But I have never really had the time to make them between work, post grad study and sport.  So during my staycation this week from work, I made the effort to crack out some craft/DIY that I have been wanting to do for a little while.  I got the felt from work one day during the week when I went to interview a new employee, who didn’t show up (how rude!).  So I gathered all the felt and printed the outlines off to bring home and do.  I cracked out 4 that afternoon and only have 2 left to cut out (Thor and Captain America) and I have to sew Iron Man.  But here are some photos of the masks so far.  My brother had one taken as Hulk, but its on his phone not mine, so I don’t think I’ll ever see that one again.

Mill-verene...my Dog millie as a beautiful model!

Mill-verene…my Dog millie as a beautiful model!

Superhero Masks

Superhero Masks

More about Easter

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As promised here are the photos of the craft that we did at school before Easter.  It kinda snuck up on me in the end and we didn’t crack out as much craft as I wanted to.  But that’s ok I have plenty of ideas to go with for next year.  There is always a plus side for over planning!

This 1st craft was super cute bunnies from over at a little delightful.  The bunnies were made with ears that were the kids foot prints traced onto the pink paper and the kids loved it.  Especially because they go to take their shoes off to do it.

Footprint Bunny

Footprint Bunny

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Footprint Bunny

Next we did some crosses to hang on the window.  They looked amazing (as you will agree from the photos).  I got this idea from over at Happy Home Fairy.  I wanted to include some more religious crafts to remind the children that Easter is not just about the Easter Bunny and chocolate, and that the celebrations holds a more meaning for us (I work at a catholic school, have I mentioned that before?  Well I do and I love it :))  It ended up that we could fit three crosses across the door, and another educator and I were impressed to see that it looked like the 3 crosses at the crucifixion.  We had not even intended it to be that way! This is the photo anyway.

Stained Glass Crosses

Stained Glass Crosses

 

There are 2 more crafts that we did, so I’ll talk about them super quick as I know this is one of my longer posts.  We made these cute painted eggs, using water colours and wax candles.  And then we made this garland from paint chips, which looked so cute! The kids really enjoyed threading the eggs on to make sure they were all the same way and the same distance apart.

Water Colour Eggs with wax writing and drawing

Water Colour Eggs with wax writing and drawing

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Paint Chip Garland

 

And last but not least here is a photo, not the one I want but its better than nothing, of my Happy Easter Garland that I  talked about in the last Easter Post.  When my panorama one finally decides to stream I will put it up instead!

My Easter Garland at home

My Easter Garland at home

 

Happy Easter!

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I have survived the sweetest (but most delicious) day of the year.  I kind of glad that I didn’t decide to give up my computer (or Facebook) for Lent like I know some people did, because I would not have survived! So a shout out to all those who did.! That is will power!

I spent most of the Easter period with family, eating and drinking and being merry, but I did manage to fit a few Pinteresting activities in.  Yesterday I Mod Podge-d for the first time.  I used it on my coasters and they look spectacular and ready to hold me next drink (beer sir!).  I found some Black and Gold tape at a store called Typo and I am going to do an exciting cover on my book for my vacay information (Hawaii in Sept), and I am thinking of doing a larger tile in the Black and Gold for my Mum to use as a teapot trivet as the one she has now is not very interesting (lol).  I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Now as for my Pinteresting Easter I had in mind to make small gift bag type gifts with my easter chocolates for my family.  I usually buy a selection of Hershey’s chocolate and candy covered eggs, and this year I got some small Reece’s bunnies to go with it as well as some M&M speckled eggs.  Not a bad haul if I do say so my self.  I had come across these tags a while back and decided that I wanted to use them as my tags.  When I got them to my surprise I also found an amazing Happy Easter banner, which I decided to print and use at home.  I will add the photo of this tomorrow (it looks so cute!) when I am at school and all my photos stream from one device to another.  But I do have some photos of the Easter goodie bags, which look SMASHING!  Enjoy!

Easter Gift

Easter Gift

Easter Gifts for everyone!

Easter Gifts for everyone!

I added the tex for everyones names in grey but it looks a little different in the photo.  Everyone loved the look of them and commented how cute they were.  They are technically meant to be place cards, but who says you have to stick to the plan!

Tomorrow at work, I will also take some photos of the Easter craft the kids have done over the last couple of weeks, including a nifty garland that we made out of paint chips, so stay tunes for that one!

Hope everyone out in Blog land also had an amazing Easter holiday regardless of how you spent it!