Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It- Last Week of July!

Hi there! 

I'm linking up 4th Grade Frolics for #MondayMadeIt!

I've been a busy creating machine lately. My boyfriend has been on safari in Africa so I haven't been distracted by his cuteness and I've been very productive! He comes back today and I'm super excited to see him. :)
My first Monday Made It is a custom order sign that a fabulous friend of mine ordered for her sister who is starting her first teaching gig in the fall!

If you'd like one or want to get one for a friend, you can order one in my TPT shop

My second Monday Made It was a little project that didn't quite turn out as cute as I planned, but it will be functional!

You know how you are sometimes given gift cards for your birthday or teacher appreciation or whatever. They always seem to bulk up space in your wallet or they are all over the place in your coupon drawer or worse they expire because you forgot you had them! My boyfriend gets gift cards from silent auctions from charity events and often as gifts because he's tough to buy for. I thought I'd help him out while he was in Africa by making a little organization station for him. 

First I went to one of my favorite (but my wallet's least favorite place): MICHAEL'S
FUN FACT: Did you know one summer I went to Michael's so often they offered me a job there? True. 

Next, I got the supplies: gorilla glue $4.99 (accidentally bought white-don't do this), wooden box thingy- It lifts up with a hinge (was 80% off so it was 1.99), little clothes pins ($1.99), and letters ($1.99) 
I used a 20% off everything coupon, so I got everything for under $10. 

Then, I picked out my paints. Since it was for my boyfriend I chose neutrals. (If it were for me I'd be going bright- I'm sure you could have inferred that :)

I painted the outside a chocolate brown.
 I painted the inside a tan.
I painted the letters and the little clothespins with Martha Stewart gold paint.

 When I glued down the letters and the clothespins it ends up looking like this: 

Like I said, its not as cute as I imagined but it will be functional! It can hold 10+ gift cards. 

My third Monday Made It is a my set of Mustache Mania Clip Art! I had so much fun making these! I learned so much from the TPT conference from Melonheadz about how to make clipart that I have caught the creating bug!

 Since I am on a new path of Clip Art Creation, I added this to my TPT shop:

It will always be 75% of the total cost of the clip art in my store. If you buy now, you will get it forever for super cheap! Who doesn't love a great deal?

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to relax and breathe a bit as the summer dwindles down!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Florida Teacher Blog Hop- It's like a Mini-Vacay Plus Giveaway

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Welcome to the Sunshine State! Enjoy yourself as you take a tour around our wonderful {and large!} state! Grab some freebies along the way, and be sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine!
I'm Bridget from Hardcore Teacher Resources, and if this is your first stop at my blog, WELCOME! If you've been here before "OH HEY!"

Originally from Dayton, Oh I moved to West Palm Beach, Fl after trekking through the snow one too many times to class at Ohio State.

I live about an hour and some change north of Miami, 45 from Ft. Lauderdale and I have easy access to the beach (which can be crucial after a tough day at work).

 Also a place I like to go to relax and have a craft beer is Das Biergarten in Jupiter. My boyfriend is a part owner and yours truly did the chalk board! We like to go for Trivia and ChariTuesdays! They choose a charity and give a portion of the sales to the charity, plus raffles, etc. It's super fun! Prost! :)
One of my favorite places to eat in the world is YuMi Sushi. It's a little hole-in-the-wall spot that my boyfriend took me to on our first date. The Tokyo Love Story Roll (pictured bottom right) is serious. Let me tell you, we went on our first date over five years ago that's how good this sushi roll is (okay, it doesn't hurt that he's fabulous too). We pretty much don't go anywhere else for sushi. It's small. The service is sassy. The food is incredible.
 I always take guests here when they are in town! 

 Another favorite spot is Shoppe561! This shop features local Florida artisans! It's the perfect store for unique gifts. The owner is super sweet and donates a portion of her sales each month to Hope House, which helps victims of human trafficking. She's sweet enough to sell my bracelets there. I also teach art classes there to kids for parties and on Saturdays!  Pictured below is from a Sail Into Summer party we did!

Other restaurants and places to see: The Breakers of Palm Beach, DADA in Delray Beach, Hullabaloo restaurant, Loggerhead Marine Life Center, and if you're into music Sunfest in the spring is a great deal!

Thanks for taking a mini-tour of my town! Be sure to follow my blog for Higher Order Thinking Ideas for Elementary and download this freebie from my shop!

This weekend only I have all of my Classroom Decor section on sale! Don't miss out on the savings!

The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow my blog! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card (because, well, a teacher's gotta have a coffee!).

Come find out more about the beautiful state of Florida by reading about these other sweet teachers!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made it- Custom Sign and Back to School Higher Order Thinking Activities

Linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for a Monday Made It!

My first Monday Made It was something I made for a friend who got married this year. I traveled to Ohio for the wedding and was racking my head for a creative gift. The bride is a teacher and the groom is one my closest friends since preschool.  I could make a teacher sign for her new name! 

I texted John to find out her favorite colors and then pulled out my canvas and crafted her a pretty sign. 

You can make your own!  If you don't quite feel like it and want one for yourself or a gift you can order one from me through my store!
My second Monday Made It is a product (and freebie!) I made for Back to School. These are Higher Order Thinking Activities designed to help you build your classroom community!

To see if this Activity Set is something you're interested in, download the freebie sample
What kinds of things have you made for yourself/classroom? 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Travel...Ish Book Link Up with Ramona Recommends

Well, I should probably be sleeping but I realized: I HAVEN'T LINKED UP WITH #TRAVELWITHRAMONARECOMMENDS YET!

Then, my mind started cranking and well, here I am. Maybe I'm still on Vegas time. Or maybe I'm nuts. It's really hard to say at this point.

At any rate, I'm pumped to link up with Courtney from Ramona Recommends because first of all, she's a sweetheart and second of all, I love children's literature. Courtney (and all the link-up bloggers) blog every Tuesday about books bought/given while traveling. FABULOUS!

I've been wanting to do a blog post on this special book and this seemed like the perfect time...ish. See, I didn't exactly get this book while traveling. It was given to me while student teaching in Ohio (eight years ago which means I'm getting old).

Since I live in Florida now I feel like it technically counts. (Plus, Courtney gave a green light).

I went to Ohio State for graduate school and during my student teaching my mentor teacher was the amazing Mrs. M. She was an incredible mentor and educator: full of vigor, incredibly intelligent, inspiring, and I somehow slightly adopted her Welsh accent by the end of the semester. Her lessons oozed with her energy and I can't imagine that any of my colleagues had a better mentor. Plus, she was kind of odd-like me (in a splendid way- who wants to be normal?).  

After a lesson, Mrs. M would kindly conference with me about how the day went, how my classroom managements was, etc. Not fully confident, I often replied with how I thought it went: "well...ish." When she would ask how the kids were, I would reply they were "good...ish." When asked how I thought I was doing I'd say "pretty good...ish." (Note: I grew in confidence as the year progressed and my dialogue did eventually get better).

After my student teaching came to a close, Mrs. M gave me a slew of books and I was thrilled because, well, I had none! Most of them were fairytale books because when I started we worked together on large Fairytale Unit of Study.
But also included in my pile was this book: 

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds (I wonder why it reminder her of me?)

"But! Bridget, what does this have to do with higher order thinking? Your blog is about higher order thinking activities!" you shout at the computer, shaking your fists.

Excellent question! This book is an amazing resource for getting kids who are uncomfortable taking risks to learn that it is okay to not be perfect. In the gifted classroom and in any classroom you come across students who fear to make art, to be creative, make a project, or even raise their hands because they can't get it "right." Perfectionism is a hindrance and a strength for many students. Acknowledging that fact, and beginning the conversation of support is so huge!. This book is a great resource to start that conversation. It's okay not to be perfect. In fact, perfect is boring! Let's all be a little weird! 

I've overheard my students referencing the book during projects. "It's okay if it doesn't look exactly like a spider. It's spider-ish and I think it's great!" (Yes, this is a real life quote. I double checked my "Student Quotes" notebook to verify).

I read this book at the beginning of the year every year and I believe it's so important for setting up my classroom community. It sets of tone of respect and reverence to sharing ideas and learning. Get it. Amazon it, start a Craigslist ad, whatever you have to do. It's also on Tumblebooks if your district has access to it. I wish I had a great product to promote that goes with it, however I do not. Maybe I'll add that to my TO DO list. 

Fun Fact: While we're talking about my student teaching...did you know I wrote a little diddy while student teaching called The Worm Parade? I later turned it into a book and was rejected by a plethora of fabulous publishers. (Yes, I still have my rejection letters). Anyhow, I eventually self published it on, and I looked to see if it was still there and voila: there it was! Please DO NOT buy this book. It is way overpriced! Thinking of revamping it into a TPT item somehow. Another thing for my precious TO DO list.

I did just add a huge Fairytale Clip Art Set to my TPT Store, if you're into that sort of thing.:)
But most importantly, what should I name my flying pig in the picture? Start thinking, because this will be a contest IN THE FUTURE 
(I put my words this way as a nod to my brother, standup comedian Mike Hilinski- he often leaves shows saying he will see everyone IN THE FUTURE echo echo echo. Anyhow I get a kick out of it, I hope you do too!)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Made It: Swirly Apple Necklaces

Linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for this weeks Monday Made It!
 I've given a few Swirly Apple Necklaces away in giveaways and I thought I'd share how I make them!

First, I gather my supplies: Sculpey Clay, Green Wire, an exacto knife, and a chain (all from Michael's) 

Next, take some clay from a dark and a light color. Take a chunk of clay in two colors (one light and one dark). The chunk should be about the size from your top of your thumb to the first knuckle. 

 Start working with the clay and flatten it into rectangles. Use your exacto knife to make straight edges.

Lay the two rectangles on top of each other. Roll them hot dog style until you get a long roll of clay like this:  

Set those aside. Take a ball of clay and roll into a ball like a bouncy ball.

Next, carefully slice the swirly rolls into small slivers. 
Once you have enough to cover your "bouncy ball" start carefully placing them on the ball.

Now, roll the ball in your hands until there are no bumps. Don't over-roll because it will smear the colors too much! 
  Now, form it into your apple shape! 

Now you're ready to add the stem!
I used this strong bendable artistic wire. Cutting off a couple inches and sticking the stem and the pendant holder into the clay.
Follow the baking directions on the Sculpey package(or whatever clay you use). They will burn if you overbake!


After they are baked, I paint on a thin layer of glaze to protect it, string on a chain and Voila!

Don't feel like making one? $10 in my Etsy Shop!

 Don't feel like making one, but still want one? Right now, they are only $10 in my Etsy Shop!

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