Friday, August 7, 2015

Five for Friday! Bulletin Boards,Fonts, Birthdays, and Bugs

Hey Five for Friday Friends!
I took a few weeks off because life (and Vegas) got in the way.
You know what I mean! 
But earlier this week I found myself taking pictures while in TJ Maxx, just so I could use them in my Friday post......really.

Anyway, Here's my Friday randomness, thanks to Kacey at Doodlebugs and TJ Maxx!

Let's talk about Bulletin Boards. We all have a love/hate relationship with them, right!
When they are cute as pie we are so proud, but it's the getting it up there on the wall that drives us crazy. Anyway, last winter I made the one below- you might remember reading about it!
Science Bulletin Board! This post tells a way to re-purpose this amazing board. When I took this board down I saved all the pieces and re-used them in another amazing version. Read to see how!

That was done on a hallway bulletin board. Yeah, I know, those are the worst because everybody sees them and they have to be extra extra cute. So, I blogged all about that one and you can go back and read that if you want to. {HERE} I mean, I included  photos and some directions, so book mark it and read it later.
I have now done the impossible!
I re-purposed that giant board!
You notice I used red letters to let you know this is exciting. It's just what a teacher's heart needs. 
Here's the deal. 
In May I had to take down that big bulletin board, but I saved parts of it! Yep, carefully removed staples and found a place to store the lady and some of the other parts.
So, this week I decided to get her out and use it in my classroom. Now, it looks a little different..... but it is still pretty darn cute.
Here's part of an old bulletin board that was saved and used in a different way on a new display! Read more to see how this worked!
Above- you can see I recreated the lady scientist with her wild hair and the static shocker thing.

Crazy science lady with wild hair and a lizard on her shoulder! It's part of an old bulletin board that was re-done!
But I also added a lizard on her shoulder!

Adding the butterfly net was the perfect touch for this re-purposed bulletin board! Makes it 3-D, too!
And a butterfly net.
Now, I have no idea what that has to do with anything but there was an empty space in that corner that needed to be filled, so the net worked perfectly. I wrapped masking tape around the handle of the net and then stapled it several times. The net itself is stapled in place and the lady's hand covers the tape. (The net came from the dollar store years ago!)

Of course, every science board needs a bubbling bottle of chemicals! Read more on this post about re-doing a bulletin board!
And I added this adorable little burlap beaker my daughter made for me. I used the bubbles from the original bulletin board to trail up the center of the board.

And then I added some more doodads:
Add a motivational poster set to your science bulletin board! These posters can double as your lab rules!
That's a set of posters I made that use the letters SCIENCE to list some specific and motivational things for kids in class- like Safety is first.

Add some bunting to you science board for some texture and 3-D fun. Read more on this post!
The banner is made from cut-outs I bought in the party supplies at Target. Yeah I could have made those, but they were already the perfect color on heavy weight paper with a pre-cut string. I just added the letters and stuck it up with push pins. It is a total accident that the diagonal lines on the banner match the posters almost exactly. 

 and here it is all finished.
Science Bulletin Board! This post tells a way to re-purpose an amazing board. When I took the original board down I saved all the pieces and re-used them in this amazing new version. Read to see how!

And just so you can compare here they are together:
Science Bulletin Board! This post tells a way to re-purpose an amazing board. When I took the original board down I saved all the pieces and re-used them in this amazing new version. Read to see how!
That empty space smack in the middle is going to bother me, so I will probably add something there!
Anyway, don't let anyone tell you not to save things- you can even re-purpose a bulletin board.

Okay, so now my TJ Maxx story.
First of all, I was there for shoes.
But first I had to look and try some purses. You just never know about purses. Do you dump all your stuff into a new one and carry it around to see how it fits...... or it that just me?
Anyway, then I went to the shoes and there was a pair....but they were $50 and that is above my TJ Maxx limit.
So then I went to the home section cause you have to go there. It's a Maxx rule.
That's when I spied this:
Are you kidding? I love that font.
Sadly, I did not buy that. I have ten tons of notepads already and besides it was $3.99.

Speaking of Fonts.....
Now, I know we love some KG Fonts and I have all the Hello fonts, too!
Well, I don't have all the KG fonts , but I can tell you my favorite is Skinny Latte.....I love that one!
But I was looking for some chunkier fonts for covers in my store or on pins for Pinterest.
And I just happened to see a pin about KB3Teach Fonts and that led me to finding these delicious chunky cute fonts:
They were on sale and I had a few credits and now I have ten tons more fonts.
And I love cats!

This week was somewhat weird.
Wednesday was my son's birthday.
Look at that sweet little one year old.

Yeah, you guys that know me also know with certainty that picture is from a LONG time ago.
Like, maybe 29 years.
I mean look at it. I had to take a picture of the photo that was in the scrapbook it is stored in. This was  taken way before digital cameras.
Anyway here's a more recent photo of him on his birthday.
Notice two things.
First, the same sign is on the porch announcing his birthday. Only the age number is changed.
Second, my hair is a slightly (ok a lot) different color.
Anyway, this week that precious young man turned 30. THIRTY.
By the way, I made that sign from quilted fabric and we have hung it on the porch every birthday except one. One year we absolutely forgot it. But the other 28 years it was hanging. My daughter has one, too, only hers is pink. And we have all the photos showing how they have grown and changed over the years. Here's one of hers from 2 years ago:
Yeah, I know, makes you a little teary eyed.... 

School starts next week for us!
I hope your year is filled with wonder and discoveries.
 I mean look at the photo below:
I made it large on purpose so you could look closely.
Folks, that is NOT a stick.
That is an insect.
Isn't that totally amazing? Wouldn't your class just be in awe of how cleverly disguised he is. I want to know why his back legs are folded into his sides. And when I touched him he closed his little pinchers. Why?
Wonder and discovery....make these days count!

(By the way, we found that walking stick bug while on a hike in a state park. He was about the size of my hand. I barely touched him just to see him move. We left him clinging to the side of the building where we found him- although I REALLY wanted him for my bug collection!)


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    1. Aww, thanks! The original board took several days to make and put up, but the new one was much quicker. I plan to leave it up for along time- maybe all year! Thanks for visiting!

  2. Your bulletin board is amazing! I am so glad you did repurpose all that hard work! :) The stick bug is amazing! My tolerance for bugs is not very high, unless it is a cool one like that! Last year we had a snake in our hallway and some of the teachers caught it and researched it. I preferred it when it was a little more contained. We did release it later in the day. ;)
    Inquiring Our Way Through Third Grade

  3. The bulletin board is AMAZING and I want one in my room. When you are done can just send it to me to repurpose in my room. Lol!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. I love the birthday banners! How neat to take a picture with the banner each year. My oldest just turned 30 this year too. Funny how me turning 30 didn't bother me like some people said it would but her turning 30 made me feel pretty old! LOL My baby just turned 28 this year.

  5. Do you still put up pictures of the students' work on the new board? Thanks

    1. The new board does not have space for student work like the first version did. The first version was in my hallway and included photos of students at work, not really their work. The new board showcases a poster set and we refer to it just about every day! Thanks for visiting!

  6. Hi!!! Love the bulletin board! I would love to have access to your posters. Do you have them on TPT? I'm so going to use this idea next year and keep up all year in my room. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Gina! I do have those posters available. You can find them right here: These are also available in a primary color scheme! Thanks for visiting!

  7. Is there a pattern for the scientist?

    1. Hi Sandra! No, I didn't use a pattern. I drew the lab coat on white paper like you would draw a t-shirt and then cut it down the middle and folded it back to make lapels. For the head I drew it on flesh colored paper (it's just an oval) and then added strips for the hair in a wild arrangement. Her hands are just mitten shapes! It took time to make that board because of all the extras I added to it, but the scientist was easy! Thanks for visiting!


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