Thursday, July 31, 2014

new aprons

New aprons posted!

Hi! I just posted some new aprons in my TPT store last night!

Here they are:

I'm off to clean some classroom closets. I'm not a good putter-backer and they are beyond terrible!
See ya!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It!

I've been trying, without success, to find time to join a linky party. My days have been swamped.  Swamped with aprons. Here are my feeble attempts at blogging this week:
I started off with the Five for Friday Linky but I had to deliver fabric.

It's time for another Five for Friday! Thank you Doodle Bugs for hosting my favorite linky!

This week I'm trying to post 5 things other than aprons! There's an apron update at the very end so that I don't bore those who aren't interested!

I spent some time getting things cut and  laminated for my calendar. Doodle Bugs has really cute calendar numbers for free that I love. I also found some cute calendar ideas on Kindercraze. My kitchen island was finally covered in something other than fabric. I'll go in to my classroom this week and get all the paper up for the bulletin boards. There's just something about getting my calendar up that makes me feel like things are happening. I love some of the focus board ideas I've been seeing and hope to have that figured out as well.

 Every year I decorate envelopes and send a letter  to my new kinders welcoming them to kindergarten. I posted about it here last year. At last count, there were 30 kids enrolled.

This was as far as I got with the Five for Friday!

I would have finished my Five for Friday on Saturday, but I had to buy more fabric and then I fell asleep on the couch. Next, I had to do the laundry and buy some groceries.  My husband invited me out for dinner (I'm hardly cooking these days, he was desperate) and there was NO WAY I was turning that down.

So, I tried to turn my Five into a Sunday Smorgie. A little bit of this and a little bit of that sounded perfect.
Here's how far got with that...

Let's be honest here.
 It's going to be a little bit of THIS. There will be no THAT. All I have is apron news. I know I must be boring you all to tears, but this is all I've got. I don't have any time to work in my classroom yet. Next week I'll start back and then I'll have something else to blog about!
I said that last week and look how that worked out.

I prepped all the paper tags that I put in the apron pockets. I also made new thank you tags, cut ribbon and punched holes.

I picked up the black aprons today and will be busy shipping them tomorrow. So, if you ordered a black apron at the conference, watch for the postman! They are finally on their way.

I had to drive an hour and a half to pick them up, so that put an end to the Sunday Smorgie!

So NOW, I'm trying the Monday Made It Linky!
I'm hoping this is an appropriate linky. I AM helping to make aprons, after all!

The black aprons will be posted today. The other aprons will be available in the next two weeks. I'll pick up whatever my seamstress has ready on Wednesday!

We'll have:
9 black with floral pockets.
This color was very popular(let me know in the comment section what your
opinion on color is for the next aprons!).

We also have 8 red polka dot ruffle and checked pocket.

15 blue with a floral pocket
8 blue with gray pocket
6 pink with floral pocket
15 green with gingham pocket

This is a proto type for a tutu apron. What do you think? The ruffle needs to be much fluffier, for sure!
I would love to hear from you all about colors and patterns. I'm trying a black and white chevron for Katie Knight. I'm not sure how the ruffle will work...that particular pattern makes my head spin.
 I spend hours staring at fabric and would truly appreciate some suggestions. I also think it might help to take someone who is actually fashionable with me! My friends have told me to look for a mint color fabric that's popular right now and to move away from the cutsie fabric.
Special orders would be fun, but I don't think we're quite ready for that!
Hang in there with me everyone! I'm learning this business from the bottom up.

I want to be sure to remind all of you to never put the aprons in the dryer. I lay mine flat after washing and use my hands to smooth it out. Works every time. Also, if you use pens on the plastic, be sure to clean it off that day or it will be there FOREVER! Trust me!

I need to send a shout out to my husband who has the patience of a saint. He has put up with a whole lot of pouty girl tantrums and exhaustion related behavior, if you get my drift. His home life has been turned topsy turvy by the whole apron thang.

The dinner menu has been especially pitiful; he never knows what to expect. Some nights he has to fend for himself. Most nights, I throw some roasted chicken and cheese in a tortilla and make quesadillas. I'd use the microwave but it's broken so I actually have to use a pan on that thing called an oven. HA! He complimented my extra effort the other night when I handed him the hot sauce in a jar and a whole avocado with a knife.

The laundry's not much better. Thank goodness he wears shorts, t shirts and Chacos 365 days a year
( he runs a rafting company) and has a life time supply in his closet. I also noticed that he's on the river a lot more this summer. Hmmmm. They feed him better. And the passengers and guides talk about something other than aprons...

In closing, you've got to listen to this sister duo. You've probably already seen them. I found them by accident and was so impressed.

I'm off to label envelopes and get those aprons in the mail!
Please leave a comment!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Late Again!

Late again! I'm so happy to be linking up with Doodle Bugs for another Five for Friday!


My life has been turned topsy turvy since the whole apron thing happened. I'm running from 6am to sometimes 10 O'clock at night trying to get new aprons up and running. It's so much more complicated than it should be.
I have a blister on my hand from cutting fabric, lots more milage on my Prius, and some extra poundage from stress eating. I'm on a first name basis with the postal lady, fabric lady, notions lady, and I have my production people (family and friends) on speed dial.
Here's a quick four and then a more lengthy 5 for Friday!
I'll start posting about school things soon.
I'm on apron overload.

This is my California lawn. I just want to cry. I love to garden but the drought has hit our neck of the woods BIG TIME.
So sad...

Apron, aprons, aprons.
The rest of my post is apron related.
You may want to stop here. It's pretty much all that is my life, right now!
I totally understand if you skip out!
It's all I've got!

Ready to ship!

The dining room table is back to being the apron office.
Who has time to entertain anyway, right?
If anyone comes to visit at my house, you have wrap aprons while we visit!

The fabric left overs!!!

We'll be recycling this mess.
I'm taking the roll to school. I think I know a few 5 year olds who would enjoy sending some cars or marbles down that thing.

I had a request to show how I use my apron, so here goes...
Brace yourself. I've been using the apron for 2 years!
Here are a few ways that I use the apron:

First off, you all need to know that my apron came about because I'm a mess. Not only do I need the apron to save my wardrobe, but I leave things everywhere! Unfortunately, I'm sort of known for it. The plastic pockets help me stay more organized and it keeps my hands free-important when you teach five year olds.

It started with sight words. We all have our weekly "password" on our doors. As the kids come through the door, they read the word. Well, my friends would often touch it with their hands and erase the word. So, I started off with spelling one sight word in my pocket. It was perfect for Heidi's sight word songs too, which we love.

Then I decided to put more than one sight word in the pockets. There were those who could read all the words, and others maybe one or two. I could point to the word/s I wanted them to read. It worked as a great quick assessment. My hands were free to take notes or deal with rascally behavior! The other unexpected plus was that the word/s were right at their eye level. Whatever concept I was reinforcing was there all day and they couldn't get away from it!

Next, I tried CVC words. I layered the initial sound with a variety of consonants, all the vowels and different final consonants. As I change the cards, the kids read the words. They have to decide if it's a silly or real word. If it's a real word, they can use it in a sentence Then we tried word families, blends and bossy e. This picture is  a little much. I don't layer this many letters at the beginning stages; I just wanted to show you some examples.

Watch out for inappropriate words!
I jumble sentences, and then have the kids help me unscramble the words. We use our expo pen to write directly onto the plastic to make lower case letters into capitals and add punctuation.

I've placed a period, question mark, exclamation mark, comma and quotation marks in the pockets and then ask them to tell me what each one is called.

We alphabetize the picture noun cards.

They can place picture cards for stories into beginning, middle and end. Author, illustrator, problem and solution.

In math, I've put two and three dimensional shape pictures in the pockets. They've also helped to put numbers in order, identify the teens and then tell me how many tens and units in the chosen number. Patterns, greater than, less than, addition and subtraction, clocks and on and on!!!

And then some days, I just put in a message!
I wrote about this message in an earlier post. We were learning a song for graduation and they needed to know how to spell I love you, so I had it in my pocket for the week.
I got hugs and "Right back at 'ya," all week.

I keep my cards in one of those layered lunch boxes. A recipe file works well, too.

We've included lots of blank cards for you to write on. Write on them with a never come off pen (kinderese for permanent pen), but be sure to erase with a white sponge a day or two later. Otherwise, it won't come off.

If you go to my TPT to get cards, be sure to cut them so that they fit the pocket (I cut on the gray line) but be sure to leave the top taller so that it's easier to pull out of the pocket (it 

Really, the ideas for cards are endless!
Are you still with me?
Thanks for putting up with all that!
Have a great weekend!
I'm off to the post office to visit my new buddies and mail aprons!

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