Monday Made It - Summer Week 7

Ok....had to scramble to get this weeks Monday Made Its done....I think the closer I get to the school year, the further I am pushing it out of my  So that leaves me a hot mess over the weekend trying to get a made it or two done.
First of all congratulations goes to
I will give Kim your email and then you can talk to her about your bracelets.  Thanks to everyone who entered and read Kim's story.  Such a neat way to "save" books and help our environment as well.  Those bracelets would make awesome gifts:) 
OK, on to my made its....
The kitchen is coming along slowly.  Here are a few pics of updates:
All upper and lower new cabinets are in:) (don't look at the walls, they are a hot mess.  We will be tiling under the cabinets once countertop is in)
This little reno. kinda grew...we ended up getting appliances too (except refrigerator)  SO excited about this BUT got stainless everything and the fingerprints are about to put me in a padded room!!!  Anyone have any cleaning tips for stainless????
This is the new little light fixture I picked out for over our sink.  I love it:)
Tile progress.  Told ya I have a "hallway" kitchen!
More cabinets and another shot of the light above the sink.
Got these cleaned up and ready to be put on.  They were on our old cabinets.  They are brushed nickel from Restoration Hardware and I kinda love them so hoping they will look good.  Can ya see the silver theme going on in appliances, nickel lights and hardware...
Hoping now that the cabinets are in they can come measure for the counter and that that won't be a super long time.  Still sooooo much to do but lots of progress!
I did manage 2 made its for my classroom.  The first is a book checkout system idea from Christina at Bunting, Books and Bright Ideas!  She blogged about it HERE.  
Then, Jessica at Mrs. Heeren's Happenings made up an adorable set using numbers and it's a freebie.  I saw this on Instagram and HAD to have it.  So I didn't make it....I downloaded, printed, laminated and cut it out:) 
Thanks Jessica letting me snag your adorable pic:)
 I am sooooo hoping this works for my kiddos.  I have a terrible time keeping track of my classroom library and at the end of last year, realized a couple of my read aloud books were missing:(((  One being The One and Only Ivan:(  Big sad face and tears!  So I am so hoping this will help me track books.  I have a librarian as one of my jobs in my classroom but LOVE Christina's idea of having them be in charge of the book checkout station.  So thanks Christina for the great idea and thanks Jessica for making such a cute freebie!
Kinda of excited about this next idea.  Got this inspiration from Pinterest:) 
Chalkboard speech bubbles:) 
The wood I used for these is super thin.  I took a pic of the sticker on it if you wanted to make some too!  It's a big sheet.  I got 4 good sized speech bubbles out of one sheet.  I made mine really big so you would get more if you made them smaller.
First I drew the bubble on with a sharpie:)  These are pretty least one foot by one foot...some bigger.  I wanted them big enough to write more and write large enough that the kids could read them from their seats:)
Then I used a jigsaw and just followed the lines.  Gotta say I was pretty proud of myself for cutting them out:)
Once they are cut out, I sanded the edges.  I thought I had sanded them really well but when I went to paint them I was surprised at how rough they still seemed.  My hubs said it's because the wood is so thin, it splinters.
Last I painted them with chalkboard paint, 2 coats and then did some little white dashes around the edges:)  I'm going to hang them up around my classroom and use them for all sorts of things....
-favorite book quotes
-science or math questions
-a reading response question
-student's fave book quotes
SOOOOOO many ways to use them:)  Can't wait!


  1. I'm loving that light! It's perfect. I also have the same microwave. :) Tara...I’m loving your creations this week. I'm so impressed that you can use a jigsaw. I would love to be able to make stuff out of wood. The speech bubbles look really neat.

  2. mom was just telling me something to use for stainless steel. I want to say it was Pledge something...which sounded weird because I immediately thought of furniture polish. I will ask her. Loving all your reno updates!! I would love to work a jigsaw too!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I'm so jealous of your remodel! It's looking amazing!

  4. That's such a cool idea! I am not talented at cutting that out though haha

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  5. I LOVE your chalkboard speech bubbles. They are adorable! I didn't realize they have chalkboard paint! Where have I been? I am adding these to my summer to do list. Thanks for sharing!

    Elementary School Garden

  6. What a good idea with the speech bubbles! I am always looking for a productive way to create useful wall space. How are you planning to attach them? I have concrete walls...???

  7. Your kitchen is turning out to be so beautiful. I love the light fixture over your sink... simple yet elegant. My dream kitchen is full of stainless steel appliances and silver accents. The speech bubbles are a great addition to a classroom. I think I will need some for my classroom. Thanks so much for the great linky!

  8. That kitchen is looking great! Can't wait to see the finished project! As for the speech bubbles...TOO CUTE. I am NOT the owner of a jigsaw, so that one is out for me, but I LOVE it! Wonder how to replicate it....hmmm....

  9. Your kitchen looks great! I love, love, love those chalk board speech bubbles!!!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  10. I love the speech bubbles...Maybe I can talk my hubs into helping me make some!!

  11. Woo hoo to a new kitchen. It is looking wonderful.

    Kinder Princess

  12. Love the quote bubbles! Might be my first craft project of the summer.

    Mary Dressel

  13. I love the quote bubbles! Your kitchen is looking great. Restoration Hardware is one of my favorite stores! I don't know what you can do about the fingerprints!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  14. Hi Tara, I have had stainless steel appliances for a while now. I have tried just about everything to remove fingerprints. Multi-Surface Pledge is by far the best thing that I have tried so far. Everything else seems to streak.

    The speech bubbles are great! I'd love to try something like that. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Fit to be Fourth

  15. Heading over the read the Library Management! I need to try something!! Diary of a Wimpy Kid books seem to never reappear in my room! Love your thought bubbles!. Be sure to post them once they are hanging on your wall! I bet they will pop!
    3rd Grade Pad

  16. I love the speech bubbles. Managing a classroom library is always an art. Good luck with the kitchen remodel.

    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

  17. Your kitchem is looking terrific! I would so love to do a kitchen renovation, but it's just not in the budget. Thanks for sharing the book checkout idea, I am moving to third grade and I was trying to figure out some sort of checkout system. I love the chalkboard speech bubbles, but I don't have anything to cut the wood with, maybe I could use some foam board and just hope it doesn't break.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  19. Love your kitchen remodel! We have a hallway kitchen too, as well as stainless appliances. I windex them like crazy, but I think you can buy some sort of stainless cleaner that is supposed to help prevent fingerprints. Good luck!

    One Sharp Bunch

  20. Ahh I am so excited I never win anything!!!
    And oh my goodness, those chalk speech bubbles are leaving me speechless. They are SOOOO CUTE. I am also entirely impressed with your jig sawing capabilities!


  21. Tara, next time you use a jigsaw you have to do a video. I bet you looked so cool and sassy! I'd be like, "Where are the BANDAIDS?!!?" Also, I borrowed your brain bops idea and used it for my made it!


  22. LOVE the chalkboard speech bubbles! I had the same problem with my classroom library. One year I tried to do an online checkout but it was too hard to have all my students use my phone. I am going to checkout your idea. Thanks again for the awesome linky party!

  23. I love your speech bubbles! Joann's had some, and I held off buying them, but I think I want to go get them now!

  24. That has to be the coolest light I've seen all summer! I made it to #60 before I finished laundry. If only I could figure out how to read the MMI posts and exercise.... Ideas?
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  25. I am having the same problem with our new fridge! My mom uses stainless steel cleaner that she got from Home Depot. it is on my list, the fingerprints are driving me crazy! Thanks for the library idea! I am going to go check it out. It seems anything I try with the library never works for long!


  26. Thanks again for mentioning me, Tara! You are awesome! :)

    Love the speech bubbles - very cute idea!

    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

  27. I love white kitchen cabinets - they always look crisp and clean and are timeless. Love the book sign out station - thanks for sharing the info on that freebie. I LOVE the speech bubbles - I would have not been able to cut them out myself - I would have passed that job off to my dad. Thanks for hosting : )

  28. The book checkout system is ingenious! I always wanted to make something like that. It's so hard to find a great system for the classroom library. Thanks for the great ideas!

  29. Hi Tara,
    I love the chalkboard bubbles! I can't wait to use these for our school! Since you are fourth grade, check out the cool computer planner for the wall. I think you'll love it!!!! Thanks for keeping up one of the coolest blogs!!

    Computer Scheduler for Wall

  30. Tara! Your kitchen is coming along beautifully! I love it. Great Made Its this week. I love the speech bubbles. I think I'm going to have to use those. They would be great with ESOL, don't you think? I could have them all over my room :)
    Fun in Room 4B

  31. Too cool!! I love the speak bubbled!! These would be the perfect thing to make for my unit on How We Express Ourselves!

    Searching for Teacher Balance

  32. Monday Made it certainly does inspire but I leave here with a much longer to do list! Haha! That book check out system is fab and I am so creating it for next week. Thanks for the inspiration and link up!

    Teaching With Hope

  33. Awesome blog! I added a link in your link-up (first time ever)...Thank you! I love the chalkboard bubbles!

  34. I love your chalkboard speech bubbles, they came out awesome Tara! :)

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

  35. I am so impressed with your jig saw skills!! You go girl! That light over your sink is adorable. I have stainless appliances and I've quit using cleaners and switched over to a Norwex window cleaning cloth (it's purple) and water. I feel like the cleaners were leaving film on my appliances and the cloth is super easy to use!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  36. I am loving your speech bubble chalk boards! I am also super impressed with the skill of cutting them out. I don't know if I could have done it well at all!

  37. Wow - very impressed at your DIY skills! The chalkboards look amazing!
    Growing Little Learners

  38. I love everything about your MMIs this week. Those cabinets and light are gorgeous. The speech bubbles are genius and I'm so so so glad you have posted that link for the library system. I was just thinking about how I would organise mine next year, so will definitely be checking out that post. Thanks again for hosting and sharing.


  39. Your speech bubbles are fantastic!!!! Great idea!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  40. Your kitchen is looking great! I love the speech bubbles and think I am going to make some. Thanks for hosting the linky and keeping everyone motivated.
    The Way I Teach

  41. your kitchen looks great. I have tried several stainless steel cleaners that do not work. wd40 is the greatest thing for taking fingerprints off of stainless steel.

  42. I love your reno. It looks wonderful. I have stainless appliances as well and having the same problem as you until I tried WD40. It works as well as the more expensive stainless steel cleaners. Just wipe down your surfaces first with wet cloth, dry them, then shine up with the WD40. Beautiful. The only thing is a pretty strong odor. Spray the WD40 onto a paper towel not directly onto the appliance to control how much you use (a little goes a long way). And don't use it right before you have company over (allow time for airing out the kitchen!)

  43. Your kitchen is coming along beautifully! Can't wait to continue to see the updates as they happen! LOVE LOVE LOVE you chalkboard quotes and your ideas for using them! So cute!

    Learning to the Core

  44. Your kitchen looks amazing!!! I love your cabinets!! And your chalkboard speech bubbles are adorable!!! You should start selling them!! I don't think we have one of those fancy cutters! ha! Miss you, friend!!!


  45. Thank you so much for sharing the library checkout system idea! I can't even tell you how many of my books didn't make it back to school this past year. I think this will be perfect! :)

    Cute in the Classroom

  46. I love the thought bubbles...just too cute! Love your new cabinets.


  47. Wow. Your kitchen is looking fabulous. I can't wait to see the final results. It is obviously going to be beautiful!! :) Love, love, love the speech bubbles! Totally need to make some. Thanks for the little mini tutorial. I think I can handle this one.

    Funky in Fourth

  48. The kitchen is coming along nicely!! I love the speech bubbles and kudos to your for using power tools!!

    A Tall Drink of Water

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  50. I love your linky party!!! It definitely inspires me to add more to my lists. Now, if only I can finish all of this week's posts before next Monday. #Only100morepoststogo

    As The Classroom Turns

  51. I LOVE those speech bubbles!! I am linking up with you for the first time (while reading all of these for foreverrrr) tomorrow!! :)

  52. The kitchen is looking great! I agree with a few others who suggested the WD40. I got a new stainless fridge last fall and my niece told me to use it and I thought she was crazy. But it totally works! Love the speech bubble chalk boards too!

    Luv My Kinders

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  54. Great post! Been reading a lot about organizing my home. Thanks for the info here!


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