Summer Fun For Teacher!

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The school year is coming to a close!!  This means time to give gifts to the teacher.  As a teacher myself, I say that gift cards are the way to go.  Of course this crafty mama couldn’t just shove a gift card in an envelope and send it to Delia’s teachers!  Here is a creative way to say “thanks” for a great year!

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I made my own card out of cardstock and scrapbook paper.

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Inside the card, I created little pockets for gift cards so the teacher could enjoy some shopping, a cold drink, and a good book this summer.

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I included a message from Delia on the back!

I was very pleased with how these turned out and the teachers loved the gifts as well!

 


Math Lesson on Time

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Hi all!  Back when I was teaching 1st grade I found this fun story at the dollar store and immediately fell in love with it.

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Mine is actually called “The Time it Took Tom”.  They’ve changed the name since then.  I’ve always loved the idea of incorporating literature into math lessons, and this is one of the ways I’ve done it.  Even now that I teach grades 4-6, they still enjoy hearing a story every now and then.

Anyway, I created a lesson to go along with this book.  It can be used anywhere from 1st to 5th grade.  I’ve included a time pyramid in which students can fill in the different units of time from the book in order of smallest to biggest (this would be for the younger students).  Then I’ve included some time conversions (which can be used for the upper grades).  You can purchase the book on Amazon.com if you are interested.

I’ve posted my lesson on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Please subscribe to my store and follow me as I continue to post more lessons.  You can also subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any of the action ;-)

 


Gender Reveal

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A little over a week ago we found out the sex of our baby!  That same night we got the grandmas together to do the reveal.  I was able to prepare all of the treats ahead of time and was just waiting on the icing for the inside of my cake.

I actually saw this at the store a few days before the reveal, but since I had to bake the cake ahead of time I wasn’t able to use it.  Looks like Duncan Hines (my favorite cake mix) has jumped on the gender reveal bandwagon.

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So here is the cake I created.  I was able to make all of the fondant pieces ahead of time, so when I came home from my doctor appointment I just had to make the icing, throw the fondant on top, and stick the pieces on.

Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Cake!

Along with the cake, I made some other tasty treats.  We had chocolate chip cookies with pink and blue chocolate pieces in them, my Aunt Millie’s knot cookies (that we don’t actually shape into knots) decorated with pink and blue icing,  and some candy.

The spread of tasty treats!

The spread of tasty treats!

We also played a little guessing game to see what everyone thought the sex of the baby would be.  Even Barkley got in on the action.

Take a guess!

Take a guess!

Then came time for the big reveal!!  We let the grandmas do the honors once again.

Grandmas Cut the Cake

In case you did watch, It’s a Boy!!!  We are so excited!

It's a boy!

It’s a boy!

Hope you enjoyed this post!  Please share with friends if you think they would enjoy it too!

 


Delia’s Quiet Book

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I’m super excited to share this with everyone.  It is a project that I’m very proud of and I can’t wait to add more to in the future.  This is Delia’s Quiet Book:

Delia's Quiet Book

Delia’s Quiet Book

Yet another project idea I got from Pinterest.  This actually stemmed from a friend…Thanks Dana!  Dana made felt boards for her kids’ playroom and I thought this was an awesome idea!  As I researched, I realized that there were different forms of what she had done.  Parents were making “busy bags” and “busy books” to keep their children occupied in restaurants and on long car trips.  I even stumbled upon a page that mentioned having a “busy bag” swap, where each parent brought materials to make a different “busy bag” and everyone exchanged with each other.  Finally, I came across the Quite Book.  Most people make them out of felt (it is durable for those little toddler hands) and there are so many different kinds of pages out there it is actually overwhelming.

So I started this project over the summer in hopes that I would have something to give Delia by her second birthday in March.  Here is what I came up with!

Rapunzel:  This was one of the first pages I put together.  I had a piece of fleece left over from a blanket that I made Delia with all of the princesses on it.  I cut out Rapunzel and sewed her to a piece of felt.  Then I hot glued yellow embroidery floss to her head to make her long hair.  On the side there are clips and barrettes for Delia to use on Rapunzel’s hair.

Rapunzel...Do Her Hair

Rapunzel…Do Her Hair

Our House:  This was an idea I got when browsing around, but the design is totally mine.  I tried to make the house look similar to ours and there is a zipper to open it up.  Inside is our family.  We are all finger puppets for Delia to play with.  I think Barkley came out the best!

Closed House...Zipper Practice

Closed House…Zipper Practice

Finger Puppet Family

Finger Puppet Family

Dog Collar: Delia has always loved clipping things together.  We used to bring a dog collar with us places just to keep her occupied for a while.  So having some kind of clip in this book was a given.  Again, I had seen the idea somewhere, but this design was mine.

Dog Collar

Dog Collar

The Purse: For this page I deconstructed one of my old Vera Bradley purses and sewed it up into a mini form.  Then I created little trinkets to go inside.  Everyone loves Delia’s license!

Purse...Closed

Purse…Closed

Purse...Open

Purse…Open

Pizza:  This was a fun one to make.  I saw this idea in a bunch of places, but I ended up using BillyBear4Kids to take my patterns from.  The pizza is sewn down, and Delia can put whatever toppings she wants on it.  I happened to have the pizza cutter from a cooking kit that I had.

Pizza with Toppings

Pizza with Toppings

Mr./Mrs. Potato Head:  I saw this idea several times, but thought it would be fun to do a two-page spread showing his front and then his back with the storage pocket.  Thank you to Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows for the free template for Mr. Potato Head’s parts!

Mr. Potato Head Closed

Mr. Potato Head Closed

Mrs. Potato Head

Mrs. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head

Fishing:  Again, there are several versions of this page, but I designed this one on my own.  The fishing pole is magnetic so Delia can fish for the different fish, while learning her numbers!

Fishing...1,2,3,4,5!

Fishing…1,2,3,4,5!

Itsy Bitsy: One of my favorites!  Delia loves this song!  When I saw this page, I felt like I hit the JACKPOT!  First of all, this came whole page came from the blog ImagineOurLife.  This girl is the queen of quiet book pages!  She seriously has designed so many awesome pages and she creates patterns for them!  Thank you so much Stephanie for all of your fabulous work!

Itsy Bitsy...Sun

Itsy Bitsy…Sun

Itsy Bitsy...Rain

Itsy Bitsy…Rain

Pirate Page:  Another one by ImagineOurLife!

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Pirate Page Closed

Pirate Page Opened

Pirate Page Opened

Music Page:  This one was my idea.  I made the notes movable, so Delia could arrange them into different songs.  Then each note corresponds with it’s key on the piano.  I’m a little disappointed though, because after it was done, I realized the notes facing downward are backward…and I’m a musician.  Ooops!  I will eventually go back and fix this, but it will have to stay for now.

Music Notes & Piano

Music Notes & Piano

So that is it for now!  I absolutely love this project and think that it came out great!  I’m looking forward to adding more pages in the future.  I made this book binder style so I could take away and add pages as I see fit.

Hope you enjoyed!

 

 

 


Elmo Invitations and Thank Yous

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I probably should have included this in my original Elmo Party post, but I was a bit late with my thank you notes after this party.  Just got around to sending them out this week (over a month later).  I got the idea to make this invitation from Make Your Own Invitations.  The inside was inspired by a bunch of different ideas I found on Pinterest.

Elmo Invitation Cover

Elmo Invitation Cover

Elmo Invitation Inside

Elmo Invitation Inside

And here are the Thank You Notes made with Delia’s hand prints.  This was another idea from Pinterest, but I’m not sure where the original project came from.

Elmo Thank You Notes

Elmo Thank You Notes

That concludes Delia’s Elmo-Themed birthday party.


Birthdays and Gender Reveal

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Here’s the update to the sneak preview I gave the other day.  I had a busy cake-making weekend with lots of happy customers!

First we had the Tinkerbell cake…

Tinkerbell Cake

Tinkerbell Cake

Next up…Gender Reveal…

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal

It's a girl!

It’s a girl!

And to end the busy weekend, a Lego Movie Cake…featuring Emmett!

Lego Movie...Emmett

Lego Movie…Emmett

Lego Movie...Emmett

Lego Movie…Emmett

It was a busy weekend, but I have such a fun time creating these cakes and seeing how happy they make people!  That’s why I do it!




Delia’s 2nd Birthday!

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This was one of my most recent projects!  We had a small, family party at our house for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  Of course there is never a time I can keep things simple.  Delia loves Elmo!  So I decided to run with the Elmo theme.  I found most of my ideas on Pinterest.  Here is what I ended up with:

Here is the Welcome Sign for the party.

Here is the Welcome Sign for the party.

 

Elmo loves his goldfish...his crayons too.

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I loved this table!  It had all of Elmo’s favorites.  For this table I ordered a plastic fishbowl from Amazon and filled it with blue Hawaiian Punch mixed with Sprite.  I placed a few Swedish Fish in the bottom of each glass just for fun.  The other side of the table had four different kinds of snacking goldfish, which I changed at cake time to four different kinds of dessert goldfish.  I decorated the tables with a plastic table cloth, tags to let people know what kind of goldfish they were eating, and a few scattered crayons.

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Around the house!

Around the house!

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These were a few other decorations around the house.  My centerpiece was a giant martini glass filled with crayons.  I also used black, red, and orange balloons around the house to tie the Elmo theme together.

Elmo Cake!

Elmo Cake!

Elmo Fruit!

Elmo Fruit!

Elmo Veggies!

Elmo Veggies!

Here are a few more of the Elmo treats we enjoyed.  The fruit and veggie platters were ideas from Pinterest.  The Elmo cake was a Wilton mold that I’ve used several times over the years.

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I think everyone’s favorite part of the party was the Sesame Street Photo Booth.  Even the adults had fun choosing characters and posing for a picture.  I must give credit to Catch My Party for this awesome idea.  I created this backdrop with felt and a hot glue gun and it was a hit!  Also I did my own take on PAPERandPANCAKES props.  

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This is what everyone saw as they left the party.

I had such a great time planning and preparing for this party.  Most of the projects were simple and fun to do.  Plus I was able to get most of my materials at the dollar store, so it was inexpensive as well.

Hope you enjoyed!


Hi all! I’m Jaime!

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Just like my title says, I’m a mom, math teacher, and crafter.  I also love to decorate cakes.  As you can tell, I have a whirlwind of things going on all the time and I’m here to share my adventures with you.

I mostly wanted to start this blog for myself, to keep track of all the projects I have going on, but I’m also hoping to inspire people to get crafty and creative!  My idea is to share lots of pictures of projects I’m working on and cakes that I’m creating.

As for the math teacher part, I also have been trying to build up a collection of math lessons to sell and share.  I will provide links to all sources.

That’s about it for now.  If at any time you would like to leave a comment, I would love to here from you.