Sunday, September 7, 2014

Back to School Goodies & Ideas

Well it is a brand new school year, my tenure year and I am super excited! I am teaching 4th grade co-teach this year and ready for the adventure and excitement the year will bring!!

Here are some of the awesome ideas I got from some of my favorite bloggers and Etsy shop friends! Pink and green was the way I wanted to go this year…the dollar store was a HUGE hit!

I started off by spray painting my filing cabinets! What do you think?? I love how they came out!

Pink Brush Strokes made this beautiful hanging apple for my room! I LOVE the colors!! They do amazing work and have a very quick turn over rate!! They were wonderful to work with! They make everything from canvas's to wood art! Check them out!!

Introducing Pink Brush Strokes:

Pink Brushstrokes first started out as a hobby. My Mom & I started painting in our spare time in November of 2012 & loved how creative we could be with just paint & canvas! I had the bright idea to open up an Etsy shop & texted my Mom that day to tell her my plan. She was on board & Pink Brushstrokes opened up shop in May of 2013. It was perfect timing since it gave us something to do over the summer months that we were both off work. It was slow going at first but since we both work with teachers we had so many personalized canvas orders for the new school year that about a month into the shop being open, orders just took off! 

We love anything chevron, polka dots, bold, bright colors & fun patterns, which you will see in our work! We paint everything by hand, no stencils or painters tape are used in our creations which helps with getting such sharp, crisp lines. We just recently started working with the canvas fabric so we're excited as to what creations we come up with!

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Pink Brushstrokes! :)

Lauren Haddox Design  does everything from party invites to packages! She sent me this awesome DIY Back to School party pack~ I thought this would be awesome for our open house!! She was wonderful to work with and her images are beautiful and impeccable! This is a great set to make for your kids for the night before and the morning of!! Or you can decorate your classroom for open house! It is a super cute set!!

Everything you will need for your Back to School Bash!

This listing is DIY printables. No printed materials will be shipped. The files will be sent to your email address within 48 hours of final proof approval. $10 design fee for color alterations and changes in the design. 

You will receive:
1. Back To School Banner
2. Cupcake Toppers & Wrappers
3. Favor Tags
4. Water Bottle Labels
5. Napkin Rings
6. 3, 5 and 8 inch party circles
7. Menu Cards ($5 upgrade available to have them typed up)
8. Hershey Bar Wrapper
9. Mini Candy Bar Wrappers
10. Lunch Label
11. Book Label

Colors may vary between online viewing and your actual printed product. All monitors display color differently; please take this into consideration when placing your order.

Are you looking for a different theme??? Convo me and I’ll come up with a design perfect for your party!!!



So for anyone who has a small child or who is a teacher you can understand and relate to children losing their items ALL the time. Where is your hat? What happened to your lunch box? You left your coat where?  Well lose items no longer! The Lollipop Label Shop makes some AMAZING labels! She made these super cute labels for my daughters items! They not only iron on to clothes but they are also dishwasher safe!! These are going to be PERFECT for my daughter at daycare! 

Use  this coupon code to get 10% off your order!! code: Simple123

Fun loving, fast paced Mommy of one. I love arts and crafts, but I mostly like streamlining my life and attempting to be efficient. 

I decided to start making custom labels when i found that they really helped me keep my life organized and my belongings with me. Most of my mommy friends used the same bottles, cups, toys, etc. By labeling my son's things, I was able to quickly and easily identify his belongings.

Our labels are waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe. They will hold up through heavy duty (and toddler throwing) use, and lots of dishwasher runs. 

Many daycare and childcare facilities require that parents label everything the child brings to school. Our versatile and extremely durable customized labels will make your job much easier. 

Other great uses for these including labeling bottles, sippy cups, books, toys, eating utensils, lunch boxes, plates, bowls, or really anything you don't want to get lost when you are out with friends!

My wonderful husband, Robin, and our amazing friend, Suzanne, help me with my shop. They are a lifesaver sometimes to make sure we get everyone's orders out in time!

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115 Back to School Iron On Labels - Clothing labels for kids 

1.123"x.3" Perfect size to include your child's name in any of my fonts and colors!

Get your child back to school in style! Don't lose your child's expensive clothes! Use these iron on labels to mark your child's belongings. 

These labels hold up well through many many washes in the washing machine on any setting.

Our iron on labels work great for kids going to daycare, getting back to school, camp, and sleepovers!

SOoOoO when the students come back to school I feel it is very important to greet them with open arms and a warm classroom! Well Flair Designery  made this happen! She creates the cutest banners!

Introducing Flair Designery

Welcome to Flair Designery, a full-service paper and design studio specializing in luxurious custom invitations and couture stationery for all special events.

Our services include full wedding invitations, save the dates, “day-of” reception details and signage, photo and holiday cards, invitations, stationery, and sweetscape table elements. All of our designs are printed on premium papers and with top-notch printing techniques, including digital and offset press printing, foil printing, letterpress printing and thermography.

About Abby...
Flair Designery first open it's doors in 2006. With a detailed eye for the exceptional, and a love of something sophisticated, trendy and fresh, Abby is constantly striving to create the most stylish and unique designs for every event in life. As a formally trained graphic designer, with an additional Marketing Degree and Minor in Advertising ALL of the designs found in the collections are her own personal creations.

Abby has been very fortunate to work with many loyal businesses and customers throughout the years who share her affinity for fabulous designs and stationery. She has found that by going the extra mile with the customer and allowing them to personalize their designs; changing fonts and colors and offering proofs, she is truly providing a 100% customized design business that is as fresh and as funky as the customer wants it to be and has them returning to Flair Designery for all their design needs.

So whether it is to say thank you or thinking of you, to celebrate a special event, or just because it’s a beautiful day, Abby welcomes you to Flair Designery!

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Check out this awesome banner she made me for my open house!

What a great way to ring in the new school year!!!

These banners are such a fun way to welcome your students back-to-school!!! Perfectly sized, each flag measures 5w x 8h. This listing is for a PRINTABLE PDF file for the above WELCOME BACK from our Simply Designed DIY Collection. Print as many as you need!!!

This PDF file is NOT EDITABLE and you cannot change the font. If you would like this banner customized, we are more than happy to do so for a $10 fee. You must "convo us" to set up a custom listing for this option.

Simply cut, punch holes in the upper corners of the flags and then string together with ribbon or brads, which can be purchased at stores such as Michaels or JoAnne's.

Washi tape..yes I said it wash tape! Not many people know what this stuff is ! But for a teacher this is GOLD! It is like tape but fun and functional ! Here are 56 ways to use this magical stuff! Click HERE.

Three rolls of 15mmx10m washi tape. One each of green, pink and green striped. Bright and cheerful. Use for decorating packages, gift bags or cards. These would be really cute to use for birthday party decorations. 
Washi tape is a cheap way to decorate your college dorm. 
It's easily repositioned and leaves no residue.

Check out how I decorated my room with this super cute tape!!

As a teacher your items go missing all the time! From pencils to a tape dispenser! I decided to decorate my desk, sticking with my pink and green theme, by using washi tape!

I feel that "Open House" is one of the most important  days! It is the first time you meet your students parents and first impressions are everything! I like to do a few cute projects to kick start the year for the parents to see. I also like to leave a few goodies for the parents to enjoy ! Not only do I need to talk for a while, which might be a little boring, but I also want them to feel welcomed in my room. These super cute water bottle labels not only let the parents know our names but is also a cute way to kick start the school year! Wizards and Fairies makes some super cute items and she was AWESOME to work with!! Super sweet and really turns out some great work!

Introducing Wizards and Fairies:

I am a mom of 3 and LOVE planning parties and events for my family! I was an elementary school teacher, but now stay home & have my own party planning business. My two boys came up with the name of my store "Wizards & Fairies" and I consider them my Advisory Council :) When I am creating new party favors, printables & invitations for my store I ask them for their feedback. 

I create personalized favors and invitations that are truly memorable! I work closely with each customer to create packages that match their vision. I work with all time frames and budgets. 

Outstanding customer service is my goal. Feel free to contact me directly at anytime with any questions or concerns you may have and I will respond promptly. 

I LOVE expanding my product line! If you have an idea for a party that you do not see, message me and I can create it for you!

Stop by & check out my blog:

Have a wonderful day!

I find it is SUPER important for teachers to have a good planner! You schedule things daily, have notes, reminders, meetings and committees you are on. I found  this planner to be concise, cute and practical ! Simplified Teaching made this for me and I LOVE IT! I bound it and added a few touches of my own!

I'm an Instructional Coach at a large, urban elementary school in Aurora, Colorado and enjoy supporting teachers and educators in every way that I can! In my free time, I enjoy graphic design and creating digital products of all kinds, especially made for educators. 

She made this awesome planner for me!! It is super cute and perfect for everyday planning in a snap! 

Teaching is awesome, but it can be overwhelming. Luckily you'll have this Teacher Planner to help you plan, organize, and simplify so you'll be all set to kick off a successful school year! With all the essentials in place you can bind your planner as is or use it as a foundation for a more extensive DIY planner. Either way, you'll have your bases covered!

• colorful intro page
• Year at a Glance spread
• July 2014-June 2015 two page monthly spreads
• 2 pages of notes to follow each month
• 40 weekly lesson plan spreads
• wide inner margin to accommodate binding

I use magnetic boards ALL the time during my small group instruction! I thought these magnets were super cute and practical! I am able to use them all the time AND it sticks with color scheme which I LOVED!

Introducing Molly & Vi 

Having grown up in (very) rural parts of Canada, both of my lovely grandmothers knew how to make the most out of what they had. Creating clothing, housewares, and useful items for around their homes came with the territory and I am fortunate enough to have witnessed both of them in action, crafting and creating beautiful things. 

I dedicate this shop to both of them as a testament to their creativity, hard work, persevering nature and incredibly funny and joyful attitudes. They taught me to laugh everyday and to do what you love.

About the item:
These sunny little magnets are a great addition to your fridge, filing cabinet, or any other place where you need a really cute, really sticky solution. Don't be fooled by their size - these little guys are made with ultra-strong neodymium magnets so they'll grab on to and hold just about anything!

These button magnets are 3/4" in diameter and come in packs of 12 (4 of each color shown).

If you have any special requests, please send me a private message and I'll do my best to create whatever it is that you have your heart set on!

As a special education teacher I am constantly pulling kids to the back table to reteach an topic or to emphasize another. I was trying to come up with a solution to help the students with all their items! They tend to have stuffed desks to begin with, as 4th graders they have TONS of books and notebooks and my table doesn't need anymore extra items lol! So Hip & Swanky made me 6 of these SUPER AWESOME classroom chair book pockets for my table!! I am in love with them!!! She was GREAT to work with and has some amazing ideas on her site!

Introducing Hip & Swanky:

I work with a fabulous interior decorator who calls herself the "poor man's decorater". We are all about using what you have.... making covers for your pillows and re-inventing uses for your special pieces without looking so ORDINARY. 

Need a "splash" of color or a trendy pick-me-up? All items from Hip and Swanky are custom made with the purpose of providing unique, affordable, stand-out style and well-made home decor... a purchase you can feel good about without having to feel committed!! 

Your delight is my goal.

About the product:

This listing is for downloadable instructions (illustrated with photos) to make your own Classroom Chair Book Pockets! The pocket illustrated fits an elementary school chair (back of chair is less than 12" wide). Chair back is 12" wide and 10" deep. I made 33 chair pockets for a classroom for $42.00 using the Home Depot Painter's Drop Cloths for fabric... these are 100% cotton, washable, heavy weight durable fabric. They will last more than one school year! Questions? Please convo me!

Finished Size: 12” wide x 13” long

Book Pocket Size: 12” wide x 10” long

Chair Back Pocket Size: 12” wide x 10” long

Introducing So Sweet Party Shop

So Sweet Party Shop specializes in personalized, handmade party decorations for birthdays, baby showers or any celebration! Shop our beautiful, handmade decorations. Just open the box and you are ready to decorate! No assembly required

She makes beautiful banners! She made this one for over our classroom door to match our pink and green theme! She was wonderful to work with and does beautiful work!! I was so impressed by the texture of the banner and how well it was put together! I would recommend anyone to check out her store!!

Introducing Mini Me Crafts:

Mini Me Crafts is an on-line storefront that sells educational craft kits and party favors to teachers, scout leaders, and parents. We are glad you found us and want your shopping experience to be great. 

Looking for a creative gift for your child's teacher? These supply buckets are perfect for teacher birthdays, holiday gifts, end-of-the-year gifts, Teacher Appreciation Week, and PTA and PTSA events and parties. They also make great welcome back gifts for teacher pre-planning week. The reusable paint buckets are made of clear plastic and metal. The handles are covered with a hand-sewn, school-themed fabric band, and the lid is covered with a paper-pieced design. The "Thank a Teacher!" bucket is layered to the top with classroom supplies (rubberbands, binder clips, apple erasers, and paperclips). The "Teachers Color Our World!" bucket is filled with 40-50 home-made, kid-shaped, rainbow crayons. Teachers can also purchase this bucket for a unit or learning center on diversity. Give each child a one-of-a-kind crayon, and remind all your students that diversity colors our world! What a perfect way to say thank you to the special teacher(s) in your child's life!

She was awesome to work with! She made this beautiful teacher bucket! I gave it to my co-teacher to kick off the beginning of the school year!! It is super cute and useful!! I would recommend checking out her shop! She has some great gift ideas!!

Introducing McKenzies Mugs:

I'm a college student who enjoys arts and crafts and is trying to make a little money on the side :-)
"Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys" - Polish Proverb meaning "not my problem".

This is a hand-drawn design done with acrylic paint markers then cured in the oven to ensure a perfect finish.

She makes beautiful mugs !! I am obsessed with this Polish proverb! it is an inside joke with me and my friend and I simply adored this mug with the proverb on it! I got it to kick start the year for one of my teacher friends!! She was accurate and precise and wonderful to work with! Her prices are reasonable and products are super cute!! Stop by her store!!

I also got this adorable mug sent to me from Wizard Sneezes! It super cute and petite! The writing is on the inside of the cup so as you drink you can remember…not my circus..not my monkeys…hehe =) Wizard Sneezes was wonderful to work with and provided great support and feedback when discussing the product!! Check them out!!

Introducing Wizard Sneezes!

Hello and welcome to Wizardly Sneezes a fine artisan shop based in the muggle world.We craft speciality goods for both muggle and wizarding interest alike. When you favorite my item you spread it throughout the muggle world.

Thankyou from all of us at 
Wizardly Sneezes

I gave this to my school psychologist! We have an inside joke about this and I totally thought she would appreciate it!!

Introducing Modern Star Print

Looking for a cute photo prop for your little one's 1st and last day of 4th Grade? Here you go! These 8x10 digital chalkboards will be perfect! Please keep in mind that this is a DIY project and you are responsible for printing.

After payment has been confirmed your file will instantly become available for download!

Please be aware that NOTHING will be PHYSICALLY mailed to your address. With this digital file you can print it within moments of receiving it right from the convenience of your own home. You also have the option of printing it at your favorite local printing lab such as walmart, walgreens, and etc.

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Have an AWESOME new school year to all my fancy teachers out there!!

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!!


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