July 2014 | Teaching in the Tongass

Sunday, July 27, 2014

black, yellow and grey

When we found out we were expecting baby #2 a few months ago, we knew we had to move Cheeks into the 3rd bedroom sooner rather than later. When we moved in, the room had purple colored plywood walls (what?!) and blue carpet. Over the past year or so, I've written about this very slooooow room remodel and decorating here and here.  So, with new sheetrock and the same flooring we had throughout the house, we decided on grey walls (and yellow accents to brighten it up a bit).

Assess the situation...blegh!

A lot of improvements later (including wiring electricity to the room so we could put a light in the ceiling)..

and the finishing decor and furniture touches!
One of the first things we did after the basics were finished was hang a curtain rod, some venetian blinds and this valance (from this shop on Etsy)

I put this bookshelf/bench together all.by.myself. #nearlybrokemytoe We picked up this cute little rocking chair at a garage sale last summer.

The dresser is a Craigslist find (huge score actually) and the laundry basket I settled on is from Walmart. We don't have an Ikea here, but I ordered these Ikea spice rack shelves off of Amazon and painted them white...perfect book shelves!

This toddler bed was blonde wood until I painted it a shiny black to match the room.

 I ordered a matching blanket and pillowcase from this shop on Etsy.
 I took a frame I already had and put in a FREE You Are My Sunshine printable I found here

I bought this circle mobile from this shop on Etsy and carefully painted the blonde wood black (can you tell I like things to match?!)

I gave my little brother the task of creating a canvas for the room and this is what he came up with. That's sheet music on there :)

Aaaand I'm not sure what's up with the color of the walls here...they're grey though #dontyouworryyourprettylilhead

Much better, right?

So, did you see that ottoman next to the bed? We figured we needed somewhere to sit when we read bedtime stories. I found an old ottoman at a garage sale last summer and it sat in the garage all year. Once the school year was over, I was able to tackle this bad boy! Unfortunately, I forgot to take before photos...but, just imagine an ugly ottoman and you'll do fine.

Step 1: Mr.Craftypants took the wood bottom off and sanded it a bit. I painted it black to match the room.

Step 2: decide on a fabric...we went with the black

Step 3: staple new fabric onto top of ottoman plywood

Screw the new top back on and voila! 

We still have 1 more piece of furniture to paint, but I'll save that for another Monday Made It post...probably next summer haha!

Go check out more crafty fun posts by clicking below to head to Tara's blog!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

mama mama misses baby

So I don't often post a lot of personal stuff on here, but I have to share this one little text I got from my husband while I was gone in Vegas last week and in between sessions...if I end up going next year, I might be bringing this cheeky sweetheart (and probably the one currently renting my belly condo--due in Nov).


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

viva las wheretheheckismyhotelroomagain

Where oh where do I begin? Last week was a blur. I headed to the iTeach 1st Conference in Las Vegas (for the record, I teach 2nd) to touch up on some foundational skills for primary grades. In case you're wondering, it's about 4 hours from Juneau to Vegas (that question came up a lot last week).
(and no, I didn't pay for a 1st Class ticket...I scored with the $50 upgrade when checking in...I'm not a baller like you thought I was!)

The conference was being held at the Venetian, so I booked my room there to save myself from having to walk too far. If you've never been to Vegas, something "just across the street" can take 30 minutes to get to...things are farther away than they seem and these pregnant ankles can't handle that. Plus...I got lost several times (thanks for being my guide Molly!) in this giant hotel anyway. I may have gone into someone else's room on the floor below me thinking it was my room and even sat down while waiting for the maid that let me in to verify I was actually me...and I may or may not have cried of embarrassment when I figured out I was in someone else's room and rushed out of there. 
I was all alone in this big 'ol room until my roomie Melissa from First Grade Smiles showed up on Wednesday! She did a great job remember to take photos...so go check out her post if you are wanting more Vegas! I was so lucky to have her as a roommate (read: not a snorer) and thankfully we got along great! Love you Melissa! 

 One of the more interesting sessions I attended was by Erin Klein of Kleinspiration. I had seen her ideas being used at my school and knew I had to meet her in person...she was super cute and knowledgeable! 

I apparently didn't take any photos for the rest of iTeach 1st...but then Friday came and Teachers Pay Teachers was having their very FIRST sellers conference...I came prepared and I also took more photos.

The super sweet Amy and Paul from TpT!
After the TpT sessions, we had a cocktail hour and had a bit of fun! There was a photo booth and I might have gone in it twice with my sweet bloggy friends... #wastherealimitforthat? #sorrynotsorry

This woman right here has an amazing story and I was so excited to hear it in person. She really is sweet, sassy and teeny tiny...I wanted to scoop her up and carry her around in my pocket! 
If you don't know who Mr. Greg is, you must be living under a rock. I had to stand in line to meet him! He is one of my best customers and I had to meet him in person to thank him!

He even had his very own photo booth at the Creative Teaching Press booth #mustachemania

And this girl. Let me tell you. This is Erin from Lovin' Lit. We have been friends online for over a year now and I finally got to meet her. Super sweet, incredibly humble and always honest. Who could ask for more?
A terrible photo of us, but Mexican restaurants pretending to be outside (but are really inside a giant hotel) don't have great lighting. #whyismyhandgiantlooking

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