Monday Made It & Tell Me More!

Ahhh, didn't you just LOVE the Bachelorette finale?  I love a happy ending!  Especially when my team wins.  And when it's going to last forever!  Bachelor Pad tonight!!!!

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of you for following along with my little ol' blog!! The winners of my 500 Follower Giveaway are:

Grand Prize Winner: $50 Amazon Giftcard - 
Amanda MacDonald

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It's time to link up with Tara again at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!!
I'm not gonna lie.  I had BIG plans for Monday Made It this week, but I have 4 projects in the works that just aren't finished yet!!  However, I have been monster-fying my room a little more! :)  I've really been on the lookout for monster rugs (maybe a bathmat?) or beanbags but just haven't had any luck.  So, I decided to try to make some monster chairs of my own!  I like to have enough "cozy reading spots" in my classroom for each of my students to sit during SSR time, so I thought I'd start with some of those.

I had previously made no-sew monster pillows to throw in my rocking chair and saucer chairs.
I had a TON of felt left over from this project, so I decided to use the felt and a little fabric glue to monster-fy my director's chairs.  I removed the backs and got to work!
I think they turned out adorable!!
I didn't stop there though!  I needed to throw out the beanbags I had in my classroom which were badly worn, and since I couldn't find monster ones, I thought I would make my own.  Then, I was at Target and remembered seeing these little things.
When Mr. Madden and I first saw these there, he said, "Those would make good monsters...see the arms and head?"  BUT they were like $25 each.  Ugh...$50 for something I would have to alter?  Nah.  But when I went back they were on sale for $12!!  SCORE!  Especially since they were in my classroom colors - red (close enough anyway) and turquoise!!  I brought those babies home, pulled out the felt and fabric glue again and it was love at first sight!
Don't you think the kiddos will LOVE those??  I think they'll make wonderful reading buddies! :)

Hopefully, my other projects-in-progress will be ready by next week.  Can't wait to look through all of the other Monday Made Its!
I'm also linking up with the "Tell Me More" linky party hosted by Amy at "Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons.

The directions say to tell all of our silly quirks....uhhh....apparently, she doesn't know me! :)  I am FULL of silly quirks and as my husband says, they rub off on him more and more every year (sorry, babe!)
1.  I am a germaphobe.  Like seriously.  When we go on vacation, we take a new shower curtain, sheets, comforter, and pillows with us!  I'm VERY picky about where we stay...and I still have problems with it.  {I'm getting the heebie jeebies just thinking about the strangers that were there before me...this is why I need my own beach house :)}

2.  I am an adrenaline junkie.  I LOVE to skydive!!!  The funny thing about it is they say 90% of their summer jumpers are must be the stress relief!! 

3.  I love to be scared.  Horror and suspense movies and books are the best!  I prefer suspense to horror, but I'll even watch the cheesiest of horror flicks!

4.  Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday.  I don't remember loving it as a child so much, but as an adult I L-O-V-E it!!!  We decorate our house for it, have a dress up/murder mystery party, and have several costumes per year.  Here are a few pics of costumes that I was able to find on this computer.
A standard favorite for trick-or-treat night.
 A pirate themed year
 Okay, so this wasn't was a Jersey-shore themed party for a sweet friend who was moving to Jersey!
80s...Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!  Yes, I bought a crimper!!
A sexy scientist at a murder mystery party!

5.  I don't eat meat (okay, chicken once in a blue moon)'s not the principle of the's the texture.  But, I don't consider myself a vegetarian because I don't really eat vegetables either.  I'm a carbetarian (yep, I totally made that up) which mainly consists of pasta, potatoes, cheese, and bread.  (Boy, oh boy, that's gonna catch up to me!)

6.  I am DEATHLY afraid of spiders.  I really should be in therapy for it.  I've even been reading a book to my class before and when I flipped the page there was a spider on it and I squealed like a baby and dropped the book.  Of course they thought it was the FUNNIEST.THING.EVER!

7.  I do not cook and/or bake.  I like Carrie Bradshaw's idea of using the stove for more shoe space.  I did attempt to cook for my husband once in our 13 years of marriage.  He promptly asked me not to do that again and I obliged. :)  Luckily, he can cook!

8.  I'm a diehard GAMECOCK and can't wait until football season starts!!!  There's nothing like being in the cockpit during the sandstorm or the 2001 entrance!  There's no way I could be in a house-divided just wouldn't work.

9.  I'm also a diehard NASCAR fan, which completely shocks most people, but I went to my first race and fell in love with the sport!  I now go to several every year and absolutely NEVER miss a Martinsville race!  I even get pit passes because it makes me giddy to meet some of my favorite people, like Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson!  {My ultimate goal is to meet Mr. H (y'all probably know him better as Mr. Hendrick, as in Emily Maynard's in-laws) and Jeff Gordon}

10.  I LOVE that my husband and I have the same taste in music (for the most part).  We love everything from classic rock to rap to country.  We love going to concerts....this week is AEROSMITH!!

Go ahead and join up to expose all of your quirks! :)


  1. I just saw those pillows at Target. You made them beyond cute! Awesome!!


    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  2. Oh Amanda, I LOVE your monster chairs and pillows! Your kiddos are going to love them too! They are absolutely adorable!

    Keep Calm & Imagine

  3. Haha - I loved reading about your "quirks" and seeing the photos!

    The monster pillows/chairs are adorable!! :)

    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

  4. Love the monster crafts! Ok so I grew up a NASCAR fan and my graduation present from high school was a trip to the Coca-Cola 600! College turned me into a football fan and I married a die hard Razorback fan so we may have a small rivalry in November!! Happy Monday!

  5. I've been skydiving before too! I'm glad that I can say that I tried it, but I don't know if I could do it all of the time lol. I love the monster chairs! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  6. I absolutely LOVE the monster pillow seats! They are adorable! The best part is, you found them on sale; I love it when that happens!!

    Primarily Speaking

  7. Love the monster chairs - very creative!

  8. I love the monster chairs and pillows. So cute!


  9. I LOVE the monster projects! Those pillows from Target are PERFECT with the monster faces and I love how you changed up the back of your director's chair. I want my room to be monster-themed now haha!


  10. Your room is going to monsteriffic! You have done such a great job creating things to match your theme.

    Loved reading more about you and your Halloween parties sound like tons of fun!

    The Teaching Thief

  11. Oh my gosh! Your monster stuff is ADORABLE!!! I absolutely adore what you did with the pillows!! Great job!!! :)

    Ashley @Fierce in Fourth

  12. Your monster chairs are super cute!! The kids will LOVE them!

    Craft of Teaching

  13. I loved the finale to the Bachelorette too! It was the best- le sigh.

    I love how your monster seats and pillows turned out. Your kids are going to love them!


    Fancy Free in Fourth

  14. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I still can't believe I won. You can check out my blog to see the awesome non ficiton books I purchased with my gift card! Thanks again!
    Adventures in Primary Education

  15. Love your monster projects!! The kids will adore them:)

  16. Okay...I want to be in your class so I can cuddle with those monsters while I read! They are beyond cute!


    Books, Blocks and Baskets

  17. Oh my goodness; I loved everything you posted! I'm so glad someone else likes watching the Bachelorette, hehe. And skydiving is the best! I should have included that in my post. I really love learning about all of the awesome teachers out there. I'm so glad you joined the linky - and thank you so much for commenting on my post. I'm happy to have a new blogging friend. :)

    Tangled with Teaching

  18. I just had to comment about just how cute your monster pillows and director chairs turned out! They are absolutely amazing! I want to do that to a director's chair! Even though I don't have a monster theme I just mind it way to darn cute not to! Can I come be in your classroom? Seriously! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  19. Your monster chairs are ADORABLE! They turned out so cute.

  20. I'm a complete carbitaroan too! It's all I eat practically! I love reading about others! It lets me know I am not the only weirdo!

  21. I love love love the Monster pillows!! The kids will love them!
    Third Grade Tidbits

  22. So jealous that you are seeing Aerosmith. My hubby and I saw them about 10 years ago. Would love to see them again.

  23. Thank you for following my blog! So happy to have found your blog. I'm very impressed with your monster chairs. Your students will love them!!!
    Kelly Teach

  24. I love all your monster themed stuff, especially the pillows. Those are perfect! I love your Halloween costumes!

    Swimming into Second

  25. I bring my own sheets to hotels too! I cannot sleep otherwise!!

    I have a FREEBIE for second grade math journals...hope you stop by!

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

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  27. I'm giving you the One Lovely Blog award! Stop by my blog to pick it up :)
    Reflections at Recess

  28. Love your pillows! You are very creative.
    I am a new follower.

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

  29. I LOVE your monster pillows from Target! They are adorable!

    Elementary Adventure

  30. I love your monster floor pillows. They came out so cute.

    room 4 imagination

  31. I love all of your monster stuff. You are so crafty and creative. Thank you for being such an inspiration. =)

    Heather's Heart

  32. Amanda You made me smile and laugh today, well yesterday really, but I'm just now filling you in!

  33. Ok, those monster chairs and pillows are the CUTEST! It makes me want to switch from an ocean theme to a monster theme right now!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  34. I can't believe so many teachers skydive! You learn something new every day. I'm a horror movie fan too. Those Jersey Shore costumes are almost too authentic-hilarious!


  35. I found your blog through the Newbie Blog Hop and I'm so glad I did! I was laughing about all your quirks. Apparently, I am also a carbetarian, lol! Anyways, I'm your newest follower! :)

    Classroom Compulsion

  36. Hi! It's so nice to get to know you better. I love that you can jump out of an airplane and still be afraid of spiders. By the way, your monster pillows are fab!

  37. Oh my, your monsters are adorable!! Thank you for visiting my blog!

    Teaching Mrs.T

  38. The monster stuff you made is adorable! You probably already have them, but have you seen the monster pencil pouches at Target?

  39. Thanks, Melissa! Yes, I did pick up a couple of those pencil pouches (ah-dorable!)...I'm just not sure how I'm going to use them yet!

  40. Love those monster pillows! So stinkin' cute!


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