Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday Made-It: One Crazy Week!

Okay, okay - I know it is Tuesday, but I couldn't pass up posting to Tara's linky for Monday Made-It.  I had good reason that I will tell about later in this post.  On a side note, I do want to say that I "made-it" through all of the "million" links from last week's Made-It!!!  Yes, I read EVERY SINGLE BLOG POST!!!  I had a lot of time on my hands last week...  Okay, on to my "made-it's"!!!

The first thing that I am proud to say that I made is my very first linky party.  Okay, so no one has linked up yet, but I did it!  I had to link to my own post so I could test the actual linky system.  I also made my very first giveaway, and it is a good one!  If you are interested in participating, just click on the button below.  Check out my exciting linky, hook up if you are willing, and enter to win a great little prize!!!

Another exciting blog update - I made my very first sale on TpT!!!  I was very excited about it, even sharing it with my Facebook friends!  That means it is exciting news.  I have several other products I will be posting to TpT.  I will also be sharing here on my blog how I use those products as well over the next few months.  That's one thing I learned from Marcy at Saddle Up for Second Grade!  It's just a little store right now, but stop by and say hello!  

Okay, on to my real made-its from last week.  This first one is my reading bench.  I purchased it from IKEA, and usually my dad puts things together for my classroom.  There was a kink in the plan, so I grabbed the power tools and headed up to school on a mission.  And I MADE IT!!!  I was very pleased with myself.  Okay, I have to admit that it really wasn't that difficult aside from deciphering the instructions without words.  However, IKEA has created products for people like me to put something together easily...  Thanks IKEA!

I finished sorting over 2,000 books for my classroom library, and put them in baskets and magazine files.  Can you believe that I still don't have enough shelf space for all of the books???  That is a project for later this week.

Here's a little information about my library...  I use white closet shelving and cement blocks from Home Depot.  I spray painted the cement blocks black.  I have 2 12 feet shelves, 1 8 feet shelf, and will be purchasing some 6 feet shelves.  I'm not 100% satisfied with the look yet, but that will be fixed this week!

The last made-it is that I made it through the week!  My dad has been in and out of the hospital all summer, with the rest of the days at doctor offices.  A week ago Saturday, we took him to the ER and found out that he has a tumor in his bladder.  Fast forward to yesterday, and we had another surgery to find out that it is bladder cancer and some other things.  I don't want to get too religious on here, but I have to say that I am very strong in dealing with everything thanks to my strong faith in knowing that God is in control.  He has built up my faith over the years to handle so much, and I'm especially thankful for that!

Thanks for reading!!!  I have some exciting things to include for next week's "Monday Made-It", so check back then!  I hope that all of you have a wonderful week!


  1. I love IKEA stuff too....so easy, inexpensive, and cute! I like your last "made it" too.....sometimes it's important to share our personal stuff on blogs, too...makes it more real and not just "look what I can do". It's great that you have faith as well as your dad...hope everything goes well with his illness.

  2. Thanks Michelle for such a sweet comment!

  3. Congrats on your first TPT sale! It's always exciting to know that someone else is interested in something you created!

    I love that you painted the blocks to make your shelves! I may have to try that! I'm also wondering about the rack you have in the corner under your lamp. What is it holding? Did you make it? I'm intrigued!

    Sending warm wishes to you and your dad. I know how hard it can be to have a parent who is sick.

    Heather Q
    My Clever Endeavors

    1. The rack is a brochure rack that I found online thru Craigslist. I think it came from a doctors office, and I bought it for my classroom. I had originally thought I would use it to hold books, but it worked perfectly for my magazines.

      Thanks for stopping by!