Made It Manic Monday

First up - look what my neighbors (who are moving to Kentucky) put on the curb last night:

As soon as I saw it my mind started racing and I begged my husband to run and grab it for me.

He insisted on waiting until the neighbor was out in his yard so he could go talk to him before he took it (some weird thing about not going through someone's trash without their permission). So I took up a spot by the window, watching through the blinds as the pile was whittled away by every passer by!

Luckily no one took my sign ~ how strange that no one else wanted this diamond in the rough!

After a few hours, in the middle of eating dinner (with guests over!) I suddenly saw the neighbor outside. Husband was gently reminded of his promise to go over (guests not withstanding, and no he couldn't finish his plate first because neighbor might go back inside! Run Forest, run!)

Turns out, neighbor had brought the sign home for his wife because she wanted to redecorate it. It had been in their garage untouched for 6 months so they decided not to take it to Kentucky with them. My husband  has now declared the 6 month rule - anything in his garage for more than 6 months is going to the curb too.

Little does he know that with Made It Mondays I have a built in motivator for getting this baby done! I can't wait to show you how it turns out - my plan is to have it done by the end of the month, so watch for it soon!

Just to show you what being motivated can do (and to justify linking this up with Made it Monday over at 4th Grade Frolics):

Isn't it adorable?! I got the bucket template from imagestuff's blog here. They posted it yesterday and I immediately knew I had to make one for my class! A quick trip to Hobby Lobby for the bucket (on sale 66% off!) and ribbon (on sale 50% off) and I have a lovely classroom management tool for a song! I'd show you pictures, but really it was just cutting and tying ribbon ~ I don't think pics are truly necessary in this case :) By the way, if you haven't read the book, it is a must have! My kiddos always love it and it really helps them to become more aware of how their actions affect others.

 Next up, I found about about a great little book that needs some help to be published!

The amazing thing about this book is that the author created each page as a fabric quilt collage. I love the message of staying true to yourself and being happy with who you are! The author needs to raise about $9400 in the next 9 days in order to publish this book. If you donate at least $25 you will received a signed copy of the book once it's published!

Boy, this is getting to be a long post, isn't it? Aa reward for patiently reading (and to go along with the bucket filling idea!), here's a freebie for Manic Monday:

Just click the picture to grab it in my TPT store!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

I linked this up at Classroom Freebies - click the button to see lots more freebies too!
I am off to enjoy my birthday - well as much as possible since husband has to work until 8pm tonight! Have a great Monday!

17 Rustle Up A Response!:

Kelly said... Reply to comment

I'm like you, I would have been pulling that sign into the garage too! Can't wait to see what you are going to do with it.

Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

Kindertrips said... Reply to comment

Your bucket is beautiful! The ribbons make it look so festive!

Tara said... Reply to comment

Your bucket turned out so super cute! Love the ribbons!!!! Thanks for linking up:))) Would love it if you would grab my button:)) Can't wait to see what you do with that got it right???

4th Grade Frolics

Emily said... Reply to comment

I love that book too! Now I will need to buy ribbons to do that to my own buckets... =)

I Love My Classroom

Unknown said... Reply to comment

Your bucket turned out so cute! Now I want to make one!!
Thanks for sharing,

Unknown said... Reply to comment

Love your bucket!! It's so cute:)

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Lisa R. said... Reply to comment

Oh I so love that bucket!! It came out adorable!! :)

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Unknown said... Reply to comment

OOoooooh I LOVE your bucket! hahaha I don't think my hubby needs to know about that 6 month rule ;) I have the bucket filler book in my amazon cart - going to order it soon! Now maybe I need to make a bucket, too?!
Rowdy in Room 300

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Cupcake said... Reply to comment

Ooo I can't wait to see what you do with that sign!!
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Carmen said... Reply to comment

Your Bucket is adorable!!! I just love Hobby Lobby i always find GREAT things there! I can't wait to see what you do with that sign!! Thanks for Sharing!

Susie @Bowdabra said... Reply to comment

Oh my! I"m totally cracking up at your trash story! So fun! We love that bucket, too! If you have time, stop on over and link it up in our crafty showcase.

We are new on your blog and will be back!

Unknown said... Reply to comment

Love your bucket. I must make one now. I need a bucket though. Hobby Lobby is over an hour away. I wonder if I can find one at Dollar General. Pretty sure my husband would kill me if I asked him to get something out of someone's else trash. (Still weird to say my husband. It's only been a little over 2 weeks.) We're having issues with space now that he's moved in. I was a little scared to bring in the books I bought yesterday. Can't wait to see what you do with the sign.
Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

A Lynne said... Reply to comment

Hi Jennifer! I recently found your site and had to follow immediately - mostly because of the cowgirl dressed in pink, but also because you have such great ideas. The bucket is adorable. I start the year out reading and talking about bucket fillers. I'm going to have to try and make a bucket for all of those slips of encouragement. Yesterday, I received the Versatile Blogger award and would like to pass it on. Thank you for your wonderful ideas. Happy 4th!

Linda said... Reply to comment

I need that sign! I have 2 grade 3 classes that walk through my room to get to theirs! Constant interruptions! I think I'll make something similar...

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

That sign is perfect! What a great find! Your bucket is also really cute!

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Angie said... Reply to comment

I am a new follower! Can't wait to read more! Come check me out too, I am having a giveaway!

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