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Why, oh why must the 100 Followers elude me for so long? My blog has been hanging onto 99 followers for what feels like forever. But my Pinterest followers is growing quickly. Who will break the 100 Follower for me?
The Doodle Dragon Studios Design Team are showing off the latest and greatest images in Dustin Pike's May Membership set. Here's my card, click here now to go check out the others!
My friend posted this sentiment the other day. I had a good laugh. Originally, it said "inside my fort", but I switched it to match the image. Oh, the days of forts and clubhouses. Some days growing up is overrated...
This week, one of our loved Doodle Dragon Studios Design Team member (Ri) announced that she was leaving the team. As sad as I am to see her go, I am also soooo excited for her and her next adventure in her life!
When I was young, my great grandfather never allowed us to say "Good bye" or "bye" when we left his home. He said it sounded so final. Instead, he always said, "See you!" Even though he has been in heaven for years and years, his tradition has carried on. So to you Ri, see you! Best of luck! Here's a BIG slobbery card with love! I will miss you!
My second card is to celebrate FRIDAY! May is always a crazy month for me. So Friday's are a great break from the madness.
Things have been a little crazy around our house with everything happening at once. I'm hoping things will slow down soon or at least a few things will be off my plate soon.
I broke out my Cricut for my daugther's State Report poster. It looks small, but it's one of the science fair display posters. She designed the layout and drew the pictures. We're a great team! Originally, we were going to do a beachy background, but decided Mickey Mouse color scheme is all about Florida/WDW and Mickey could say the state motto.
I could really go for laying on the beach in Marco Island today...
Okay, I saved the best for last... the secretaries door! This is personally my all time favorite of the Teacher/Faculty Appreciation Week doors I have created. We have a tradition that the PTA Executive Board takes care of the office administration. Who appreciates the admin more than the PTA? No one! Usually, the PTA President takes the Principal's door, the PTA President-Elect takes the Vice Principal's door, and the PTA secretary takes the secretaries door. But once again, I swapped doors with the PTA secretary, so I could do this door. The beauty of being the TA Door Coordinator and PTA Leadership VP, oh and the fact that I LOVE doors.
Remember in March when I made a card for our head secretary that is retiring this year? I wanted to tie it all in together. She's been with our school since it opened 15 years ago. The other two secretaries are staying, but I will miss Denise with her smiling face. Our secretaries definitely keep our school under control.
Little additions to this door... amazingly, I found butcher paper that was a dull red color for the bricks. I cut them all the same height and length, and rounded the edges with my Chomper. Then staggered each layer. The giraffe's mane is yarn. The monkey has an added foliage layer on him with a slightly different green butcher paper. And the flag has glue dots every so many inches to create the waving in the wind effect.
Next year will be my family's last year at our school. I only have one more year of decorating doors. So sad, on so many levels.
Our school librarian is doing a pirate theme for her decor next year. So I decided for Teacher/Faculty Appreciation Week to make something she could reuse. The scroll on the signpost says, "There's no ARRRRRRGuing that Mrs. Green is our hidden treasure!" She really is the best! Mrs. Green wanted my parrot from the Pirate Treasure Hunt contest bulletin board, but another teacher had already spoken for it. I love the concept and images of this door, but not the proportions. I should have put the saying in the sky. But on the day I was creating this door, I was super sick and my brain couldn't (and wouldn't) think straight. And the images couldn't be any bigger if they are going to fit on her bulletin board next year. Despite my foggy brain, the door was completed and she loved it.
We're at the half way mark! Today's Teacher Appreciation Week door is the Small Groups (Autistic class) teachers door. There is 1 main teacher with 3 aides for 14 boys (grades 4-6). These ladies are amazing and so patient with our Small Groups students.
In March, the Small Groups classes (we have 2) won the Pirate Ice Cream Party. I've never done a Small Groups party so this was a new experience. The students were so excited! After serving the ice cream, one cute little girl grabbed my hand and pulled me close to her. She wouldn't let me go. I held her hand for several minutes. Anytime she would feel my hand slightly letting go, she would hold it even tighter. The party was over and I had to leave. She still wouldn't let go and it was hard for me to let go! She was so cute! One of the aides came over to take my spot. The students were very set in their likings, but sweet and so polite. Both the students and the teachers inspire me to be a better, more patient and caring person. Thanks for being part of our school!
Here's Teacher Appreciation Door #2 for my daughter's teacher. All three of my children have had Mr. Madruga. He's the coolest teacher ever! We love him. Since this is our last year having him, I asked his Room Mom if I could trade her for another faculty door. Thankfully she agreed.
I had several different ideas, but my daughter wanted this one. Mr. Madruga loves to eat bananas... I'm talking several throughout the school day. What a good example! I even managed to throw in the globe to tie in the Teacher Appreciation Week theme. But a jungle is technically part of the world too. Just saying.
If you've been following me for a while, you know that my all time favorite school event is Teacher Appreciation Week. I love, love, love our teachers and faculty at our school! And I love, love, love decorating their doors for them. Since I am also the Teacher Appreciation Door Coordinator, I get first dibs on the doors. Some people call me crazy, but I usually take several. This year our Teacher Appreciation Week theme is "Our Teachers are the BEST in the World!" Each day this week I will post a different door I made. So much fun!
Let's start with the art teacher's door. I was inspired by her actual room. You can't really see it, but her room is pained blue with clouds all over. Rumor is she might not be the art teacher next year. I've never done her door before, so I thought I'd better jumped on the chance.
I printed out Dudley the Artist, then used my projector to enlarge him. Each color is traced on a different layer. Remember Paperkin dolls? It's like that, except super sized. If you look close on the word PART, the ART is shadowed in blue. The cloud is from Google, then enlarged. They worked out perfect so Dudley wasn't just floating on the blue paper.