Friday, August 22, 2014
I'm a little late getting around to sharing my classroom this school year. I've taken all these pictures after school has started. I try to do it in the summer before it gets a little cluttered. It just didn't happen! I went with a sports theme and used patterns of red, black and white - which happen to be our school colors!
I needed new file folders and found this set that matches perfectly! This little folder rack is my favorite gadget. I always file and stack everything and then can't find it. Problem solved!
My desk! I covered the front panel in this adorable football field paper that I found on Amazon. I am a bit of a neat freak (note the file folders) so my desk really does usually look like this. I just can't think when things are piled up everywhere! I also hate fluorescent lighting so I turn them off and use my lamp anytime I can.
There are two small bulletin boards on the wall beside my whiteboard. I usually devote one to calendar and decided that was a complete waste of space! This year I did a "Major League Work" board. This is to display all that extra special work that gets turned in. The students get a homework pass if they make the board -yay!
The other board is the "Overtime Board". When I have students who finish sooner than others, I always have to deal with the "what to do now" question. Here's the answer!
I used the "poofs" and cursive alphabet from Schoolgirl Style. She's got super cute printables that are so easy to use and those tissue flowers of every color! The paper lanterns came from Oriental Trading. Those football ones are my favorite!
I am so lucky to have a classroom with tons of storage. My back wall is a computer counter and lots of cabinets. I covered that small space behind the computers with black paper and used some sports punchouts from our Teacher Center. The pennant flags also came from Schoolgirl Style. There's a whole set of coordinating products called "Totally Teamwork"! My son set my computer monitors to Michael Jordan!
Two of my cabinet doors are used to display the state vocabulary for the subjects I teach.
This grouping is by the door. Rather than just sticking things on the wall, I try to make them into their own little bulletin board. I just think it makes it all look more pulled together! Those big posters behind my desk are also a faux bulletin board! I use a low temp hot glue gun. It always peels off without damaging the paint.
Cute labels and bins for an organized way to turn in finished work! There's not much I love better than sorted art supplies - crazy I know! My awesome gray shelf with the sorting bins came from the automotive section at Sam's.
My one big bulletin board became a place for all that classroom stuff that you have to have. I made it the "Half Time Report" in keeping with the sports theme. It was my son's idea to add the ESPN logo. He's a sports nut and was happy to offer advice! I used more of the football field paper that is on my desk for the background.
I bought this little red desk over the summer. It's too small for my students to actually sit and do work. It is perfect for the sharpener, pencils, tissues, etc. I labeled it the "Locker Room" since it is storage!
Since I am a science teacher, I use my bookshelf for science related nonfiction. I've been building my library. Even though it doesn't look like a lot, I do have some pretty great books! The magazines are sorted in the red and black baskets from the $1.00 section at Target. I used my daughter's old pom poms as decoration around the TV area.
I love Ron Clark's charisma and style of teaching. I use a lot of his rules. They're posted over the whiteboard. The board is framed in black and red tulle and white Christmas lights. I like to have them on anytime the lights are off. It's so cozy!
I redid my filing cabinet labels with red and white polka dot scrapbook paper. The monogrammed basket was a gift from students last year. There's an umbrella, whistle, sunglasses, and all my other playground stuff that I have to carry out with me in there. It's so much easier to keep it all on one place! There's a few more poofs in the window.
The tan bookshelf got a coat of shiny black spray paint over the summer. It needed it! I keep this little shelf up front for photos and there are dry erase markers in the basket. I have a student who is blind so all of her braile books are on the bottom shelf.
I love how this little grouping turned out!
My outside door has the window framed with a sports border. I try to use as little glue as possible on that wooden door!
We used this wreath with our Beta Club last year. It was going to be thrown away! I rescued it and added the black tulle and the wooden cut out in the center. I'm so happy with how it turned out!
I also have a small bulletin board beside my door. I use it to display student work later on in the school year. These cute jerseys are from Schoolgirl Style and the students in my homeroom each have their own. So cute!
Well, that's it for the classroom tour! It's already been an exhausting but wonderful first couple of weeks of school. I'm starting to get back in the groove!
Friday, August 15, 2014
Oh, how I'm loving these stripes! I literally see chevron when I close my eyes, so these stripes were a welcome change. I usually alternate some color with white. I love that the stripes are two colors. The navy and lime are great together...it reminds me of a man's tie!
There's a little gray accent that just brings it all together. How cute is this going to be in hospital and then in the nursery? You just write in all the important info with Sharpie!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Wow! This one really was a challenge! Dana Mullican, the English IV teacher at the High School, asked for something really special for her classroom door. She didn't want her name. She wanted a little hint as to what was in store for her students when they walked through her door. Great idea!
She wanted castles, knights, dragons...all that good stuff! I did some research. I took my time with the layout. I practiced shields and helmets. I just love how it turned out! Thank you, Dana, for the fun order. I hope your school year is an amazing adventure!
Friday, August 8, 2014
Welcome to Dream Custom Artwork! Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner to showcase "shopping small". Sometimes the most special gifts and items are locally or custom made just for you. I specialize in custom paintings which are acrylic on canvas. I've been known to add other embellishments or paint on wood from time to time. I'm happy to work with you to be sure you get exactly what you want!
I've been painting for years. I love it! I paint for myself when I don't have any orders to fill! I paint for weddings, anniversaries, teachers, holidays, new babies, and sometimes just because.
These cute little bathroom sets are very popular. Finding the perfect art for the bathroom is hard to do sometimes. I love painting these to coordinate with shower curtains!
I started my little business when my son was born 13 years ago. I couldn't find "boy art" anywhere! I started by painting a custom baseball jersey with his name on it. Everybody loved it and here we go! I still do lots of art for boy rooms and nurseries. I love this coordinating set.
The girls still are the most popular ones to paint for. Who can resist? All of the pink, polka dots, and flowers that go along with them is just so pretty! I've been doing the "shabby chic" look that is so popular right now. I also get to use a lot of Bible verses which I love.
The family canvases are always great wedding and anniversary gifts. A lot of people use these on the table at the shower or wedding and then the couple takes it home after. I think that's a fabulous idea! They are also perfect for a new home.
As you can see, anything you need a painting for, I've got it! I do accept email orders and send you a paypal invoice. That information is on the sidebar. I also have a great etsy shop. There's also a link to that in the sidebar - see the orange present?
As a special for all of my "Kelly" visitors, you can use the code SHOPKELLY at checkout until August 31 and get 15% off of your whole etsy order!
Thanks for stopping by and happy shopping!!
Posted by Brandie at 10:05 AM
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Okay...so how cute is this for a yoga room?
My friend, Tabetha Sullens, ordered this to match a pretty blue and aqua fabric. I chose to do the blue background, aqua dots, and then the word over the top in a pretty cream. It's been pretty heavily distressed - which I love!
I'm so glad the yoga is more mainstream now. I've been doing it for a while and feel the benefits everyday. The stretching has helped my joints and flexibility. I recommend "Yoga for Beginners and Beyond". It's a great DVD with lots of ability levels available at Amazon.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Miss Erika just got married and need a Mrs. Erika sign! She chose the same canvas she had, just with that one important update. She's a bug UT fan and wanted to keep the orange, light blue, and white. I love a repeat customer! Thank you, Erika!!!
This one shipped out to a California piano teacher. She was very specific about her colors around the border, the black dotted border, and using a "flowy" font. She decided to add the music notes as well. Pretty!
Billie was helping me out one afternoon!
Mrs. Pierce in Murfreesboro chose a fabulous color combination for her classroom. She requested lime green, turquoise, and hot pink. This is going to really stand out in the school hallway!
I painted tons of teacher canvases this summer. Thank you, educators, for all of your orders!!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Such a pretty canvas for a little girl! I love the fancy font in two shades of pink all topped off with the pink gingham ribbon. I also love that the mom kept it clean and simple - nothing but the name and verse. Very nice.
This is a large 16x20 canvas for a set of newlyweds. They requested this design. It's also pretty clean and simple.
There's lots of shading and detailing on this one. Isn't that khaki W behind the name pretty?
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Well, summer is wrapping up here at the Mansfield house. I'm a teacher and my husband is a principal so it's back to work for us really soon! I'm trying to get some last minute things done around the house and enlisted the kids to help. I see no problem with making the kids do chores around the house. I've taught them the way that I want it done.
They think I being "mean" and that none of their friends have to do chores. That can't be true! Even if it is, I need the help and they need to learn how to keep house. It's a win/win!! They'll be happy to go to school when I get done with them - haha!
I've also been working hard on getting as many orders completed as possible. It's hard to find time to paint during those first few weeks of school. I love this sweet quote in navy and yellow that shipped out last week.
This pretty baby quote in pale pink, sage green, and chocolate brown is also all done and shipped!
Finally, I completed this neutral four piece set for the bathroom. I love this color combination!
I've got several more ready to post soon and even more canvases on the table. If you've got an order in, please be patient with me! I'm looking forward to getting started on lots of new fall and winter items. I really do have the best customers ever!! Thank you!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
When I was asked to paint a bow hanger for a little girl, I was expecting pink and tiaras and glitter. When her mom and awesome customer, Holly Ressel, sent me the pic of her bedding, I was pleasantly surprised! It was gray with black, lime, aqua, and hot pink flowers. There was even some gray and green chevron. So cute! I wish I could have gotten the files she sent me to cooperate with blogger so you could see them, too!
Here's the close up. I love the lettering and the little bit of chevron that matches the bedskirt on the side. She's also got a double row of grosgrain ribbon for all of her bows!
Friday, July 18, 2014
I'm wrapping up teacher week with apples! I came up with this "Shabby Apple" design a while back and it has really taken off. I do love the barn wood background! Teacher and apples will just always go together...
A little variation with the chevron background...
Putting the grade in the apple was a cute idea!
Love the date and student's name on the side when giving a gift.
Little 5x5's with big personality for teaching partners.
One of my favorites - the worm! I really like the red and white on the black background, too.
Alright...that's it for teacher week! Next Friday at this time I'll be sitting in inservice. It's time to bite the bullet and get ready for back to school. Summer has went by way too fast!!