Superhero Mask {Crazy Little Projects}

Hello friends!  One of the things I loved most about my Wednesday's Wowzers linky party was the opportunity to discover incredible talent in the blogging world.  One such blog was Crazy Little Projects.  Amber's sewing projects, ideas for kids and family, and incredible photography blew me away each and every week!  For months, I have been dying to officially introduce you to her blog.

I know... I know you will love her and her blog as much as I do!

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Hi Oopsey Daisy readers! And thanks Alison for having me as a guest poster!

I am Amber from Crazy Little Projects. I am the mom of 4 boys, so this tutorial fits perfectly into my life. I love to sew and I love to bake and I love to show off my sewing and my baking on my blog.

Every little boy loves superheros and with 4 little boys running around my house, that means superhero capes and masks are a hot commodity. I started making personalized superhero capes years ago for the online sewing business that I ran at the time. They were such a popular item I couldn't keep up with the demand. Add a mask to that? Way too cool!

This is a tutorial for those cool masks. Want to create a matching, personalized superhero cape to go with it? The tutorial for that is here.

I let my little 4 year old pick the colors on the one he is modeling...he picked red and white with yellow accents. I was thinking lime green and black or something cool like that, but oh well. Turned out pretty great anyway.

Superhero Mask Tutorial:

Here's what you need:

A small amount of 2 colors of fabric (or you can use the same color on the front and the back)

1 package double wide folded bias tape in a coordinating color

1 piece of elastic (about 1 foot long)

Pattern pieces for mask

How to make the Mask:

This mask is different and more sturdy than most masks you will see because it has a double layer of fabric. It seriously took me some major brain power to figure out how to do this. (Don't laugh) It won't seem all that tricky to you now, but it's quite a feat of engineering!

Print out your pattern pieces. Cut 1 piece of fabric from the large pattern piece and 2 from the smaller one. They can be the same color or different, it's up to you.

Trace the eye holes on with a washable marker or chalk. Also trace the dotted line on the smaller pieces.

Pin the 2 smaller pieces on the large piece matching up the edges.

Sew around the eye holes about 1/4 inch outside the markings.

Using some nice, sharp scissors, cut out the eye holes using the markings as guides:

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Beach Glass-Style Coasters

Hello friends!  I am thrilled to showcase a lovely craft from my amazingly talented friend Courtney from Sweet C's Designs!  You will be seeing more from Courtney, as she will be contributing much more to Oopsey Daisy.  I absolutely love new coasters ideas, so I am thrilled about this project!

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It is almost summertime- and I am so ready for warm weather, and enjoying nice, cool beverages on our back patio. There is nothing better than something fruity and sparkling when you're trying to beat the heat and relax on a warm summer evening.

To get myself in the mood, I wanted some fun and summery coasters for our outdoor patio table. I browsed around online at some gorgeous sea glass coasters, but I just couldn't justify spending more than $6 for a set of two coasters. I decided instead to set out to my local hardware store to make my own!

Seaglass and tile coasters can be very expensive, and a bit uneven- but I found a fabulous alternative in the shower tile aisle- and you are going to love the pricetag and how incredibly easy these are to make!

 

I grabbed two ceramic white subway tiles for $.14 a piece, and a package of mounted mesh mosaic shower tile for $5.

I didn't have any E6000 on hand, so I decided to try hot glue to adhere the mosaic tiles to my coasters- and I was thrilled to see that it worked wonderfully.

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First, lay out your tiles, and wipe them down with a damp rag to remove any dust.

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Pull gently on each individual tile to remove it from the mesh, and place onto your subway tile in a pattern you like. I went for a 5x5 placement, but you could make a circle, swirl, or other design if you'd like! Since I like to use my plastic goblets and wine glasses outside, I figured a simple square grid would be the most stable for stemware (especially my precariously wobbly plastic stuff).

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Once you have a pattern you like, hot glue the mosaic tiles in place. Since the tiles were mesh mounted, the glue doesn't show through the glass as it has a thin white backing.

I wasn't sure about using hot glue- but it holds up really well, and dries SUPER fast (be careful when placing the glue backed tiles on your subway tile- they will not be re-positionable without completely removing the tile). You can pull the tiles off when using hot glue- but not so easily that they will knock off.

When your grid is done, place some small felt stickers in the corners of the bottom of the tile if you need to protect your surface from scratches. You can find the small round felt backings in most grocery or hardware stores.

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How great do these little beauties look? I love the design and the size of the mosaic tiles worked out perfectly.

As long as you use about the same amount of glue on each mosaic, the small tiles are very uniform in size and will create a flat surface.

I tested the coasters out with my favorite summer sipper- lemon, cucumber and strawberry sparkling water- and the stemware was perfectly supported. Can't wait to use these more this summer!

I just love these little cuties- and I am so honored that Alison has welcomed me to share some of my craft ideas with you over here at Oopsey Daisy!  If you enjoyed this post, I'd love for you to stop by the Sweet C's Designs blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest page and say hello!

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Isn't she incredible?!  More lovelies from Courtney:

Pottery Barn-Inspired Peony Lamp

Quick and Easy Jellyroll Party Banner

Baby B's Nursery

Have a great day, my friends!

Best Lasagna Recipe {Family Ever After}

I am SO excited to have Rachel from Family Ever After here today.  Rachel is incredibly sweet, and I have long admired her creative talents!  She is my final guest during my moving break.
She is sharing a yummy recipe for lasagna.  It just so happens that lasagna is one of the only dishes that my husband detests.  So I miss lasagna terribly.  Sometimes when he's out of town, my Mom makes it just for me.  So now lasagna is one of my secret indulgences!  Take it away, Rachel!
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Hi! I'm Rachel from Family Ever After, and so happy to be guest posting on Oopsey Daisy! I think Alison is one of the sweetest bloggers! A quick run-down on me... my husband and I grew up in South Dakota. I majored in Family and Consumer Science Education at BYU. We have 3 kids. I love to sew, craft, cook, run, and clog dance!
Lasagna. C'est la vie. My favorite food in the world.

This could quite possibly be the best tasting recipe I will ever make. Like ever. Like YOU MUST TRY THIS at some point in your life time. Making this lasagna the way I explain will be very much like cooking in an Italian woman's kitchen (I sincerely hope, someone correct me if I'm wrong)! I say that, because the recipe comes from my brother-in-law who lived in Italy for two years. I added a few of my own this's and that's, to suit my preferences. But no matter, if you are a faithful lasagna connoisseur like me, you've gotta try this.

(ps... Its really not too hard, a little more time consuming than your sauce-out-of-a-jar-cottage-cheese-recipe. My pictures don't do it justice, but trust me, its worth it)!!!
Rachel's Favorite Lasagna on the Face of this Planet
Ingredients:
Ragu Sauce-
Olive Oil
Butter
1 onion
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
2 garlic cloves
1 lb. ground sausage
1 14oz can tomato sauce, or a handful of fresh tomatoes
1 can vegetable broth
s&p
Bechamel Sauce-
2 TB butter
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
salt and pepper
 pinch of nutmeg
Other- 
pasta sheets (I recommend Barilla no boil)
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese
butter
Directions:

 To make the Ragu-

1.Wash and chop onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.
2. Heat butter and oil in pot. Saute vegetables briefly.
3. Add sausage. Saute.
4. Add tomato sauce, stock, salt and pepper.
5. Simmer on low for 1 hour.
Notes:
*For fresh tomatoes, boil, peel, and puree, then add to vegetables and sausage.
*I usually multiply this recipe by 4, and freeze half of the batch.
To make the Bechamel (a white sauce)-
1. Melt butter. Add flour, stirring with a whisk, appx 1 minute.
2. Slowly add milk, then cream, stirring constantly.
3. Simmer on low until thickened, 5-10 minutes.
4. Season with s&p and nutmeg.
Assemble-
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a 9x13 baking dish, spread a teeny tiny layer of the bechamel, preventing the pasta from sticking to the bottom.
3. The layers will be in this order- pasta, ragu, bechamel, mozzarella. Repeat 3 times.
4. Top with parmesan and a few pats of butter. (you don't have to do the butter, but its amazing)!
5. Bake for 40 minutes.

Anthropologie Fori Bracelet Knockoff {Flamingo Toes}

I hope you had a blessed Easter weekend!  We somehow crammed all of our Easter fun into just 2 crazy days this weekend.  It was an incredible time with family and friends.

While I am still recovering from the big move, I've asked my pal Bev from Flamingo Toes to share her fabulous talents with us!  I am SO thrilled about her tutorial today because I am always so excited about her Anthro knockoffs!

 

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Hello Oopsey Daisy Readers!! I am so excited to be here today to help out Alison while she's settling into her new house!

My name is Bev and I my blog is called Flamingo Toes.

I have a weakness for jewelry - and I love doing jewelry knockoffs! It's so fun to be able to create something similar to fabulous designer pieces, at a fraction of the price, and that's just what I have for you today!

Here's my version of the Anthropologie Fori Bracelet:

I love how it turned out! It's kind of fun and vintage-y looking!

And here's Anthro's version - valued at $118!!:

So mine's more "inspired by" than an actual knockoff this time. I wanted to use fabric instead of the nylon webbing they used. That's the beauty of a knockoff though - you get to make it the way you want it!!

Ready to get started? This is quick and easy!
(And would make a fab Mother's Day gift - it's just around the corner!!)

Materials:
9" x 3" piece of fabric
Piece of webbing/belt/stabilizer - 5" x 1"
2 small D rings
Lobster Closure/2 jump rings
Beads and rhinestones for decoration
Optional charm for decoration

Start by sewing your fabric in half, long ways, right sides together.

 

Turn the fabric tube right side out. Press the seam open and in the center of the tube.
Cut a piece of webbing or stabilizer and slip it into the fabric tube. I used a piece of an old belt of my sons.

Center the webbing in the fabric tube. Tuck the open ends of the fabric in, then slip each end through a D ring.
Fold the fabric to the back side, with the seam, and sew across each opening. Your fabric piece should measure about 6" without the D rings.
This will fit an average size wrist. Check your measurement before you sew on your wrist and adjust the folded sections larger or smaller if you need to.

 

Decide the layout of your beads and stones. (All of mine came from Michael's)
Begin with the center and start sewing on your beads.

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Clipboard Photo Display {Positively Splendid}

Guess what?!  After almost a week in the new home, my kitchen is unpacked!  After days of dish washing, and 3 trips to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to buy more shelf liner, I think everything has a home on a kitchen shelf.  I even over-think my kitchen cupboards!  I rearranged things way too many times and even contemplated alphabetizing the spices.

 

Small triumphs!

 

Today I am "positively" thrilled to have one of my blogging besties, Amy here.  I am so grateful for blogging buddies who are so willing to lend a helping hand!

 

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Hello, Oopsey readers!
I am Amy, and my corner of the blogging world is called Positively Splendid. 
PS is all about innovative craft and DIY projects that boast vibrant color schemes and a cheerful sensibility. Having been raised in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, I strive to use my passion and enthusiasm for creativity to encourage others to tap into their innate creative potential with step-by-step tutorials suitable for crafters of all skill levels. I would love for you to stop by for a visit!
I am thrilled to be guesting for my sweet friend Alison today!
Isn't it incredible how when the calendar turns to April, it seems there are not just one or two but dozens of different events and holidays that necessitate gifts? With Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, end of school celebrations, graduations and weddings (plus a few baby showers thrown in for good measure!), the spring is certainly brimming with opportunities to share handmade gifts. The idea I'm sharing today - a Clipboard Photo Display - is a perfect option to suit just about anyone on your list, and the best part is, these can easily be made in just a couple of hours!
For this project, you will need...
  • A memo-sized clipboard (6x9")
  • Spray primer and paint
  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • Paper trimmer
  • Corner rounder (optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Photo easel back (I used the one I had leftover from my DIY Stacked Photo Frames, but you could purchase a cheap frame from the dollar store and use the easel back from that if you don't have a spare frame around the house.)
  • Heavy-duty adhesive (I like E6000)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
To begin, prime your clipboard and allow it to dry before applying a couple of light coats of your spray paint. (Important: don't skip the priming step, as I discovered the hard way that the paint won't coat evenly without it.) Allow your clipboard to dry completely.
Use your paper trimmer to trim a piece of patterned paper that is 5.5x7." Round all four corners of this piece with your corner-rounding tool.
Apply an even coat of Mod Podge to the back of your paper piece with your foam brush, making sure it is entirely covered. Then, adhere the paper to the front of your clipboard, aligning the top edge just below the metal clip part of your board. Make sure to smooth out any bubbles under the surface of the paper! Now, apply 2-3 light coats of Mod Podge over the entire clipboard, coating the paper thoroughly, allowing each coat to dry before adding the subsequent coat. Note: Don't apply Mod Podge to the metal clip portion of the board; carefully work around it as you go. 

When your board is completely dry, use your heavy-duty adhesive to adhere the easel back to the back of your clipboard. Allow the adhesive to dry completely.

If desired, embellish the clip portion of your board with a loop of ribbon tied in a bow. (This did a great job of covering up the Staples logo on mine.)

All finished!

Ceramic Spring Tray {All In a Day}

Hello my friends!!

Welcome to another week at oopsey daisy!  Our weekend was a whirlwind of excitement as we moved into our very first home.  But now the dust is settling, and we are slowly digging ourselves out of the towers of boxes!  Luckily I have many more talented guests lined up to help out this week while my craft room is still in boxes.

Today, I am thrilled to share sweet Amy with you.  Amy blogs at All In a Day.  She is super talented, and I adore her photography! I know you'll love this adorable bunny ceramic spring tray!

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Hey there, Oopsey Daisy readers!!  You guys have no idea how excited I am to be here today!  I absolutely adore Alison and her blog!! 

My name is Amy and I blog over at All In A Day!  I am the wife to an amazing hubby, the mama to an amazing baby, and a creative spirit who just tries to fit it all in!

I wanted to share with you a super fun Spring/Easter craft!

Ok, so there’s a little background story that goes with this tray.  Back in February, I attended the Blissdom blogging conference in Nashville.  It was loads of fun and my favorite part was the Opryland Hotel where we stayed (and also where the conference was held).  The hotel had the cutest little gift shop.  In the gift shop, there was an amazing chevron Spring/Easter platter.  It was so stinkin’ cute and I just had to have it!!!  I didn’t even look at the price tag.  I told myself I would come back and purchase it before the conference was over.  Well, wouldn’t you know with all the conference hoopla, I totally forgot to go back and get the platter!  RATS! 

So what’s a DIY gal to do?  DUH…..make one of her own!!

So I set out to Target and Hobby Lobby to gather my supplies.  Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials:

  • 1 ceramic plate/tray/platter (I got mine for $4 at Target)
  • FolkArt enamel paint in your color choices
  • foam brush
  • vinyl (or stencils of your choice)
  • oven

 

Here’s how ya make it:

1.  Make sure your tray is clean.  A quick wipe down with a damp paper towel will do the trick!  Dry it off.

2.  Make your stencils.  I used my Silhouette cutting machine to make the chevron and bunny.  If you don’t have a Silhouette, vinyl (or contact paper) and a craft knife will do the trick as well!  My goal was to use the negative space of the chevron as my stencil.  But, if I did it that way, I only wound up with 3 chevron stripes and I wanted 4.  So, I literally peeled up each chevron stripe and traced around it with a pencil on my plate.  It worked just fine for me, it just took a little patience.  Smile

3.  Paint your chevron stripes on.  The deal with this enamel paint is that it goes on a little “bubbly”.  There will be some bubbles on your plate.  Just try to smooth them out as best as you can. 

4.  Place your plate in a cool oven and heat to 350 degrees.  Bake for 30 minutes and allow it to cool in the oven.

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Adorable Spring Pillow {Keeping It Simple}

Hello friends!

What an exciting day!  We are signing papers closing on our home this morning, and the moving truck arrives tonight!  I am excited, exhausted, and stressed all at the same time! But I can't wait to sleep in our new home for the very first time tonight.  Hopefully a lot gets done between now and then!

Today, Kaysi from Keeping It Simple is here sharing a very sweet spring pillow.  Kaysi is one of the sweetest bloggers I know!  You might know that I have a pillow obsession, so I love this fun tutorial!

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Hi!!  I'm Kaysi from Keeping it Simple
I'm so excited to be here today!  I love Alison's blog!  She never ceases to amaze me with the crafts that she comes up with!!!

One of my favorite things to make are pillow covers.  I love to make one for each season, they are easy to make and easy to switch out each season.  Now that spring is here, it's time to have bright colors and flowers every where :).  So I made this pillow to brighten up my living room.

This is how I made it:
1) I had an extra crib sheet, so I used that for the white fabric.  I cut three pieces, one for the front and then two for the back.  I cut them 24"x15", 14"x15" and 16"x15".
2) Then I cut out 4x4 squares and then ironed them onto fabric interfacing.
3) Using my CAMEO, I cut some flowers out of the fabric.
Here are the flowers all cut out.  I wish I would have made them an inch bigger...

Adorable Chick & Egg Art {Creative Preschool Resources}

I am so blessed to have some fabulous blogging friends.  One of the things I love most about the blogging community is that there are so many helping hands!  While I am busy moving into a brand new home, I have asked some friends to share some brand new tutorials with you.  Some of these guests might be new faces that I've been dying to introduce you to; some are my oldest and dearest blogging friends.  But they are all super talented!

Today, please give a warm welcome to Heather from Creative Preschool Resources.

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I am SO excited to be guest posting here at Oopsey Daisy. Not only is Alison a fabulous crafter, she lives in the same city as me!

My name is Heather and I blog at Creative Preschool Resources. I am a teacher, turned Mommy, turned part time teacher and full time craft addict. At my blog you'll find lots of fun ideas for kids with grown-up crafts mixed in for fun. Check it out and follow along!

Today I have a FABULOUS Easter craft that is as unique as it is cute. Check out this lovely. Yup, those are real eggs I saved from the trash.

The chick in the egg makes my heart smile every time I see it. Isn't he so cute? Cheep, cheep..

 

This project is super easy to make. Begin with your background paper, whatever color you'd like. Using hot glue, apply the eggs. I preferred the staggered pattern, but you might like them lined up straight. It's up to you! If you ever wondered how chicks stay warm inside the egg, you'll find out. Those shells are AMAZING heat conductors so watch your fingers.

 

Now to make your own pom pom chick. First get your favorite yellow yarn and any fork. Wrap the yarn around the fork 70-90 times depending on how full you want your pom pom.

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Simple Clip-On Earring Tutorial {Titus 2 Work in Progress}

Hello my friends!  I am super excited to share Kristen from Titus 2 Work in Progress with you today.  Kristen is one of the sweetest bloggers I know, and I have had my eye on her from the beginning!  I absolutely love her ideas!  
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I am so excited to be sharing today at Oopsey Daisy. As you all know, Alison is so sweet, and Oopsey Daisy is one of the very first blogs I started following. Thank you for having me, Alison! My name is Kristen and I blog over at Titus 2 Work in Progress. I am a Christian wife and mommy busy crafting, cooking and living out Titus 2:3-5. Loving my family and being a homemaker are two of my greatest joys, but I am definitely a work in progress!

Anyone else living with a three year old princess? Or is that just me? Either way, my little princess loves all things dress-up and I decided to make my little lady some clip-on earrings. These were very simple to make and inexpensive.

Here's what I used:

  • Clip-on earring backs purchased at Hobby Lobby (print a 40% off coupon from their website before you go!)
  • Embellishments or charms. I used a leftover strand of pearls I had on hand and some ceramic cabochon charms (you can find a great selection on Etsy)
  • Hot glue gun

I simply used my hot glue gun to adhere different embellishments to the clip-on earring backs. I would suggest testing out the earring backs before gluing, as I found there were a few duds in the pack I purchased.

Here's how the pearl clusters turned out:

 

And my personal favorites are the blue rose set:

 

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Isn't she wonderful?!  Here are some more fabulous ideas from Titus 2 Work in Progress:

Doily-stenciled onesie, embellished stretchy headband, kitchen reveal

Be sure to stop by Kristen's amazing blog and tell her hello!  I am so thrilled that she shared her ideas today!
Now be sure to come back tonight at 5:00 to link up YOUR great ideas!

Paper Tree Tutorial {Think Magnet}

Today I am hosting a very creative guest!  Shelisa from Think Magnet is here sharing a project inspired by a children's book!  You might remember our Summer Camp series from last year where guests shared ideas centered around a children's book.  Well, Shelisa's idea today would be perfect to correlate with The Giving Tree or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

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Hello! My name is Shelisa, and today I am sharing a tutorial for creating a paper tree.

Start with 3-4 rolls (depending on how much space you have for your tree) of brown wrapping paper priced about $4 a roll. OR, save up free packing paper from boxes shipped to your house.

Unwrap. Scrunch as you unroll. Scrunch and crunch. You can't mess this up! Great for kids to help and build those fine motor muscles.

The scrunching and crunching will take over the room. A scrunchy, crunchy serpent.

This is the fun part. The STAPLE GUN! Protect those pretty eyes, people.

Wrestle one paper serpent at a time. I start my stapling with a center branch. Twist, stretch, turn the paper as you go to build your tree. Make it perfectly imperfect. Don't forget to bring it up and on the ceiling....

Because little ones love to lay underneath it!

Embellish by hanging butterflies dangling on fishing line, tuck a few birds inside, leaves or apples, and hot glue some bugs on it. My handy husband built the wooden fence we secured at the bottom of the tree. Great to stick flowers in! Without a fence, just widen,shape, and merge the paper into the trunk to the bottom of the wall, stapling as you go.

Don't forget to read The Giving Tree under your child's new bedroom or playroom tree!

You can call me tree crazy. The paper tree was fitting for my oldest daughter's garden room. But I choose a palm tree for my middle daughter's beach room. While I was thinking about how to make a paper palm tree, I found this one on clearance and couldn't pass it up. They love reading under a palm tree at the beach.

But I did get to make a paper palm tree with my 5 year old son once. Which leads me to a question for you...

I want to add a special tree in to his "Adventure Room" (maps, travel, binoculars, sleeping bag bedspread)...but I'm not sure what tree grows in an Adventure Room. Maybe you can share a tree idea with me?

Happy Trees!

Shelisa

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Here is some more inspiration from Think Magnet:

Tangram sandwichNumbers partyEdible Lincoln log houses

 

Bio: Think Magnet was officially published January 12, 2012, but incubated in my head since about 2006 in my most chaotic years of managing 3 children under the age of 3. I survived. Barely. I have a Master's in Education, a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, and a Doctorate in Chaos;) My goal is to share teachable moments while keeping it real through my inadequacies, embarrassing moments, and battle with clutter. Above all, I hope to make you laugh, and know that we're all in this thing together. You'll find Think Magnet in a corner of the blogosphere where there's an open fridge policy, but the floors may be crunchy. Welcome. Make yourself at home.

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