Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Recap

I've got a Monday Made it, a Winner, and 2 very cool Gadget Giveaways to share with you!

Let's start with the Monday Made It....

This is the Balloon Banner that I made for my nephew's 2 1/2 year old birthday party!! 

Here is How I Made It

First we laid out all of the balloons in the pattern we wanted by color groups of three.

Then using needle and thread, sew the three balloons together. Then tie them off. 

Don't run out of lung power :)

Then once you have all your balloons assembled you can begin to stack and tie them. Initially I ran a thread right through the middle like the above directions said. But I didn't feel like they were tight enough, so I started looping my one REALLY long thread around each new balloon set, and looping down to the set below them and pulling them together to tighten.

 Eventually it got high enough where I needed to recruit some help to keep the stack from falling over as I added new layers.
Thanks hubs!

Final product :)


And quickly before I sign off-- I tried to make a post yesterday but blogger went a little wonky on me. I kept getting a weird error message when I tried to post. Eventually the post looked published on my dashbaord, but it turns out it never actually did. Boo. 

So here is take two...

Congrats to my giveaway winner Jennifer from Heading Kats in Kindergarten!!

Ever wish you had an iPad to use in your classroom? Well you can enter to win one here from Teacher Created Resources!

Lori from Teaching With Love and Laughter is giving away a HearALL Assessment Recorder! There are so many clever ways to integrate this techy superstar into your classroom. Head over to her blog to get yourself entered! 

I think that's everything for this Monday Madness post.
I'm off to finish packing for my 3 night play and stay in Sin City!! 
I'm going with my momma. It will be the first time in Vegas for both of us!  For those of you who have been before, what are your must sees and dos? I will be back sooner than later to share our adventures with you! If you're attending the meetup, give me a hollar :)


  1. Have a blast. I lover balloon banner. You have inspired me to make one for Open House

  2. Have fun in Vegas! And, thanks for sharing about my giveaway!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. I'm so jealous!! Have a blast in Vegas! I can't wait to hear all about it. :) Your balloon banner came out adorable!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. Your balloon banner turned out just awesome!!! So cute!!! Thanks for linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. Love that balloon background - thanks for the tutorial! Following from Wild About Teaching.

  6. You have a wonderful blog Stephanie. I am excited for the new bloggy adventure and it's great to have other Firsties to follow.

    Best wishes,
    Keeping Up With First Grade

  7. How fun, thanks for sharing.


  8. I just found your blog through a giveaway. I am your newest follower:)

    I love your balloon banner. It must have been a big hit!!

    The Resourceful Apple

  9. Stephanie, I stopped by to tell you that I've nominated you for 2 awards! Stop by my blog anytime to pick them up! Congrats!

    Miss J
    The Joy of Educating