Monday Made-It: Desk Organizer, 150th Product FREEBIE, and Crepes...oh my!

Happy Monday!
Phew! What an AWESOME giveaway weekend!
Thank-you SO MUCH to everyone who donated, commented, shared, and entered my Blogiversary Giveaway! I was FLOORED by the number of comments - 158! If you commented, you'll be receiving an e-mail with the EVERYBODY WINS prize package today...if I don't die of carple tunnel first from all that clicking :)
(Question: Can you die of carpel tunnel?)
Anyways, I want to welcome all of my new readers! and share with you some things I've been MAKING this week:
Confession: I love thrift stores.
I will literally veer off the road I'm on if I see a sign for one.
My hubby says it's mostly junk.
My mom doesn't like the smell.
But I LOVE the hunt.
The hunt for treasures amidst the junk :)
This week I found a treasure...
a super ugly desk organizer!
Now before you mock it for it's ugliness, I must tell you that it is
sturdy, functional, and only cost me $2.99!
So I decided to ungracefully plop place it gingerly in my cart and work some magic to "pretty it up"

 Here are my tools I used to attack:
I got the large alphabet and polka dot stickers from the fabulous land of joy aka the Dollar Tree
Notice the Goo-Gone (bottle on the top right)
Have you ever used it?
It is fab.u.lous.
It literally makes goo gone.
Any kind of sticky mess disappears. 
Cheap price tags won't come off clean?
Goo Gone to the rescue!
It's my "Must-Have Monday!" :)
And, after a lot of scrubbing, de-gunking* (see Goo Gone above), measuring, printing (again and again), laminating, and sticking...
I stole the famous "To Copy, To Grade, To File" idea and printed out labels to fit the odd-sized half-moons :) I laminated my labels and stuck them on with double-sided tape:
The sides:
And the back: This is what the students will see when they walk up to my desk :)

This has been a week of milestones for this little ole blog! :)
Today I posted my...
To celebrate the 150th product,
I knew I wanted to make a FREEBIE to share the joy :)
I used to be wary of assigning a book report and letting the kiddos choose a book that had a movie - afraid that too many of my students would take the "easy way out" and just watch the movie, missing the fabulous details included in the book. Oftentimes, the books were very different from the movie, so it was easy to tell who had taken the short cut. 
To ease my conscience and give my students to BOTH read the book AND watch the movie, I created this fun project to test their comparing and contrasting skills. This FREE packet includes 4 graphic organizers to use when comparing and contrasting details from a book and the movie that it inspired.
Click on the pictures above or HERE to grab your FREEBIE!
If you download it and like it, please leave me some love :)

In honor of my pal, Christy's, fun linky party, I want to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes, Crepes!
They're like pancakes, but are thinner and larger.
Growing up in Canada, this is what we called pancakes. 
I didn't have an "IHOP-style" pancake until I moved to the states!
My hubby now differentiates between crepes and "man-cakes" (regular pancakes - because they're thick and "manly" if pancakes could take on gender)
  This is what your crepe should look like when you flip it over:
The key is a new dollop of butter between each crepe - but don't let it burn on the pan.
I scrape about 1/2 t. of butter into the pan and then immediately pour my crepe batter into the pan.
Make sure your frying pan is on medium-high.
That's it! Now you're ready to enjoy :) 
As a true Canadian, we only eat pure maple syrup in this house :)
And when I'm feeling particularly gluttonous, I love mine with Nutella and strawberries:

 Well I'm off to shop for my School Supply Secret Santa Gift :)
I wonder if it's you?!?!
Note: Tricks of the Trade Thursdays are BACK!
Link up this Thursday for...
New to Tricks of the Trade?
Read all about it HERE!


  1. I love the polka-dots! Such a fantastic find, and it looks great.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. The desk organizer turned out great! I am a treasure hunter as well! It is so much fun to see what I can repurpose.
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  3. I have this same organizer, unfortunately in ugly gray. Yes, even uglier than your thrift shop buy. But this gives me an idea to address how to make it better.

  4. That is an amazing transformation for your desk organizer! I love that you put your name on the back. :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. Girl that desk organizer turned out amazing! Great job! LOVE ME SOME GOO GONE! Whoever thought of this was genius! Thanks for linking up girl!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  6. Your desk organizer rocks! You did an amazing job! I love finds like these!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. I love junk stores too and I'm off this morning to find a new "Think It Over" chair. Your shelves turned out beautifully! The crepes look yummy! Congrats on 150 products on TPT. I have 5!! Haha!

  8. Awesome job on the desk organizer! You have me thinking about my ugly gray metal one now:)
    Wow! 150 products!! That is super impressive! The crepes? To die for! Anything with Nutella is amazing too:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. You made that organizer too cute!! Absolutely love it. I am inspired :)

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