Friday, July 20, 2012

I Recommend Friday!

"...Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life.  Each year has grown better than the last one."

Another wonderful day.  This has just been a great summer.  Today I was part of a great Teacher Appreciation Day given by Nasco Corporation. (   It is a world-wide company and I'm proud to say that it was founded here in Wisconsin by a teacher!  The day was absolutely unbelieveable; a great time to talk among some great teachers, learn about new products, and receive oodles and oddles of fun things.  I have a new product to pass along as well as a few things I've created that you may want to take a peek at.
 1)  Recommendation One - Smart-fab.  This is a disposable fabric that can be used in oodles of ways in your classroom.  It's colorful, durable and easy to work with.  You can use it again and again.  It is a cross between cotton fabric and paper...sort of reminds me of landscape fabric.  I found out how great it looks on a bulletin board but can be used for many, many crafty projects in your classroom.  I got a sample at the Nasco Teacher Appreciation today!  Check it out.
2)  Recommendation Two - Rocks...Love them!  A little story...My grandbaby Kayla got out her favorite book yesterday, she's four, and sat down on a rock to read outside my house.  When I asked her why she was reading on a rock she looked at me sort of dumbfounded and said, "little grandma, this is my reading rock!!"  What a great idea.  My fabulous hubby came up with the slogan...Be a rock solid reader and taadaa...It's my new reading rock for the Daily Five!

3)  Recommendation Three - Mod Podge...Okay you probably already know about this fabulous product but I took a few minutes to create with it yesterday and it's absolutely wonderful.  Mod Podge is a medium like glue but it also contains some lacer for a soft finish.  It is a permanent medium.  I actually adhered the label on my rock with this product...just brush it on!  Check it out at

 Mod Podge
                                                                  Here's my creation:

It's made from a wood walk-way that I purchased for really cheap at Menards, where else?!  I made the words on my computer, stained my board with very strong tea, positioned my words and colored paper and done!  I'm going to keep this in my classroom and refer back.  The ideas with Mod Podg are endless.

Thanks for reading, friends!  Hope everyone has a great, safe, fun weekend!


  1. Great ideas! I really like the reading rock. At one point I toyed with doing an outdoor/camping theme and a reading rock would have been perfect for that!

    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

  2. I love the outdoor/camping theme. What a great idea! Thanks for your kind words!

  3. I love all of these...especially the wood blocks. Thank you for sharing all of your cute projects. =)

    Heather's Heart

  4. Thanks for finding me and leaving a comment! Now I can follow you!

    The rock is fantastic...I'll be pondering this idea. :-)

  5. Hi Linda - I do love your blog! You are so lucky that Nikki was the custom designer, I missed her by a few weeks. Your blog is great, love the look a lot. Thanks for visiting me:)

  6. ModPodge is so cool!!! I remember doing it as a child and it was a fairly new concept back then :)
    Wild About School!

  7. Just found your blog through the blog hop and am your newest follower! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

    1. Thank you new friend...hop aboard. So glad you're here!

  8. Hi there! I am your newest follower and have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!


    1. Hi Elissa...glad you found me. I'm very thankful for the Versatile Blogger Award!

  9. Hi, I have been a little afraid to try mod podge but.... I may have to try it. I found you through the Newbie Blog Hop and I am your newest follower!
    Drop by and see me when you get a chance.