#madeitmonday

Hello! It’s been FOREVER since I’ve blogged!! I think I was on a serious vacation this summer with minimal cooking, thinking, writing, and anything that required too much energy.

As school is approaching, I have given more thought to the school year and started making my annual “to do” and “to create” lists.  I (and along with friends and family) dedicated today to making my number one thing on my list “seats for my small group table”.

The day started with church and then lunch with my sisters and my best friend Whitney.  We ate at Panda Express. LOVED the orange chicken and white fried rice.  We then went to Walmart where I bought my pink crates for $3.97 each.  I picked up 5 of them.  I also got a twin mattress pad to use for the padding on my seats.

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We then went to Home Depot.  I brought in one of my crates and found a nice employee to measure some wood.  Of course, the man already knew I was a teacher, planning to make a seat, and needed between 5-8 pieces of wood cut.  He asked “Where is everyone getting this idea from?” I said, “pinterest”.  He then said, “I’ve heard that word a lot lately”. haha My sweet Whitney took a pic of me discussing my plans with the nice man. He also worked it out that I could use scrap wood so it was only 51 cents for each piece! I left spending $3.85 (we had to add M&Ms to our order)

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Our next stop was Jo-Ann fabrics.  I have to emphasize that it is still myself, my two sisters, and Whitney.  They were troopers going around town with me! I found two different chevron fabrics that I liked and got 2 yards in one color and 1 yard in the other. I also used their app to receive 25% off my entire purchase. whooot!

My husband was golfing so I recruited my mom and (eventually my dad) to creating my chairs.  We started by measuring and cutting down the mattress pad. It was a bit tricker than we anticipated.  I used adhesive spray glue to glue the pad to the pieces of wood.

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I chose to use two pieces of mattress pad for each seat.  I had to make it super comfy for my sweet firsties!

My mom then measured out my fabric and then we hit a road block.  My dad’s stapler gun was not working so my SWEET dad went and bought a new staple gun! He is the best and took good care of me! I put the pad side down on the fabric and began stapling one side to the wood.  Once one side is stapled down then we pulled tight on the other side and began to staple it.  For the sides, we tried to wrap it like a present (didn’t always go as planned).

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I used a ribbon to create a hook to easily pull up the seat to add items into the crate for storage.

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My awesome parents helping me!!

And the final project!

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I’m pleased with the final project! I am revamping my “Book Nook” time for this year and these will be great seats for students to read independently while I pull students to read with me.

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