Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Lightning Strikes & a GIVEAWAY!

Hi Friends!

   So, I'm almost at 100 Followers, so I am super pumped to post about my Giveaway. But . . . I just have to tell you my story first. Ok, so a lot of you read about my hairdryer blowing up ( complete with loud bang & smoke) last week before Open House. Well, the hairdryer has been replaced by a shiny new hot pink model, and all is right with the world.  Or so I thought . . .

  Yesterday afternoon (2nd day of school, no less) during dismissal, a coworker friend and I were standing outside my door on duty for daycare van riders ( they pick up right outside my classroom . . . which is on the very end of my school). One of the drivers had just come through & told us just how bad the weather was a few miles down the road.   She talked about trees down, lighting, and really bad rain. Meanwhile, it's blue skies all the way for us.  As soon as she pulled away, the LOUDEST crackling of thunder sounded and scared the bejeebus out of the two of us . . .  and not to mention the kiddies. While reeling from that, all of a sudden, we smell something.    Something awful.   We both turn to look in the direction of my classroom only to notice SMOKE coming out of MY room into the hallway!!! What???!?!?!  I run in there & it's just filled with smoke. We check everything plugged in & it all works, including the A/C (Thank you, Lord!! It's hot in Georgia!).

 Long story short ~ no one knows what happened, but after Maintenance & all the "powers that be" visited my room, the only conclusion is that lightning possibly/probably struck the roof right above my classroom & singed/heated/burned the insulation or something, creating the smoke that filled up the whole room!  Our roof is metal and we have mostly open beams, so there's just no telling.  But, I do know that maybe I should stay away from electrical appliances . . .bad weather .  . .  lightning . . . and anything else that might kill me! Eeeek!!!

  Okay . . . enough about the craziness that tends to follow me.  It's time for a GIVEAWAY!!
Let me start by saying a BIG THANK YOU to everyone out there who has followed me, left me such sweet comments & encouraged me along the way. I am loving this whole BlogWorld & getting to "know"so many of you.

After all your comments, it appears that most of you voted for a Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate... so you got it!!All you have to do is follow the directions below to enter:

1) Follow my blog ~ easy peasy!

2) Leave me a comment ~ one extra entry

3) Leave me a good tip in your comment about how I can start creating these really cute things I keep seeing on TPT- Like where do you get the cute graphics that are not copyright protected, etc...? I need your help, people!!! :) ~ This gives you one extra entry

4) Lastly, blog about my giveaway ~ 10 extra entries :)

The giveaway runs until next Wednesday night at midnight & I will post the winner on Thursday!  Sound good?? Great :)

Hope you've had a great start to the week & it just keeps getting better.  Good Luck !!


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Happily,
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50 comments:

  1. I have about 90 things on my TPT wishlist so I can definitely put that gift certificate to good use! lol
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. I use Scrappin Doodles, KPM Doodles, and Melonheadz clip art. They have the cutest clip art & I make all of my creations in powerpoint which is really easy to work with. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  3. I'm pretty new at TPT too. Maybe we could start a support group. :) I have found that it is easier to use powerpoint to create things. You can layer things easily. I have used 3AM Teacher and KPM Doodles for clip art. I purchase most of my clip art off of ETSY. I'm kinda a clip art hoarder..but atleast it doesn't take up much space. :)
    Cindy
    KindergartenLove.

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  4. Opps..I would use a TPT gift certificate to purchase more clip art. Have I mentioned my clip art hoarding problem?
    Cindy
    KindergartenLove.

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  5. I would love to start attacking that TPT wishlist!
    I like using PowerPoint to create documents - it's so much easier to manipulate the elements.

    ~Nikki
    Teaching in Progress

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  6. I would buy some math and reading games I have my eye on.

    Heather
    I’m having a giveaway! I’d love for you to enter:)
    The Busy Busy Hive

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  7. I use powerpoint and I love graphics from the pond. There are several free on TpT also that I use. Make sure you have their terms to refer back to when giving credit.

    Heather
    I’m having a giveaway! I’d love for you to enter:)
    The Busy Busy Hive

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  8. I would spend it on everything on my wishlist. Plus, if you are to start creating your own units, use clip art that is colorful and cute:)

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  9. Yeah! I am a new follower!!!! I love finding new blogging friends!

    Oh yes, I would be able to get some stuff off of my wishlist. My tip is if you make it in color, make it in black and white too. I love to print things out in color, but it is more cost effective in black and white.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. I saw that you entered my giveaway.

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  10. I am a new follower. If I won the TPT card I would use it for centers for Reading and Math. My tip would be to offer gray scale as well as color on printables.

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  11. Thanks for the sweet comment on my Monday Made It! I'm your newest follower :)

    Lindsey
    Teaching Snip-Its

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  12. I have a huuuuuge wishlist so I'd buy many things from it! Thank you for the great giveaway :)

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees

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  13. A tip I have is to use PowerPoint! It's a lot easier than Word and you can layer things! I also get a lot of my backgrounds from Sassy Designs and my clipart from DigiWebStudio! Good luck :)

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees

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  14. Oh gosh, I have a wishlist a mile long! I am looking for some more common core things for sure! Thanks!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  15. Love that you asked this question....I don't sell things either! One thing I would say is to be sure and include black & white and color pages in your stuff. I think that would be helpful to others!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  16. I will love reading the answers because I too have wondered about how everyone makes everything look so cute! I've bought graphics from scrappin doodles and backgrounds, but I'm not sure what to do with them! I need help, too!
    Thanks for the giveaway! How awesome!!!!
    JennyB
    One Berry Blog

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  17. And PS, I wrote about your giveaway on my blog, but I have not figured out how to add a link to a picture. I'm a loser. Can you help a girl out?
    :) Thanks!
    JennyB
    One Berry Blog

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    1. Hi Jenny...I hope this helps...once you have the picture in your post, make sure your picture is "selected" (click on it once), then click on the link button (it's blue and underlined. A pop up box will appear where you can type (I usually cut and paste) the web address of the page that you want to link with the picture (type this in the "to what url should this link go" box. I don't type anything in the "text to display" box because it will display any words you type in that box on your blog post. Then click ok and you're done! Click save (I then hit preview and test the link to make sure it works). I hope this helps! Feel free to e-mail me if you need more help!

      œKaryn
      A is for Apple B is for Blog
      Kideducator@comcast.net

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  18. Hi Kelly,
    I'm glad you found me so I could find you!

    I enjoyed reading about your "electrical" issues, though I'm sorry you had smoke in your room.

    My favorite clipart is from ThistleGirlDesigns.com. You can purchase a "sellers" license and then you have permission to sell it. If you buy a membership, you get a LOT of themes for free, plus about 4 new things per month. It is a good deal. Plus, I just found cute safari clip art at Just So Scrappy online, but it doesn't look like you can sell things with it. I may have to keep it for in the classroom. ??
    Good luck!
    Your new follower,
    Corinna
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

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  19. Cute blog! Thanks for stopping by to visit me :) I am your newest follower! I would spend $25 at TPT on some units to get my year started (Brown Bear & Chicka Chicka Boom Boom) I have them in my wish list right now :) TpT is about to do 28% off I think, so that would be a great time to take advantage! :) As far as TpT, you can use anything on ckler.com and I have been using mycutegraphics.com. As long as you link back to them in the document and sell it in a pdf form so no one can just copy it than you are supposed to be fine. I am just getting started really, so I haven't bought any clip art yet...but I am sure it's coming for me lol :)

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  20. Hi Kelly,

    I just found you through your comment on my blog! :o) So ironic...because my sister's name is Kelly and today is her birthday...and I used to teach in Georgia (Camden County). Anyway...your blog is so cute! I have lots and lots of places that you can find awesome clip art and tutorials on creating printables, units, etc. (start with http://www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com/ and click on tutorials). If you e-mail me I can send you some great links for clipart (there are also two links on my blog for some of the clipart that I use --Thislegirl Designs and The Frog Spot. I hope this helps! By the way I'm your newest follower!

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  21. I would use the TpT gift card to purchase the many items on my wishlist! I get my graphics from Scrappin' Doodles, 3am Teachers and KPM Doodles mainly. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I am your newest follower!
    -Jaime
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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  22. I follow your blog and I absolutely love it! I would spend my $25 bucks on material for my dual language classroom. It will be my first year teaching (ever) so I am starting from scratch and basically this would help a WHOLE lot. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  23. With the $25 I would buy all the items on my wishlist! Graphs, common core materials! Thanks!

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  24. Your site is so cute! Thanks for becoming one of my followers and I am now one of yours! I entered your contest and with a TpT gift certificate, I would buy things on my wishlist. I tend to put things on there and not go back to buy them. I am really big on the Freebies! As for help with making TpT items, I have found that the site Dollar Graphics Depot is the easiest because when you buy them, not only are they a dollar, but they come with personal and commercial use licenses. No worries as to if you can use them or not. They have tons of things and a lot of cute ones too! I hope you enjoy browsing their site!
    Thanks,
    Marianne
    Teach to be Happy

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  25. I'm a new follower. I would definitely buy some writing packets that are on my wishlist. My tip would go check out scrappin doodles. LOVE their stuff.
    missnelsonattpt@yahoo.com

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  26. Hi Kelly I would use the TPT certificate for the Teaching Reading Binder. I want to do a better job with Guiding Reading and that resource lots great, lots of data recording sheets which I am lacking. As for a tip - re:creating TPT products, always make a colorful cover page, I find I really notice bright dazzling cover pages and it draws me in and I end up clicking on the product. Good luck with your giveaway.
    Leslie

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  27. I meant to say LOOKS great not lots great. It's late, my bed is calling me:)

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  28. I would use a TpT gift card for lots of common core stuff for this year! And maybe some clipart for me :)

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  29. My tip for you is to use PowerPoint! So easy!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  30. I would use the TPT gift card to buy more craftactivities for my Kinders.
    Thanks for a chance.

    Catherine

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  31. What draws me into items on TPT is the clipart the seller uses and the fact that they offer a color version, black and white version and a BLANK version. My school is pretty strict about the fonts we use so most of the time I have to white out the font anyway. I think there are a lot of graphic sites that just require a link back in your credit page. I know I've used scrappin doodles, etsy and the 3am teacher.

    Good luck, can't wait to see all the things you come up with.

    catherine

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  32. I’m your newest follower. Please check out my blog if you get a chance “Calling Plays in 2nd Grade”.
    Thanks, Shanell

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  33. I would use the gift card for some great products! My tip is to find cute frames and fonts to cutesify your products! You can also use free websites like Pixlr.com to create your products.

    Allie
    The Gypsy Teacher

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  34. Hi,

    Thanks for visiting my site. I'm here in return! My advice would be to check out mycutegraphics.com. She supports teachers and asks only that you mention her site if using her products.
    Love your blog!
    Jane
    Learning in the Little Apple

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  35. I would use the $25 to buy the rest of the goodies on my wish list: Kim Adsit's Reading Plans.

    renetowens@sbcglobal.net

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  36. I would use PowerPoint to make things for TPT.

    renetowens@sbcglobal.net

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  37. Hi Kelly,
    Congrats on 100 followers! I don't have a tip because like you I am new to making things for TPT. Right now everything that I have made for my own personal use is so boring in comparison. But it looks like you have gotten some good tips. :)
    Jean

    Diving Into 2nd Grade

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  38. Woops! Forgot to say how I would use the $25. I would save it for those times throughout the year when you find something cute or need something that fits with what you are learning. How awesome in those times to just be able to basically scoop those things up for free! :)
    Jean

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  39. Hi!!! Well I just stumbled upon Miss Tina - http://misstiina.com/blog - and she is having a sale on some gorgeous graphics!! Definitely check her out!

    I would use the $25 to purchase Guided Reading lessons for my classroom!!

    Thanks for following my blog too!!
    My Whole Brain Teaching Blog

    A Grade One Nut and Her Squirrely Crew
    Liann

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  40. I am on the lookout for anything Common Core at TPT!
    My tip is to create several templates and save them. I create tables when making Center activities. Then I can just duplicate the table, change the border and clip art and words and have a new center! Also, add extra columns and rows between them so they are easy to cut out after they are printed. Hope this wasn't too confusing!

    Sunshine, Sand and Scissors

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  41. I love your idea of having bloggers post you ideas as giveaway entries!! I am new at creating too and have gotten so many new ideas reading all of the comments here. I just purchased my first clip art from justsoscrappy.blogspot.com and some etsy shops. Just go to etsy.com.

    Traci
    The Bender Bunch

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  42. I would use the $25 to purchase some of the bajillion things I have on my 'wishlist' at TPT! I'm new at creating things as well, so I'm certainly no 'expert' but I LOVE using Melonheadz Illustrating. Her clipart is ADORABLE and you can use it on stuff you sell as long as you link back to her site. She also posts lots of freebies and has sales about every other weekend. She's great!

    Jackie
    Crazy Daze in First Grade

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  43. Great idea for a giveaway! This way anyone who didn't get everything they wanted during the sale can scoop up some last minute goodies. I am a first year teacher so I have a huge wishlist that I need to narrow down on TPT!

    As far as a tip goes for making products on TPT...have you ever used www.fonts-lab.com ? They have millions of cute fonts that are free to download! I scooped up a bunch the other day!

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  44. I would buy kindergarten resources!

    Just So Scrappy has cute clipart!

    Ashley
    arclark@gmail.com

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  45. I am a first grade teacher and I love when I am able to come across ideas such as yours. Thanks for sharing

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  46. I would look for common core items to spend it on. :-)

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  47. I love Melonheadz clip art! So cute.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  48. I have 100+ items on my Tpt wishlist - I wouldn't have any trouble spending a $25 giftcard!! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  49. Yay for giveaways! I love me some TpT but am also all about freebies b/c it's hard to bring myself to spend the extra money, LOL!

    My tip is to create things that would be useful to YOU, because odds are, they'll be useful to others as well! I also agree that PowerPoint/Keynote on Mac is the easiest to create in. I'd love to learn Photoshop, but it is SO NOT user-friendly. :D

    I plan to search out some tutorials as well! Good luck and congrats on 100 followers! I'm almost at 50, whoo hoo, lol! It's the little things.

    gayla
    Teach On.

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