If you haven’t heard the news, Carson Dellosa and I are teaming up to bring my collections to retail stores near you. This particular collection, Twinkle Twinkle You’re a Star, can be purchased at several retailers around the country and Canada CLICK HERE FOR FULL RETAILER LIST. In addition to my signature items, you can also purchase lanterns, paper daisies, stickers, bulletin board sets, birthday crowns, library pockets, and mini cutouts to coordinate!
*My star collection is also available as a digital product in the Schoolgirl Style Shop. I will continue selling digital collections in my store, so nothing will change on my end. In fact, I have three new digital collections in the works right now! More information about those new collections will be coming soon!
Okay… on to the REVEAL! Are you ready to get this party started?!?
HERE WE GO!
If you follow me, you know that I have a new teaching position. I know this was a HUGE surprise to some of you! Honestly, it wasn’t something I was expecting either.
If you want to know the whole story about “the move” (and it’s kind of long), it is located at the end of the post. I don’t want to bore anyone who’s here just for the pictures! Scroll past the Shopping Guide for the scoop!
New Room. New Grade. New School.
I was officially hired about two weeks before school started. This gave me very little time to pull this room together. With having to work around the floors being waxed, I ended up having less than a week to get everything done.
Here are the pictures of my new classroom when I first walked in. I instantly knew I had some obstacles to overcome:
- Wallcolor. It may seem insignificant to some, but the yellow/cream walls really bothered me. I really wanted my decor to pop, but there wasn’t a thing I could to fix this problem.
- Enough time. Being hired later in the summer and trying to work around floor waxing was a big obstacle. Having to move out of my old classroom during this time also hindered my decorating/organizing time. Overall, I think I had a little less than a week to get everything done.
- Large vintage fans. If you like vintage, they are kind of cool. Unfortunately, this room design didn’t have a vintage vibe to it, so I think they stick out like a sore thumb.
- Very little storage and classroom space. I was so sad that I couldn’t bring my beloved hutch and most of my things. I left everything with the teacher that took my old position.
- Mismatched counters and half painted cabinets. I had to ignore the counters and my dad repainted the front of the cabinets for a cleaner look.
- The large, green chalkboard at the front of the room. Does anyone use a chalkboard anymore? Dark green was not in my color palette, so I needed a way to camouflage it.
This picture was taken three days ago. I obviously didn’t have enough space for all of the words that come with this set. It’s not perfect looking by any means, but it’s real. We use this constantly in our classroom. Since the cards are color coded, it doesn’t matter that they don’t fit under each header. My students can easily locate the words by color. You can also purchase this set at your nearest Schoolgirl Style retailer. This set is also sold digitally in the Schoolgirl Style Shop. I love so much about this room, but this birthday set takes my breath away! The birthday cakes are the CUTEST I’ve ever seen. I also adore the striking tiered cake and the large birthday tag! This set is EVERYTHING!
I had my students create their own self portrait. This is something I do every year. I absolutely love how they turn out! Do you follow DEEP SPACE SPARKLE yet? She has great lessons on how to do this activity with your students, plus SO much more! This is one of my favorite blogs to follow.
My library labels are also available in retail stores. You can also purchase these as a digital collection in the Schoolgirl Style Shop.
CLASSROOM PHOTOS – The fabulous E’lisa Campbell from E.C. Campbell Photography.
TWINKLE TWINKLE YOU’RE A STAR CLASSROOM COLLECTION – You can find at your nearest Schoolgirl Style Partner Retailer CLICK HERE FOR FULL RETAILER LIST, or if you can’t find a retailer near you, at carsondellosa.com.
*Coordinating products are also available including stickers, birthday hats, and library pockets
TWINKLE TWINKLE YOU’RE A STAR DIGITAL COLLECTION – The digital collection is available in the SCHOOLGIRL STYLE SHOP.
WORD WALL BULLETIN BOARD SET – You can find at your nearest Schoolgirl Style Partner Retailer CLICK HERE FOR FULL RETAILER LIST, or if you can’t find a retailer near you, at carsondellosa.com. OR you can purchase the digital version in the SCHOOLGIRL STYLE SHOP.
LIBRARY LABELS – You can find at your nearest Schoolgirl Style Partner Retailer CLICK HERE FOR FULL RETAILER LIST, or if you can’t find a retailer near you, at carsondellosa.com. OR you can purchase the digital version in the SCHOOLGIRL STYLE SHOP.
RAINBOW EDITABLE POSTERS (LOCATED ON BACK WALL WITH SELF PORTRAITS) – The digital collection can be purchased in the SCHOOLGIRL STYLE SHOP.
RIBBON ON WHITE JELLY TOTES – Hallmark
WHITE JARS ON COUNTER – Pottery Barn Kids
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS LETTERS – You can find at your nearest Schoolgirl Style Partner Retailer CLICK HERE FOR FULL RETAILER LIST, or if you can’t find a retailer near you, at carsondellosa.com. OR you can purchase the digital version in the SCHOOLGIRL STYLE SHOP.
CLOUDS – The digital cutouts can be purchased in the SCHOOLGIRL STYLE SHOP.
CLOUD FLUFF – Joann Fabrics
LARGE BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT PILLOW, COUCH SLIPCOVER – Etsy
RAINBOW COLORED PILLOWS – Zazzle *I used the digital paper included in the digital collection to create coordinating pillows.
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT RUG – Pottery Barn Teen
BLACK AND WHITE STRIPED STORAGE CUBS, COLORED WOODEN CHAIRS – Land of Nod
WHITE STORAGE SHELVES, COUCH, WHITE COFFEE TABLE, ROLLING CART – Ikea
NEVER GROW UP PILLOW – Target
BLACK BOOK BINS, BLACK BASKETS – Really Good Stuff
WHITE JELLY TOTES, TABLE CADDIES – Romanoff Products
CHALKBOARD AND POLKA DOT BULLETIN BOARD PAPER – Pacon
YELLOW KIDNEY SHAPED TABLE – Wayfair
*ENLARGING A PRODUCT… Most of the items in this collection can be purchased at your local school supply retailer, however, if you choose to enlarge a product in my digital collection, here are the sizes that I used:
Clouds – 36 x 36 inches
Posters – 24 x 36
Birthday Set – 18 x 24
Calendar – 24 x 36
Shooting Star Rainbow Cutout – 18 x 24
Alphabet and Number Lines – 9 inches high for each strip
Border strips – 18 x 24
*Please visit my blog main page for more details about printing options
The story behind the move (if you are interested)….
Since some of you have followed me for years, I think I owe you an explanation. I know that you were confused and wondering what the heck happened. I not only switched schools, but we also moved too! Some of you had left comments on Instagram and Facebook inquiring about “the move,” but I couldn’t possibly explain everything in a couple sentences, so I thought I would take this opportunity to address all of these big, unexpected changes!
The house story: There are so many reasons why we decided to move. Shortly after we moved in, we realized that our beautiful dream house was a LOT of work! We lived on “Falling Leaf Court.” Our street name described our property perfectly. Living in the woods with lots and lots of falling leaves left us with very little time to enjoy our evenings and weekends. My son had also moved out (for those of you that don’t know, I have a son in college). We no longer needed all of that space and trying to clean all of it was another story! We also lived in a very small town and we didn’t have a lot of amenities that I needed to keep Schoolgirl Style operating. I was doing a lot of driving to get the things that I needed. We went back and forth for such a long time with whether we should sell the house. We absolutely LOVED our home and it was hard to let it go. Ultimately, we decided that simplifying was the way to go for our busy family, so we put it on the market to see what would happen. We honestly had no idea where we were going if it sold.
The school story: I had spent the summer working on my classroom and was almost finished decorating my Kindergarten room. I was super excited for a new school year and knew I had a sweet, little class awaiting me. Towards the end of the summer, I was faced with a situation that challenged whether or not this position was a good fit for me. I spent a great deal of time contemplating what to do and was extremely conflicted. After lots of reflection and discussing the situation with my husband, I decided that I would look for another teaching position. This was such a difficult decision for me to make. Not only would I have a lot of disappointed parents and students, it would put my husband in a stressful situation to find a new teacher to fill the position (he is the principal there, in case you didn’t know). With my husband’s support, I decided to apply for a teaching position in Hartland and see what happened.
My new school story: For years, my parents had encouraged my husband and I to move near them. They talked about us moving to the Hartland area ever since our children were young (they had already lived in the area for 18 years). We were actually focusing on finding a house here before my husband took a principal position at his current school. One of my good friends also taught in Hartland and I knew what an amazing school district it was AND a wonderful place to live. I had been watching this school district for many years and had been keeping my eye on this upcoming town. When I made the decision to look for another job, I instantly went to Hartland’s website and saw that they had posted a 2nd grade position a day earlier. I excitedly created a resume and sent it the following morning. Fast forward to five days later…I was being recommended for the position as the new 2nd grade teacher! After I received the phone call from my principal, I still had two more hurdles to get through…I had a final interview with the Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent. Lastly, I had to be approved by the Board of Education. I was officially hired about two weeks before school started.
How it all ended:
Our house sold the week I got my job in Hartland. Talk about timing! In between decorating my new classroom and moving out of my old classroom, we bought a new house. Currently, we are still unpacking boxes and getting situated in our new home. I am loving the location and being close to restaurants and stores. The best part…I have a Target only five minutes away and a Homegoods about 10 minutes away! Woohoo! We are very close to my parents now, which is so nice. They’ve been available to pick the kids up after school and take them when they’re sick. My husband’s mom also lives much closer – this has been really nice as well. I’ve spent a lot of time going for long walks in my neighborhood (this was something I couldn’t do at our other home) and visiting/feeding the horses that roam the outskirts of the houses in our subdivision. I never knew that I liked horses so much!
My husband was able to find an AMAZING new teacher to take my position, Karen Piggott. In a strange twist, his new teacher isn’t really “new.” She is a retired teacher from Hartland! Karen had earned the title of Hartland’s “Early Childhood Guru” and had a long, successful career there. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful she is! She has been such a blessing for the student’s and staff at my husband’s school. I am so thankful she was there to ease the transition.
Lastly, I am enjoying my new school. I am absolutely blown away by how amazing this district is. Hartland is considered a “premier” school district and it earns every ounce of that title. From the professional development of their teachers, down to the skill, expertise, and professionalism of their staff, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to be. My principal is awesome and my 2nd grade team has been so wonderful and supportive. Overall, everyone has been so warm and welcoming. I love being a part of team and school community where we all have the same goal and purpose. It was exactly what I had hoped for when I made the move.
Despite all of the positives, I’m not going to lie…leaving everything that you know and going somewhere new is hard. I didn’t know a soul at my new school. I didn’t know anyone in this town. I have felt a little lonely at times and miss my friends. I know as time goes on, it will get better and we will become more acclimated. In the end, I think it was the right move for our family. As of now, we are having fun exploring our new area – we are visiting restaurants and stores that we didn’t have access to before. The next place on our list to visit over break…Cosco! I hear everyone talking about it, so I’m excited to see what it’s all about!
Change can be so very scary, but I’ve learned to embrace it and just go with it. I’m a big believer in creating the life that you want. If that means moving and making changes, I’ll do it. My husband likes to tell people that I thrive on chaos… and I suppose he is right! Haha! So, if come back next year with another big announcement or change, don’t be surprised. I love all of the twists and turns in life!
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