Back to School.

Can you believe it's almost that time again?  If you walk into any big-box store, you see it everywhere: back to school is here!  School supplies overflow the aisles, shiny new backpacks and lunchboxes abound in every style imaginable, and teachers everywhere start to dread the rapidly ending vacation; the peace and quiet so greatly deserved after a completely packed year.

My favorite part of teaching was the supplies, to be perfectly honest.  I've always had a thing for office/school supplies.  Staples is one of the more exciting places I can go, and I would honestly have every style and color of Post-It Notes available if I could justify it.  I would probably make a great office manager just on those facts alone.  But really, I loved being able to buy everything shiny and new that I needed for my classroom to make it run just as I wanted it to.  Then the inevitable happens- you're back in the building dragging everything out of storage, cleaning up the room, labeling everything you've so happily purchased with name tags, and making the classroom just so.  The professional development starts and team meetings and before you know it the kids are walking in the door and you're super nervous to stand up and talk to these terrifying small people.  Or maybe that was just me.

This year I am on the other side of the back to school mania- I am the parent.  And while Gus and Greta have happily attended their small preschool, Gus is now off to kindergarten with roughly 99 other little boys and girls he's never met, in a new classroom in a big school.  This will be an interesting year, for sure, but if I'm lucky we'll get a supply list soon and I can go and do my favorite thing once again.

The goal of this post was actually to be a Friday Finds, school-themed, but I found so much cool stuff I ended up making a treasury (above). See all those fantastic items here.  If you want more, may I suggest the following:

This super-cool leather lunchbag from Marble Hill Studio, which I think would be awesome for man-teachers.
Customizable pencils from Rowhouse 14.  I have several sets of these, and I just ordered Gus a set with his name on them as a new kindergartener gift.  And trust me when I say, teachers everywhere would love these.

You have to know that chalkboards are totally IN right now, and this one made of reclaimed wood by Hurd and Honey is just gorgeous.

I have a serious thing for folding rulers, and this collection from Splendid Junk Vintage is right up my alley.

And for those times you just really need to take a midday break, may I suggest this lovely nap mat from Sewn Natural.  Mandatory napping is something I could totally get into.

Where are you with back to school time?  Do you teach?  Are you a student, or do you have some hanging around your house?  Are you done with school and never looking back?  (But seriously, nap anyone?)

Have a great Friday and a happy weekend!  If you have any great plans, please share!


  1. So cute. My husband is getting ready to go back to school year two of grad school, so i was thinking of getting him a gift, those pencils may be cute ;) thanks for sharing!
    Allison over at

  2. I got my husband "Engineer at Work" and he loves them. They are a great gift idea!

  3. LeAnn Larson FrobomAugust 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Very cool. Always loved the thrill of a new box of crayons with all those pretty sharp points smiling up at me when I opened the lid.

  4. New crayons are the best!! I still enjoy opening a new box.

  5. Paige @ Little NostalgiaAugust 4, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    I, too, love back to school shopping and am kind of bummed that I don't get to do it again this year. Le sigh. You found some great stuff! I especially dig that leather lunch bag.

  6. I too, love back to school shopping! HOWEVER, being the parent kind of takes the fun out of it! :)

  7. I know! I think mom deserves back to school clothes, too.


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