Saturday, May 14, 2011

Teacher Appreciation

Well, I always say I'm going to get better at this whole blogging thing and then life happens and I fail! I've been subbing like crazy lately but the school year is winding down now and I only have three days lined up for the remaining weeks.  Kind of glad for a little break though because I need to get on the ball with some end of the year teacher gifts.  Our school didn't really do anything for Teacher Appreciation because the week we would have celebrated, our area was recovering from the tornadoes that blew through the previous week.  So, I'm putting my creative energy into end of the year teacher gifts instead.

Cole has a great teacher this year.  I always love to make things for his teachers at the end of the year.  He requires a little more 'teaching' than the 'normal' child so I like to go a little beyond the typical gift.  Here's a link to last year's gift.  Two other moms went in with me for that so it was a lot!!  This year, I'm on my own but I'm still shooting for the same type of gift.

One of these:

And you can see how to make this here!! 
And then one of these:

I found directions for this last year here
Cole also has a Special Ed teacher that works for him and then an Occupational Therapist, too.  In the last few years I just have run out of time when it comes to making something for them.  I feel bad that they've been neglected since they are so important to his education, too.  So, this year, I'm planning on making them something, too.  Here's the idea for them - you can see the directions here:

This is a girl's emergency clutch.  The inside has small Ziplock bags sewn in and you put all your little supplies in the bags. 

I love this idea.  I'm thinking I want one for me to use for my jewelry when we go out of town.  I usually throw everything in a little hinge top jewelry box that a necklace came in.  If I take bracelets or necklaces, it's a tangled mess, so I'm thinking it would be a better solution to use one of these.

Oh, wait - I'm planning teacher gifts, not stuff for me!!  So, I think I'll fill it up with a little pack of gum, some bandages, shout wipes, and germx wipes.  Then I'll attach a little tag with suggestions - the blog that posted the tutorial had great suggestions for the bags (medicine, tweezers, nail file, spare house key, etc).

Here are some other ideas that I really love, but probably won't have time to get to this year - but I'll keep them in mind for gifts next year!!

This one is really cute - directions here:

And I totally forgot I bookmarked this one - I may have to do this for this year, too!!  I love these!

And this is too cute - a free printable - too bad I don't have colored ink right now!!

Wow - too many options, too little time.  But now that I have a Silhouette, it's much easier to get cool things like these done!!  Can't wait to get them all finished up next week before the end of the year parties at school!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


1 comment:

A Joyful Chaos said...

So many cute things to make! I think I'll have to try my hand at a few of them.

Thanks for sharing.



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