Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Teacher Appreciation

My twins started preschool this fall.  And thus we entered the {new to us} world of teacher appreciation.  Since I have been in a big winter crafting mood lately, I decided rather than giving the "typical" food or gift card holiday present to B&K's teachers, I would do something a bit more personal.

I'm a huge fan of this blog.  Like, addicted to it HUGE fan.  And a while back they had this great tutorial for a box of teacher goodies.    LOVED it!  So I set out to create something similar.  I entered the world of my blog partner, Jenn, and hung out in the scrapbook aisles at my local craft stores.  I found the boxes to be cheapest at JoAnn's.  I purchased the scrapbook paper (my minds eye), alphabet thickers and butterfly embellishments (martha stewart) at Michaels.  The goodies inside I picked up mostly at WalMart (which is a total shocker from me since I'm a self proclaimed Target girl.  But I digress).

I'm super pleased with how the gifts turned out.  And we've already received thank you cards from each teacher with major kudos for doing something so "different".  It was super simple and all three boxes were completed in under an hour.  Easy-peasy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Memo Board

I seen this idea some time ago but am unable to find the reference.  But how's this for motivation:

Here's what I used:

Burlap, scrapbook paper, huge rick rack, some magnets, a plastic 16" x 20" poster frame.

The hardest part was deciding paper from the super cute pack I got at Michael's.  Then I had to decide what sections I wanted.  I wanted them to be less symmetrical, but I'm still happy how it turned out.  I used TO DO, BUY, REMEMBER and DATES.  I wish I had a section for MENU (for those times I forgot what i actually bought for the week!).

I'm really happy with the way it turned out, it's so FUNctional.  I use it everyday.  The paper, rick rack, and 4 different patterns make me happy.

I purchased 2 packs of magnets with the intention of handing on my refrigerator, but they did NOT work.  The 3M Command Strips saved me yet again!!