12 December 2011

It's been awhile...

I have not fallen off the face of the Earth.  Quite the opposite.  I've been firmly planted on the ground trying to get things done for the holidays.  My goal was to have the non-glamorous stuff out of the way 2 weeks before Christmas Day.  For the most part, I've accomplished that, but there is little stuff that pops up along the way.  The little detail bits that I always seem to forget year after year.

Once school let's out, I will breathe a bit easier. 

But sharing details about my schedule is a total bore.  So, I will tell you what I'm making all of the teachers, bus drivers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, and teacher assistants for Christmas gifts. 

I insist on handmade when possible, and useful in some way.  You can imagine my difficulty every year in coming up with something.  Honestly, if I could give them all $100 in a card I would.  We love our teachers, etc.  They deserve it without a doubt, but my pockets do not run that deep.  :(

For the men on the list above, we are doing THIS.
Assembly will take place later this week.  If you want to know where any of my supplies came from they came from here and here.  I am making some cute, vintagey red & white labels for the spice containers with clip art from here.

For the ladies on the list, we are making THESE.

They are coming along nicely.  I was able to find fun wooden spools at Hobby Lobby, and I think they make the kits look much better than the cheap plastic ones. 

These gifts are turning out cheaper than I originally budgeted for, but I think since our blood sweat and tears {mostly mine} is going into them, they are more meaningful, even if it's just a little bit.

What do you do for teacher gifts?  Do you give to your mailman, trash men, etc?  If so, what do you give?  In the past, we've given those peeps fast food bucks for a quick lunch.  You'd be amazed at what good service you'll receive when you let them know they are appreciated, too. 

If you have any questions about these projects just let me know...


  1. It's so nice to hear that someone else has a similar issue with teacher's gifts. My son has teachers, therapists, bus drivers, etc. To add to it my youngest started Mother's Day out so we have two teachers for her and my son has two Sunday School teachers and two aides. I also try to do handmade because frankly I can't afford to buy them gifts. This year we only have one male so he's getting a gift card because I'm running out of time. I'm making double handed pot holders and Toffee Crack with a recipe for it included. I had enough fabric stash to make the pot holders and I used a tutorial I found on Sew4Home. The only thing I had to buy was the Insul-Brite (used a 40% off coupon) and the Toffee Crack ingredients. Yay for DYI.

  2. I just posted this comment to an old post, but re-posting because I want to make sure you get it!

    Unrelated to this post, but wanted to share with you an artist that I think you'd enjoy if you aren't already familiar.

    Tallest Man on Earth:


    I think he is wonderful. Enjoy.


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