Wednesday, May 8, 2013

UPDATE: Papers, Pieces & Projects are Everywhere

Good Morning Family, Friends, Fellow Crafters, & Followers!!!!!

I have been swimming in a sea of projects for 3 weeks now.  And the sad thing is, I'm still behind.  Last Friday, I sat down and had my daughter write out a list of teachers that she and her brother both shared this school year.  (Side bar - they attend a performing arts school & rotate teachers mid year, so they've had the same teachers during different quarters)  I could have fallen out of my chair when the total came to 9.  Not done yet.. She has 5 teachers and he has 3 teachers that they don't have in common.  17 Teacher Appreciation gifts had to be done.  Normally, I just do the main teachers, but I feel like the others would get slighted, if everyone just thought of the main teachers.  So, off to the Cafe I go.

Teacher Survival Kit contains:
Paperclips - to help you hold it together
Eraser - to remind you that everyone makes mistakes
Starburst - for that extra burst of energy when you need it
Bandaid - to heal hurt feelings
Rubberband - to remind you to be flexible
Gum - to help you stick to it
Laffy Taffy - to remind you to keep your sense of humor
100 Grand Candy bar - so you'll be paid what you're worth
(I found this list on the net a couple of years ago)

1) First set of 8 medium sized paint cans.

2)Next set of 4, is kit in a medium gable box.  This is one of my favorite boxes EVER!!!

3) Next 3, teacher lunchboxes with snacks.  I had no idea how hard it would be to find these tins.  When I didn't need any, I'd see them all the time. Cashier at Michaels Arts & Crafts told me it was a seasonal item.  I ended up going to Hobby Lobby, where I swiped these last 3 off the shelf.  I tried several ideas before I settled on just using vinyl.

Snacks inside:
PARTY MIX - because you know how to mix fun in our everyday routine
POPCORN – because I am bursting with appreciation for you
RAISINS – because you are helping my parents raise a smart child
PEPPERMINTS – because you show true commit”MINT” to your job
CHOCOLATE – because you are so sweet
PEANUTS – because I know sometimes we drive you nuts

What else on my agenda????  My daughter is part of an after school mentoring program for 5th Graders.  They are having a Mother/Daughter tea this month, and the teacher asked me to do the invitations in a way that the girls can put them together.  The wheels in my head had already turned, since I remembered seeing a Silhouette Cameo file that would be PERFECT!!!  These are the 2 samples I came up with:

The kits I put together.

Final Project.  The seal you see in the kit was placed on the envelope to close it.
Still working..... Last weekend, some friends and I celebrated a new arrival on the way.  I am a firm believer that everyone should have at least one good surprise party in their lifetime, and we got Sarah good!!!

Baby Shower Favors

Decorated onesis and tshirt for her 2 years old.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by and/or leave a comment!


  1. Girl, my head hurts from all the projects you got done. Great job!

  2. OMGoodness, these are wonderful!! The teachers should LOVE them!!

  3. I'm tired for you!! I look forward to the day when I can do this craft even more! Great projects. TFS.

  4. Great projects Cass! The teachers are going to love them. Love the onesie favors.

    1. Thanks for the Onesis Production idea!!!!

  5. It is 1015pm the night before trying to work on 8 teacher appreciation gifts!!! I so love your ideas! I hope the teachers appreciate these crafty gifts!

  6. I love all of these projects and need to keep a copy of this post for next year.