Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Teacher appreciation gift

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We made this gift for the teacher of my oldest daughter.

She is a GREAT teacher, and we wanted to give her something to show that we appreciate her.

So we gave this glass jar, filled with Hershey's Nuggets, wrapped in cute apple paper.
The paper and other supplies I used are scrapbooking supplies that I have had for a while.

With my Silhouette Cameo I cut her name in vinyl to personalize the jar.

My daughter helped me cut a 12 by 12 inch sheet of scrapbook paper into 48 pieces that were 1 by 3 inch each. That is: I positioned the paper, and she moved the knife of my paper trimmer...

(First cut it into 12 1 inch strips, and then cut each strip into 4 equal pieces.)

On the top of the jar I made this label.
I sketched the apple by hand to match the apple on the paper.
Then, following that pattern, I poked holes in the cardstock, and stitched the apple by hand.
She colored the apple.

Together we added the scrapbook paper to the bars, using adhesive.

I used the following bag of Nuggets. It holds about 50 pieces: just perfect: we ate 2 and wrapped 48.

(I got the jar and the candy at Target.)

We hope she likes chocolate!

Shared at Sugar Bee Crafts.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I love spring...

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Spring flowers...

My husband and our girls decorated these cute birdhouses for my birthday.

The unfinished one is from our 11 month old :)

I had seen this idea HERE a while ago:
save all your little scraps of yarn, and put them in a suet feeder, so that the birds can use it for their nests.

Since I had one laying around anyway, and I am always having these loose ends of yarn from all kinds of projects, this seemed a neat thing to try. I imagined the birds using it, and maybe the kids could even see them take some of the yarn.

(Insert laughing of my husband here, who thought I'd completely lost it, when he saw what I was doing...)

And I have to say:

he was right...

So far, I haven't seen any proof of them using it.
We even have a robin's nest in our yard, and I checked it out while they were away to see if they used any. 

Oh well, it looks pretty colorful :)

And of course I'll leave it out there, who knows?!

I don't let myself get defeated that easily... 

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Crochet hats, flowers, owl and sweater

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Here are some crochet projects that I have been working on.
I haven't had much time to post pictures, so here they are all at once :)

Some hair clips for a little friend of my girls

A baby hat for a friend

A monkey baby hat

A baby headband with a rose

I used this pattern to make this little owl.
It's simple and cute.

I used the pattern for the body, and then did my own thing for the eyes and beak.

A navy cardigan for our youngest:
(I started out with a pattern, but modified it so much that it turned into my own...)
I really love to crochet.
It's relaxing, and so easy to take with you...
I can't really sit around doing 'nothing', so it's nice to have a 'portable' craft to work on.

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