"When our eyes see our hands doing the works of out hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our soul flies open and love steps forth to heal everything in signt"

-- Michael Bridge

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Banner

Hi there!! Thanks for the sweet comments yesterday! I’m super excited about my class and totally in prep-mode now :).

So, this week I’m mostly going to focus on TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY gifts I’m making for my 2 favorite teachers. We’ve been seriously blessed this year. Couldn’t have asked for better teachers! It was a year of “firsts” for our little ones. Christian went to Kindergarten at big kid school, and Alivia started preschool (too young in my opinion - I’m sad about it, but my mom got cancer & mother-in-law is 67 & just couldn’t watch her full time anymore - so is the life of full time working parents/children). We do the best we can. Anyway, back to the teachers, they’ve been amazing!

For Monday I made (for Alivia’s preschool - which is also at our church - we’re all very friendly with everyone there, and my son was there for preschool & VPK) a banner to hang over their office. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in. I went (quite literally) Cricut crazy on this, here is a look:

I used several cartridges: Plantin Schoolbook (for the alphas on the banner), Hello Kitty (for the clouds & heart balloons), George & Basic Shapes(for the triangles/banner), My community Classmate (School), Create a Critter (for the cutsie apples on the top banner), & Paperdoll Dress Up (for the people). Closer looks:

I don’t really get my Cricut (Expressions) out too often at all. My mom bought it for me a few years ago. Wasn’t really something I’d pay for (that’s a lot of moolah!), but when I have big projects, like this, it’s a lifesaver. It can cut anything I need, any size - pretty much. It does take lots of time though.

I put 8 hours into this baby - me & my undiagnosed OCD! I was literally so exhausted on Saturday night. I finished around Midnight because I do have to actually play with my kids & stuff too. I started it at Alivia’s nap time & worked in between playing. They helped a little. Mainly by stepping on the paper, but that’s another story.

At first, I had this idea to cut all (15!!) Teachers & match up their hair dos. Give them cute (patterned paper) outfits/dresses. I could’ve done it too... but I would’ve lost my mind!!!! I went for a rainbow of kiddies instead. I glued the twine into the kids’ hands with Fabritac - to make sure they stayed put. I really like the Bakers Twine on the balloons. It’s maybe my favorite part of the whole thing! The grass/hills I just hand drew & cut out myself & the stamps I used were super cute - they are by “g’s Studio” from Michaels. Did the job - well. I went to the church/preschool Sunday night while Christian was at youth group and hung it.

The most important part was that the teachers loved it. I know it makes them feel loved, special, & appreciated. Teachers need that. It doesn’t have to be a banner. It can be a card. Whatever. They (the good ones at least) put their hearts & souls into their jobs. I like to think the little things like Teacher Appreciation week make them remember why they do it. Because we know. We know what they do and appreciate it all.

Back tomorrow with another lil teacher gift. Hope you’re day is awesome.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, HOW COOL!!!!! I agree! My electronic cutter has saved me time and time again on big projects or times I have to mass produce! Thanks for linking me up :) Your project ROCKS!