I can’t let a holiday get away without celebrating just a “wee” bit! I wanted to make a little something for the teachers at school…and I wanted to let my 3-year-old help. So, we made loaves of Irish soda bread for the teachers in his classroom:
I wrapped them up with Saran Wrap (now that I think of it, I probably had GREEN Saran Wrap somewhere!). Made a simple card and voila! I used a very easy recipe from http://www.mommiecooks.com (although I used a little less flour than she did, as the first loaf seemed really dry).
Then, I saw this cute idea from The Decorated Cookie. I didn’t have lollipop sticks, so I improvised, but I think they are pretty cute!
I used Wilton decorating sugar for the marshmallows. I used the scalloped heart punch from Fiskars to make the shamrock. And, God Bless whoever came up with the bag topper — it’s the best. thing. ever. I just used regular snack bags and dressed them up! Yahoo!
And, I’ll leave you with this: May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future – Irish Blessing
I participated in a craft fair at my nephew’s school right before Thanksgiving…I like to concentrate on useful items, price them right, and kind of pride myself on knowing my audience. So, I decided to concentrate on teacher gifts, sticking stuffers/Hanukkah gifts, and seasonal items. It was a great success! I love the little extra money to fuel my hobby, but I also love to hear positive comments about the quality of my work (which I pride myself on) and my ideas (most of which I have seen somewhere else and made my own ;). Here are a few of the things that I sold:
The “thank you teacher” boxes are boxes of paperclips, mini binder clips, and notepads which I found for…wait for it…ONE DOLLAR at Office Max, then I added a glue stick as well (there was a space empty). The paper came from my stash, and Michaels/AC Moore. The Post-it note pads are acrylic frames with paper inserted, then decorated — I get the acryclic frames at a local discount store for 2/$1. I attached the Post-its with my tape runner. I got the pens on sale at the time at Staples, but I have recently found packs of two at the dollar store (score!). These were a GREAT way to use up scraps. The bookmarks were super simple, and super cute if I do say so myself. I got the large paper clips in packages of 6 at Staples. Hope these inspire you…enjoy!
So, I don’t really need a reason to be crafty (it’s Tuesday! it’s morning! You get the idea). However, this year is my 3-year-old’s first foray into pre-school…sooooo, of course, I had to do something to kick-off the school year. I know this idea is not new, and I have seen them all over the internet, so I am not sure who to give credit to, although I did just see them in Creating Keepsakes magazine and that triggered the idea:
I used Rolo’s for the “pencil” part and Hershey Kisses for the points. I just LOVE them and think they are simply adorable! You can see instead of making tags for them (another step I wasn’t sure I had time to do), I wrote wishes for a great school year right on the pencils. And, I also made a couple of fall baggies with the extra kisses for some of the teachers with these quick pencil tags:
A great way to kick-off the school year! Enjoy!