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teacher appreciation treat boxes

May 15, 2014

This week has been teacher appreciation week at the kids’ daycare.  Considering all of the wonderful opportunities and learning that happens while they are there, I could hardly let the week pass without paying some thanks to the wonderful women who teach and take care of my babies during the day.  Last year the teachers got some chocolates with special messages telling them what makes them so special.  The gifts were such a hit, I thought of doing something similar this year…chocolates and special messages.  Moira was concerned that one of her teachers might be allergic to chocolate.  Lucky for them, they are not!


This little project came together pretty easily with some scrap paper crafting supplies and simple fry boxes.  They could definitely make a good gift for any time of the year…just fill with your chosen candy, jot some personal messages on the flags, and stuff with a gift card.


For this project, you’ll need:

  • fry boxes
  • pencils
  • scrapbook paper
  • embellishments and findings (letters, rhinestones, clips, cork, stickers, eft.)
  • stamps & ink
  • scissors
  • glue
  • chocolates & a gift card


Cut your scrapbook paper into banner shapes to wrap around your pencils.  Stamp, layer, and/or embellish with some glam as you see fit.  Glue them on.

Put a letter sticker on each fry box.


Write some little messages of thanks on your banners/flags.  Don’t forget to mention who it is from.


Fill with goodies and stick those pencils in.


Be ever so thankful for the hard work your teachers do–I know we are!

Here is another teacher appreciation gift I did a couple of years back…


Teacher Appreciation Post-It Notes 


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easter Jelly Bean gift {printable}

March 28, 2014

Ok.  I will admit.  I am kind of a dork when it comes to goofy, cheesy little plays on words.  I just have that sort of sense of humor (just ask Mr. CB about my favorite joke…I laugh every time even though it is quite possibly the worst joke ever).

I am continuing on my merry-cheesiness path with this cute Easter printable.  I think it is just adorable and would be a great gift for a teacher or a friend who always seems to be there to lend a hand.  And let’s face it, who doesn’t love jelly beans?  I mean, if know someone who doesn’t, you can always get the chocolate bean version and they can be equally as satisfied!


You can download the printable right here!  And to make your life easier, you’ll need a 2″ circle punch.

Jelly Bean Tag

I chose to wrap mine around a cute jar (hel-LO Target Dollar Spot) but you could just as easily tie it around a mini bag, box, cup, jar, cone…you get the idea!


Now…I am going to try not to eat all of these jelly beans before I give it away.

Feel free to check out some of my other Easter Printables and how I put them to use:

easter carrot containers

Easter Carrot Containers

bunny bingo

Bunny Bingo Printable



painted flour sack towel & wine bottle gift wrap

December 6, 2013

I am sharing another wrapping idea with you today…but not just any wrap idea.  Today’s tutorial does double duty.  First off, we have a pretty and festive painted towel.  Then we use that towel to wrap up a bottle of wine for a neighbor or hostess gift.


You’ll need a flour sack towel, 3 shades of green paint, red paint, a pencil with an intact eraser, a paper cup, and some sort of tray for your paint.  You might also consider some freezer paper…


By ironing on some freezer paper to the reverse side of your fabric, you stabilize it so it doesn’t slide around, crease, or otherwise move as you are painting.  You’re welcome!


Now, dip your cup in the paint…


…And make your first circle.


Repeat until you get your wreath effect.  I did 2 of each color, slightly offset to get my look.


Once dry, use your pencil eraser dipped in red paint to add the berries.


Your towel is done!  Of course you can gift it as is, add it to a basket of goodies, or wrap a loaf of fresh bread in it.  Or keep it for yourself!  Me, I wrapped mine around a bottle of wine to gift.


Unfold your towel with the painted side face down, away from you.  Put your bottle in the middle and fold the towel in half over it.


Fold one end over snuggly, roll it up, and secure with lots of twine and your gift tag.


See that?  Double the fun!  I love how simple the towel is too, I may just make one for myself!Signature_zpsbf29e5311

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mini succulent planter {diy}

November 23, 2013

Happy Saturday.  Today I have a pretty mini succulent planter DIY for you that is so versatile…you can use it as a place card holder for your elegant dinner, scatter them as a centerpiece, use it as a tiny favor, or give it as a gift.  For me, I wanted to give a little token to the kids’ teachers for Thanksgiving and really liked the idea of this little gem.  It was easy to put together, didn’t break the bank, and let’s face it…how hard is it to care for a succulent, right?


I bought the votive holders at JoAnn’s using a coupon, which totaled up to about 50 cents per holder.  In most cases, you can grab these for a buck.  The rest was some craft paint, Sharpies, and the plants.  Each plant at Home Depot came with 3 to 4 in a pot.  You just gently break them up at the roots and that’s that!


They are like tiny little treasures, and really, I am happy to give a non-food item before all of the crazy holiday eating starts (or continues).  Have a great weekend!


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felt feather hair clips {diy}

November 7, 2013

Earlier this week I shared a fun felt-feathered headband over at Or So She Says.  I had a left over feather that I didn’t use on that headband and I thought, “Hey, I can slap this on a hair clip.”  I did, and then discovered I couldn’t stop with one!


Miss Moira has decided to grow out her bangs, so we can use all the barrettes we can get our hands on.  Really!  I also traditionally have made hair pretties (in secret) to put into her stocking for Christmas.  With that in mind, wouldn’t these hair clips make fun little handmade gifts?


The template is the same that I used for the headband, from Red Brolly, found here.  The rest involves hair clips, some hot glue, and your colored felt.

feather-barrette-suppliesglued-clipfelt-feather-hair-clips  pink-feather-barrette

Feather hair pretties for everyone!!!


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