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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Back to School Teacher Gift {printable}

11 Aug
What an honor to be a part of Jen’s Summer Social! Jen and I have been blogging friends for a long time (in bloggy years) and have just recently been able to get to know each other better as we work on the SNAP! Conference team. I can tell you that Jen is just who you think she is from reading her blog, and yes, she really is that nice! I’m pretty sure you could look a long while and never meet a nicer person.
My name is Kendra and I keep a blog called My Insanity. It is where I share all of my crazy/creative ideas. 
And the insanity abounds, but I do like simple projects, too, like this one for a sweet start to the new school year.
Last week my kids went back to school! If yours aren’t already there, undoubtedly they will be shortly. Have you met the teachers yet?
Here is a simple and sweet idea for something to take to the teacher on the 1st day of school or a Back to School night, that will leave an impression, without going overboard.

When my kids went to meet their teachers they handed them each an apple with special teacher sticker.
The teachers looked a bit surprised, but genuinely pleased by the gift. Turns out, most teachers aren’t actually given apples as gifts in real life. But I want to change that! What better to give them? Practical, portable {edible}, and now personal! (This idea was inspired by these clever valentines we gave last year, thanks to these great printable stickers from Twig & Thistle.)
I designed the apple sticker graphic and then printed out a sheet of stickers on label paper (I used Avery 5408 round 3/4″ labels). I tried to create a printable sheet of stickers for you to download here today, but couldn’t figure out how to keep the formatting just right (any advice for me about making printables on label templates?).

So if you’d like stickers for apples for your teachers, click on the apple graphic above, and right click and save it to your computer. You can download templates from Avery for the kind of labels you are using. Then fill in the circles with this graphic. This specific template is meant for use in Microsoft Word. If you don’t want to mess with templates, just get full-sized sheets of sticker paper and place the graphics all over. You might be able to punch them with a sharp circle punch, or just cut them out with scissors.

 Hope this helps you start off the new school year on the right foot with your child’s teacher!
Thanks Jen, for having me!
Thanks Kendra — what a cute First Day of School gift idea!!
  Kendra is so creative — I love her ideas!! 
I love this Bandana Tablecloth!!
Kendra also throws FAB parties:
Check out these Nail Polish invitations Kendra made for her daughter’s Spa Day Birthday Party!
And I’m loving this Rainbow Cake she made for her son’s 1st birthday party

Kendra can do it all– Craft, Bake and Throw a Great Party!!
Pop over and see the fabulous ideas at Me & My Insanity!!
Have a fabulous day!!
PS — It’s almost time to head back to school. Are you thinking about getting organized? I’m sharing my favorite beautiful and organized Pantry Makeovers today over at Babble’s Home Ec blog 🙂

Guest Project – Make a Starburst Pencil Mirror! {teacher gift idea}

19 May

Somebody pinch us! We’re on Tatertots and Jello!! Seriously, we’ve been followers, bookmarkers, pinners, (Go Pinterest!), and creaters of her inspiring projects for a long time! Thanks for having us Jen!!

Allow us to introduce…

I’m Staci.

I’ve been married 7 and 1/2 years to a man I met in Bolivia. You know, just some man. J/K!! We were missionaries together over in the Santa Cruz Bolivia mission. I’m now a barely sane SAHM of three darling kiddos 6yrs and younger. Crafty things make me happy, and are probably what help me keep my sanity.

And I’m Marina,

I have been married for 9 years to my amazing and supportive husband. I have two little girls that are the inspiration behind most of my crafty attempts. We are two best friends that love to blog, sew and create…

We are the crazy bloggers behind the scenes of Just Sew Sassy! 

We have lots of fun attempting crafts, tutorials, and yummy recipes every week! We would love for you to stop by and say hi!

Sooo… happy May all you fabulous TT&J readers!!! Can you believe we’re almost done with school! Summer is right around the corner, which was the inspiration for our tutorial today.

Don’t you think starburst mirrors are sooo fun…

 {Country Living}  


{In My Own Style}

{Under The Table and Dreaming}

We wanted to create a fun, memorable, and reusable gift for our kids’ amazing teachers this year.

How ’bout a starburst mirror with an “old school” twist!!

Tutorial: Penciled Starburst Mirror

You’ll use about 54 pencils, depending on your spacing

Hot glue, stick ’em on, repeat:)

(The ribbon part is optional)

If your silhouette is behaving, (mine wasn’t), you can use transfer paper to make the placement of the vinyl much easier

Personalize your gift with a cute lil tag…

Thanks again for having us today Jen! Please come by and say hi sometime:) We’re having a month of giveaways in June to celebrate 1 year of blogging!!

Hope you all make it through the rest of this crazy month of May!!!

 Staci and Marina — those Pencil Starburst Mirrors are so fun! Thank you for sharing them with us!! 

The Just Sew Sassy girls are so talented. With a name like Just Sew Sassy, they create amazing sewing tutorials: 

Bake up delicious recipes: 

And also create fab home decor projects:

You will love following along with Just Sew Sassy!! 
PS — and speaking of Sassy…. I am so excited about the Sassyscoop Girls Night Out tonight!! Be sure to stop by for an awesome FREE night of food, socializing, shopping and giveaways. Find out more information here.
 I hope you can come!!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea — Make Personalized Tote Bags!!

2 May
teacher appreciation face bag ella
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!! 
I’d love to share what we are giving our wonderful teachers this year.
I recently saw some cute pillows on Freshly Picked and thought they were so funny and whimsical.
freshly picked his and hers pillows
I thought I would take that concept and make some tote bags for my kids’ teachers this year.
teacher appreciation totes two

I designed the face on my Silhouette machine and printed it off using heat transfer material.
{If you do this, remember to mirror your image before you print it out}
before ironing on the heat transfer
We added the teacher’s name and a little apple popping up for a whimsical touch!!

Once the image was printed out, I took off the excess heat transfer tape, leaving only the images I wanted to use. Then I ironed the image onto plain tote bags. I found a four pack of tote bags at Hobby Lobby for $6.99. So each tote bag is less than $2. Such a good deal!!

hobby lobby bags
My kids had a great time designing the tote bags with me. They think the bags are so fun! We thought it was cute to have the apples popping up from the bottom of the bag.
teacher appreciation tote blue
teacher appreciation totes on an angle
The last thing I did was make some cute little bows with each teacher’s favorite colors.

I made a 6 inch wide by 8 inch long piece of material. I sewed it inside out on three sides and then turned it right side out and sewed the last side shut.

Then I took a button cover and covered it with some coordinating fabric and glued it in the middle of the fabric with fabric glue. 

So now I have a fun bag that their teachers can use as a beach bag or to carry things in. 

Plus, I am going to fill the bag with some goodies, depending on what the teacher likes. 
Some ideas that would be fun are a beach towel and some flip flops. Or even a  
gift certificate to their favorite store or restaurant.
girls with teacher appreciation totes
Now if you want to make this and don’t have a craft cutter like Silhouette, there are two other ways you can make these totes.

  • The first is use heat transfer material and trace the image on with a pencil and cut it out. 
  • The second is you can paint the face and name on your bag —  use some paint medium along with regular craft paint.
deco art painting medium
Be sure to check out all of the great Teacher Appreciation Ideas at Skip to My Lou!! 

I also had a reader who saw this post and made her own version of teacher appreciation tote bags:

Check them out at 36th Avenue!!