Last Minute Teacher Appreciation Gifts

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Are you looking for a quick and easy Teacher Appreciation Gift?

Oh, I remember the days when all 4 of my children needed something to give to their teacher’s at the end of the year.  It was always so much fun coming up with something that ALL OF THEM would be happy with… yup, joy to THAT one!

This time of year is like the holiday season with the end of the year parties, the gifts, planning a summer vacation… craziness!  Not to mention the extra energy they have! Darn them for being so happy :-).

Hopefully, these ideas will lighten your load!  By the way, all of the links to each one of these adorable, creative, simple and cheap ideas have free downloads AND tutorials.  Awesome!

For the “Mrs.”, “Ms.” or “Miss” Teacher

1.  Dry Erase Bouquet from Happy Scrapps

2.  I Couldn’t Have Picked… A Better Teacher! from Dixie Delights

3.  Water Glasses from Lisa Storms

4.  Mini Oreo Apple Pops from The Crafting Chicks

5.  Flower Pot from The Weekend Homemaker

6.  Cookie Jar from Home Is Where They Love You

What about the “Mr.” Appreciation Gifts?
Here are 6 more great ideas!

1.  Sharpies and Smarties from Little Pumpkin Grace

2.  M & M’s Teach from Domestically-Speaking

3.  We Need S’More Teachers Like You! from Key Ingredient

4.  Simply the Best! From Be Fickle

5.  Grilling Kit for a job “Well Done” from Mom On Time Out

6.  There Is No “Sub” stitute for a Teacher Like You! from The Creative Homemaker

I hope this helps you out a bit.  I wish I was in your place…
yes, even trying to come up with making all my children happy with one gift.

My baby is graduating next week from high school.
The years go by fast.
Enjoy every single stinkin’ day with them.
They are treasures.
IT’S A DARN GOOD THING THEY ARE CUTE!

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Welcome To Link Party #33 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #33!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I can’t wait to see what you are going to share this week!

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Rules for the Party:

1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  I’d love it if you followed me on Linky Follower! (Right hand column).  Leave me a comment so I know to follow you back.
3.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog (I won’t be able to feature your project unless you do).
4.  Please link up something NEW that you have not shared before.  Link up only YOUR work and not someone else’s.
5.  Most important – please visit someone who has linked up and leave a kind comment.  Don’t you be a “hit and run” blogger  now :-).  It only takes a few minutes to say “hi” to someone new!  We all love comments!

 

 

 

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Link Party Highlights #32 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I hope everyone is having a beautiful Memorial Day and observing and remembering the men and women who have died while serving in our nation’s service.

Here are the fabulous features from Link Party #32.  If you were featured, please grab a “feature” button and place it on your blog somewhere so everyone can join in the party :-).  You can find the button in the right hand column.

Alecia from Chicken Scratch NY made a Doily Covered Lamp Shade.

Alecia has a wonderful tutorial to show you how she made
this beautiful, unique lamp shade.

Rachael from Rustic Urban made this Rustic Barn Wood Headboard as part of her master bedroom re-do.

Amazing!

Katie from The Crafty Blog Stalker shared some YUMMY looking Apple Nachos.

These make my mouth water just looking at them!

Karin from Art Is Beauty made this beautiful Garden Potting Center out of a free armoire.

What a great vision she had!

Kirsten from the Sweet Swiper shared a summertime Asian Bowtie Pasta Salad.

Perfect for those hot summer months
when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

Karen from Redoux Interiors shows us How To Make Anything Look Like Real Wood!

Her tutorial makes it look very easy.
Can’t wait to give this a try!

Melysa from Moments With the Montano’s made this amazing looking Pineapple Sangria.


I love pineapple and all of the other ingredients she puts into it!
Very refreshing.

Jodi from Meaningful Mama made this beautiful Neopolitan Cake for a baby shower.

Adorable!
Just like the ice cream… a flavor for everyone :-).

The Creative Lady Of the House linked up an amazing tip – A Simple Way To Stretch Your Shoes.

You HAVE TO GO TO HER BLOG and check out
her “recipe” for stretching your shoes.
AWESOME!

Kim from Reposture made an Ipod Cake for her son who turned 13.

Kim did an amazing job on a very “cool” cake.
Great job Mom!

Terry from Forever Decorating made this charming and romantic Teacup Chandelier.

So original!
Love the addition of the crystals.

Fabulous job ladies!
Thanks SO MUCH to everyone for linking up your projects and
inspiring US ALL!

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Thursdays With Tracie – “Mommy, I’m Bored” Jar


Summer is almost here and I am so excited!
I love summer!
I love swimming.
I love BBQ’s.
I love not having to get up and run around like a chicken getting everyone to school!
I ESPECIALLY LOVE having the kids home.

However, I DON’T  LOVE the “I’m bored blues”
that set in quite quickly at my house.

Last year we did a bucket list for the summer and it was so much fun (which I will share with you in my next post).  This year I wanted to try something different.  After spending some time in Blog Land, I came across Shabby Beach Nest’s blog and I absolutely loved  her version of a Bored Jar!!!  It was pure genius!   So I went to work tweaking it to fit my crew.

I decided I needed something that my boys would not be able to go through and pick and choose what they wanted (“You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit” – that’s the rule in this house) and something that would be appropriate for each child. Coloring might be exciting for my 3 year old but my 9 year old would not be amused.

Materials that I used:
1.  Clear paint can (Beverley’s)
2.  3 different colors of scrapbooking paper (1 for each boy, the baby doesn’t need the bored jar yet!!)
3.  Fun ribbon
4.  Glue
5.  Stickers (letters and whatever you have on hand to seal the strips of paper with)
6.  Gallon Ziplock bags.
7.  Tote with lid.

Directions:
1.  Tie the ribbon onto the handle of the paint can.
2.  Glue ribbon around the bottom of the outside of the paint can.
3.  Cut a circle from the scrapbook paper and glue to the lid of the can.
4.  Using your letter stickers, add “Bored Jar” to the top of the can.
5.  Cut the scrapbook paper into strips (using 3 different colors).


6.  Add your fun ideas to the strips and seal them with a sticker (no peeking!).

Here are some of my ideas:

-For my 3 year old (his color is yellow) I did: bubbles, sock puppets, coloring, design your own shirt (with fabric markers) and sidewalk chalk art.

-For my 7 year old (his color was orange) I did: water balloons, make a paper airplane, bake cookies, clean up playroom (yes, now you see why I want them sealed!)

-For my 9 year old (his color is green) I did: origami, build a Lego ship, build a catapult, make a movie, write a play for the family and clean out the car.

For some of the slips, I wrote surprise, craft and art.
This way, it will be mommy’s choice :-).

7.  For any of the ideas that needed special supplies, I used individual Ziploc bags for each project.

Example: Origami project – I printed ideas off the internet and put those and the paper into the Ziplock bag.
Sock puppets – socks, eyes, and fabric marker into a Ziplock Bag.

I wanted to have the supplies on hand so I won’t be running all over town in 110 degrees purchasing the supplies to do the activity… by the time we would get home, they might not be bored anymore!

8.  I gathered all of my filled Ziplock Bags and put them in a tote, which will be going into my closet so there won’t be any peaking.

  I’m armed and ready for my boys to say, “Mommy, I’m bored”.
Three weeks and counting until summer begins!

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Thanks Mandy for having me, have a great week everyone!

Tracie

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Vintage Bridal Brooch Bouquet

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I have to tell you that I’m absolutely SMITTEN with these
Vintage Brooch Bridal Bouquets!
They are gorgeous.
I love the fact that they will last forever.
Yes, they are pricey, but I bet they would be pretty easy to figure out how to make.

M.L. from House  of Whimsy shared this gorgeous bridal bouquet last week at the Link Party.

I have been thinking about these amazing bouquets ever since.
I got busy searching today (between packing boxes) on Pinterest and Etsy.

I hadn’t planned on writing a post and sharing with all of you, but
I got so much enjoyment looking at all of the different, beautiful,
sparkly colors, I wanted to share.

You can click here to see a fairly easy tutorial
on how to make one.

I also found a great website with a great selection of brooches.
Fabulous Brooch

I’m adding this to my DIY list!

HairBowsWonderworld

LX Designs

The Ritzy Rose

JaninesBowtique

LillybudsBouquets

CrystalBroochBouquet

 I don’t know about you, but I’m going to start collecting vintage brooches.
Now I just need to find a bride :-).

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So, I’m curious… what do you think of the vintage brooch bridal bouquets?
Would you carry one instead of fresh flowers?

 

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Welcome To Link Party #32 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #32!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I can’t wait to see what you are going to share this week!

If you missed the highlights from Link Party #31 -
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Rules for the Party:

1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  I’d love it if you followed me on Linky Follower! (Right hand column).  Leave me a comment so I know to follow you back.
3.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog (I won’t be able to feature your project unless you do).
4.  Please link up something NEW that you have not shared before.  Link up only YOUR work and not someone else’s.
5.  Most important – please visit someone who has linked up and leave a kind comment.  Don’t you be a “hit and run” blogger  now :-).  It only takes a few minutes to say “hi” to someone new!  We all love comments!

 

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Link Party Highlights #31 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-Able”

 Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend.

I’m in Sacramento this week helping my step-daughter (Tracie) prepare to move to Fresno.  She has her hands full with 4 active boys.  I love being here with all of them.  Being a grandparent IS THE BEST!

You all have been busy with some amazing projects!!  Oh my goodness!!! I really enjoyed going through them all this week.   I have  a “bookmark” on my computer with “Crafts to Make” and “Recipes to Try”.  It’s beginning to be a very long list.  I also have the same categories on Pinterest!  I better get busy :-).

Here are some amazing projects that I’m highlighting this evening.

Daena from Bad Rabbit  Vintage turned an ugly duckling cabinet into a beautiful swan.

She did an amazing job – complete with harlequins and fleur de lis’.
I’m in with this beautiful swan.

 I’m lovin’ this adorable Upcycled Clipboard that Melanie from Artzy Creations made.

So darn cute!
Wouldn’t this be a GREAT teacher appreciation gift?

Stephanie from Lady With the Red Rocker describes this Chocolate Oreo-Cream Cake as SINFUL.

Definitely looks sinful to me.
Don’t you agree???

 Remember Bethany from Pitter and Glink’s adorable lamp that I highlighted last week? This week, Bethany revealed her new craft room!

She used lots of  happy, crisp, and fresh colors.
Head over to her blog to see the rest of it!
It’s GORGEOUS!
Yes, I have craft room envy :-).

 Carri from Simply Done Wright  made such a cute mosaic heart on a brick.  Guess what this is going to be?

A door stop!
She has a great tutorial on her blog.
I’m pinning this one… yup, my “crafts to make list” is growing!

M.L. from House of Whimsey made this Vintage Enamel  Floral Pin Bouquet. 

I think these are amazing.
Would you be brave enough to carry a bouquet like this
instead of fresh flowers?
I would!

Jody from Meaningful Mama made this scrumptious Chocolate Mousse Cake from Martha Stewart’s recipe box.

Jody says that these beautiful desserts are very time consuming,
but what a fabulous dessert to make for entertaining.
You’ll look like Martha Stewart yourself!

Maysem from Ode To Inspiration made these amazing Knock-off Anthropology Vases.

She has a very easy to follow tutorial on her blog.
Great job, Maysem!

Cyndi from The Decorating Chica “stole” these  Stenciled Frames.  I cracked up when I read that she is a thief!

Because apparently I am too :-).
She is an “idea” stealer… aren’t we all?
You are not alone Cyndi!

Marilyn from 4 You With Love made these summery Pink Lemonade Cupcakes.

This would be a perfect snack for those end of the year parties.

Lorrie from Finding Secret Treasure made a Room With A View.

She used a Cutting Edge Stencil and an old window.
Fabulous view!
What a great idea for a bathroom without a window.

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Cameo Silhouette Subway Sign

The day before we left for vacation, I decided I needed to make a special gift for my BFF ‘s birthday (we were going to be in Spain on her b-day).  Carrie and her husband Jeff were going with us to Europe and I didn’t want to have to pack a subway sign! I didn’t think she would appreciate lugging it home anyway! Can you imagine?

I had been brainstorming this project for a few weeks, and because I was frantically running around at the last minute (getting ready for the trip), I decided I would just wait and make it when I got home… trying not to stress myself out too much lately (I’m failing miserably).

Anyway, Carrie had called the night before and said she was planning on dropping off a few things the following day.  Now that I had the whole project planned out in my head, I decided to make the sign and give it to her when she came by.  Long story short, I finished it about 20 minutes before she arrived!!!!! Oh yea, no stress here…

I had seen this quote on one of her Pinterest Boards and I loved the idea
of putting it on a sign for her to see every morning.
I added the “devotions read”.
Reading her devotions
is an important part of her morning routine.

(Yikes! Sorry for the blurry pic… I told you I was stressin’)

Here is the burlap bow and button I hot glued on for an embellishment.

I had it hanging in our hallway when she arrived and she loved it!
She actually cried.

This was my first subway art that I’ve made.  I had found 2 of these boards (they were not painted) at our local thrift store for $4.95.

Here is what I did:

1.  I sanded the board first and wiped it off until it was clean.
2.  Next, I used my Cameo Silhouette to cut out the quotes.
3.  I cut out the quotes individually, removed the negative backing and layed out how I wanted the quotes to go on the board.
4.  After applying the quotes, I spray painted over the letters with a satin black spray paint.
5.  I allowed it to dry overnight and then removed the letters from the board.
6.  I distressed the stenciled letters a bit and applied a mix of dark/clear wax – I wanted the letters to not be so white, but didn’t want them to be too dark.
7.  I made a big bow with some burlap I had, added a button embellishment and stapled the burlap to the back of the board.

If you look closely you can see a set of eyelets that were already on the board.  I left them there so Carrie could loop the burlap into them if she wanted to hang it differently or at a different height.  She can also remove them if she likes.

What I learned: To choose a font that is a bit larger so the letters show up more once they have been spray painted and removed.

Happy Birthday my Sweet Friend~
So glad you liked your subway sign.
♥♥♥

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Why I Love London

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 I’m fortunate enough to have a husband who has business in London every year.  I love London!  We have gone every year for 5 years now.  London has amazing sites to see and so much history.  The people are so friendly and very polite!  The museums are AMAZING and FREE!!!

A few other things I love about London….

–  Hearing children say, “Mummy” for Mommy in their English accent.

–  When you exit the tube a female voice says, “Mind the Gap”.  The gap is about a 6″ space between the train and the cement!  I don’t know how anyone could accidentally fall in the gap.

–  Visiting the food court at Harrods.  It is beautiful! I would show you pictures but you aren’t allowed to take them.  They have food sections from all over the world!  It is like art!

– If you go down the stairs you stay on the left and when you go up the stairs, you stay on the right.

I love the fact that when we go now, because we have seen all of the “tourist sites”, we get to enjoy just being “a part of London”.  Here are a few pics that I took while we were there (it was a rainy visit this time… but it didn’t stop us from walking the beautiful parks!)

On a sunny, warm day, this park would be full of people (pastie white) soaking up the sun!

You can see that Spring is in the air by the blooms on this tree.

Tulips blooming in Hyde Park.  Absolutely gorgeous.

Londoner’s going about their business…
See Big Ben?
Yes, the double-decker buses are everywhere.

The cutest little taxis.  Looks like a wedding taxi?
I didn’t quite understand that.

Our hotel.
Fly Union Jack, Fly!
The bar at the Dukes Hotel is known for their Martini Bar.
I swear it’s not why I picked this hotel… but their dirty martini’s are to DIE FOR.

See the pigeons on the fence?
1, 2, 3, 4…
Wonder what they were thinking?

Count down to the Olympics!

The largest “square” in London and considered the Heart of London.

A wedding going on at The Abbey.
Must of been a “someone” to be married at The Abbey!

My hubby and I in front of Harrods.  LOVE that place.
Why does he have his fingers in my arm pit?
(Ignore this part… now that I’ve pointed it out to you!!!!) ha! :-).

Hope you enjoyed a bit of London.

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Welcome To Link Party #31 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #31!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I can’t wait to see what you are going to share this week!

If you missed the highlights from Link Party #30 -
CLICK HERE

Rules for the Party:

1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  I’d love it if you followed me on Linky Follower! (Right hand column).  Leave me a comment so I know to follow you back.
3.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog (I won’t be able to feature your project unless you do).
4.  Please link up something NEW that you have not shared before.  Link up only YOUR work and not someone else’s.
5.  Most important – please visit someone who has linked up and leave a kind comment.  Don’t you be a “hit and run” blogger  now :-).  It only takes a few minutes to say “hi” to someone new!  We all love comments!

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