Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Teachers Gifts

It is hard to believe that Christmas is next week y'all! It is flying by so quickly and as always it slips away from me. Today I spent 98% of my day working on gifts for the kiddos teachers. 

Here is a lil' view of the mess AFTER I tidied up a bit! Ha! Picture it 100 X worse and all over the table. It was so bad that we had a picnic in the living room for dinner!:) I thought I was never going to finish. I had three teachers to make things for and Oldest had put in his request of exactly what he wanted. 

This is a lil' set of two mini frames that I made into magnet frames. Oldest had taken mine in to share while the class was learning abt magnets and said his teacher asked where I had gotten them. So Oldest decided he wanted me to make her some too!:) Easy enough I said. Well then he added that he wanted me to make her a Christmas frame like I made his teacher last year as well as a key fob and to get her something pretty! Wow what a list! I wills how ya the frame for her in a moment.

Here is one of the frames I made for Littliest to give to one of his two teachers.  Last year I just used  dimensional  mini Christmas cards I had found at HomeGoods. I started out with that this year but then mid way changed my mind and decided I wanted to be a tad more elaborate this year. Boy did it engulf most of my day! Once I figured out each frame the actual construction was not bad.

Here is the other frame for Littliest's other teach.  Sorry it is blurry.

Here is an up close look at it. I love the jingle bells! 

Last year I stocked up on Christmas chip board thingys. I fell in love with the vintage feel of them and so I purchased two boxes when they were on sale. I also LOVED the darling little box they came in. While I was pondering design it dawned on me to use one of the lids to make a frame for Oldest's teacher. 

I searched thru all of my chip board pieces and came up with pieces that actually covered up the original wording on the box lid. I cut the sides of the box so that it laid flat. I then took one of those vintage mini Christmas cards from last year and cut it down so it looked like you were peering thru the window.

I LOVE how it turned out!! To cover up the wording at the top and the bottom I just used a white chalk  pen and made it look like two dimensional snow.

And here is the finale! I just love these Grinch bags! I found them in the $1 section at Target a few weeks back and knew I had to use them. Now I am wishing I had bought an extra one!:(
Are you giving any home made gifts this year? If so I would love to hear all about them! If ya wanna see the frames I made last year click here.
Have a good one y'all! It is after 11pm but I still need to clean up my mess on the kitchen table and then fold laundry. I won't even mention the fact that I have yet to finish decorating the dining room nor get our cards ready to sent out! Busy weekend ahead I am afraid. I also have to finish painting the boys room and get their tree out....oh shoot I just need to stop or I will be here all night! Chat soon!:)
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  1. Hey there Pamela~ Your frames are just darling! What great gifts for the teachers- I love the NOEL one with the checkered background- just adorable!
    Also wanted to let you know that I posted a picture on my latest post showing the Summerton bedding with my draperies- hope it helps you find what you are looking for for your room!

  2. These are fantastic! I totally love this idea. I see those board thingys in the 1.00 section at Michaels all the time (in all sorts of designs) and have wondered what I could use them for. I've always only thought of them used for scrapbooking but you have opened my eyes to all sorts of possiblities now. I love it!

  3. OMG! I love these, Pamela! I almost wish I still had teachers to make gifts for, but I may have to do this for me {and maybe keep in mind for gifts for next year}. : ) I love your frames ~ where do you find such nice ones? I feel like I'm always looking for frames, but nothing with detail like these. I have that same chipboard set! Love it! I used a lot of them last year and still had some to use this year. I'll be keeping my eye out for those again on clearance.

  4. I know the teachers love you! So sweet. You are so crafty and talented.

  5. Pamela, what a great idea! These are just stunning! You could sell those things. I will be on the lookout for those type of cards and will be making those next year for sure! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Pam those are so adorable!!! They will love them!!! I agree, you could totally sell them!!! :)

  7. Pamela, those are so cute. The teachers will love them.

  8. Wow! These are fantasic! Your kiddos' teachers are so lucky! I love that you repurposed the chipboard thingy boxes, to0 :)

  9. These are so darling! I love the whole idea of the chipboard and frames. Don't you love when a project comes together and turns out better than you even expected?! Great inspiration piece.


  10. Your Kiddoes' teachers are very lucky. The frames are darling and they will be so happy they have the children of such a clever & craftsy mother in their classrooms. Your blog looks like so much fun, I am becoming a new follower.

  11. I am new to blog loand and I love your blog!!! You are so creative! Awesome job on the picture frames!

  12. Hi. These are lovely! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Merry Christmas!
    ~ Julie

  13. Thank you for your nice comments and for becoming a new follower.

  14. Pamela, these are so nice! What a great gift idea!!! Thank you for sharing :D

  15. Girl you put me to shame!!! I was just feeling all proud of myself that I put some homemade mulling spices in a little baggie for some friends and neighbors and then I come over here and see your version of Homemade and it looks like something I would pay BIG bucks for! Those are just gorgeous and anyone would be thrilled to receive them. I think your kiddos are gonna get straight A's! :-)
    Thank you so much for linking this up to the party and for sharing your very talented self with us!
    Merry Christmas my friend!

  16. Hey there Pamela- just stopping back over to say thank you for sharing this at my party this week! Merry Christmas!

  17. Oh, my goodness! Those are so cute! I bet the teachers are going to love them!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for taking the time to comment.
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  18. Your teachers gifts are awesome! I'm bookmarking this project for next year!


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