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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: High school teachers need appreciating, too! on: May 20, 2011 07:03:56 AM
Those are GREAT ideas, kriSmith! Did you use tissue paper on the tiles, or regular? (I've heard both ways, been afraid to try either!) I can see some school mascot or subject-area clip art going over really well. Thanks for the idea! I've never sent jelly, but that's mostly because I can hardly make enough to keep around here...I think they DRINK it or something!

Thanks, LimeRiot. You're always so encouraging! Smiley

(The Fresh Strawberry Cake--a famous cake by a local bakery--went over really well, too. I took it to the office workroom and sent an e-mail invite...they showed up pronto!)
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / High school teachers need appreciating, too! on: May 19, 2011 12:23:15 PM
After two tough years in high school, my daughter finally hit her stride, mostly thanks to some amazing teachers. They seem to get that they are teaching STUDENTS, not just a subject.

I wanted to do something nice for each of the seven. Now, I was a teacher. A middle- and high-school teacher. I have a box full of apple gifts upstairs that I still laugh about. When I taught in public schools (like this one), I got VERY few gifts at all, even apples, but I liked them when I got them, so even though it is high school, I sent teacher gifts on this, the last week of school.

The art teacher got this frugal coaster set. I would have loved this in my writing classroom, even if the little coasters were something like $2 at CVS a couple weeks ago.

I just used Publisher to make each temporary (?) insert showing part of a famous artwork, with a quote by the creator:

My favorite!!

In their box:

Most of the teachers got record bowls full of really useful supplies like dry-erase markers, post-it notes, colored paper clips, room scent, etc., that you just can't have too many of:

Her Talented and Gifted teacher also got a gift card to a restaurant in hers.

The creative writing teacher got a quickly created fleece and felt Alot in her bowl, after I found it here and shared it with her, she taught her students using the link!

Next year I'll have TWO highschoolers. Any ideas for then?!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: May 17, 2011 07:32:53 PM
Hehehe, rottenlittleboys... you are so right. Mine are 15 ands 16. They do at least take their own baths now, though. Smiley
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: May 17, 2011 12:23:01 PM
Your bracelet is amazing, calixta! How long does a thing like that TAKE?!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: May 17, 2011 04:50:49 AM
Oh, Kwiltykate, I adore the quilt. I don't have any babies any more (give me 10 years and I might have some to borrow for a while!), but that's really sweet.

EvilSabina, thanks. It was easy, a real surprise since I'd never made a plushie. If you do make one, I wanna see. Watch out for those hailstones. (We have the Mighty Mississippi pushing the levees here. Weird spring.)
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: May 16, 2011 09:03:11 PM
Everybody's being so productive, I must say. Love the shirt-cum-dress ideas, especially the one that got its start because the shirt had some spots. I have lots of those that could use a good upgrade, but too bad I always feel like a moose in a dress! Wink

Finally, finally, got something off my lists: some stuffed record bowls for teacher gifts and a fleece Alot. It's not a lot (ahem), but it's something!

2 of the 17 completed record bowls for teacher gifts, stuffed with teaching supplies and a personal thing or two. At first I struggled to get the bowls to look decent, but now I think I'm addicted, either to making them OR the PVC in the air.

I like grey alot...

First fleece plush, created from cut-out to glue-on-googly eyes during the couple hours it took to watch "The King's Speech." It'll do.

Long strange spring over here. Does "tying a knot to hang on to" count as a craft? Undecided
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me with my wedding boutonnieres PLEASE on: May 16, 2011 02:38:08 PM
I agree with Feast Your Eyes. It looks like that's exactly what they've done! Smiley Good luck!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some long overdue newness on: May 16, 2011 01:34:58 PM
While I was getting groceries today, I ran into someone you met at Mistletoe Market. We actually met because I admired her shoulder bag (messenger)...and then recognized your tag!!!!! We spent about half an hour chatting.

Small, small world!

I did tell her about your new drawstring bag AND craftster...she was going to look it up!

29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: guns tutorial on: May 13, 2011 03:58:36 PM

These are amazing!

*hitting THIS ROCKS! Grin
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some long overdue newness on: May 10, 2011 05:02:47 AM
Awesome is not quite good enough. I LOVE the colors and shapes of your bags and how wonderfully they are made...but that DRAWSTRING is the coolest thing I ever saw. I often need a bag for a purpose--like returning my piles of library books--that would need to be so large it would have only one use. The drawstring thing might actually save the day! TOO COOL!
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