Monday, May 25, 2009

Another finished project!

From this....

To this....

This was a great family project. Hubby helped by making the top/back piece and shelves. Nathan helped with the painting. I did a little of everything, including sanding, painting and decoupage. All the wood was scrap from previous projects and the paint was leftover from doing Nathan's room. Total cost was less than $12!

We'll be delivering the bookcase at school tomorrow. It's a gift for Nathan's teacher. She needs more organization in her room and mentioned that she'd like a bookcase. I hope she likes it.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Weekend Sewing

I've actually finished a few things on my To Do List! There's still plenty to do, but at least I'm making some progress.

Two pairs of summer sleep shorts for Nathan. The fabrics were on clearance at Joann's, so only $7 for both pair.

And an end-of-the-year gift for the student teacher in Nathan's class. It's similar to Lotta Jandotter's All Day Tote, but I made different pockets. I'm very happy with it except that I wish I'd used heavier interfacing so it would hold it's shape better.

It's lined and has an inside pocket.

Now back to that To Do List....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Another birthday. Another bag.

I made this one for Nathan's teacher, Mrs. M.

On each student's birthday, Mrs. M gives them a goody bag. Nathan thought it'd be a good idea to give her a goody bag too! He included a Teacher's Journal, colored paper clips, hand lotion, lip balm and chocolate.

I also took cupcakes in for the class. It was the first time Mrs. M had celebrated her birthday with her class.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I've been searching for a bookcase that I could refinish.

I found this at the Goodwill Clearance Center for $4. In it's previous life, it was a kitchen cupboard. Not a bookcase, but the price was right and it has potential.

With a little effort (and some power tools)....

It has a nice, new top and back board.

A little priming help from my assistant and it's coming along fabulously!

I'll be back soon with photos of the finished project.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Nathan and I have made little gifts to give his teacher and student teacher every day this week.

Here's what we've got in store:
Zinnia Mini Grow Kit with note "Thank you for helping me grow."
Rocky Road candy bar with note "You Rock!"
Tin of mints with note "You were 'mint' to teach."
Peanuts/Cashews with note "We're 'nuts' about you!"
Jumbo cupcakes with note "You take the cake!"

They both loved the little Grow Kits today.

And for some of the other school staff:

A basket of Dove chocolate roses.

You don't have to give gifts, but if you know a teacher, please let them know how much they're appreciated. This week and all year long.