Do you like it? I hope so, because I just finished making my 6th one this week. For the girls’ teachers’ gifts, I went handmade this year. It’s not only in budget, but expresses my devotion to the superlative teachers whom have guided our girls this school year. I wanted to make something with holiday flair, but I didn’t want it to scream Christmas, per se. I didn’t love any single piece of this bag until I pieced it together at the fabric store, and then I absolutely loved it. The girls were very patient while I ran from aisle to aisle, throwing aside ribbon and buttons, looking for just the right combination.
I promise I’ll eventually tire of my ditty bag-making, but they are so handy! Sara’s dominoes and Littlest Pet Shop toys…all have little homes in these little bags, as opposed to loose at the bottom of the toybox. They look pretty hanging on a coat rack, holding loose mittens. They are a dressy addition to a purse when full of restaurant toys for the kiddies. Let’s just say I’m such a purse person, I’ve graduated to needing bags within bags!
The 6 teacher bags are stuffed with bark cookies (recipe in “Tonight’s Menu” section) and stationery made with the girls’ artwork. If you haven’t been to Zazzle, let me testify that their notecards are very high quality (and lest I be sued by the blogger police, I was not paid for my testimony; of course, if Zazzle wants to throw some love my way, I should add that I can be bought). My images arrive as a perfect replication of the girls’ art, and they have so many fun fonts to use on any side of the card. I imprint the backs of the cards with the girls names and ages, their titles for their masterpieces, and then I write what inspired them to paint. I’ve uploaded everything from wildly jointed stick figures (Sara’s broken elbow phase) to Kelly’s Q-tip paintings which she titled, “Dat Purple One”. I added some ribbon and pens to make it more “gifty”.
I’m never sure how my handmade gifts are received, but I know I love receiving handmade. I’ve always dreamed of creating even a small portion of a handmade holiday, so let’s call 2009 my Alpha Year. As I left the optometrist’s office yesterday, the receptionist handed me a 2010 appointment card, and I couldn’t help but smile with a deep sense of optimism and wonder, “What blessings and adventures await us in 2010?”