My kids gave these cards to their teachers this year for Valentine’s Day. I was looking for a cute way to give a cup of coffee to my children’s teachers in a new and unique way. I didn’t want to give a gift card, again. I remembered that Starbucks makes instant coffee packs and if you’ve read Bob Goff’s book, Love Does you know an interesting story about those via packs. By the way, it is a good book and definitely worth the read and great for Valentine’s Day.
After looking on Pinterest, I couldn’t find any Starbucks Via Valentine’s Day ideas. So I made my own complete with a cute coffee cup drawing I made. I hope you enjoy them!
This little card was a long over due “Thank You” and “Thinking of You” card for a truly sweet and giving lady. She was married to my uncle but was also my Sunday School Teacher for many years as I was growing up. She would give us scraps of fabric and lovely buttons to sew and then would read to us the story of Joseph & his coat of many colors. The sewing would take us awhile and would illustrate the care that it took to make Joseph’s fine coat, but also the care that God has in taking care of us. Even while I was in college I would receive lovely care packages from her. One included autumn leaves in contact paper with a magnet on back which lived on my fridge for years.
A few years ago she was diagnosed with a particularly virulent type of cancer and she lost her battle last month. I made and sent her this card only two weeks before her passing. She loved hand made and crafty items and never met a bottle of glitter that she didn’t like. I am glad that I followed through and sent the card, otherwise, she might not have known how much each of those care packages and Sunday School lessons meant to me.
I hope that I can always thank those folks in my life who have shaped and influenced me in this life.
This is a very Clean and Simple card that I wanted to make for my mom. The idea came about back around Valentine’s Day but I made her this mixed media project instead. I saved the idea and created the card that I will send to her for Mother’s Day.
It is a simple concept but was painstaking when applying all the pearls to each little flower but I am happy with how it turned out. These are definitely flowers that won’t wilt.
As I was preparing for Lydia’s 3rd Birthday, I spent a lot of time searching through Pinterest for party ideas and inspiration. She had been insistent on having a Hello Kitty party and because I knew we would have a small party at home, I wanted to have a lot of decorations that would be unique and created by me. And let me be honest, after 8 years of Thomas the Tank Engine, SpongeBob Squarepants, Angry Bird and Lego parties, I was ready to pinkafy a birthday!
I found many Hello Kitty party ideas on Pinterest and during one of my searches, discovered pom pom garlands. I am a big fan of pom poms, so much so that I even made a virtual board dedicated to all things pom pom! I have crafted with pom poms many times but had never made a garland. It was so simple and easy that I can’t believe that I hadn’t done it sooner! And as far as decorations go, it is quite inexpensive to make yourself.
You will need a bag of pom poms, a needle, and embroidery thread. I purchased a bag of 100 pink pom poms from Hancock Fabrics for $1.99. Many other craft stores sell bags of pom poms most of which contain muticolors and various sizes of balls. I knew that I wanted uniform sizes and colors and the only place I could find them was at Hancock Fabrics. I picked a fancy (i.e. more expensive) embroidery thread because I knew it would show on my garland and it matched the color of the pom poms best, but you can go with any type of embroidery thread. In fact, I bet fishing line would work if you were making garland and the balls all touched. I used a needle I had on hand but was sure to pick one with a sharp point and a large eye. It is very important to pick a needle with a sharp point. Making the garland did not take long because I didn’t need to struggle to thread the balls together.
Once you have your materials, determine how long you want your garland to be and cut your thread accordingly. Make a small knot on the tail end and trim the excess. Begin to add your pom poms by spearing each one in the center with the needle. Continue with each pom pom until your garland is the desired length and knot the end.
It was so simple and easy that I made two while watching TV in about a half hour.
Trendy grandma names have become the norm in my neck of the woods. So much so, that it is hard to find a grandma anywhere. The former matriarchs of my family included a Mam-maw, Granny, Grandmother and a Grandmother Mimi. I never had the privilege of meeting them but I also had a Big Mama and a Granny Great. All those sweet ladies have gone on to their great reward and so have their monikers.
In my family alone, we now have a GG, Mim, Gram, Mimi, Nana (we have an abundant amount of nanas) and a Nette. I know of a Peach, Oma, Tish, Wisty and Chick. And according to my friend Rebekah Sanderlin, a journalist who wrote this article for NPR on the phenomenon, it is not a situation unique to my friends and family.
Trendy names aren’t just for the grandmas who wish to belay aging or the appearance there of. I wasn’t entirely surprised when my dad refused to be called Grand-anything. He never wanted anyone to know his age and wasn’t keen on celebrating his birthday. For awhile he was Daddy Jim to my nieces and nephew but by the time my kids came along, he was simply Jim. I must point out that I was never allowed to call him by his first name but we all know what happens to our parents when the grandkids come along. They go soft in the discipline department and mayhem is allowed and sometimes encouraged.
Mom’s logic for a grandma name was pretty complicated as well. When you are wife to a Jim you can’t exactly be a “Grandmother”. She wanted something short and sweet but also didn’t want anything associated with nannies or goats.
So the problem with holidays when you have a trendy and unique grandma name is that you can’t find a pre-made card with that particular moniker. Hallmark and American Greetings haven’t quite caught up to the trend. I will say one can find a Nana card here and there. Plus, I am realistic that there will never be a Nette card. This Valentine’s Day I was feeling extremely crafty and productive so I decided to make Valentines for my family.
I started with my mom. I knew she should get something more than just an ordinary card. I found paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby and picked out the N for “Nette”. I decorated it with mixed media. Much of it was Stampin’ Up! papers using Stampin’ Up! tools. When I finished it, I asked my hubby what he thought of my finished “N”. He said it was pretty, but wanted to know its function. He asked, “What does it do?” (This came from a man who doesn’t like hushpuppies, and can’t appreciate the artistic nuances of fried bread balls!) He is also an engineer which explains a lot. Well, it may not turn on lights or solve complicated mathematical problems, but it did bring a smile to my mom’s face and reminded her that her daughter and grandchildren love her. Sometimes that can be the best function of all.
The eyes have it, all 100 of them. Our family members are no strangers to 100th day celebrations. The United States Military Academy, who boasts a long history of creating traditions that seem to filter down to the civilian world, seems to be able to claim 100th Day Celebrations as well as the senior class ring. Beginning in 1871, the senior class, or Firsties, as they are called, started the tradition with a night of skits and revelry to celebrate only 100 days left till graduation. The first time I ever heard of celebrating the 100th Day was when I was invited to the 100th Night Banquet at West Point by a handsome cadet who later proposed that night. ( I said “yes”, by the way, and we have celebrated over sixty 100th days together now!)
I wasn’t aware that our elementary schools had begun to mark the 100th day as well until my little man came home from kindergarten with coloring pages, special stickers and needed 100 pipe cleaners to count in class. The difference is that the schools are celebrating the 100th day of attendance whereas West Point is counting down to the last 100 days of school. Perhaps I am dating myself to the dark ages, but we never celebrated 100th Day when I was in school. I may be feeling a bit left out right now, until I realize that these 100 day projects are really mine to accomplish because I am not crazy enough yet to let my 2nd grader use the hot glue gun.
These projects seem to escalate quickly. In first grade, Dylan had to decorate a hat with 100 things. Little Man and I spent an afternoon counting out foam stickers to hot glue on a black foam top hat that Dylan proudly insisted was an “Abraham Lincoln” hat. He even put notes inside the hat because that is what Abe Lincoln did with his speeches. This year, for second grade, we were told that the students could wear a shirt with 100 things on it for that Friday. The email with the assignment came in on Sunday so of course, I forgot about it until Tuesday which meant shopping on Wednesday and creating on Thursday. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, but that is my typical M.O.
On Thursday night I found myself staring at a blank white tshirt and 100 googlie eyes. I could have glued all the eyes onto the shirt but I didn’t think they stood out enough, that and I am a craft overachiever. I did a little “research” on Pinterest to cement some ideas on how to make the eyes stand out and make the shirt boyish. Many of the ideas that I found were great for girls but not so much for boys. I was inspired by Sara and the 100th day shirt she created. I really liked this idea for girls and maybe will remember this idea in a few years for Lydia. I need something for a boy that was an easy silhouette and could be made with fabric scraps that I had left over from other projects. I saw a few drawn on alien shirts and thought that a monster shirt might be the way to go. I free handed a monster body on my brown fabric scraps. To make sure that it was symmetric, I folded the monster in half before cutting. I finally found some red fabric that I cut in a semi-circle for the mouth. He is a friendly monster so he’s smiling of course. I also knew that Dylan would not be thrilled with the pink felt I first found for the monster’s mouth. After all the cutting and gluing it only took about an hour to an hour and a half for this project. I was pretty please with the finished project. Dylan was too. He loved it and wants to keep it for next year!