An Apple for the Teacher

No, not your typical apple, but a chocolate apple….

I saw these apples at Purdy’s Chocolates and thought I would use them to show how you can take a simple, store-bought item and easily turn it into a more personalized gift.

By placing the apple inside a wooden basket and adding items such as raffia, colored twine and a matching card,  I was able to add some interest and create a fun little presentation.

Since my oldest daughter had so many teachers this year, I ended up putting a couple of these baskets together (along with the galvanized buckets I had done from the previous post) for year-end gifts.   I joined in with a couple of wonderful moms from her class and the final product included the apple, some cookies, and a gift card to Starbucks — it  was adorable!

Thank You for Teaching Me My ABCs

Another school year is about to end and it’s time to say good-bye, and thank you to some amazing and talented teachers…..

The families in my daughters’ classes all chipped in towards some lovely gift cards for the teachers this year.  Instead of just presenting them with the gift card envelope, I put together a little alphabet bucket using some galvanized pails I found at Target and some ABC ribbon I found at Michael’s.

I also made Thank You cards to match by incorporating  the same ABC ribbon into the design.   My friend Jill, from The Uncommon Cake, was kind enough to make the adorable ABC cookies in yellow to coordinate with the cards — thank you Jill!

Each bucket was personalized with the teacher’s name.  If you can’t find pre made chalk board labels, do what I did and purchase some Martha Stewart chalk board paint and some Avery oval sticky labels — you’ll need to apply at least 3 coats of paint.  The trickiest part for me was to find chalk small enough to write their names with!

Thank you again Miss Valerie, Miss Joyce, Miss Ria and Miss Michelle for making PlaySchool and Terrific Twos so much fun for our kids!  We hope to see you back in the fall!

PS  Thank you to all those who checked out my first blog entry and for all the great comments you’ve left!  You are all so wonderful!