Thursday, May 30, 2013

End of the Year Teacher Gifts

 Wow!  This school year just flew by!  Crazy!
For the end of the year teacher gifts this year I made each teacher a menu board with chalkboard vinyl for their kitchen at home.  I wanted to do something "non-teachery" and fun, and something they will hopefully use.
I used a 1x12x16 pine board.  I used the router on the edges, then painted it a linen color put the vinyl on.  I love that font for menu.  The edges were just inked with black ink.

 One of my daughter's teachers from last year asked if I could make a couple signs for her.  I thought they turned out pretty fun and I may just have to make these for teacher appreciation next year with whatever that particular teacher's vice is.  :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy Birthday and Photo Banners

 For my great friends birthday this year, I made her a fun birthday banner out of fabric and iron on 
I had a blast collecting fabrics from many different stores.  Love the mustache fabrics, so fun.  
 I had never used iron on vinyl before and it was great!  Thankfully my buddy had a professional heat press and it made it super easy and quick.  I was able to cut the iron on vinyl on my cricut just fine, and I loved how it turned out.
I had been wanting a fabric banner for the kids birthdays for a few years now because I can't stand the paper ones and streamers drive me nuts.  They never stay how I want them          and now I can just reuse this style year after year.
 To personalize her gift even more, I made photo banners of her kids.  I had to have her help with pictures, but it was so fun to see them grow each year through photos, especially since I've missed most of the years since they live so far away from us.  
 I just photo shopped party hats on their heads, printed the pictures at Sam's Club and then cut them out. Then I attached them to a long string of bakers twine.
 I loved adding some silly pictures in here and there for interest, and it shows the little ones personalities.
 She and her husband sure make some super cute kids.  :)
I think this picture was my favorite.  Every time I see it, I can't help but chuckle.  He's a cutie!