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The Teacher Appreciation Society

22 Jul

Our teachers do an amazing job.

Just keeping control over a class of 25+ children, let alone being able to to teach them anything takes super human levels of skill and patience.

Over the past week my friends have been posting some of their beautiful homemade gifts. I thought it would be really nice to do a round up of these offerings.

First up is Lucy, who created a fantastic personalised shopper. Her son wrote on the bag and she embroidered over the top. I think you’ll agree it is a little cracker.

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She also made some little sweet bags from brown paper and filled them with Jelly Beans

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Aida upcylced some tiles using blackboard paint to create these lovely coasters.

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Emma Re-purposed some plastic pop bottles to create an apple for teacher. She popped homemade necklaces inside.

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Cholpon made some lovely crochet bookmarks which she popped into cards made by her son.

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And as for us? We upcycled some old clipboards that I had found in the bottom of the cupboard.

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There is something here for everyone to have a go at. Get the children involved, they’ll really enjoy helping to make gifts for their teachers 🙂

Suffolk Puffs For Little Princess’s

20 Jun

Suffolk puffs were the theme of our latest craft gathering.

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Extraordinarily easy to make and incredibly versatile, these little beauties were so quick to create  that we had produced over twenty by the time the tea and cake was being served.

No longer content with just trying our hand at various crafts, our group has developed a social conscience.

It had been suggested in the past that we put our work towards charitable causes, and this project lends itself to all sorts of creative ideas.

Hair clips are what we decided to make.

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Mrs F got in contact with Little princess trust. They are a fantastic charity that provide wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

To our amazement they got back to us almost immediately saying they would love to receive some of our work and they would ensure that they went to the  children they help.

And so our humble craft group has begun to evolve from a gang of women trying out crafts, drinking wine, exchanging birth stories and feeding a ceramic pelican with beer money,  to something that might actually help someone,  somewhere in a small way.

We are becoming a mini movement and quite possibly a force to be reckoned with.

We just need to make the hair clips first 😉

Junior Crafters

16 Apr

Trying to find things to entertain the children during school holidays can be challenging at times and often expensive.

By the time you add in the petrol,  cost per child and the obligatory coffee and cake, then you are looking at a £20 plus afternoon.

Our craft group decided that we could do it just as well, if not better ourselves.

Our venue was a church hall that doubles up as a pre-school, so the facilities were perfect, with a great kitchen and lots of tables and chairs. It cost us only £30 to have it for the whole morning and we split the cost (£3 per family).

We had several different craft tables set up, each one was hosted by a different parent, so there was something to entertain everyone.

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There was cake decorating,

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Paper plane making, with a target board for target practise!

bunny whiskers,

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beaded butterflies,

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homemade play dough and lots of sticking and cutting.

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The children decorated their own bags to take their crafts and cakes home in.

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And there was a good supply of tea, coffee, squash, beautiful home-made cakes and a fruit platter.

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It was a bit of an experiment, but it seemed to pay off.

Everyone got stuck in and many hands made very light work.

All of the children had a fantastic morning, and there was something to suit every age.

And all for the princely sum of £3 per family.

We are already thinking about the next one!

 

 

Peg Wreaths

12 Dec

In theory as a craft (?) blogger I should be blocking up everyone’s news feed with loads of amazing/ropy stuff to  inspire/ annoy/ignore (delete as appropriate).

In practise there are not enough hours.

Work, Birthdays, Christmas plays, card writing,office parties and shopping have eaten into my time budget. Oh and washing, ironing, school runs and food shopping.

Clawing it back is not really an option.

There have been things happening quietly in the background. My sloe gin doesn’t need any help and the jams and chutneys I made during the harvest are quietly maturing and gathering dust.

So it was with pleasure and relief that I filled the car with ladies, cakes and jangling bags of pegs, wire and beads.

We were all headed to our second ever craft group, this time hosted by Mrs H.

Our mission that evening was to create a peg wreath to attach Christmas cards.

There had been much hand wringing and anxiety over what people did and didn’t have, how they should colour their pegs and the general quality of their preparations.

Most people spray painted their pegs the colour of their choice. One lady in what can only be described as a moment of pure insanity dismantled every peg, dyed them and the re-assembled them. Others simply glued pretty craft paper to one side. Mine were shoddily and hastily painted in the first thing I got my hands on.

Wine, bucks fizz and many peanuts later we had all created uniquely different but equally pretty little wreaths that will keep some organised chaos for all those Christmas cards.

It is incredibly simple to do. Bead, peg, bead, peg, bead, peg. You get the idea.

These are just a few examples of the creations. Mine is the last and worst.

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Oh Baubles!

6 Nov

Our new craft group had our first ever making evening last night.

We made Baubles.

Ollie Cromwell was not a fan, but he was a kill joy.

Winging it as ever,  we sat sipping mulled wine and staring at the polystyrene balls that Mrs M had kindly bought over.

The Balls were clearly making Lu anxious and she eventually had a mini breakdown exclaiming that she didn’t know what she was going to do with them.

Luckily Mrs M stepped in, and in true Blue Peter style with some examples of baubles she had made earlier.

She showed us a fab glueless way to cover the baubles which was quick and you also didn’t need to be overly accurate. Which suits all of us very well.

Essentially it involved carving ditches in your ball so that it was divided into segments. Some people went for 4 segments while others went wild and carved 8.

Once the ball was carved up,  we covered each segment with fabric cut slightly bigger than to size and firmly shoved the edges into the ditches, repeating all the way around until the whole thing was covered.

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Once this had been achieved people could really go to town on the embellishments.

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Everyone went home with a really lovely little creation. Even those who claim not to be crafty had something to really cherish.

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