New ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week! Updated Tea-riffic Teacher

It’s been a little while since I last posted.  A long while, really.  I went back to teaching this year.  It’s been great…and hectic…and my little blog has been the most neglected.  But it’s Teacher Appreciation Week and I just couldn’t let myself miss this opportunity to share some new ideas I’ve been thinking about.  I asked my daughter this year if she wanted to do one big TAW gift or a little gift each day.  She decided on a little treat each day.  Personally, I think that’s the best way to go.  Teachers are not a picky people.  A candy bar or some new post-it notes always excites :)  Plus, she’s in 5th grade this year and I know this is pretty much it.

First up…the updated tea-riffic tag.  These water bottle covers were the original tea-riffic idea. It’s a cute, easy, and inexpensive idea.  This year I wanted to do something just a little different.

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I bought individual sweet tea bottles (found them at Target) for her teachers, tied them up with a cute paper straw and added a tag.  I think they turned out adorable.  Still a cute, easy, and inexpensive idea.  And although I’m a little late getting these up, you can still make these and send them to school this week.  I’ve set up two downloads…one has 3 ‘for my tea-riffic teacher’ and 3 ‘for a tea-riffic teacher’ tags, the other download is ‘for a tea-riffic person.’  I get so many requests to change wording that I thought I would try and make something a bit more generic for some of you. Hope that helps. I, of course, signed Lauren’s name to the tag, but the download is blank for your little cutie to sign for themselves.

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Happy printing!

p.s. my teacher teammates are getting a tag on some sweet tea tomorrow, too!

{etsy store}NEW in the Etsy store

Well, hello 2013!  It’s off to a bit of a slow start at this house.  I did manage to finish and upload a new printable calendar to the shop!  It’s a 4×6 size, perfect for these cute IKEA frames.  Easy and inexpensive gifts for teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends…makes a great January birthday gift! You can find them here.


{announcement} working on an exciting new site

eek! I just about can’t stand it any longer! I’ve got a new adventure in the works. I get asked by many of you what software I use and how I make printables. Would you like to learn?

It’s coming soon!

{valentine, freebie} QR code? more like QT code!

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Ok, so the idea for this one hit me last night. I was working on some other stuff and happened to be using my QR code. QR codes are those little black pixely boxes that you can scan with your smart phone and it brings up a website, text, etc. I made one for this blog and I try to include it on the printables for download. These little codes are popping up everywhere…magazines, at the mall, I even saw one on the garden stake in my last batch of potting flowers I bought.

So bear with me on this idea. It combines the cute printable subway art idea with the qr code idea with a Valentine’s Day theme. With me so far? This may be totally out there, but I decided to give it a try. It appeals to my geeky side. I can picture it framed on someone’s desk at work…maybe a teacher’s or the school secretary’s, maybe even the dentist’s front office desk…for all to see. If someone is curious (I would be), they can pop out their smart phone, scan it with an app like QRReader (that’s the one I have), and a cute little animated message will appear. It’s a secret message, hidden in cyberspace for your friends to find.

Fun? Wanna try? Try scanning this to see the secret Valentine message….

I made both a 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch size. I framed them in inexpensive frames I found at Target this morning.

Let me add a little disclaimer…I tried this many times. I scanned from my phone, from the computer, from the printable. It works for me. I can’t guarantee that it’s gonna work for everyone and every phone out there. And I did try a red heart, but it seems that my scanner didn’t like the red. Pink works much better.  If you’re ready to give it a try, here is the printable.

If anyone is interested in a custom qr code that goes to a personalized, animated Valentine’s message?  I’m thinking these would be cute as Valentines for classmates, too….hmmmmm.  Email me or go to the ‘contact me’ button at the top of this page. Have fun with this! Happy Valentine’s Day!

{tutorials} Big Score!

I did a little video today about the different ways to score your printables and why it’s important.  Check it out!

I’m a Tip Junkie…free educational, printable cards

I’ve been writing some articles for Tip Junkie and sharing some of education background, too.  I’m loving it!  I’ve done three articles so far…be sure to check them out (and download your freebies)! The pictures are linked.

My next article is coming on Wednesday, so stay tuned!

Christmas Countdown…a FREEBIE!

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WOO HOO!  I’m getting this up before the first of December…I feel like that’s a major accomplishment :)  I just wanted to share something that I think y’all might like!  An easy, cute, and FREE Countdown to Christmas.

Here’s what we’re making…a Countdown to Christmas frame

You’ll need…

Picture frame with the glass taken out

Decorative papers

Brad or glue

A binder or bulldog clip

24 tags with the numbers 1-24 (print them out here)

ribbons, decorations, or stickers

 

I found a frame I liked and took out both the glass and the paper insert from inside the frame.  I used the paper insert as a pattern and cut some decorative paper to the same size.  You might consider using some cardboard (I used a cereal box that I cut to fit) behind the paper for added support.  Using a brad or glue, secure a small bulldog clip to the decorative paper.  Place the paper and cardboard backing inside the frame.

Here’s the easy part…download your tag freebie.  Then print and cut out the tags.  All that’s left is to add some embellishment.  I simply stapled some ribbon scraps to my tags.  You’re ready for the countdown!  Cute, right?  I made the tags kinda plain so that it would go with just about any colors you decide to do.  And I love how they’re kinda vintage-y.

Ta-daaaaa!  Great as an early gift for neighbors, co-workers, and teachers, too.  Kids love ‘em too!

 

I’m linking up…
Tip Junkie handmade projects

 

 

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