We’ve just written the cards for this year’s teachers gifts, as next week, school’s out for summer – hurrah! I have to say, we are ready, I can’t wait for a break from school run and to hang out with the boys for a bit…no doubt, come September I will be eagerly awaiting their return but let’s not think about that now.
So this year it’s flower brooch cards. I had a few left over from the shop.
When I designed them, I though it was a genius idea to have the brooches mounted into cards, so they could be a kind of two in one thing, a gift and card together (the first being made for my Mum on her birthday back in 2011), but sales show that actually, people prefer to just buy the brooches on their own (which come mounted on a small square of card anyway). So rather than have them sit in a box I figured they’d make nice gifts….there’s a little less child input than our normal gifts, but the boys enjoyed choosing the colours and writing the cards.
I thought it might be nice to do a round-up of past gifts, partly for myself to be honest, so below are some images and the links to the relevant posts (not sure that links show up well since I migrated to the new blog layout, but I do try to make relevant things clickable).
July 2009, for F’s key-workers at pre-school it was a mixture of chocolates, soap and one of the original lavender birds…wow, I’d forgotten they looked like this, the design has come a long way, I think.
December 2010, Santas – I hope to make some of these for the shop this year.
July 2011, was a mixture of jam with little birds, again, and linen bags. We’ve borrowed this idea today, with a jar of home made jam for a training teaching assistant complete with bird. We also gave the jam at Christmas (for the then, new teachers).
Last year I made the apple lavender bags, and the boys wrote messages on the back that I free machine embroidered on. We also gave little birds at Christmas, mounted on cards with messages and some pretty foil wrapped chocolates added (I never photographed or blogged these as we were too busy)
I rather enjoyed writing this post, mainly because to find the photos, I looked at the entire media library for this blog and got all nostalgic over the hundreds of images from the past. It was quite fun, after I waited an age for them to upload. Sorry if it’s a bit self-indulgent, it’s just nice to look back sometimes.
Must dash as I have Sunday lunch to start cooking 🙂
Oh and thanks for the fabulous response to the apple aprons, I was so pleased they were popular, and just so I’ve mentioned it, the shop will be shutting down for a big chunk of the summer holidays as of next week, we are around on and off but it’s too patchy to keep it open full-time.