Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Budget-Friendly {DIY} End of the Year Teacher's Gift

I can't believe that there is less than one week left until the last day of school!  This school year has been a bear, to say the least.  My poor kids had to deal with a HUGE move, new schools, new teachers, living at and commuting from their grandmother's house for 6 months, and another big move just before the end of the school year. For the first time ever, we battled tears during morning drop-off, nervous tummies, anxiety over finals, and like my son put it this morning "way too much pressure for an elective" (referring to the final exam for his band class).

Thankfully, there are only a few more days until my kids can turn in their schoolbooks, empty their backpacks and R-E-L-A-X.  (I did have to convince my son that he was NOT going to sell his trumpet on Craigslist over the summer.)

The end of the school year is a time when we show our children's teachers how much we appreciate them. But it's also a time filled with expenses...donations for class parties, yearbooks, summer camp registration... In our case we just moved and had to pay all of the deposits required to set up services and utilities on top of the bills that are already beginning to trickle in.

As much as I would like to be that mom that brings everyone from the PE coach to the lunch room monitor a fabulous gift on the last day of school, it's simply not in our budget. My middle-schooler, alone, has 6 different instructors he sees daily.

Last year I came up with a cute and inexpensive End of the Year Teacher's Gift.  I featured this project here and pinned it to my Pinterest account.  Just in the last couple of weeks it's been repinned over 200 times! I was going to recreate it this year, but then I saw these adorable mid-size Ball mason jars and decided to try something new.

I filled the jars with Herhey's Kisses and designed labels that I tied on with twine.  Now their teachers can enjoy some yummy treats and have a cute container with endless uses---and I didn't have to break the bank.

I love mason jars! I use them for everything from holding hubby's sugar and creamer to storing tacks, paperclips, nails and more.  I have several friends who use mason jars as drinking glasses (Google: "redneck wine glass")

The jars come in a set of 4, and together with the chocolate, each individual gift comes out to about $4. Not too bad, especially when your kids are older and have several teachers!

Happy end-of-the-school-year! xo

Monday, May 20, 2013

Settling in and back to work!

Holy moly, it's been forever and a day since my last post!!  Three whole months, to be exact.  Well, a lot has gone on in the House of AquaSeventy6!

First and foremost, I am out of my in-laws and into my own place!  I am still in the process of unpacking and putting together my design studio, but my goal is to have it up and running by the time the kids get out of school (June 4!)  I'm so excited, not only to be back in my hometown, but to have found a home in my favorite neighborhood.  I lived here for 7 years prior to moving to Virginia, and I haven't felt more at home anywhere, ever. ♥

I participated in a spring trunk show this month with my same handmade posse, and we are planning a Back-to-School event for the end of summer.

I've also been busy working apart from AquaSeventy6.  I was hired on in January as the Event Manager for a super cute local party hall. (Check out Pretty in Pink Party Place for more information.)  This has kept my weekends busy, but I love having my weekdays free to be with my kids and work on my designs.

Speaking of designs, I can't leave you without sharing a couple of new applique burp cloths I've been working on for little girls!

Elephant Applique Burp Cloths

Flower Applique Burp Cloths
Since I am no longer commuting 100 miles per day...yes, you read that correctly...I have much more time to blog, sew, DIY, etc.  So, keep your eyes peeled for much, much more!  xoxo