Thursday, May 22, 2008

Teacher gifts and an Etsy word

I've got two things to post today. First, the Etsy word for the week:

cadge \KAJ\,
transitive verb: 1. To beg or obtain by begging; to sponge.
intransitive verb: 1. To beg; to sponge.

There are so many different ways to go with this one! I can't wait to see what people find. (If you want to play along, just find a listing on Etsy that you feel fits this definition in some way, and post the link as a comment to this post.)

And now for the teacher's gifts. Today was Liv's last day of school. I was afraid that she might have to miss her last day of school because of being sick, but thankfully we went the full day yesterday without fever. Given that little girl has been sick nearly ALL WEEK, I didn't exactly have time to get out and go shopping for little teacher gifts. But luckily...

...while I was stuck on the couch with a sick child all week, my hands were busy stitching little fabric flowers. So last night while watching the American Idol finale, I pulled out two little fabric flowers and made brooches out of them.

These were actually really easy to make. The only difficult part was putting the pin on the back, but I have a feeling I made it more difficult than it needed to be. I'm anal retentive like that. If one stitch will hold something, I feel like it needs ten to be sure.

Ah well, even with the extra super-duper pin back stitching, it still took way less time than driving to the store AND I didn't spend $30 on meaningless junk AND I was able to give a handmade gift to each of her two teachers. Yay for crafting!


ayumills said...

What a little cute gift you made! I have to learn how to make these flowers because they are so pretty!!

Denise Felton said...

You are a goddess. I think those little flowers are HARD to make, and yours are perfection. I can't wait to hear how Livvie's teachers react.

idyll hands said...

I think the teachers will LOVE those. They are useful, creative, and not something designed to catch dust while sitting on a shelf. Very cool!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

Woo Hoo! Glad to know that I wasnt the only one in the world multitasking - crafting and watching AI at the same time!! lol

The flower pins are absolutley adorable!!

And I love your new banner too!!!

Julie Anne of Diamondmeenuh Creations said...

I LOVE those flowers!! How do you make them? Trade secret or can you share?

You only put 10 stitches where one will do? I do 20 to 30 where one will do (cockatiel proof training, you know)

I'm so glad Liv is better and hopefully back to her adorable self, too.

Denise Felton said...

For the word game....

I went with the beggar theme: