Sunday, December 18, 2011

Teacher Gifts

Jace may not have school teachers yet, but he has incredible volunteers who take care of him in the toddler class at church each week. I made some yummy goodies and then some simple drawstring bags to hold them in.

teacher gift 2

What I really should say is what should have been simple drawstring bags. These should have been a no-brainer for me. They were one of the first things I learned to sew back in junior high. But then when I sat down at my sewing machine, all proudly thinking I could make a great tutorial for all of you who say “If only I knew how to sew…” and I was at a complete loss for how to make this! I tried. And I tried. And I fumbled a lot. And finally I gave up and used google to find a simple drawstring bag tutorial. It was simple, just like it should have been all along. I don’t know what I was trying to do in the first place.

teacher gift 1

In each bag, I put three cellophane bags of treats—six oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (my favorite), a bunch of my peanutb-butter-free muddy buddies, and four cake-like-brownie treats. For those I followed this recipe for cake batter blondies (which are INCREDIBLE by the way), only I substituted a chocolate cake mix since that’s what I had on hand. I’m excited to have Jace give these treats away.

etsy christmas wrapping 

In other Christmas news, as I wrapped up what will probably be my last etsy orders of the season, I realized I should probably take a picture of the packaging I’ve been doing since I LOVE it. Back in this post I told you how I like to package my sales with love. Heading into the Christmas season I was so excited to get this green apple striped craft wrapping paper. It’s heavy duty and adorable. I’ve loved packaging all my orders in it and then wrapping them with a red bow. I’ve played with a few different ribbon types, and grosgrain has been my favorite. I then slip in a business card with a coupon code on it (this one is for a friend at church tomorrow, so it’s just her name so I can tell hers apart from the others). It’s fun to add sweet touches. Once Christmas is past I will use the same paper but with a bright pink ribbon instead.

How are your Christmas preparations coming? I was so happy today when I was able to go over my list of gifts left to make and check several of them off. That doesn’t mean I don’t have so many more to do still, but we’re getting there!

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Very cute bags! I'm always looking for new inspiration to wrap my goodies for my etsy shop too.

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