...the time that strikes fear into the hearts of crafty parents everywhere! The time of year where we of modest talent or skill (meaning we with legible handwriting and/or a sewing machine) are all forced to hide in our houses with the curtains drawn, wear fake beards and dark sunglasses in the carpool line, send the family dog in to drop off forgotten lunch boxes, refuse to answer the phone unless it's a telemarketer...yes, my friends, it's Teacher Appreciation Week...and the PTA wants YOU! [insert blood-curdling scream here]
The person in charge of TAW at our elementary school is unfortunately a good friend of mine. She has all my numbers, email addresses and she knows where I live (and she would totally just show up on my doorstep if I didn't call her back). She has taken to calling me her "Art Slave". She's got me spray painting & labeling apples, making & labeling pins, making & labeling sashes, making posters (Oh but your handwriting is so much prettier than mine! *bats eyelashes*) Ok, ok, in her defense (and just in case she reads this) I should acknowledge that fact that she is doing at least three times as much work as I am (as usual) and she is a dedicated member of the PTA who constantly does amazing things for our teachers. She is the best and I should feel lucky to have been asked to help. (If she's not reading this then I can tell you she is relentless! Someone save me!)
At the middle school, I offered up a couple of handmade purses for the give-away (yes, I offered...Bad Idea #648). That offer somehow turned into 2 purses, 4 dozen rolls, 36 baked dessert items, and 3-hours of recess duty... Wait, what? How did they do that? Seriously though, I have done very little at the middle school level besides write checks and donate sodas (they're such savages at that age!) so my time has definitely come. We have wonderful teachers this year so I am happy to help (technically I did offer...). And really, if they want to eat my baked goods, more power to them!
Anyway, these are the Charming Handbags (from Bend the Rules Sewing) that I made for the middle school give-away. Don't you just love Lilly? It's so East Coast. And the teachers can see pink elephants and spots! The striped bag isn't nearly as fun but I do really like the way it turned out. The liner is made from a sweet vintage floral that my stepmom gave me. I made these using the buttonhole method suggested here and it was SO much easier! Now I just have to drop them off over at the school and make a quick get-away before I'm spotted...