Today was Sir’s first full day of school, which means that I spent the last two days in a frenzy whipping up little First Day of School gifts for him and all of his new little friends.
At first, I had planned on just doing our homemade crayons (tutorial here) in handmade envelopes, but then (at the last minute, of course) I decided we should add a little something more.
So, I shrunk down some of the coloring pages I’ve designed, printed them out, cut them down to 4×4″ squares and tied them together with bits of colored string to make mini-coloring books. It really didn’t take much effort and it made for much better gifts than just a crayon or two.
I popped a little coloring book and one crayon into each envelope, wrote a quick note inside, and sealed them up with a sticker. Voila! Cute, useful, and relatively inexpensive (I determined that the whole project cost around $5 total – not bad for 11 kids) gifts. It was a tad time-consuming, but I’m sure the kids will love them and Sir was so excited to share presents with his friends, so it was totally worth it.
I am currently working on an envelope-making tutorial to share since several people have asked me about them. I’m hoping to have it up by early next week.
In other school-related news, I must admit that I was over the moon to receive our first Scholastic book order form today – probably a bit much, I know, but I used to LOVE ordering books when I was in school. Books and art supplies are the two things that we don’t really put strict buying limits on in our household, and Sir often reaps the benefits of this arrangement (despite the fact that every bookshelf in our house is practically overflowing). I can hardly wait to place our first order!
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It must just be the week for de-cluttering, as I don’t seem to be the only one in the Blogosphere who is purging her studio.
Obviously, the impetus for opening all of the drawers and boxes in my studio and letting them vomit their contents all over the place was the whole Box Full of Awesome concept. Unfortunately, once the spewing of randomness began, it became very hard to stop and I have found myself surrounded by things that, pardon my implied French, just need to GTFO!
For a while now, I have felt like I am drowning in a sea of stuff. Honestly, the mixture of pack-ratting tendencies and OCD tendencies in this house could probably make for a pretty good reality show. That is, until the person with the OCD tendencies runs away from home and refuses to come back until the basement is no longer filled with broken curtain rods, empty laundry detergent jugs, and about fifty million other things that should have been thrown away YEARS ago.
But, I digress.
For the past several years (since bidding farewell to my life as a jewelry designer), I have been shuffling boxes full of jewelry-making supplies and actual jewelry around my house and studio. Sifting through all of it seemed like such a daunting task, so I just kept attempting to move it somewhere out of the way. Well, I seem to have run out of somewheres and now it is looking me right straight in the eye again. And this time, IT MUST GO.
And go it will – in little handmade envelopes to anyone I can think of who may be happy to have a small piece of my artistic past. Currently, I am sorting through things and waiting for inspiration to strike me in order to decide who each piece should be given to. It is a slow process and nearly as daunting as I imagined it would be. I just have to keep reminding myself how happy I will be to finally be out from under this pile of stuff. In many ways, I feel like having it around is really hindering my creativity. As beautiful as some of it is, it serves no real purpose other than to make me sad and remind me of, what in my mind are, past failures.
So, watch your mailboxes, kiddies. You never know when a little surprise in a handmade envelope might show up…
photo : by yours truly
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