The bird and branch design are from Lynnette Anderson's stitchalong 'Noah's Ark' I pretty much just drew it quite a bit larger onto my linen and stitched it using colors similar to the ones she selected. Her designs are really great - check out her site at the above link! The finished Wall Hanging is about 8x10". I stitched it on blue linen, then bordered it with a beautiful batik fabric I had in my stash. I stitched around the outside edge with a blanketstitch just to give it more of a homey look and continue the handstitching details. I hope she likes it and is able to use it.
For Sra. Troncoso, I really couldn't come up with anything really personal, but I decided she could use a new tote bag - and this one is perfect for hauling things around or taking shopping. She is staying at my daughter's school next year, just moving into a First Grade Immersion classroom. She has been great teaching the kids spanish, and working with them during lunch time. She is such a sweet woman, and I hope her transition goes smoothly next year!