Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Teacher's gifts

As I said in the previous "need ideas" post, this was my daughter's third year with her current teachers Mrs. V and Sra. T...
She loved having Mrs. V as her teacher, and I am so glad it worked out that she would stay with her for the full three years. Mrs. V is leaving the school to start her own Montessori Preschool close to her home, which was a 40 minute drive from this school. It will be sad not to have her around next year, but I totally understand and support her decision to leave. I wrote her a note explaining how having her as our daughter's first teacher gave Mike and I a sense of Peace. She has really been a great source of inspiration, ideas, and reassurance for us these past three years - especially given the various phases our daughter has moved through - in school and personally. I am sad to see her go, and know it's not likely that we'll see her again.
After looking at several ideas, I decided to make her something she could use in her new Montessori classroom... it's a Peace Wall hanging. Something she can use hanging by her "Peace Table" (a place where the children go to work out classmate disputes and arguments).

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!

7 comments:

driftwood said...

love what you decided to make for your teacher gifts!

Lynn said...

What lovely teacher gifts, I really like the enlarged Noah's Ark Bom. I need to think outside of the box more often.

Lynn said...

Saw your comment on my blog, about strawberry jam making. I just use the recipe in the surejel box. But I learned the first year that I did it, follow the directions very very exactly! I'll be happy to offer any help.

Natalie said...

Those are really lovely gifts.

SewAmy said...

wonderfuls gifts, I would be sad to for the teacher to leave if my daughter had had her 3 years.

Needled Mom said...

What lovely gifts for the teachers. I know that they will really enjoy them - especially the personal touch you put into them.

HomeMadeOriginals said...

What a wonderful gift.