Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Bag

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I just love personalizing gift bags. So for Mother's Day this year, I transformed a humble brown paper bag into this cute gift bag, just like I saw here.

I know it looks like I wrote on it with a Sharpie, but I actually ran it through the printer. I wasn't successful at first (the paper bag got stuck inside the printer a few times), but after making sure that the printer setting is on envelope and I adjusted the size to 6.127 inches x 12.377 inches - just like Mickey of Thirty Handmade Days recommended - it came out great!

Next, I used my Fiskars border punch to punch the upper edge, to give it that pretty scallop design. Then I folded it and punched two holes with my Crop-A-Dile for the ribbons.

I was planning on making a banana cake with cream cheese frosting for my mom, but she's not really a big fan of frosting. So I ended up making these Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins instead (click here for the recipe).

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After the muffins were cooled, I placed them in a Ziploc bag first before putting them inside the gift bag, to avoid getting grease spots on it.

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Pretty cute, right? :)

And being a mom myself, I got pampered by my kids as well. My day started out with this breakfast that my two girls made.

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Bacon, eggs, and pancake with maple syrup - my kids know me so well. :)

And this one's from my little boy. He painted the flowerpot in school and it says I love you mama. So sweet!

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Did you do anything special for Mother's Day? Share with me!

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Friday, May 9, 2014

M&M's Teacher Gift

M&M's Teacher Gift by #teachergift #teacherappreciationday #giftidea

Today is the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. And of course I couldn't let the week go by without giving my little boy's teachers a little something to let them know how much we appreciate all their hard work.

I've always believed that gifts don't have to be expensive for them to be special. These M&M's don't cost a lot, but the wrappers/holders are made with love.

I saw the "teachers plant seeds that grow forever" quote on the internet and I loved it instantly! My little boy is blessed to have wonderful teachers. And I know that this is one of the reasons why he is doing well in school.

And for that, I really am thankful.

I made this with my Silhouette Cameo. I used the love grows stronger tree shape (Design ID #38741). The font is called A Little Pot (you can find it here). And the paper is from the Sakura 2009 digital kit by Akizo Designs.

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