July 26, 2013

End of term,

I always find myself conflicted at this time of year when it comes to the phenomena of gifts for teachers.  Gone are the days when an apple would suffice, and while I am very grateful for the work teachers do educating our offspring, the part I prefer to avoid is the competitive gift giving that can go on.

My son has arrived on the last day of term with a perfectly respectable bunch of flowers only to see another child walking in with what looked like the whole of the Chelsea Flower Show.  I don't always make gifts but this year I did, which were small and discreet.

After deciding to stick with Owls, I took the pattern I had been using for brooches and reduced it further and made 3 of these... 

They came out quite well and I took the opportunity to time how long they took to make (roughly 1hour for each, that was 3 done in a morning, so 6 a day maybe, thinking in Etsy terms here).  I can see the beginnings of a production line forming!


Elizabeth's quarters said...

So sweet, and a wise little owl is such an apt gift for a teacher!

Maria Langford said...

oh so sweet. I love little owls and this one is adorable!

MummyCat said...

Lovely! I made felt apple keyrings and later found my sister had used the same pattern! As a teacher myself, I love the small personal gift. They are a world away from yet another "best teacher" and choc box!

Alexandra Higgins said...

This little owl is so sweet! Great gift :)

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Unknown said...

I couldn't agree more with the gift giving competition, theses owls are adorable and I think would sell well in Etsy x

Jessie's Needle said...

I love him. With different coloured eyes, he has sooooo much character.
S xx

Ashley cramp said...

hello I have just found your pretty blog via tilly and the buttons,
bestest to you
daisy j

Louisea said...

Beautiful owls !

It's lovely to meet like minded people on here.

If your interested in candle making then do check out my blog.


Unknown said...

Oh that owl is so cute! I love to have that one for my favorite teacher. I haven't gave her a gift yet for the teacher's day.

I find your blog interesting. I am into crafting as well, but my forte is into paper crafts. I am considering leasing companies to finance me with the start up capital.

Anonymous said...

Super cute owl. Love it.

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Lucy Bishop said...

I really like your blog, and stumbled across it from channel 4′s recommendation page. I especially love the owl gifts for the teachers, as a teacher myself I'd love to receive one as a gift.
I also write a blog, but crafting is only a small element of my lifestyle page – I do love crafting but don’t get so much time as I’m a new mum with a 10 week old son. I do however have a cool competition/giveaway running at the moment to win a ‘CRAFTING MAKES ME HAPPY’ print from Tea & Ceremony, which I thought you & your readers might be interested in.
You can enter the rafflecopter giveaway at http://www.mrsbishopsbakesandbanter.co.uk
All the best
Lucy x

Ulla's Quilt World said...

I love the owl! :)
Hugs, Ulla

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