Sunday, May 4, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week: Keep Calm & Teach On

So this week is teacher appreciation week and I have a few bloggers and Etsy shop owners who chimed in to help me celebrate! I find this to be one of the most special weeks! Not only because I am a teacher but because my life has been touched by so many teachers from my mother-in-law, to my cousins to some of my closets friends! Remember you have one of the most important jobs out there! Celebrate and appreciate all the teachers in your life this week!!

She made these adorable binder clips for me! If anyone knows me they know how I LOVE to be organized !!  I am sure it will add to my OCDness but they are sooooo WORTH IT! She makes the most adorable items from binder clips to teachers gifts! She was wonderful to work with!!

So Sweet Gift Boutique:

I have been making some of the things in my shop for a while for my friends and family. I think I first was introduced to making crafts when a girl I once worked with handed me a box full of goodies. (Thanks Danielle!) It was like heaven in that box. Seriously, I think I heard the angels singing and the world was paused for a moment when I opened it. It had all kinds of scrapbook paper, ribbon, stamps, and so much more. I fell in love with DIY crafts and my mind started going and coming up with ways to personalize simple things around my house or my kids rooms. I make everything now for my customers just like I was making it for myself or a family member. I just hope everyone loves them as much as I loved making them. Every time I make something new, it's like opening up that little box of heaven again. That is why every single item I make is Handmade with Love and always always SWAK (Sealed With A Kiss). Muah!

I am now a Stay At Home Mom needing to make an extra income while my husband is working full time and going to school full time. It's almost like being a single mom again but now instead of 1, it's 3. Scary! It has been difficult but making all the crafts in my shop helps me with my sanity.

All items are handmade and come from a smoke-free home.

Personalized and homemade Clipboards, Paperclips, Dividers and Post it Holders and other "SWAK" gifts made with love and attention to detail. 

Clipboards are great gifts for teachers, coaches, nurses, and even students for homework. They are also great to hang a picture, or a recipe in the kitchen. You can use them to hold grocery lists, or even for church. All clipboards can be personalized for that special someone.

Lots of new gift ideas coming soon. Be on the lookout!

Follow me on IG: @sosweetgiftboutique 

Introducing The Educated Owl

She makes the cutest printables!! She made this adorable "Keep Calm & Teach On" printable for me!! She also makes the most beautiful letter wreaths!! When you get one of her items she also sends you a free printable, usually seasonal! I received a spring printable…LOVED it!! High quality and super easy to work with!!

The Educated Owl:

Welcome to The Educated Owl. I am honored to have been featured in Parents Magazine Canada, Emmaline Brides and all across Europe on Christian Greeting cards. Check out my new Instant Downloads and enjoy your prints immediately. All Prints are now available in sizes from 5x7 up to 36x48. If you see something you would like in a different size then what is listed please message me!

Welcome to my shop! I am a first grade teacher who loves teaching and crafts. After months of making prints and wreaths for my friends and family I decided to start sharing my projects with you here at The Educated Owl. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make your experience as enchanting as possible.

Currently my production time frame is at least 14 business days from ordering to shipping for monogram, beaded, burlap and ribbon wreaths (It could be sooner or longer!). If I need to order a specific supply to complete your item this may add an additional week to the time frame. If you need your item before that please let me know, and we can work something out. I really want to make sure everyone gets a perfect item. :) Each one of my items is handmade by me, no two items will look exactly alike! 

For prints, drafts are sent within 24-72 hours, usually much sooner, but if you are ordering a custom print it may take the full 72 hours. I ship within 1-3 days of receiving your approval. Please check your Etsy conversations for drafts. Drafts will not be sent to your email account. If you do not receive a draft after 3 days of placing your order, please message me. No prints will be mailed until I get your approval, so please remember to check for messages. 

I love doing custom orders on prints, I can match your bedding and do any theme you are looking for, please message me with your ideas. 

Please check back often as I am always adding new fun things!

Check out my new blog at:

Introducing Sprout My Party she makes such cute printables for boys, girls, teachers and even weddings!! She made me this cute printable that I plan on giving to my teaching assistance in my room for part of there end of the year gift!! They do so much for my classroom and students and I don't thank them enough! They truly are appreciated !!!  I thought this printable was super cute and a great way to say THANK YOU!

Sprout My Party:

Sprout My Party is owned and operated by Megan Thomson of West Melbourne, Florida.  She is the mom to 4 young children; ages 8,7, 3 and 2.  Megan began selling printable invites, announcements and cards after creating these items for her own children for years.  She decided to branch out and offer some of these items on Etsy and it wasn't long before the business became a success.  

Sprout My Party custom invites and party packages are a wonderful way to make the birthday child feel very loved on their special day!  We all remember searching for those little personalized key chains and bike license plates and being SO excited to find our name (or SO disappointed to see that our name was too unique to find!) Custom party packages allow every child to "find" their name on their invitations and party items.  

Attention to detail, superb customer service and extraordinary printable designs are the hallmarks of Sprout My Party's success.  Come see for your self!  Please visit Sprout My Party on Etsy: and on Facebook:

Introducing Lill's Loft:

From fabric banners, to custom name banners she does it all! She sent me this adorable banner for my reading corner in my classroom!! The quality is wonderful and the attention to detail is impeccable !

Lill's Loft:

Hi All! Thanks for having me! I am Gillian from Lill’s Loft. I specialize in custom fabric banners. You can personalize your banner with any name, saying, or number. It is the perfect way to make any space or event your own! I use fabric that is fused to a stiff backing, so letters hang straight and will last for you and your family. All letters are created from high quality hand-cut fabrics.
I am an elementary school teacher and mother of two boys. I believe that children need to feel that their space is their own and feel proud of it. That is how custom banners came to be! I love creating with others, so please contact me and we can make a banner that is perfect for your needs. I am so excited; I would like to offer Simple as 1-2-3 readers 10% off items in my shop. Use the code SIMPLE10 at checkout for 10% off.

Make sure to like Lill's Loft on Facebook, for updated items and sales!

Introducing  Libby Kate Smiles

She makes super cute invitations and cards for all sorts of occasions, teachers included! She sent me two demo cards to review and the quality was amazing! She has a fast turnaround rate and will work with you on colors and design! The inside of the card is blank so you can write whatever type of note you want to write whether it be a thank you note or a simple thinking of you note! Her designs are super cute and fun for any kind of teacher!!

So a huge thank you to all the bloggers and etsy shop owners who chimed in to celebrate this amazing week! THANK YOU to all teachers! I know we don't hear it enough but you are so appreciated!! Remember you touch a life everyday! Smile you never know whose day you are making!

It is as simple as 1-2-3!

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