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Thursday, September 22, 2011

{back 2 basics} less cake {more frosting}

 I {love} Miss Ellie G. and her blog, Less Cake {more frosting} for lots of reasons.  Maybe it's that I hold that same philosophy myself (the only reason cake exists is for frosting...the thicker the better), or maybe because she's so darling and has the best ideas.  Mmmmmm....probably both.  :)


Hey Brown Paper Packages readers. My name is Ellie G (but my friends call me's a long story). I blog over at Less Cake {more frosting}. I love to blog about all kinds of things. Mostly what happens on all my creative endeavors. Sometimes it's awesome, sometimes it's less than awesome. But it's always fun!

I'm so happy to have the chance to be here. This was one of my very first craft blog reads. In fact, just the other day I was organizing "bookmarks" on my computer and came across my very first list of "must reads". It was only a handful of blogs. But this one was on it. Ahhh....memories.

Anyway. I'm excited to be here.

So. I have to be honest. I'm not a fan of "teacher gifts". I know! Don't shoot me! Let me explain. See, I love giving gifts to people I love. But I hate the guilt I feel when someone gives me something that just ends up cluttering my basement....long enough that I no longer feel bad....and then I chuck it.
So sad.

I worry that thousands of teachers all over the country are getting wooden apples, and dollar store frames, that they just can't use.

I always give my son's teacher a gift at the first of the year. And this year I just wasn't that prepared. And didn't have anything ready for the first day of school.

Guess what happened? That day, his teacher sent home a list of things that they could really use in their classroom. And I thought "BINGO!" For sure a gift that she'll use!

Don't be afraid to ask your kid's teacher what they actually COULD use. Lots of teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies. And what's better than helping out with things that will benefit everyone?

Now, granted, paper plates, Anti-Bacterial wipes, and baggies are never gonna be as cute as that wooden apple that you spent all day making. But I have a secret....

It's all in the presentation.

I always have a roll of cellophane wrapping on hand. I swear it could make a moldy banana look like a million bucks! So find a fun (and useful) type of basket for your items.

Displaying the items in a super cute way is important too. Put taller, and bigger things in back. Smaller things in front. And you can even use tape to keep things in a cute order!

Then attach a length of cute ribbon. I didn't even tie a bow. So anyone can do this! And you'll need a cute tag....

Don't worry! I've got you covered.

Just click on the arrow with the line under it to download your own copy. I backed my tag with some bright cardstock. It took about 5 minutes to complete. Now, that's my kind of gift!

So don't worry if you missed the chance to give a gift to your child's teacher on the first day of school. Keep your eyes and ears open....and I bet you can find a gift that the Teacher will REALLY appreciate.

(and PS...if you're really into wooden apples...I still like those...and I still like you!)

Come see me at Less Cake {more frosting} anytime! I'd love to have you!

I completely's all about the presentation, and she does it perfectly!  Thank you so much for being here!  I hope you'll head over to Less Cake {more frosting} to say hi, and check out all of her fun ideas!


Blogger Posie Patchwork said...

That's so cool, what a lovely way to contribute. In Australia, well in some states & territories, you are sent a list, which is ordered & paid for 3 months before school starts for the following year . . . a 'book pack' with about $150 worth of supplies your child & the class room will need, from pencils & glue, to tissues & A4 paper. It's full on, especially with 4 children!! This is in the public school system where you pay like $200 for your whole family to be educated.
Now my eldest is in private high school, the book pack was less expensive but that was off set with a $2.5K laptop!! Oh & massive school fees. All i can say, however you do it, it's pricey.
Oh just remembered, some states give you a back-to-school bonus to help cover supplies but one school we were at, the school took the money & paid for all the supplies & gave us a school shirt (we have uniforms in all schools here) so the parents, & i quote "don't spend the back to school cash on alcohol or cigarettes" which was so classy. Oh well, they invested it how i would have. Love Posie

September 22, 2011 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger ellie g said...

Thank you so much, again, for letting me visit! So excited to be here!

September 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Jen @ said...

Such a great idea!! And I love that printable. Lara is amazing!!


September 22, 2011 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Huggs and Kisses xo said...

What a great idea...and such a cute printable!

September 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

As a former teacher I LOVED it when my students gave me things for my classroom. They were always my favorite gifts!!!! Stickers, picture books, paper, wipes, clip-art CDs, science project supplies, art supplies, office supplies. . . the list goes on and on. It didn't matter what it was. Whenever I got something for my classroom I always got excited. Most teachers teach for a living, but it also becomes a hobby of sorts. Oh, and one other fun little gift, I loved it when my students gave me a 12 pack of my favorite pop or my favorite candy/snack. It was so nice to have a teacher treat stash for those really long days!

September 23, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

As a mom of a teacher, I know how much she would love getting something like that at the start of the year. Great idea.

September 24, 2011 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Definitely pinning this for when my Daughter starts school next year! Great idea!!

December 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM  

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