This year I decided to end the year with steno pad covers. They seemed like a nice way to use cute fabrics for a functional, usable gift. Plus we were able to use the front page of the steno pad to write a note to each of Hadley's teachers telling them how much we appreciate their hard work this year.
A teacher's job is really never done. Just like a Mom, the list of could, should, would do is endless and urgent. We've been so lucky this year with the teachers we had. Hadley has grown so much, and gained so much confidence in herself as a student and as a person. That's a gift that really can't be repaid, but shouldn't go unnoticed. Hopefully this small token will demonstrate a little of how thankful we feel. (We love you Stephanie...and all the other amazing teachers who helped Hadley learn so much this year.)
I found this pattern on a blog I enjoy reading for crafty ideas and I bought it. The pattern proved to be pretty frustrating, so I'm not going to share it here. Suffice it to say I was able to make it work about the third time around. I guess all steno pads are not created equal, and I needed to change the pattern a bit to make my covers fit the pads I had available. In the end I thought they were so cute all stacked up together. Of course I have my favorite.
What do you think teachers? Usable? Cute but not usable? Which one would you choose?
I'm off to First Thursday again tonight. I hope it goes well, but mostly I'm just really looking forward to a night out of the house and hanging out with some other fun maker people. I got a new hair cut and I made myself a new shirt to wear (it still needs tweaking, though...best get on that!) Maybe I'll get a good photo to share...wish me luck!