Friday, January 04, 2008

Teacher Gift

For Christmas I was going to make my daughter's teacher a name frame... and I got to thinking about how young she was and how she had a boyfriend and what if she gets married and changes her name and then wouldn't be able to use her name frame for very long. So I looked at my All in the Family stamp set and decided to do a sort of class picture. I counted the number of girls and boys in the class, but I didn't really make note of their features so I winged the hair colors/styles, etc. Here is how that turned out.

It took me a few tries to get them all in the space alloted. I finally figured out to start in the bottom row and put the heads on before I started the feet for the next row. The ribbons are the school colors. I paper pieced the clothes and colored with markers for the skin and hair.






I wasn't too thrilled with how this came out. So I attached another piece to the back and put her name on it so she has the option of choosing which side she wants to show. Here is the name side.

I went with the school colors again. Bravo Burgandy and More Mustard.

The thing I am the most thrilled with is the frame. When I bought it at the dollar store it was bright red chrome. Really shiney and bright. So I sanded it and rubbed some brown StazOn ink on it and voila! Perfecto!!!





We got a thank you note from the teacher yesterday and I think she prefers the "class picture" side because she went on and on about it and how the kids were all trying to figure out who was who. When I gave it to her, it was on the name side with an explaination that she could flip it over.

3 comments:

Crystal said...

LOVE the classroom picture frame!!! GREAT use of the set! Also, Ms. Thwing? Seriously? Is that like Ms. Thang?

Jana Emmert said...

Great idea to make it double-sided. Love how you altered the frame and also the paper piecing for the clothes.

Anonymous said...

Awesome job on both sides.. as a side comment ha ha with a name like MS. Thwing.. Well it's got to be good like Smuckers.. so I'd prefer to get married and have a ski at the end of my name ( like I do!)
That class picture rocks actually as the children are so diverse!
kimk