Thank you dear Lord baby Jesus.
We made it. I'm still alive. I'm so close to freedom that I can almost taste all of the projects I'll be working on for the next three months while the chil'rens are "not in school". Truth be told, the boys didn't finish where I wanted them to in math, so they'll still be doing math lessons everyday. But compared to the workload we had this year...this will, most definitely, be a summer vacation. For all of us.
The chil'rens had amazing teachers at their charter school. They were so caring and loving to my babies, and they put up with a nonconformist, anti-public school, unschooling rebel of a mama. I wanted to show my appreciation for all of their hard work throughout the school year. While they might prefer gift cards, I just couldn't let the end of the year go by without making them something.
Like a chef makes you something delicious to eat.
Like a woodworker builds you something amazing.
Like a person with a beautiful voice sings you a song.
Like a gardener plants and harvests and shares his crop with you.
I like to make things for people I care about.
It's how I show you I love you, ya know?
I found a few cool ideas on Pinterest, but in the end I decided to make something that was sweet and personal. That's when I came up with the idea to do a simple monogrammed frame. Something that the teachers will always remember my children by. The apple was the sweet touch.
Yes, freehand. He's ridiculous like that.
I then filled in the letters with black craft paint. To create the added touch of the apple, I used white paint to create the shape of the apple and stem. Once it dried, I painted on top of the white with red and green. If I had painted directly on top of the burlap, the apple wouldn't have had such vibrancy in color. Also, it has to pop from the black.
Yes, when in doubt, call it rustic.
|Cyan and his frame for Mrs. Medeiros and Maya's frame for Mrs. Mendez|
|I can't forget Xixi's frame for Mrs. Kiley!|
I think that beats a gift card to Target or Starbucks any day.