Friday, May 8, 2009

Cake Anyone?

For the last day of teacher appreciation week, we were supposed to make or bring in a small gift for the teachers.
I made a few of these and stuffed them with candy. Since this cake-making stuff is new to me, I learned last night that if you use thin paper instead of thicker card stock, the cake doesn't hold it's shape as well when you stuff it with candy. It still turned out ok, though. If I tied a ribbon around the side instead of putting the flower on top, it would have kept it together quite nicely.

I also made a clipboard for QTPa2T and Handsome's homeroom teachers. In the past I used ModgePodge for clipboards, but this time all I had was Crafter's Pick Decoupage & Collage Gel, and I think I like it a whole lot better. When it dried, the paper still felt like paper (MP has an elmer's glue-like coating), and the big deal was that there was not a single bubble. Not one. It dried perfectly flat. Then I just blasted it with 2 coats of varnish spray.


So here's my small world blogger story . . .
Handsome's teacher just left on maternity leave for the rest of the year. A few days after the new teacher started, we were talking in the hall because I substitute at the school part-time. She told me that she is a secret admirer of mine. Huh?

I didn't quite get it. She explained that she got to thinking the night before, that my name is Heather and she knew Handsome's last name was Jones ... so she wondered if I might be the blogger Mrs. Jones (in case you're wondering, she didn't recognize me outright when she saw me because my hair looks a bit different than the photos I have of myself on the blog).

Wow! Turns out, she has been reading my blog for a while. That completely made my day. When you start a blog, you think only your family friends will look at it. Then when other people show up, it's a nice surprise. Then someone in real life actually recognizes you, it is a great surprise and an awesome compliment.

Anyway, if you're reading this Mrs. R, you're awesome and I'm glad I've gotten to know you.

14 comments:

RayWatch said...

Hi there! I just found your blog and thought that you had a post with a desk type "thing" that you found at a thrift store. It was pink and you painted it black with a huge monogram on it. I might have linked to someone elses blog from yours. Could you help me if it was yours and tell me the date of the post. I want a desk like that and was going to send it to an antique dealer to look for one.

Enjoy reading your blog! (PS - I read the ENTIRE thing yesterday -- well the decorating posts!)

Thanks so much!
you can email me at ray1008@charter.net

Jennifer

Lorie said...

I love it!!!

Is the tutorial on your blog?

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Those Teachers are so lucky to have you! Loved both projects...beautiful, cheerful colors! Happy Mother's Day!

Allidink said...

How neat! What a great story LOL. I love it when "small world" things happen to me like that. Those "cakes" are really nice!

All the best,
Allison

Jen r. said...

Those are very cute! What lucky teachers!

Chrissie Grace said...

What a cool story.
I looove the cake pieces and clipboards. I've been wanting to try the clipboards for a while but hate the "bubbles". I'll have to try the other product you're recommending.
Happy Mothers Day!:)

Katie said...

Wow you're famous! Where did you find that stuff you used instead of Mod Podge in the craft store. Did you buy it at a big box retailer, because if you did it'd help me to narrow down where to look in the store. Time to browse is limited with a toddler!

PS: I tagged you on my blog, but don't feel obligated to do it or anything, just wanted to let you know.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

The paper cake is so, so cool! I'd love to link to it if you don't mind.

Tricia Anne said...

How neat! :o) Sometimes I will go into a craft store and wonder if any of the other ladies there blog. :o)
Your teacher appreciation gifts are fantastic. I feel horrible, because I did not know about appreciation week. I have homeschooled for 10 + years and this is my childrens first year in public school. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Mommyto3andahusky said...

Hi, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Thanks! :)

LuLu & Co. said...

The teachers at your school have to love YOU!!! You make the cutest things!!!
I have to make the cake... I love it@ did i mention i love it? enough!! How cool for you to meet a reader of your blog in real life!! very cool
LuLu

Beach Vintage said...

Wow, you are very talented. Just stumbled across your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine.

henzy said...

the is very creative. love the boxes forming a cake

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