Miss Silly’s Schultute

Ignore the paneling:)

Ignore the paneling:)

Miss Silly started Kindergarten a week-and-a-half ago.  The closest she’s come to school is dance class, Wednesday night Awanas, and Sunday School – with a couple of community education classes thrown in for fun.

SO, a big change for the little lady but one she was eagerly anticipating.  She has taken to it like a champ – the only problem is she wishes it was full-day.  Next year all of the schools in our district will be FT kindergarten but not so this year.  Part of me would have liked her to do full day because I know she would have L-O-V-E-D it.  Another more selfish part of me is glad that my first school-age child is only gone 1/2 day.

Anyway, a few weeks before school started I had posted on my personal Facebook asking for fun suggestions for back-to-school traditions, keepsakes, etc.  My favorite suggestion by far was from a high school classmate who linked up a description of a Schultute – or “School Cone” in German.  This was PERFECT for me – creating the cone provided something creative for ME, the gifts lets the KIDDO have a few treats (we don’t impulse buy much for the kids around here), and the concept plays on the fact that my family was fortunate enough to spend TWO YEARS in Germany when I was a kid (age 12-14).

I’d give you all a tutorial but I literally made this by winging it the night before.  I planned to document the process but one surly Little Man refused to go to sleep until 9:30 and this pregnant lady wasn’t going to make it past 11 pm so the photos were forgotten in my mad dash to finish (the night before school started – of course:)

I decided to use fabric from Miss Silly’s nursery to make the cone.  As I mentioned when describing the Nursery Wall Lattice Treatment, we have redone the nursery for each kiddo – its just something I felt compelled to do.  And since  I tend to make most of the decorations myself (or thrift them) it has never been a cost issue.  I’ve saved the fabrics (i.e. curtains, crib sheets, etc.) from each child’s nursery knowing that there would be fun projects ahead but hadn’t known what they’d be.  This seemed like the perfect project since I plan to pull these out for every first day of school.  Once-a-year nostalgia over their nursery and ridiculously cute baby-ness seemed appropriate:)

Here’s a couple of close ups:

The Fabrics

Elephant print = curtains.
Purple Fabric for “L” – because her walls were purple.
Yellow stitching – the rocker was yellow.

The Goods

The Goods

I didn’t want to set the bar to high on the goodies since eventually we’ll have four starting school each year.  I went to the dollar store knowing they always have some fun stuff at back-to-school time.  Miss Silly’s Schultute included:

  • 2 work books – math and letters ($2)
  • 2 sets of flashcards – addition and subtraction ($2)
  • Some kleenex for her backpack (with Barbie design – which makes them cool, of course:) ($1)
  • A box of Peanut M&M’s ($1)
  • A Smurf shirt (from Savers) ($1 – half off even!)
  • Minnie pencils for homework time ($1)
  • A puzzle ($1)

Total cost – $10 not including the fabrics since they were in my stash.

Totally worth it – you should have seen her excitement:

Miss SillyI opted not to put too much pressure on myself to do much more back-to-school traditions, photos, etc. because I HATE feeling obligated to do stuff – it just loses its fun-factor in my opinion.  BUT this tradition?  I’m sold!

I can’t get enough of this little lady but am sure excited for her starting this next chapter.

With Mom

First day drop-off – I’m pretty sure she was wanting me to scram so she could go play before the school bell:)

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot GiraffeGinger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFabDIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee CraftsGingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster, Watch Out, Martha!, Say Not Sweet Anne, Ladybug Blessings, Our Delightful Home, Wednesday Whatsits, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, The Frugal Girls, Make Along Monday

Alice-in-Wonderland Inspired MOMMY’S HOSPITAL GOODIE BAG

     Mommy Goodie Bag

This past weekend kicked-off a HUGE baby boom for my extended family.  Between my mom and dad’s side there are FIVE babies expected in the next 2 1/2 months – four to first time mommies!  Its even more fun because the cousins on both sides know each other.  My parents are from the same small town, most of my relatives live in the area, etc.  So my cousins on my mom’s side played with my cousins on my dad’s side at least 2-3 times per year growing up.

The first of the five was born on Saturday – a gorgeous little 9 lb. 10 oz. sweetie.  I’d share pictures but don’t want to hassle my cousin during her first few days with the new little angel.

The little lady’s nursery has an adorable Alice-in-Wonderland theme – can’t beat a girly nursery in my opinion!  For the main gift I made a wall hanging based on that story.  I had been inspired by some Google images of tags for Alice-themed parties and decided to incorporate it with a quote from the book I absolutely adore:

Wall-hanging

“Actually the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Who wouldn’t want their children to have a “lifetime of adventures”?  In fact, who wouldn’t want a lifetime of adventures for themself?

I have seen a picture of this in the nursery and it looks really cute – not nearly as shiny as it appears in my photo.

I also had seen some cute Mom hospital goodie bags around and decided to create my own.  Here’s what  I came up with – based on the theme, of course:

Eat MeEAT ME

Pretty obvious…snacks for the hospital which included granola bars, jelly beans, chips, etc.  Oh, and some Doublemint gum which we always used to sneak out of my grandpa’s drawer as kids:)

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Her favorite (according to her own mama!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOPEN ME

I’ve shown you the  “Create” bracelet before – here’s how I packaged it.  This was the only piece I intended for her to open the day of the shower.  I LOVE how it turned out:

CREATE - For Moms

The box insert

The presentation

The presentation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATAKE ME

This was a little tricky.  I opted to send some Epsom salts, some large pads (anyone who’s had kids knows why:), and some hand lotion.

I haven’t heard if she remembered to take the goodie bag to the hospital but I like to think that she enjoyed her snacks post-birth while cuddling that little sweetie:)  It makes my heart SO happy to think of all my cousins (AND sister-in-law!!) becoming mommies.

BEST.  JOB.  EVER.

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot GiraffeGinger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFabDIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee CraftsGingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster, Watch Out, Martha!, Say Not Sweet Anne, Ladybug Blessings, Our Delightful Home, Wednesday Whatsits, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, The Frugal Girls