Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring(ish) Break Day 4

Today we're going to visit one of my very favorite blogs EVER.

Get ready, because you're going to love it too!

I proudly bounce you to Skip to My Lou! She has soooooo many cute ideas and projects! Especially for teacher appreciation!

This just happens to be one of my favorite Teacher Appreciation Ideas: Appreciation 7 Days A Week.

She has all the instructions and even a free download of the little sayings for each day of the week. So cute!

So, run on over there and check it out! Trust're going to want a few extra minutes to spend browsing! Don't forget to tell her I sent ya!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring(ish) Break Day 3

Today I bring you some fun, FREE printables to package up your Teacher Appreciation Week goodies.

They are totally cute and totally FREE!! You have NO REASON not to visit The Tip Junkie and download these right away! Did I mention they are FREE?

Head on over there and download the goodies! Don't forget to leave her a comment to show some thanks and gratitude! {And, tell her I sent ya, if you don't mind!}

Happy Wednesday, people!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring(ish) Break Day 2

I love this idea from Bee in our Bonnet.

Even though it is a First Day Survival Kit, you could easily change it into an End of the Year Survivial Kit and it would be just as cute!

Happy Tuesday, people!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring(ish) Break

Hey Lovelies!

It's Spring Break around here and I'm going to take the week off to get caught up and {*gasp*} possibly even ahead!

For the next few days I'll leave you with links to some of my favorite teacher appreciation gifts, since that's the topic we left off with on Friday!

The first is my post on The Girl Talk Blog with the freebie Sonic drink holder tag.

I hope you enjoy!

Happy Spring Break, people!

Tip Junkie handmade projects
Get Your Craft On Tuesday

Friday, March 25, 2011

{Funtastic Friday} Teacher Appreciation!

I love Teacher Appreciation Week.





Love it.

It is probably my favorite week of the whole school year. I love spoiling our teachers and making each and every day happy for them.

Have you ever been in your son or daughter's class for a whole day? Not just an hour or two here and there. And, not just for a holiday party. A. WHOLE. DAY.

If not, you should give it a whirl. Trust me, you'll be on the Teacher Appreciation bandwagon afterwards.

TA Week is right around the corner (May 2-6 ~ write it down, people). So, for the next few weeks, I'll be highlighting great, fun gifts for teachers. It never hurts to be ahead of the game and ready when TA week rolls around. The gifts don't have to be extravagant or expensive. Just a simple little something to let your teachers know you care and appreciate them and all of their hard work!

Here are my first few fun quick and easy gifts from the girls at eighteen25 (they even provide the labels for some of their projects to download as a freebie - *yay*):

"So fortunate to have you" take out boxes.

"O'fish'ally the best!" candy treats.

My teacher is AW-esome" drink and candy set.

My friend Mel is a pro at teacher appreciate-ing (hey - I think I just made up a new verb!).

Check out the s'more goody bags she whipped up last year (complete with a printable tag freebie).

You might also remember her "Popular Teacher" treat toppers that I used last year.

I just LOVE Mel's work. So cute, clever and FUN!!

Here is an idea from Cute as a Fox: a fun jelly bean apple.

And, finally (for today), I love this idea for a candy gram pail. If you have a teacher that has a sweet tooth, this could be the way to go! Be sure to use the little poem, too!

I'll have ideas o' plenty featured here over the next few weeks to get your creative juices flowing. And, PLEASE link me up if you find any more fun ideas floating around the ol' world wide web. I have about 400 ideas already logged in my idea folder (i.e. my teeny tiny brain), but I'm sure there are LOTS more that I've yet to discover! I'd love to add yours to the line up!

And, here's my best advice for Teacher Appreciation Week: DON'T WAIT!!!! For crying out loud, start planning now! You can pick up a few things here and there and be ready to roll when it comes around (remember - May 2nd thru 6th). Take it from me, the last thing you want to be doing the night before is scurrying around trying to get all of your items together and packaged nicely. Believe me when I say that will be *the* night your printer decides to run out of ink and you'll be left with a cute gift and no tag (and we all know the CUTE factor begins with the tag, right?).

Happy Friday, people.

And, happy teacher appreciate-ing!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

{Things I Love Thursday} Fonts!


I'm Leigh.

I'm a fontaholic.

It's true. Don't judge me because of my weaknesses.

I super-duper love fonts. In fact, I have over 1,000 installed on my computer.


I told you. It's bad.

I have a good mix of free fonts and fonts I paid for by awesome designers (Heather Hess and Darcy Baldwin) and my favorite stores (Lettering Delights and ScrapNFonts).

Then there are fonts I dream of owning one day.

Like just about anything from Ronna Penner.
Or Sweetheart Script and Hayseed by Typadelic. {*sigh*}

But, just for you, I compiled a little list (with links) for today's Thursday special. These are all free fonts that you can download and use today. TODAY, people! And, did I mention they are all FREE? Yay! My favorite price!














One of my very favorite font sites is Kevin and Amanda (dot) com. Amanda seriously knows how to put out some great fonts. She can even turn your handwriting into a font. Check it out and I promise you'll be amazed! Every font Amanda offers is free!

I also love, which is where most of my free ones are downloaded from.

So, there you go! Have fun downloading and installing new fonts! If you need help learning how, click here for Windows instructions and here for Mac instructions.

Happy font-ing!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

{Par-taaay Wednesday} Ice Cream Party

As the weather turns warmer and the kids get an extra spring in their step, why not give them an extra sugar boost. (Because we all know they need more sugar, right?)

Seriously, this ice cream party is A. DORABLE.

Best of all, there are free printables and helpful tutorials offered by the awesome Sara and Brittany of One Charming Party. Yay for free! Yay for awesome!

If you like parties, you're going to looooooooove One Charming Party.

For real.

Check out some of the pics from their ice cream party:

The invitations, which you can download for free! FREE!

The "birthday hat." To. Die. For.

The party favors (*alert* the container toppers are free printables).

The guests made ice cream/sweets charm bracelets. Cute overload.

Of course: ice cream.

And the pièce de résistance: the cake.

Seriously, if you don't think that's cute, there's something wrong with you. Seriously.

Now, come on. Get in the party mood and host your own ice cream party!! What are you waiting for? Summer is just around the corner!

Be sure to head over to One Charming Party and leave them some love for their ice cream party (especially if you download any of the printables)!

Party on, people.

Party on.

Monday, March 21, 2011

{Trendy Tuesday} Dessert Party Tables

There aren't many things "for sure" these days.

But here's one: Dessert Tables are THE STUFF right now.

They're ON FIRE!

Probably one of the biggest trends I've seen in a long, long time. {And, we all know how long I've been tracking trends, right?}

So, you've not seen a dessert table? Have no idea what I'm talking about? Well, sit back and let me introduce you to your newest fascination.

They are perfect for weddings:

From here.

From here.

From here.

They're a must-have at birthday parties.






They're perfect for holidays.





They're even perfect for a back to school bash.


So, go ahead.

Google the day away searching for dessert tables. I give you permission. {Not that I've actually googled a WHOLE day away before. *ahem*}

You'll be amazed at what you find!

And, when your mom says, "Just because everyone else is doing it, are you going to do it too?" You can say, "ummmm...yeah, Mom! Yes. I am."

Happy dessert table-ing!