My father passed away this weekend. I’m taking a couple of weeks off the blog as I coordinate travel plans and arrangements. Thanks and I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Do you do teacher appreciation gifts? Growing up, this was not something done in our household and I don’t think this was done with my husband’s either. But, I don’t think you need to spend a ton of money to let teacher’s know that you appreciate the time and effort they put into your kids. Or, as I tell my husband, one of our kids will be back next year and we want to make sure she continues to get great treatment! 😉
This week is the last week of school for my kids. After searching through Pinterest, I found a cute idea to give handsoap with a hand printable for their teachers.
I traced their hands and then cut it out and let them decorate it and write their name.
Then, I attached the handprint with a free printable tag and attached it with Mrs. Meyers foaming hand soap. We “splurged” on the soap to go a little fancier.
The teachers appreciated it and I think it’s one of those nice non-cluttery gifts that works well. I’ve talked with friends who are teachers and they’ve told me their favorite gifts are gift cards, wrapped and packaged food, and useful items.
I also know NOT to give homemade food, or anything homemade because that makes its way directly into the trashcan.
Any other great gift ideas? I love the ease of access through Pinterest.
If you’re anything like me, I like to really learn about the tools and techniques before I dive into a project. If I’m learning to sew, I want to understand how to thread my sewing machine properly and be equipped with the right things before I even buy a piece of fabric.
In The Acrylic Painter: Tools and Techniques for the Most Versatile Medium, this is the perfect 101, reference book that would let anyone interested in painting with acrylics dive right in. I have reviewed books on painting before but this is the beginner book I would recommend.
After reading The Acrylic Painter, I feel like I’ve completed an art class. The first third of the book covers paints, brushes, tools, and surfaces for painting. In most painting books I’ve read there’s a few pages that cover it briefly, but this one is really thorough. The rest of the book moves onto a bit about color and vision with the last part of the book covers painting techniques.
The paintings featured in the book are amazing and there are a few I really had to do a second look because they looked like photographs!
I would recommend painters or anyone interested in painting as a hobby to add this to their collection as a reference.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.
Do you sharpen your kitchen knives? Over the years I would sharpen our knives by running it through one of those kitchen knife sharpener tools, or even simpler by running it on the underside of a coffee mug (a trick my mom taught me). It never really seemed to last very long before the knife was dull again.
Recently while we were in the garage for a woodworking project, and clearing out the garage, we rediscovered that we had a blade sharpener. (Yes, it makes me cringe we have tools we have forgotten but I try to let the husband have his own “space” to do what he will.)
After running our kitchen knives through it, they work like new again. And some of these knives were pretty old! I did some more research around and if you don’t happen to have a blade sharpener in your garage, you can bring your knives to smaller hardware stores to have them sharpened for less than $10. It’s a much more frugal option than purchasing a new knife or hacking through your food with a dull knife.
I didn’t realize how much of a struggle it was cutting through stuff until we sharpened everything.
Have you had your knives sharpened and do you have any other tips to get them cutting well again?