So apparently using a glue gun all day can cause some damage to your "trigger" finger. Yup, making projects all afternoon and paying for it now. On Tuesday I will be conducting a make and take project at a girlfriends house. All kits have been pre-cut, presorted and all the participants have to do is glue it all down, I have made 8 of these kits plus my own, price of project $25 each. Lots of work involved, several cricut mats destroyed cutting felt. I lucked out as our school had an old die cut system I used to cut the apples out in wool felt. I love the apples! It is a simple enough project even for those who are not "crafty" and all the squares can be glued with Tacky glue or a glue gun. The project is very similar to the Halloween Countdown Calendar made several weeks ago however this one themed for Autumn and is titled "Give Thanks".
Kids now days are all to often "spoiled", think back to what we had as kids and what kids nowadays have. Sadly I don't think my kids are as "grateful" for the things they have as they should be. So for the month of November will be "counting down" the things we are grateful for. Each day I will take a tag and have each child write what they are "thankful" for and insert that into the pocket for the day. At the end of the month I will either scrap all the tags in a mini album or attach them all together somehow and save. 20 years from now they can pull those tags out and see what they were thankful for in 2010. It is just a fun thing we will do without them knowing that mommy has an ulterior motive of making them maybe acknowledge just how thankful they should be.
This is the project we will be making (sorry for the poor photo quality, it is off my cell phone. Which by the way I am very thankful for! This is just missing the wood dowel to hang and the ribbon to hang from.
This is the same project after I jazzed my own personal one up by adding a fabric backing and trim, and I also stitched all the squares.
This looks so much better in person and hanging.
With some leftover supplies this is what I made today, 5 of them, thus my sensitive finger. Coordinating "Welcome" signs using the same felt, accessories and backing each with fabric with it extending to trim the sides with a simple straight stitch. These items are complete and will be available for purchase at the make and take for those who may want the matching banner, a steal for $15, I think.
Hard to tell from this small photo but all those felt squares are zig zag stitched as well as the green "Welcome" block so they look like quilt blocks.