Teacher Christmas Gift-Hot Cocoa Theme

Being pregnant and sick and tired, I just didn’t have it in me this year to get crazy creative with my daughters preschool teachers gift.  A quick run to World Market for some goodies to make a Hot Cocoa cup was just what I needed to dazzle up my gift card gifts. You can see how I’ve dazzled up a gift card for past teachers {HERE & HERE}.  All you need is a giant mug…because really…who wants a puny cup of hot cocoa?!?!  Not I.  Hot cocoa mix, a yummy treat, mini jar to hold some marshmallows, gift card and BAM…you have an amazing gift.  I also use Printables a lot, that I save on a Pinterest board when I find cute ones.  Then, I have great gift tags when I need them in a pinch.  This adorable little darling I found on Smitten Blog Designs.  Thank the stars for talented and giving graphic designers and their free Printables!  Boy do they make you look good in a pinch.

Jennifer Bishop Design| Hot Cocoa Teacher Gift

Jennifer Bishop Design| Hot Cocoa Teacher Gift

 

Teacher Appreciation Gift-Caricature Notecards

Can we please get in our time machines and go back to June…you know the time of year you hand your kids’ teachers their gifts for all of their hard work?  Because that is when I made these and it’s now NOVEMBER (how is it NOVEMBER going on DECEMBER?).  I figured I’d still throw these up because sometimes parents are looking for teacher Holiday present ideas and these might come in handy for that.  So every time I have given my daughters pre-school teachers a gift, they’ve always responded back so graciously with a thank you card.  I though it might be cute to get them some personalized thank you card being that they have to write so many throughout the year.   I placed the notecards and envelopes in plastic baskets I found at Target. With each notecard set I included a pen (that also had the caricature on them) as well as a DVD that held the caricature images in case they wanted to make more notecards when they ran out.  I wrapped the whole thing both vertically and horizontally with some rainbow twine and voila…a fun gift and package all in one!   The teachers were all so excited to see these caricatures of themselves and it was a fun unique gift to be able to give them.

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards, Caricature 2

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards Rainbow Yarn

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards, Caricature

SUPPLY LIST & SOURCES
CARCICATURE DESIGN-NOTECARDS & PENS: Vistaprint I also purchased the separate caricature file so I could print myself on my disc label.
PATTERNED SCRAPBOOK PAPER: I used the Moroccan Prints Digital Paper Pack from PrettifulDesigns on ETSY and printed it myself.
ENVELOPE:  I made my own by cutting an 8.5×11 sheet of cardstock and rounding the sides but you can purchase any type of envelope pocket at your craft store.
BASKETS: Room Essentials Storage Bin from Target.  I bought in the store and didn’t need to buy a set of 4 like it says online. 
YARN-TWINE or RIBBON: I used the Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Gems yarn.  I bought it at Joann Fabrics but don’t see it there anymore.
CD or DVD’s plus printable sticker labels for them
FULL SHEET STICKER PAPER: to print the caricatures on for the sticker to close the envelope.  You could also just print on circle labels.
CIRCLE PUNCHES: To cut out  stickers for envelope if you used full sheet sticker paper.
GEL DOTS: To hold the DVD to the paper. You stick them to the paper and them pop the DVD hole through them. I’m not sure where to find these.  My friend gave me a bunch that she had.

Halloween Decor

I haven’t shown you much of my apartment.  Primarily…because it’s a disaster zone almost 24-7.  But I’m OK showing you glimpses of the clean parts once in awhile!  My daughter kept telling me she wanted Halloween decorations up.  I don’t normally decorate for Halloween and didn’t have much in the way of typical Halloween decor.  Then one day, I was on Facebook, and a post came up from one of my Friend’s Leslie Nash whom I like to call the Master Crafter.  She had posted this artwork that she had designed and it was so funny to me!  Running a business and raising a small child…I definitely feel like I’m living in an insane asylum many days!  I immediately contacted her and wanted to know how I could get my own poster and also how she went about making the embroidery hoop prints.  The best part is that she has this print in her ETSY shop so if you’d like one customized for your own family just contact her.

The embroidery hoops were also such a cute idea.  I’ve never used this technique before but the image is actually printed right onto the fabric. I won’t go into too much detail but I will share with you the sources and directions for this project if you’d like to try it yourself.

Clipart Source: The Graphics
Embroidery  Hoop Directions: The Graphics Fairy
Label Printing Method: My Re-Purposed Life
Tip– I used Linen Fabric to make my hoops

 

So here are the results after I used Leslie’s Artwork, made my own hoops and added a few other items including a photo of my daughter on her first Halloween!

And speaking of my daughter, do you think she was happy with our Halloween decor…of course not!  4 years olds have such a mind of their own.  I asked her what she was envisioning and she said  “you know…the stickers.”  Come to find out she wanted the Halloween decals you stick on the windows =)  So off Mommy went to Target to hunt down some decor for my Bean to set up her own decorations.  I think she did a pretty great job!

 

Design Board “The Turtle Shell”| SF Bay Area Interior Designer

I’ve  said if before and I’ll say it again, designing for older kids can be so much fun!  Especially when they are teenagers and are all into their funny inside jokes.  A couple requests for this room were that he wanted it to be called “The Turtle Shell” and he wanted ocean art because he surfs.  A really large scale wave canvas will sit over his bed in lieu of a headboard.  The walls will be painted in Sherwin Williams-Maxi Teal.  The room has a lot of light with window on 3 different walls so the room can totally withstand such a deep color.  To brighten it up, I’m using pops of white in the bedding and desk.  The ceiling will also stay white.  From the ceiling will hang one of his surfboards as decor.  Since we want this to be a cool hangout for him and his friends to enjoy, we’ve added this sofa that will also fold down into a bed for any overnight guests.  I’m pretty happy with the results and can’t wait to get working on it!

Wine Country Modern Living Room-SF Bay Area Interior Design

I came across this client because she was a referral from my Tiny Totem client.  They are friends and neighbors.  I just love swooping through neighborhoods!  The Living and Dining room was almost a clean slate.  The bones of the room were already there by which I mean, paint, hardwood and shutters.  So I really needed to just pull it together with the furnishings.  She had a few pieces for me to start with.  The Riddling board was brought home from one of her trips to Napa and she really wanted a “Napa” style incorporated to the room.  She also really likes modern design and color so I used her existing green abstract art to inspire my design for the room.

If I haven’t told you this before…I’m a custom pillow junky!  Nothing sets off a room more than pillows in my professional opinion!  And I absolutely love when a client isn’t afraid of color and pattern.  In this room, with mostly browns and neutrals, the pillows set if off.

 

The Dining room adjoins the living room as well.  We used the clients existing Dining room furniture and I just styled it to tie in some of the Living Room colors.

I really played with a lot of texture in this design, I used a lot of weathered woods, a the zigzag jute chenille rug and rope.  And oh HI…look who it is!  This is the first shot of myself in one of my room designs. It was pretty exciting!

A close up of the riddling board.  I love the weathered grain and the warmth it added to the space.

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