Wednesday, January 7, 2009

breaking my own rule

I spent 10 years of my life teaching special education in the public schools. I swore I would never give an apple themed gift to any of my children's teachers. Ever.
Is it breaking that pledge to give any sort of themed gift?
If I just happened to have some fabric on hand that had a music theme and I thought it was pretty fabric and I needed a gift for Ellie's piano teacher, that would be okay, wouldn't it?
If I used two buttons from my stash to spruce it up and one had some embroidery to turn it into a musical note, that wouldn't be making matters worse, would it? And then if I did parallel rows of quilting to make it look like a musical staff, she might not even notice that...

If she did, I hope the gift card tucked inside the cup made up for it.
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6 comments:

Lunden said...

If she doesn't love it, send it my way. This is so charming. Love it!

Rebekah said...

adorable! This is such a cute idea for a music teacher

Harriet M. Welsch said...

I've taught violin on and off for over 20 years. I've received gazillions of music tchotchkes, stationery, and honestly, most of it I give away or toss out, except for the stationery, which I use for writing practice notes to my students. But the difference with yours is that a) you made it and b) it's something she can use. I bet she'll love it. I know I would.

Kristi said...

Super cute! So how did you end up finishing up the top and bottom? It looks like you zigzagged the edge? I am trying to make something like this for a friend but keep getting hung up on the finishing part. I'm wondering if a row of topstitching and use the pinking shears would work. Good job!

Wendy said...

Thanks everyone, I feel better about it now. I really loved it, but know how I'd have felt if someone handed me an apple accessory - smile, say "thank you" and add it to the pile of stuff at home.

Kristi- I did zig zag the edge, but changed the settings to make the stitch longer and wider - more on the decorative side. I'll bet a straight seam and pinking shears would look great too.

Trish said...

I think that only counts when it's a generic piece of crap. This is lovely and unique.