Growing EXPO-nentially – a teacher gift

We start back to school tomorrow and luckily we’re all super excited for the year to start.  (I’m not gonna lie, Mama might be the most excited)  The last couple of years I’ve made a small zippered pouch for my son’s teachers full of little “survival” type things – gum, lip gloss, Band-Aids, and ibuprofen.  This year, I just wasn’t into that, plus I thought it might be nice to start the year off with supplies that always seem in demand by the end of the year.  Last year, by the end of the year, dry-erase markers were dried up and boards were stained.  So…

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Sometimes being able to come up with cheesy sayings comes in handy; an easy little gift that turned out super cute!  

Just gather your supplies: 

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and put them in a cute little jar, tie with fun ribbon or twine, add a tag and done!

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I love this “project” (and I use that word VERY loosely since this was so easy) because you don’t have to have a Silhouette (which I do) or any other craft machine.  Just run cardstock through your printer and cut (I did use some old scrapbooking scissors circa 2006).

Want to use it as a mid-year gift?  Simply change the wording to “I’m growing EXPO-nentially this year” or “I’ve grown EXPO-nentially this year”.  

In case you don’t feel like typing it up yourself, here is the document in PDF form – print and go!  

Expo Label


Made for Mermaids: Hailey Ruffle Pants

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Whenever I see that Megan Gorman, the designer behind Made for Mermaids has a tester call out, I jump at the chance to apply.  Megan’s daughter is close in age to mine and she always seems to have something coming out that works well for us.

The newest release, the Hailey Ruffle Pants certainly fall into a “need” for us as preschool starts soon.  My daughter is a skirt/dress-a-holic and doesn’t willingly wear pants or leggings (unless they’re UNDER a skirt or dress).  With the ruffle around the waist of these, we’re calling them her “skirt pants”.  If you’re a mama of a strong-willed fashionista, you understand.

The pants are a comfy fit without being a super wide leg.  I appreciate that the ruffle at the hem is sized well so that it isn’t too over the top (although, you could certainly cut them longer and ruffle more if that’s the look you want).  The waist ruffle is the icing on the cake – it too is sized appropriately so that it’s a cute added detail but not too bulky to look silly.  Of course, if you’re looking for a more basic pant, the waist ruffle can easily be omitted.

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I made my tester pair out of a red and white striped knit with a bit of stretch.  My waist ruffle is a stretchy lace-like fabric I found at Joann earlier this summer.  The pattern is written to allow you to use either woven or knit for the pants as well as the ruffles!  The waistband needs to be a knit with a good bit of lycra in order for the pants to stay up.

Like Megan’s other patterns, this one comes in sizes 1/2 – 14.

Testing for Megan was a pleasure and I appreciate her taking feedback so well and making changes for a better fit.  The final version of the Hailey Ruffle Pants should be out this week and you’ll be able to get your copy on Etsy or Craftsy.

Run and make your sweetie a pair of “skirt pants”!

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