Thursday, December 16, 2010

Don't Forget The Bus Driver!

I decided to give the boys' bus driver, Mr. Allen, a little something
for Christmas to thank him for being so great.
The kids love him.
He's awesome.
He pulls right up to our front walk to pick the boys up every morning,
waits patiently if one of them is taking a little more time putting
on a coat or finding a missing left shoe and never complains.
He greets them by name, sings songs and runs an orderly "ship".

Since Mr. Allen loves movies, we opted for a movie gift card.
Here's what I started with:
I had everything on hand other than the glass container,
school bus, red letter stickers and gift card, all purchased at Walmart.
The first step is to tape off a square on the jar to spray with chalkboard paint.
Easy.
While waiting for it to dry,
I decided to work on a quick gift tag to attach to the jar.
Place the premade tag
{You can buy these at any craft store.}
on scrapbook paper, tracing and then cutting it out.
Easy.
Next you'll need these guys:
Glue the paper to the tag, punch a hole for the ribbon
and ink the edges to give it a more finished look.
Easy.
Wrap some ribbon around the tag,
and tie that bad daddy in the front or back.
Easy.
Notice a trend.
I'm easy.
You know what I mean.
Add an embellishment annnnnnnnddddddd DONE.
Later you'll add a ribbon through the whole to attach it to the jar.
Oh, look.
It's dry.
Pull off the painter's tape, and what do ya know.
It's a chalkboard right there on the jar.
Awesome.
Fill it with peppermint candy.
Write Merry Christmas...or whatever your message is...with chalk or a chalk marker...love those things.
I added his name to the top.
What's the #25 for?
His bus number of course.
I placed that toy bus inside just for fun. 
Tucked the gift card down in the jar
Tied a ribbon around the jar, and that's it!

Don't forget your child's bus driver!
Off to make Rice Crispy treats with the boys.
I love this time of year!

Linking to:

24 comments:

Amy Mahrer said...

You seriously have to be one of the most creative people I've ever met! I'm in awe!

Chani said...

Amen to Amy's comment! You're unreal, Soladay!

Stacey said...

You wouldn't of been as thoughtful if you had our bus driver! lol Cute idea for a great bus driver!

Impulsive Addict said...

My brain would have NEVER EVEN thought to gift give to the bus driver let alone come up with such a cute idea. I hate you.

I lie too.

La said...

This is such a cute idea. My sister-in-law just started driving a school bus and I bought her the same little toy bus at Wal-mart. Merry Christmas! La

BrownEyedGirlsMom said...

Do you ever run out of ideas? Seriously you come up with the cutest stuff. I need to go buy that chalkboard paint and markers.

Pam said...

How Thoughtful!! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Dee Stephens said...

HOLY CREATIVITY!! I seriously need to get with the program and buy some chalkboard paint and a pen. Love the nametag thing too. I've wondered how people made such cute ones. I think it's the teacher in you that helps with all this! I'm such a slacker. :(

debbi said...

Oh dang it...i did forget. i guess i'm off to HL. Will have to meet up with the kiddos at the bus stop this afternoon...tfs. you have such cute ideas.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Adorable . .love the tags! You and I have almost the same exact post today! great minds. Super cute blog. Glad I found you through just a girl.

http://thoughtfuldesigns.blogspot.com/2010/12/simple-treat-jars-and-tutorial.html

Simply Amy said...

I'm in awe!!! What a cute gift.

Meg said...

This is such a great idea for Gift Cards. Sometimes I feel so impersonal with just giving a gift card. I usually throw some candy and a little extra something in the gift bag, but I really like this! Thanks for sharing!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

This is the cutest idea!!! I am loving chalk paint project right now!!! We would love for you to link this to Fancy This Fridays! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2010/12/fancy-this-fridays-edition-3.html

The Lenzers said...

You have way too much free time!! HAA I love it all. such a great idea. I will have to remember whenever my boys have a bus driver. I loved your guest post yesterday. I am totally making the letters for next year. Even I could do those

The Rand's said...

super cute!

starnes family said...

If I had a bus driver, I'd be more than thrilled to create this! Love, love, love the bus.

Merry Mack said...

OMG! I love, love, love! Very cute. Very clever. I totally stealing it when my creative juices start moving again. I bet Mr. Allen felt special.

Amanda said...

So creative, LOVE it!

FROGGITY! said...

uhm... you just put my teacher gifts to shame! PRECIOUS!!!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

That is the cutest, my granddaughter's bus driver is the same way. I'll have to keep it in mind for next year!

Browns said...

Oh.My.Goodness. You are so dang creative! This is a fabulous idea!! What I want to know is how you organize all your crafty stuff so that it doesn't take over your home but you can still have it around to do all these great projects that you do!?!

Rene said...

Adorable! That's all.

-Rene

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Thanks for the inspiration!!! I am linking to your post here with my version... THANKS!! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2010/12/chalboard-canisters.html

Dawn said...

I love this!! So cute and thoughtful.

I do try to remember all those "extra" people that make a difference, but I never do it so creatively. =)

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Don't Forget The Bus Driver!

I decided to give the boys' bus driver, Mr. Allen, a little something
for Christmas to thank him for being so great.
The kids love him.
He's awesome.
He pulls right up to our front walk to pick the boys up every morning,
waits patiently if one of them is taking a little more time putting
on a coat or finding a missing left shoe and never complains.
He greets them by name, sings songs and runs an orderly "ship".

Since Mr. Allen loves movies, we opted for a movie gift card.
Here's what I started with:
I had everything on hand other than the glass container,
school bus, red letter stickers and gift card, all purchased at Walmart.
The first step is to tape off a square on the jar to spray with chalkboard paint.
Easy.
While waiting for it to dry,
I decided to work on a quick gift tag to attach to the jar.
Place the premade tag
{You can buy these at any craft store.}
on scrapbook paper, tracing and then cutting it out.
Easy.
Next you'll need these guys:
Glue the paper to the tag, punch a hole for the ribbon
and ink the edges to give it a more finished look.
Easy.
Wrap some ribbon around the tag,
and tie that bad daddy in the front or back.
Easy.
Notice a trend.
I'm easy.
You know what I mean.
Add an embellishment annnnnnnnddddddd DONE.
Later you'll add a ribbon through the whole to attach it to the jar.
Oh, look.
It's dry.
Pull off the painter's tape, and what do ya know.
It's a chalkboard right there on the jar.
Awesome.
Fill it with peppermint candy.
Write Merry Christmas...or whatever your message is...with chalk or a chalk marker...love those things.
I added his name to the top.
What's the #25 for?
His bus number of course.
I placed that toy bus inside just for fun. 
Tucked the gift card down in the jar
Tied a ribbon around the jar, and that's it!

Don't forget your child's bus driver!
Off to make Rice Crispy treats with the boys.
I love this time of year!

Linking to:

24 comments:

Amy Mahrer said...

You seriously have to be one of the most creative people I've ever met! I'm in awe!

Chani said...

Amen to Amy's comment! You're unreal, Soladay!

Stacey said...

You wouldn't of been as thoughtful if you had our bus driver! lol Cute idea for a great bus driver!

Impulsive Addict said...

My brain would have NEVER EVEN thought to gift give to the bus driver let alone come up with such a cute idea. I hate you.

I lie too.

La said...

This is such a cute idea. My sister-in-law just started driving a school bus and I bought her the same little toy bus at Wal-mart. Merry Christmas! La

BrownEyedGirlsMom said...

Do you ever run out of ideas? Seriously you come up with the cutest stuff. I need to go buy that chalkboard paint and markers.

Pam said...

How Thoughtful!! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Dee Stephens said...

HOLY CREATIVITY!! I seriously need to get with the program and buy some chalkboard paint and a pen. Love the nametag thing too. I've wondered how people made such cute ones. I think it's the teacher in you that helps with all this! I'm such a slacker. :(

debbi said...

Oh dang it...i did forget. i guess i'm off to HL. Will have to meet up with the kiddos at the bus stop this afternoon...tfs. you have such cute ideas.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Adorable . .love the tags! You and I have almost the same exact post today! great minds. Super cute blog. Glad I found you through just a girl.

http://thoughtfuldesigns.blogspot.com/2010/12/simple-treat-jars-and-tutorial.html

Simply Amy said...

I'm in awe!!! What a cute gift.

Meg said...

This is such a great idea for Gift Cards. Sometimes I feel so impersonal with just giving a gift card. I usually throw some candy and a little extra something in the gift bag, but I really like this! Thanks for sharing!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

This is the cutest idea!!! I am loving chalk paint project right now!!! We would love for you to link this to Fancy This Fridays! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2010/12/fancy-this-fridays-edition-3.html

The Lenzers said...

You have way too much free time!! HAA I love it all. such a great idea. I will have to remember whenever my boys have a bus driver. I loved your guest post yesterday. I am totally making the letters for next year. Even I could do those

The Rand's said...

super cute!

starnes family said...

If I had a bus driver, I'd be more than thrilled to create this! Love, love, love the bus.

Merry Mack said...

OMG! I love, love, love! Very cute. Very clever. I totally stealing it when my creative juices start moving again. I bet Mr. Allen felt special.

Amanda said...

So creative, LOVE it!

FROGGITY! said...

uhm... you just put my teacher gifts to shame! PRECIOUS!!!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

That is the cutest, my granddaughter's bus driver is the same way. I'll have to keep it in mind for next year!

Browns said...

Oh.My.Goodness. You are so dang creative! This is a fabulous idea!! What I want to know is how you organize all your crafty stuff so that it doesn't take over your home but you can still have it around to do all these great projects that you do!?!

Rene said...

Adorable! That's all.

-Rene

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Thanks for the inspiration!!! I am linking to your post here with my version... THANKS!! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2010/12/chalboard-canisters.html

Dawn said...

I love this!! So cute and thoughtful.

I do try to remember all those "extra" people that make a difference, but I never do it so creatively. =)