In Stamping Mode

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Teddy Bear Picnic

My son's teacher (mind you, he is in pre-kinder) always comes up with such clever ideas on how to celebrate the holidays. For Valentine's this year, she has decided that the children will have a teddy bear picnic as their Valentine "party." In preparation for this event, she has begun reading a book to the children that says if you have a picnic, the bears will come. All the parents are to sneak a bear to her with a little love note attached for their child. She will then have the bears sitting at their desk when they arrive to school on the 13th. They will have the bears with them for the duration of the class, and for lunch, the parents will pack their children's lunches in a basket so that they may eat outside, "picnic style!" How cute is that?! The baskets will then be used for the children to store and bring home their Valentines that they receive at school. Oh my gosh this is such a cute idea!! Can I join along?! LOL :)

Well when I went to Target the other idea, I just happened upon the CUTEST little picnic basket in the toy section! Oh...my...gosh...I was giddy with excitement! I just knew what I wanted to do with it...embellish it, of course!! Here's what it looked like when I bought it.


It was an adorable little tea set! I didn't think he's appreciate a pink basket, so here's the after.


I used a Build a Brad as a "button" to secure the top for closure. The ribbon is retired Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon.

Here's the inside.


Recognize the paper at all? It's retired Stampin' Up dsp, aptly called, Afternoon Tea. I wanted something pretty but not too girly...he is all boy afterall! :) I used the Scallop Edge punch to scallop the edges to make them look less like paper and more like pretty fabric. I also added large eyelets and weaved Groovy Guava doublestitched ribbon through. All the paper is adhered to the basket with a glue gun. I've always said, "men have duct tape...women have glue guns." :)


The sentiment is a stamp set from Verve Stamps that I absolutely love called Hundred Hearts. I knew that this would be PERFECT on my little bear...even though my little human bear can't read it yet. :) I wrote a little love note on the back from Mommy, Daddy and Catie. I'm so thrilled with how this turned out!!
Verve is actually hosting a challenge called the "Kid at Heart Project Parade," and you know how I'm a sucker for challenges! hehe I'd been wanting to participate in this for a month now, but had total mental block on what to create. This project for the class just worked perfectly!

Thanks so much for looking and getting "in stamping mode."

18 comments:

Rachel Brumley said...

Melissa

What a cute basket! I love the paper you used for the inside of the basket. And that Teddy Bear is so adorable!

Liz said...

What a great idea the teacher had! And your (his) basket is adorable! I love the way you made it work for him.

Lisa F said...

That is VERY cute! What a great idea for a teddy bear picnic too!

Julia Aston said...

What a PERFECT little basket! how fun! Love the way you lined it with the DP - what a great project by your son's teacher!

Gretchen said...

OMGosh this is adorable! I love the picnic idea too- you are so lucky to have such a creative and caring teacher for your son!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Very clever!

Maria Gurnsey said...

SO adorable!! my brain checked out on this challenge :) this is cute, cute, cute!!

Kathy said...

I just can't believe how cute this is! The bear, the paper, the basket - it's all such a great combo!

Susan (peebsmama) said...

This is an adorable little basket and a very cute class idea.

I had to laugh at the idea of having an outdoor picnic in February. It's 4° outside today here. I don't think outdoor dining is an option for us!

aimee said...

Awww I love the teddy bear. What a cute ensemble!

kristie sessions said...

wow this is great! love how delicate and sweet it looks.
k

Nikki Schmaltz said...

SOOO Amazing!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, this is just adorable! What a fabulous idea. Thanks for playing! :)

thescrapmaster said...

How adorable! I love your remodeling!

~Samantha

katiesniche said...

My mom used to sing to us about the Teddy Bears picnic, I love that idea from that teacher! How adorable...bringing back memories for me ;)

Donna said...

how fun!! love the way you decorated the basket & the tag around the bear's neck is perfect!

Holly VanDyne said...

OMG Melissa! This is beyond perfect and completely adorable. What a great idea his teacher had and I love how you decorated it - awesome job! :)

Marilyn said...

This is amazing - what a darling idea his teacher had, and I love all the thought you put into his special basket - I'm sure he'll always remember this as a very special Valentine's Day!

BTW - loved your card in the swap - your attention to detail and design are always inspiring!

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