That's right. I wore turkey dresses with pilgrim-pocket cardigans. I've been teaching since 1994, so what can I say... they were a ~thing~.
My wardrobe must still be washable though: I'm a kindergarten teacher after all, so clay, paint, dirt, glue, food, and all sorts of unmentionable body fluids find their way to my sleeves, cuffs and hips thanks to touchy hands, spills, and open-mouthed sneezes. The easiest way to ~holiday up~ the denim blouses, capris, cardigans and school spirit shirts is with bling, and I've been making my own this year.
That's right: I've begun making charms (and pins), and it's been a terrific way to blend my love of papercrafting with new skills and mediums: mod-podging onto dominoes and soldering around glass. Colorful and detailed enough to be statement pieces, but small enough to wear comfortably and *not* bop the heads of my students as I lean over them, these have become my go-to choice of accessory as we near each holiday.
I've made autumn owls (papercrafted collage on dominoes with pin backs):
... and for December, the song "Oh Christmas Tree" kept popping into my mind, its inspiration traditional and non:
A glittery tree in the snow, with a pastel pink neighbor nearby...
... a checked half-tree and silver star with a message of "hope" on Christmas Eve...
... a joyful tree with pink ornaments against a gray sky with falling snow... oh sure, ~technically~ they're white polka dots, but you see how it all worked out!
A bright pink tree with sparkles...
... a red and white checked tree against a holly background.
... three little friends standing out in the snow...
... and who would have thought that an o-r-a-n-g-e and bright pink tree would be just as Christmas-ey as the others? Gorgeous.
These wearable collage charms (and others) are available now in my Etsy shop, if you'd like a little holiday teacher bling for yourself! These are lightweight, so if you decide to purchase more than one (grade level team, aide or para gifts?), I'm happy to combine shipping costs. Wear with your own chain or ribbon.
I'm off to bake a pumpkin pie and some other sweet treats for tomorrow's feast. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!