Friday, June 1, 2012

Spring Teacher Gift

"A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child's eyes." ~ Author Unknown

At the close of the school year, I like to surprise our elementary school teachers with flowers presented in a container they can reuse after the flowers fade.

This year I filled monogrammed pitchers with lemons -- some sliced, some halved and others left whole.

I filled each pitcher about halfway with lemon slices, and added warm water.

Then I added fresh blooms, like these hydrangeas from our yard.

When I was satisfied with the floral arrangement, I tucked more lemons into the pitcher to fill it the rest of the way.

To keep this gift economical, I picked up glass and acrylic pitchers at a discount store and took them to a local engraving shop to be monogrammed. They turned out beautifully, so I will keep this option in mind for wedding and birthday gifts.

These arrangements turned out so lovely and fragrant -- perfect for thanking our teachers for pouring themselves out for our children each day.

"In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years." ~ Jacques Barzun


Becky W said...

LOVE this! May have to borrow this sometime! Posted about mine a few days ago, but not nearly as cute as yours!

lahbluebonnet said...

What a lovely idea!

Magnolia Blues said...

What a gorgeous arrangement!!! I'm still waiting for my little hydrangea to bloom. I found little buds yesterday so I'm patiently waiting. Yours is beautiful. I love what you did with the lemons.

Linda Young said...

This is a beautiful gift! The lemons look so pretty with the hydrangeas! What a pretty centerpiece it would be for a party too! I just love the idea of personalized, monogrammed pitchers or vases, very thoughtful! Your blog is delightful! Fabulous ideas! So very pretty and great sayings! I am now following!
Linda@ Grandmalay's Daydreams

Melissa Lester said...

Thank you for all the sweet comments! I appreciate seeing some new faces along with my sweet friend Becky.

Anonymous said...

"In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years." ~ Jacques Barzun

THANK YOU. Thank you. Thank you for that quote.

Today was my first day teaching -- one summer course at our local college.

The students seemed so BLANK. Were they understanding? Were they bored? I have no clue.

So, this evening, going to some of my bookmarked blogs to cheer myself up, I found your blog with this quote. You have no idea how much I needed it.

Thank you.

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