Gift Ideas

Shena Leonard Homemade Vanilla

Homemade Vanilla Extract, and a Lesson in Patience (=

The kiddo and I are making homemade Vanilla Extract. (= Super simple recipe: Add 25 whole vanilla beans (cut into 1/2″ pieces) to a bottle of vodka. Put an adorable label on it. Shake once a day for 2-3 months and it’ll be ready.   It’s a lesson in
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It looks like the Owl Post arrived with the birthday presents. (= We wrapped all of the presents in brown paper bags (turned inside out so you couldn't see the Target labels, of course) and twine. Then we arranged them all on the table with his Harry Potter poster, the Harry Potter pillow we made, and a Hedwig-looking owl on top so he'd see them first thing in the morning. It was really easy to wrap them this way, and he was SO EXCITED!

It looks like the Owl Post arrived with the birthday presents

It looks like the Owl Post arrived with Cabot’s birthday presents. (= I just ran across this picture from Cabot’s 8th birthday, and I still love it. We wrapped all of his presents in brown paper bags (turned inside out so you couldn’t see the Target labels, of
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How to make the Perfect end-of-the-year (or anytime) Teacher Present! It’s small, cute (adorable, actually) and includes EVERY Child’s Favorite Thing about their school year. Each kid has a page with their photo, info and drawing. I have made this for my kids’ teachers the last 8 years and it’s always a big hit! (=

How To Make the Perfect Teacher Gift – “What I Like About School…” books made by the kids in class

For the past 8 years I have been creating the PERFECT end-of-the-year Teacher Gift with my kids’ classes. I know, I know… nothing is perfect you say…. But, this present is pretty close! The teachers really love it! And why wouldn’t they? It’s adorable, it takes up very little
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If you're looking for a last minute gift for a Harry Potter fan, copy Cabot's idea. Give cozy socks with an Albus Dumbledore quote tag,

Last Minute Gift Idea For Harry Potter Fans (=

If you’re looking for a last minute gift for a Harry Potter fan, copy Cabot’s idea. Give cozy socks with an Albus Dumbledore quote tag, “One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair.” Cabot drew
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Silver Wrapping Paper 

Silver wrapping paper looks very cool under the Christmas lights. (=
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The perfect way to wrap Princess Dresses (=

I found my new favorite way to wrap Princess Dresses! Just sew up a matching garment bag to hang it in – and this shimmery blue works perfect for a Cinderella dress! (= Bonus: The “wrapping” will protect the dress when it travels. (=
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We love to make Reading Pillows for the kiddos’ classrooms. Check out some of our fun designs. (= www.ShenaLeonard.com: Messy Table, Creative House

Reading Pillows for Cabot’s 1st Grade Classroom (=

I was going through some old photos and I found these cute ones of some of the Monster Reading Pillows we made for Cabot’s 1st grade classroom. I can’t believe how little Cabot was – look at him carrying pillows that are almost bigger than him into the school!!
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www.ShenaLeonard.com Messy Table, Creative House As an anonymous Kindergarten Teacher so aptly put it, “A Messy Table is a sign of a Happy and Creative household.” We couldn’t agree more! Check out all of the fun project ideas, recipes, reviews, and other things that keep our table looking well-loved every day. (=

Monster Pillows!!

We had a Monster Making Marathon at Nenny and Nohn’s house this weekend. Actually, they were monster reading pillows for Riley’s classroom this fall (and a few for his old teachers too). But, before we bring them into the school the boys decided to have some fun with
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www.ShenaLeonard.com Messy Table, Creative House: I am building an Autographed Collection of my kids’ favorite books – they already think it’s pretty cool, but when they’re older I’m pretty sure they’ll REALLY get how awesome it is, not to mention how awesome their mom is for doing this for them. (= The best part is, it’s not nearly as hard as you might think it would be! (=

Keepsakes your kids will like now – and LOVE when they are older and can really appreciate how special they are!

What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Maybe, if you are like me, you have lots of favorites – and just thinking of them makes you smile doesn’t it?!? One fabulous thing that I do for my kids (I know, I’m modest aren’t I? he-he) is keeping a
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www.ShenaLeonard.com Messy Table, Creative House As an anonymous Kindergarten Teacher so aptly put it, “A Messy Table is a sign of a Happy and Creative household.” We couldn’t agree more! Check out all of the fun project ideas, recipes, reviews, and other things that keep our table looking well-loved every day. (=

Give Your Broken Crayons a New Lease on Life. Make Them Into Funky-Cool-Multicolored Crayons

I love boxes of brand new crayons – all those perfect points lined up neatly in a box, just waiting to create a masterpiece…. They make me smile! (= And then… I use those lovely crayons and the points wear down, some even break off, and my crayons don’t
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