Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Thank you for Tea

One of my favourite things to do is drink tea. More than just the actual drinking, I love to whole ritual of preparing and making my tea. 

I drink English Breakfast in the morning and Earl Grey in the afternoon. I cannot stand milk in tea, and have it hot, black and strong! 

I am linking up with my girls at Blog Hoppin with a week of 'thankful' posts! Today, we are sharing something we are thankful for that begins with "T".

I came late to the party with my affection for tea. I had a few random cups in years gone by, but what got me hooked was a chance encounter with a lady that had a huge impact on me. 

I was in hospital after delivering my baby girl. Those of you that are mothers will understand what I mean when I say I was a tad frazzled. In the hospital I was in, babies are not taken to a nursery. My new baby had been by my side from the second she was delivered. She was 3 days old, and I had maybe 4 hours sleep in total. It was a busy night, I needed some pain relief, and there were no nurses available as I pressed my buzzer. For quite a while. 

In came a lady I had not seen before, I am still not quite sure what her role at the hospital was, and I could tell she was still learning to speak English. I told her I was in pain. There may have been tears. There may have been slight frustration. There were perhaps a few more tears. She told me she could not bring pain relief, but she could get me a cup of tea. "I don't drink tea" I told her. "I get you some" she said. "No, no, thank you, but no thank you" I repeated. "I get you tea" she insisted and warmly gave my shoulders a pat and my (finally sleeping) baby a sweet smile. 

She returned with the tea. Well, trust me, after having a baby and learning so many new things in a few short days amid sleep deprivation, tears, hormones and worries - if someone brings you something and is kind to you - you think you are in the presence of an angel sent straight from heaven. And indeed I did. Her little visit to my room was exactly what I needed at that moment, for many reasons, and the tea... well it did help the pain and the worries. And I have been a devoted drinker ever since! 

I am also forever grateful that the kindness she showed me that night has stayed with me. I know that making a difference in someone's day can be as simple as 'putting the kettle on'. In a hospital filled with "important people" and trained "specialists", the act of one, special, kind person can make the greatest difference of all. 

Head over to Blog Hoppin to find more thankful posts! 

And just because I am super thankful for you visiting my blog - I have a special freebie for you - available for this week only - Teacup Stick Kids! Head over to my TpT clipart store to find them!

Thank YOU for stopping by today!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Card Ideas

I have some simple Christmas card ideas to share with you. A favourite 'end of school year' activity in Australian schools, is a Christmas card for the family. I made these two today using some brightly coloured card, paper and crayons. 

I found some awesome Quill Fluoro board at Officeworks. It is a nice and bright on one side and white on the other - perfect for cards! 

For one card, I simply printed one of my 'scrappy colouring pages' and shaded it in with fluoro crayons. If you follow me on Instagram you will know how excited I was to find them. I am not being  paid to tell you how much I love Micador, it is straight from the heart. All of their art materials are amazing quality and so lovely to use. 

For the other card, I simply tore a rectangle and triangle from green paper to create a tree. I then tore it into strips and glued them to the card in a 'stretched' arrangement to create a tree. Tiny pieces of torn white paper makes for the snow. Perfect fine motor activity!

You can download, for free, the template for the first card. Find it my clicking on the image below. 

Find another Christmas tree template card on a blog post from 2012, click below to find it! 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, if you need more Christmas teaching resources, pop by my TpT store to find some. 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Countdown

I am dreaming of snow. Seriously. It was 40 degrees today (that's 104 in Fahrenheit). 

Sunday is doing to be 45. Lovely. 

You can understand why I did some clipart designing today - Santa in the snow. Santa in a snow storm, surrounded by snow, and dreaming of snow, in the cold lovely snowy snow. 

I also drank more green liquid (still on the detox). 

Here is a fun little project for Christmas. Make each of your students a mini activity book, and they can count down the days until Christmas AND complete a little activity each day to help them remember the exciting lead up! 

Ask your students to add a sticker to each day on the first page also!

Each activity is different!

Students can also colour the date on the little circles at the bottom of the page, and count how many days are left until the big one!

It is on sale for a few days only, in my TpT store. Find it by clicking on the image below:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!