Friday, November 30, 2012

Kindness Matters

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Today was a special day. A very special person has a birthday.  You may remember her from a previous post..
If you didn’t read this post from back in May, please do.  She is a remarkable person!  Just click on the picture above and it will take you right to the post.
From the post you learned that she is a Kindergarten teacher and she not only teaches all the normal “school stuff” but she has something called the “Kool Kindergarten Kindness Club” where she reaches out to people with cards that are sent from her class.  All the kids sign the cards and are told who and why they are going to certain individuals.  Whether it be a happy event, like a birth, or a not-so happy event, like illness, their cards go far and wide, all over the country and world to help bring a smile to many faces.  She instills in her students compassion and love and teaches them to think of others.  I think it’s one of the best things I have ever heard of and I am so happy my son got to experience her class.  He still sits down and makes cards for people to this day, and heaven help me if I forget a thank-you card…he’s all over it. 
I told this to you so this will make sense..
I got my craft on this week.  I ran across a very cool stencil that reminded me so much of Mrs. Glascott that I knew I had to make her something with it.  So I got out my handy dandy Mod Podge and went to town. 
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I honestly have a hard time not “mod podging” everything in my house. It is soo awesome. 
I simply took a thin piece of ply wood that I found at Michael’s and tore up a couple sheets of scrap book paper and attached the paper to the board like this..
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until the whole thing was covered completely.  Once it was dry, I took some sand paper and sanded the edges, just slightly coming up over the side and sanding the paper too, so it gave a “frayed” edge effect.  Then I took plain white acrylic paint and watered it down slightly to make a white wash and I applied a thin coat over the whole thing…
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Once that was dry, I applied a thin coat of crackle medium and allowed that to dry also. 
Then I stenciled the saying “Kindness Matters” over the top, just slightly above center.  I free hand painted a few little kids on the bottom and affixed a wooden heart in the middle, that I painted pink and applied a textured glitter medium over it.  Then, along the top edge of the board, I free hand painted some little flowers.  Because of the crackle medium, the words and paintings all have a slightly crackled appearance.  At the last minute, I attached some little rhinestones to the middle of the flowers and then the whole thing was sprayed very lightly with glitter. 
..you knew I would work some rhinestones and glitter in there, didn’t you?  If I didn’t, someone should call a doctor immediately.
Anyhoo, this is what I came up with..
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I think it is rather befitting for a Kindergarten teacher, don’t you?  When I took this to her this morning, she asked me, “Why did you do this?!” 
My answer is simple…why not?  No one deserves it more.
Happy Birthday Mrs. G!
 
Have A Great Weekend,
love,
Val

1 comment:

  1. Valerie, I love, love, love this wall hanging.It means so much because kindness does matter and it was handmade by one of the kindest ladies in the whole wide world. My class clapped when they saw it and a couple of the little girls displayed tears of happiness just as I did. You are simply amazing and I <3 you dear friend!

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