Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

Need an idea for your secret pal's next gift? Here you go!

#Reveal #Poem for #SecretSanta is Adaptable for Your #SecretPal at #SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

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I came up with a silly poem to give my secret Santa teacher pal on our final day, and I just thought I’d share that with you. But please be aware that you can eliminate the religious stanza to make it more adaptable to your Secret Santa.

I’m sure you’re thinking daily

Who sent this stuff to you?

She’s poetic and she’s crafty

Or at least she thinks that’s true

 

Perhaps you’d like a hint

Perhaps you want a clue

Well brace yourself, it’s coming

That’s what I’m about to do

 

The first time that I met you

I thought you were a farce

“No one’s that nice,” I said to myself

“She’s faking it, of course.”

 

How foolish was I, how stupid

To think it wasn’t you

With your sweet smile and clever eyes

And all the kind things you do

 

You had a secret. I didn’t know

That Jesus was in your heart

Your kindness is a reflection

Of those who stand apart

 

So now I understand

Your goodness is genuine

I can’t believe I thought you fake

The error is definitely mine

 

And someday when we’re old and gray

And ready to leave this place

I’ll see you up in heaven

With a genuine smile on your face

 

Unless they only let Catholics in

In which case I’m outta luck

I’ll wave to you from hell I guess

But that will really suck!

 

Now, of course, you’ll want to alter some of the words to fit your secret Santa pal. For example, you might want to change “Catholics” to “Baptists” (or whatever religion applies to your secret Pal belongs to). You could even change it to “Unless they only let science teachers in” if the person’s religion is unknown. Also, if the person is not a Christian, just eliminate the “Jesus was in your heart” stanza from the poem, and you’re good to go.

And remember, my sister site is a lot of fun too: https://chellywood.com/ It offers free, printable doll clothes patterns for anyone who enjoys sewing.

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#GiftIdea: make a #Dutch windmill #pincushion for someone you #love!

This is a re-post of a neat craft gift idea from one of my other blogs…

Free, printable doll clothes sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes!

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project. The image shows a pincushion that is shaped like a Dutch windmill from Holland (also known as the Netherlands). It is not only a pincushion, but it's also an embroidery sampler. This photo represents the final product created by Chelly Wood, a doll clothing designer who posted the free sewing pattern for her Dutch windmill pincushion on her website ChellyWood.com. This project uses felt, cotton, embroidery floss, silk roses, and a cloth-covered button. Anyone can download the free printable sewing pattern for making this windmill of Holland, as the pattern is absolutely free to the public, with a "creative commons attribution" mark on the paper pattern. In the Dutch language, one would call this a "Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project." In German, it's a  Dutch Windmühle Nadelkissen frei Nähmuster aus Holland. In Japanese, it's called a "オランダからのオランダの風車ピンクッションフリー縫製パターン" and in Chinese, you would call this a " 荷兰风车枕形免费缝纫模式从荷兰". The pattern comes with a free youtube tutorial video as well, and that can be found on Chelly Wood's channel: ChellyWood1. To print your free pin cushion pattern, just go to ChellyWood.com and click on her craft gallery page. Links from the image will lead you to all the patterns and tutorial videos you need for instructions to make a Dutch windmill pincushion (a great gift idea for someone who sews/seamstresses/sewists). Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project.

I’m best known for my free doll clothes patterns and tutorials, but this week on ChellyWood.com, I’m going to share my beloved Dutch windmill pincushion project. Tomorrow I’ll be posting the free pattern, and Wednesday I’ll post the free tutorial video showing you how to make this darling little gem.

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project. The image shows a pincushion that is shaped like a Dutch windmill from Holland (also known as the Netherlands). It is not only a pincushion, but it's also an embroidery sampler. This photo represents the final product created by Chelly Wood, a doll clothing designer who posted the free sewing pattern for her Dutch windmill pincushion on her website ChellyWood.com. This project uses felt, cotton, embroidery floss, silk roses, and a cloth-covered button. Anyone can download the free printable sewing pattern for making this windmill of Holland, as the pattern is absolutely free to the public, with a "creative commons attribution" mark on the paper pattern. In the Dutch language, one would call this a "Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project." In French, it's a   moulin à vent hollandais (moulin à vent) modèle de couture sans coussinet (coussin à épingles). In Korean, it's called a "네덜란드 풍차 (풍차) 핀쿠션 (핀 쿠션) 네덜란드에서 무료 바느질 패턴" and in Arabic, you would call this a " طاحونة هوائية (طاحونة هوائية) دعامات (سادة دبوس) نمط خياطة مجاني من هولنداا". The pattern comes with a free youtube tutorial video as well, and that can be found on Chelly Wood's channel: ChellyWood1. To print your free pin cushion pattern, just go to ChellyWood.com and click on her craft gallery page. Links from the image will lead you to all the patterns and tutorial videos you need for instructions to make a Dutch windmill pincushion (a great gift idea for someone who sews/seamstresses/sewists). Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project.

This windmill pincushion project makes a great gift for anyone who loves miniatures, dolls, sewing, embroidery, or needle crafts. It stands about 16 cm high (approx. 6 inches) when complete.

As you can see in the images, I used it as a sort of embroidery sampler, showcasing various embroidery stitches. If you’d like to practice your…

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#Dinosaur DIY masks make a great gift for your favorite #science #teacher! @TetraVariations

Image of man wearing 3-dimensional mask of a Tyrannosaurus Rex made entirely of paper

T-rex mask is $7.50, which is very reasonable, but some masks are even less expensive!

If your secret pal or secret Santa buddy happens to teach science, boy are you in luck! While browsing Etsy, I ran across Tetra Variations, a shop where you can purchase a DIY origami-like mask that comes in a number of different dinosaur designs. When I saw this product, I immediately thought of the science teachers I work with. I’m sure you’re doing the same: thinking of the person you know who would walk around school all day wearing one of these dinosaudorable masks!

If you want to see what else Tetra Variations offers, visit the creator’s website. In addition to the dinosaur masks, the company also offers a Cleopatra headdress, a Trojan helmet, hand puppets, and more–all made with scissors, glue (or tape), and paper. They’re DIY kits. What an amazing gift for your secret pal!

Before posting this article, I contacted Matthew, who runs Tetra Variations, and found he was a school teacher, like you and me, who has founded a fun side-business, creating these wonderful masks. He maintains a Tumblr account in addition to his website and Etsy store. He was super friendly and professional to chat with.

So why not jump on the Jurassic bandwagon? Grab up your T-Rex or Pterodactyl mask and flaunt it proudly. We can’t have just the science teacher wearing these! How silly would that be? Heck, buy one for every member of your staff to wear on International Archaeology Day (October 17). Can you just imagine how much fun the kids and the teachers at your school will have, with everyone wearing a dinosaur mask for an event like that?

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Summer Funny/Comical/Silly DIY Project for Your Secret Pal or Office Buddy

Check out this fun and silly DIY project I found on Pinterest! How easy is this to make for your secret pal or office buddy?

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Book Page Necklace: a DIY Project for Your Secret Santa, Secret Pal, or Office Buddy

This is another one that I found on Pinterest. A lot of teachers love to read, so it seems like an ideal gift for a teacher! If you’d like to see the steps in creating it, just pop on over to HappyHourProjects.

Book Page Necklace DIY Project for Secret Santa Office Buddy or Secret Pal

Image: HappyHourProjects.com

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Secret Pal Sign-Up Form for Teachers

I realize it’s the end of the school year for most of us, but someone recently sent me a message asking me to re-post the sign-up form that I normally post in August (right before school starts). What can I say? I’m happy to help.

Secret Pal Sign-up Sheet 2

For all of you who plan to teach summer school, this is a great way to keep a friendly tone in the staff room during those hot summer months. And remember to check back with Secret Pal Teachers, to see what kinds of gifts I recommend for summer fun!

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A New Year’s Resolution for a Teacher

Freebies for Teachers

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My book is on the road to publication! YAY! And with this change, I need to downsize some areas of my life and refocus others. Sadly, this website, which averages about 1000 hits per day in December, is not my top site. So just like I did last year, I’m only going to post secret pal ideas and secret pal poems once a month from January through November of 2013. In December of 2013, I’ll go back to posting weekly Secret Santa ideas.

Meanwhile, if you’re a teacher, and you want free worksheets, games, activities, and Powerpoints, visit my more popular website, English Emporium, where I post a weekly freebee for teachers.  I’ll also post news of my book’s publication there, so you’ll be the first to know when it’s available.

If you need a brilliant idea for a secret pal, I’ve got lots of good stuff here. Click on any of my old posts for some fantastic poems, gift ideas, and patterns for gift boxes. You can also message me through this page.

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Secret Pal Questionnaire Form Sign-up Sheet

Are you ready to kick off the new school year with a secret pal sign-up sheet? Well I have it right here for you, with a fall theme and lots of great questions like:

  • What are your favorite crafts or hobbies?
  • What do you collect?
  • What foods are you allergic to?

Download the document right here on my website and get busy handing those out to everyone who wants to be a secret pal this year. Before you make photocopies, be sure to fill in your part as the administrator of the Secret Pal program:

  • Who do we return the form to?
  • Where and when will we meet for the big reveal?

And there’s even a spot for you to write in the name of each participant’s secret pal (just in case somebody forgets whose name they drew). Here’s the document you want to download:

Secret Pal Sign-up Sheet 2

Remember to check back at this website for great secret pal gift ideas, and have fun everyone!

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What should I give my secret pal for St. Patrick’s Day?

erin go bragh

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Whether your secret pal is Irish or not, St. Paddy’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, with bright green gifts and the good luck that goes with them. Here are some fun gifts you might think about giving your secret pal for this traditional Irish holiday. Click on each gift idea and it will send you to the Amazon page where you can order that item.

SILLY GIFTS:

PRACTICAL GIFTS:

EDIBLE GIFTS:

Of course you can find a lot of these things in stores, but if you are reading this on the day I’ve posted it, you probably still have time to order a festive gift from Amazon before St. Patrick’s day is upon us. Until then, “Erin go bragh!”

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A Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Secret Pal

Everyone loves popcorn. But did you know that a mail-order card company called Current offers a Valentine’s Day microwave popcorn bag with a teacherly message on it? That’s what I’m giving my Teacher Secret Pal this Friday, for Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a link: click here.

If your secret pal isn’t a teacher, here’s a link to a paper valentine sleeve that works with any brand of popcorn: click here.

Of course, if you’re short on time–worried your order won’t come in the mail in time for Valentine’s Day, why not wrap your own microwave popcorn bag in a colorful, home-made valentine? Just download a clever retro clipart like this one, add a friendly message in your own handwriting, and wrap it around a bag of microwave popcorn:

Valentine's Day secret pal gift ideas easy fast for teachers male teacher

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