Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Altered Christmas Tins

I've had a tradition over the last number of years to make gifts for the teachers at my son's schools. The altered tins that I have been making seem to be a hit, especially when they are stuffed with candy, cookies and biscuits!

Now that my son is a teenager, his classmates don't seem to be as likely to give Christmas gifts to their teachers. Giving Christmas gifts to teachers was always a tradition when he was younger in his private schools in Houston. Even at the British School in Abu Dhabi, where we were for the last two years, holiday and end-of-year gifts were presented to teachers. However, I was amazed this Christmas that Branduff was the only one in his new school (near London) bearing gifts.

My feeling is that teens, with their raging hormones, can be even more difficult (and moody) to teach, and teachers definitely deserve something special and sweet for their hours of dedication to our young men and women.

Not only that, I really love making altered tins! What am I going to do next year if I don't have teachers for which to make altered tins?

Dear son seemed a little embarrassed to be the only one in class hauling in gifts. Granted, the teachers were over the moon!

Will this be the last group of tins that I make, I dare ask? Hopefully I will find some victims next year to receive my art pieces.

However, best have a look now . . . just in case!

The tins feature an assortment of papers, from Melissa Frances nostalgic Christmas packets, BoBunny's Christmas HoHoHo papers and embellishments, and Creative Imaginations Winter paper. I even used a page from my Mary Engelbreit desktop calendar for one of the images on a tin.


Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Darling, they are gorgeous, I would love to be a recipient of one of those, I have never attempted to do one, but I have done some yoghurt buckets, if I find a picture of one I will post it to my blog! Lovely work girl!!! you rock

CarolineH1972 said...

Kathy they're stunning hun - and I can guarantee they look even better in the flesh - the pics don't do them the justice they deserve!!! Thank you so much for the tin you sent me - its absolutely amazing!!!
You've definitely inspired me to have a go at altering something - just have to find tins lol!!

Caroline xx

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

Hi Kathy!
I LOVE your altered tins . . . they look so professional!!! I can see where you could sell them at craft fairs!!! You are considerate to make lovely homemade gifts for Branduff's teachers . . . I'll bet his teachers appreciate them SO much!!!!