With the school year winding down, we took the first batch of teacher gifts to school today! I totally forgot to take pictures of the items until we got to the school, so I had to take them on the hood of my car (and I was in such a rush that I didn't have time to primp and pose the items, and I see my flowers got a little squished while the wreath was in the gift bag), so please pardon the picture quality.
I also decided to make her an amigurumi doll of herself. She is a T-Shirt and jeans sort of woman (a woman after my own heart!), so I kept her clothing simple. I made her glasses out of jewelery wire and put a few strategic stitches with some grey embroidery floss to keep them on her face. She actually stands up. I had meant to take a picture of that, but I ran out of time. I put wires in the arms to make them poseable as well. Everyone thought it was a great likeness, and she was happy with it (which was the most important to me)! We put these together with a card and a gift card to a restaurant and wished her a wonderful retirement. It was a bit of a sad goodbye for us, but I was happy to give someone a little token of appreciation for the things that they do for our children. All too often the SEAs and other teacher assistants get overlooked. I wanted to be sure she felt all her years of service were appreciated, and I think we accomplished that!