As it nears the end of term a last bit of child free crafting. I can't remember where the pattern for this little lavender chicken came from but it makes a good little gift. I have added button feet which give them less an air of chicken and more of a wader bird but as I barely know my chickens from my seagulls I can't tell you which.
They are a little gift for the teacher. Teachers gifts are hard. I used to be a teacher and I had more cheap soap and chocolate than I could need in a lifetime. You don't really expect a gift or a card as it is your job but it is nice to have a little token of appreciation. The cards ranged from touching handmade to to over sentimental Hallmark numbers gushing about you abilities. Generally these came form the snotty child that drove you mad and whose parents had been in ranting on parents evening.
Gifts ranged form the usual plants, candles, soap and Belgian seashell chocolates ( my favourites) to hand painted pottery. Much as you adore your class that year, they move on and names do get forgotten and then you suddenly can't recall the child who lovingly painted a pot for you ( or was bullied into it by their parents!) This makes me sound ungrateful but its not meant to be, over the years you get a lot of gifts and I sometimes think a charity box/Christmas meal donations tin in the office would be better.
I do still treasure a handmade pin cushion with my name spelt wrongly on it so in order to avoid these pitfalls with our teachers we go for a lavender bag. At least its useful!