Back to School Care Package

Dear Reader,

I love buying school supplies.  I had fun with the experience as a child (shopping with my mom and the list provided by my school) and now enjoy thinking toward that experience with my son.  There is a wonderfully fresh feeling about starting the year off with new notebooks, ink pens that have a lot of writing-life in them, and pencils with completely unused erasers.

Over the last few years, I have tried to put together care packages for some family and friends who are starting a new year of school.  I find it a great opportunity to let them know that you're thinking of them, especially with extended family and friends to whom I don't send a birthday card or Christmas gift during the year.

I'm working on the finishing touches for a package headed out this week to a friend of ours, a young woman who is starting at a new school this year.  Here are a few of the standards that are making their way into the package:

{composition notebooks, highlighters, pens, dictionary, sticky notes, and a felt flower clothespin}
 And I also worked on a craft to send along - a pencil case.  I painted and then added decorative paper to the lid.  I sealed the box, hot glued a felt bottom to the box, and then added a mini chalkboard embellishment to the top.  The pencils are inside and ready to be sharpened!

I remember my back to school experiences always feeling somewhat bittersweet - excitement about a new academic year and what experiences to consider ahead, and yet also sad to let go of the carefree conditions of summer.  I imagine that words of encouragement, a thinking of you note, or small package may be a nice boost with school days and homework ahead.

I'm linking up with Heather today for Life Made Lovely Monday!


  1. I loooooved school shopping as a little girl. I think I liked getting all new markers and colored pencils the best! Your pencil holder turned out really cute and I know the young gal will be excited to see all of her new supplies. Thanks for stopping by my blog ;-)

  2. P.S. - I just added you to my circle on Etsy! Love your blocks :-)

  3. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog
    Oh, I just think thats really sweet of you to put together care packages! That little pencil box is so cute.. I love how you attached that little chalkboard embellishment. Where did you find the little chalkboards?

  4. Thank you to you both for your kind comments! @Flor - The little chalkboards were a Pottery Barn clearance find from a few years ago (meant for dinner placecards.) I have found many uses for them! :)