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Monday
Oct172011

Tip of the Week: Say Thanks Boss!

I'm sure we all could agree that "Thank You" is something that isn't said enough.

Luckily, there are special days throughout the year that make it easy for those of us who struggle with communication (like me...) to say thanks to people who make our lives better.

Today is one of those days...it's national boss's day!

I've mentioned a few times that when I'm not crafting, or sleeping, I'm working a full-time corporate job. Monday through Friday, eight to five.  I spend a lot of time with these folks...and luckily for me, they're all pretty cool!  We have a great leadership team, so I'm glad there is a day in honor of the boss.

So, last week the team and I brain-stormed what we could do for the big-ol-day to tell our boss, "muchos gracias," for all of her hard work...and you know me, I didn't hesitate to volunteer for some crafty, DIY gift-action.

Anyone who is a boss must know that they'll receive some sort of trinket to place on their desk, or hang in their office, so I figured I'd stay true to form and go for some desk art.  I had the idea of creating a crossword with our names, but then that got me thinking about wordles...and I love wordles (I'm going to make a wall wordle someday)!

So anyway...I played with a few designs, found one that I liked, and started working on what would eventually become this:

It looks pretty simple, but honestly, it was more of a journey to get to the end result than I thought it would be.

First, I printed the wordle onto some cardstock...

...then, I cut out the letters to create a stencil...

...this took longer than I thought it would...

...much longer, but I finally finished...

Once I had the stencil all cut out, I taped it to some canva-paper and used some acrylic craft paint to stencil in the letters.

But, sadly the big reveal didn't go as I hoped it would.  In fact, it was a complete disaster, and I was so distraught that I forgot to even take a photo of the blur-blobbed mess (because seriously, it took a long, long time to cut the letters out)!

Eventually, I pulled myself together and convinced myself that I hadn't given myself cramped-hand for no reason.  I was bound and determined to make something with my DIY stencil, so I got the idea to use marker to trace the letters.

Originally, the idea was to trace the letters with marker and then paint over them, but I actually found that the markers looked pretty decent (not perfect, but decent)...so I just went with it.

...and that's how we wound up with this...

Then, I found a frame that's been hanging out in my closet for way too long, and gave it a chance to do what it was born to do...

Once the office jewelry was done, I made a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up some flowers for a floral arrangement.

Then I went back to my favorite store, Closet-de-Kelli, and found a vase that was too pretty to be sitting in a closet (seriously, I have a lot of stuff in there that I mean to use...eventually).

For this project, I actually think I was pretty smart.  Because this arrangement will have to go on a little car ride with me to work, I didn't want the water from the vase sloshing all over my car.

So, I just put a little jar of water down in the bottom of the vase, that way, any sloshing will be from the jar into the vase...not from the vase into my car!

Then I just arranged the flowers until they looked evenly distributed...

I think it will be perfect when the remaining lilies open up.  Try to just imagine those green buds as beautiful white flowers!

Sorry, that last photo isn't of the pretty flowers, but I just couldn't resist.  Check out that lighting!  It makes me so proud of my amateur photography skills!

But yeah, the arrangement was fun...and the gifts were stacking up...

...but let's be honest, a celebration is not a celebration without cake...

So, let there be cake(s)...

Yum!  I tried out a recipe that I had pinned to my "cupcakes" board on Pinterest!

Pink lemonade cupcakes!

Let me tell you, these cupcakes are very rich in flavor.  They actually have pink lemonade mix added into the cake mix, and pink lemonade concentrate added into the frosting.  They're definitely one of those "one is plenty" kind of cupcakes, but boy do they look pretty up against the artwork!

Now, you might have noticed in the artwork that my little group of co-workers only includes one guy. So, while technically 99% of my team would be happy with pink cupcakes, I didn't want Brandon to feel that pink was the only option...and so, I made some snickers cupcakes!

I changed the recipe up just a bit.  I noticed that the recipe for the pink lemonade cupcakes called for a box of vanilla pudding, so I thought I would try adding chocolate pudding into the snickers cupcakes.  It was definitely a good add!

These cupcakes are so fun because they even have a snickers filling in the middle...yeah, yum!

Then you just cover everything up with a carmelized frosting...

Technically, the cupcakes are supposed to have a caramel sauce drizzled over the top, but I think I ruined that part of the recipe.  You also add some of that caramel into the icing, so it kinda made my icing a bit funny too.  Oh well, it still tastes great!

So how did you guys say thanks to the boss?  Or, if you are the boss, did your staff do anything to say thanks?  If not, maybe you should forward them this blog post as a little hint for next year!

PS...don't forget to vote for my pumpkin!  There's only a few days left!

 

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Reader Comments (2)

I'm sorry that the stencil didn't work out as planned...but you had a great result in the end. Way to go staying flexible while crafting! I'm sure your boss loved it.

October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Thanks Nichole!

It was heart-breaking at the time, but it all worked out in the end! My manager loved it, and my team loved the cupcakes (man they went fast, lol)!

xo, Kelli

October 20, 2011 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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