A Gift for the Music Teacher

November 8th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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My daughter, Elizabeth is very active in the arts and has been taking voice lessons since she was a wee bit of girl. Her teacher is a very special person in her life and has been instumental in shaping the wonderful girl she is today. This is Es last year with her before she leaves for college so we wanted to give her something special that would remind her of E and convey how thankful we both are for her gifts of guidance, love, support, and of course music for the last 10 years. We didnt have to leave the house to find our answer.
I had a few piano rolls leftover from the contributors challenge and that got the ball rolling. We chose piano rolls because not only did her teacher provide voice lessons, but she also accompanied E on the piano.
These are particulary beautiful rolls and in very good condition. They are a beautiful shade of green and ready to be dressed up.
The embellishments were chosen to reflect the words E has heard from her teacher throughout the years. Vintage wooden notes (before you can sing you must be able to read the notes), an old key (lets start again... this time in the right key!), a crystal (your body is your instruments, sing from the gut for a crystal clear sound), and a ribbon to tie all of these lessons into one tidy little package.
This is a very cool piece. I bought this many years ago. I wasnt sure whay I bought it then, But now I have my answer. This is a vintage note finder  9the note moves up and down on the string)and will act as the card that will accompany the gifts. E will personalize the front and has already attached to the back side of the note finder a very special note for a very special lady. i attached some project ideas so she can do something with them or just leave them as they are. Its all about options.
My daughter, Elizabeth is very active in the arts and has been taking voice lessons since she was a wee bit of girl. Her teacher is a very special person in her life and has been instumental in shaping the wonderful girl she is today. This is Es last year with her before she leaves for college so we wanted to give her something special that would remind her of E and convey how thankful we both are for her gifts of guidance, love, support, and of course music for the last 10 years. We didnt have to leave the house to find our answer.

My daughter, Elizabeth is very active in the arts and has been taking voice lessons since she was a wee bit of girl. Her teacher is a very special person in her life and has been instumental in shaping the wonderful girl she is today. This is E's last year with her before she leaves for college so we wanted to give her something special that would remind her of E and convey how thankful we both are for her gifts of guidance, love, support, and of course music for the last 10 years. We didn't have to leave the house to find our answer.


Gift giving, as we all know is a big part of the Christmas season. Teacher's gifts, hostess presents, and packages wrapped under the tree for family and friends are all a part of what we have on our do to list during the next few weeks. Gift giving, JUNKMARKET Style is my plan of attack this year. Finding that vintage something special for your someone special is far more fun than running off to the a more traditional retailer for a necktie, some store bought pot pourri, or quite possibly a fruit cake. I've always found that vintage goodies allow me to be far more thoughtful when it comes to gift giving. I'm looking forward to seeing your gift ideas throughout this season. Remeber it really is the tought that counts!


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Comments (13)

shabbychick writes: Sue - what a special gift for a special person in your daughter's life! All tied up with a bit of bling too!

Love the idea of doing a JUNKMARKET Style Christmas - I've definitely got enough material to work with!! (now to make a list...).

Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathy Posted: 9:08 am on November 10th
racers7 writes: So sweet!...I think that is a wonderful gift for a music enthusiast! My Dad was a classically trained pianist when he passed away in 2005 (a real soft spoken person). Any time a passion for music is passed to a student it is a real gift. Melody Posted: 3:56 pm on November 9th
RustyDiva writes: Awesome gift Sue and probably the most unique the teacher has ever received. Sooooooo much better than an apple!!!

K Posted: 9:50 am on November 9th
JunkArchitect writes: What a great gift for a teacher. The music rolls make any junk project extra special. I think it’s the fact that these thin, brittle rolls of paper can produce beautiful music…amazing.

Jim
Posted: 9:12 am on November 9th
itsnotjunk2me writes: Sue,
Wow, what timing! I answered an ad on Freecycle just yesterday for 80 piano rolls(I'm hoping I get!). I have loved the many projects the JMS contributors have done with these and this is a another awesome idea. My daughter is finishing a degree in voice & piano; these would be great used as decor in her room, on the piano as well as a great gift for a music teacher!
~judi ;) Posted: 8:10 am on November 9th
Grasshopper22 writes: What a lovely gift...I can hardly wait to see more of your designs for Christmas. Posted: 7:20 am on November 9th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I love this idea because you could integrate it into any holiday decor so easily. Such nice touches and I'm sure Elizabeth's teacher will love.
Candy Posted: 6:06 am on November 9th
alicemom writes: Sue,
What a lucky lady. She is "doublely" lucky 'cause she has E. for student. Your thoughtfulness will be cherished I am sure. Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Smiles, alice Posted: 11:35 pm on November 8th
fellowjunker writes: What a wonderfully thoughtful and beautiful gift Sue!!! So very meaningful.
xojanis Posted: 11:19 pm on November 8th
DownHomeDIY writes: This will make her music teacher's heart sing. Just beautiful!
~MB
Posted: 7:07 pm on November 8th
junkcollector writes: Sue, The pictures are beautiful but not near as nice as they are in person. I was at Second Hand Rose on Thursday and picked up on of these lovelies for my Daughter in Law for Christmas. She has a player piano and did not have any music for it. This will make a wonderful Christmas gift for her...Thank you!
Diane Posted: 5:46 pm on November 8th
CraftingWendy writes: This is such a thoughtful, creative and personal gift. I know E's teacher will cherish it forever. Your project inspires me to use unique, junk treasures as gifts this holiday season. Thank you! Posted: 1:27 pm on November 8th
oldnews writes: What an absolutely beautiful gift! She sounds wonderful, and I know she will be so touched! It is truly a gift from the heart. Thank you for sharing it with us! Marie Posted: 12:02 pm on November 8th
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