school santa


Ten years ago this month, I completed my practice teaching internship - at the same school that I am now coaching Loopy's Cheerios. It also happens to be the same high school that I graduated from, and both of my brothers. You could say my blood bleeds green and gold. 

I was blessed with an exceptional mentor teacher to guide me through the internship process, which at that time was so incredibly rigorous. To this day I still consider her a valued mentor and dear friend. She is one of the special people who dabbled in the matchmaking between Veto and I.  We both owe her so very much. 

At the end of the internship, I presented her with a St. Nicholas that I made for her in the theme of the school. When I mentioned to another teacher on staff that it was in the works, she was aghast - the school colours being green and gold (check out the Cheerio uniforms on the post below for an idea), but I wanted to interpret them another way.

You can see that after The Secret Weapon helped me build the body for St. Nick, I outfitted him in a velvet cloak of dark forest green and underneath he wears a velvet robe of old gold. I found green cord with gold accent to tie his sash.


I left no detail to chance... this had to be a special gift. I lined the cloak with gold lame, and trimmed it with faux fur but added the gold piping by hand. I've mentioned before, I'm not much of a seamstress, but for some reason I can manage to dress these Santas. I even made the pattern for his robe myself. Check out the train of his cloak, it's embroidered with the school letters.


In the sack on his back, he carries a teddy bear (a nod to the school "Bears" school mascot) and vintage green and yellow ochre paint tubes along with some green handled vintage paintbrushes that I dabbed with green and gold paint. Look closely and you can see another teddy in the sack, a golden one nestled behind the cinnamon sticks.

I could think of nothing more appropriate to gift such a special person with at Christmas to mark the end of my professional training together. I was tickled to visit her home this weekend, where he was on display all these years later. It was a gift from the heart, something she can enjoy no matter where she is teaching over the years... she can remember her time at a very special school where she not only helped a young teacher realize her dreams, she made a friend for life. 

18 comments:

The French Bear said...

Beautiful! He is truly a work of art!!!
Merry Christmas,
Margaret B

Pepper said...

You are such a details gal! He is fantastic!

Claudia said...

What a beautiful Santa - and such a lovely gift for your mentor.

xo
Claudia

ChaChaneen said...

Handmade gifts are the best! I treasure the ones I was given at my baby showers for my children... blankets, etc. Great memories!

Karen of the KAGS said...

O. M. G. You are one talented lady your Santa is AMAZING!
Marry Christmas!

Jenn said...

Beautiful story Saucy! And what a very special Santa.

Tamara Jansen said...

That is just GORGEOUS! gold and green ROCKS :)

{lauryl} said...

OH so pretty! Wow- such a gorgeous gift and I love all the personal details. Lovely story, too! ;-)

Debi Ward Kennedy said...

What a wonderful way to say 'thank you', Sasha. Your creation is wonderful!

(And I'm sitting here wondering how many times this is going to happen? You and I have some bizarre similarities, and this is yet another one: I made sculptures of Mountain Men and Santas when we lived in Tahoe!)

Deb @ Retreat

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a fun gift--all the little extras made that super-special for her.

Suzy said...

Ihave one of these too, and the robe is made out of an old quilt. Love it!

Angela said...

just lovely

Sarah said...

He is fabulous. I'm so impressed that you made him. As for the green and gold....my high school colors too. Of course that was back in the middle ages. LOL
Great post! ~ Sarah

SandraD said...

Your post perfectly describes what this giving season is all about. It is not surprising that the Santa holds a special place in both the hearts of the giver and the recipient.

MJ said...

What a thoughtful gift! And how nice that she still displays him a decade later! He's a treasure!

Lisa said...

I wouldn't know where to begin if I were to make such a wonderful gift. Definitely a priceless work of HEART!

Lisa

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

Luvvvv Saint Nick and his sack! Happy Holidays!

Rosa said...

Absolutely perfect. What a wonderful gift.