Summer means sandal season! Greet your guests with this Crochet Flip Flop Welcome Wreath
The end of the school year is a bittersweet moment for kids and Moms (at least for me). All in the same day Littlest had his Kindergarten graduation/awards day ceremony and Youngest Twin had his 8th grade graduation/awards day ceremony. The Kindergarten celebration was fairly short and sweet. Each kid got a cute candy themed award. Littlest got the Bubble Yum Award for a his bubbly personality. He goes to a pretty small elementary school. There are only two kindergarten classes and the celebration lasted about 20 minutes. Which is probably pretty perfect for that age. Hugs and kisses for Littlest and then I dashed across the city to the middle school for Youngest Twin’s celebration.
8th grade graduation at his school was a much bigger deal. Each student only got two tickets (I was able to bring my mother-in-law with me). But with 340 students that’s about all that fit into the auditorium. They asked us to be in our seats 30 minutes before the ceremony started. They called each student, alphabetically by homeroom, across the stage. Youngest Twin was called about 3/4 of the way through the names. He got two additional certificates for excellence in Science and History (his two favorite subjects). Then there was an end of the year video and remarks from the Vice Principal. I have to take a minute and say how amazing the VP at the middle school is. Any problem or concern he was able to address quickly and satisfactorily. You can’t ask for much for from the administration. His final remarks to the students included the advice, “If you don’t know where you’re going you might end up somewhere else” and encouraged them to spend this summer making a plan for high school and beyond.
There was a lot of emotion attending the two ceremonies. At least from me. Youngest Twin is done with middle school and heading to high school in the fall. It’s hard for me not to worry about the changes we’ll face next year. Littlest successfully finished his first year in school and is blowing me away with how much he learned. It’s always bittersweet for me saying goodbye to elementary school teachers who have taken such good care of my babies.
But now it’s summer! Our first full week of summer vacation to be specific. And one of the biggest changes at our house is in getting dressed each day. Over the past 3 years I have learned to love school uniforms. It makes getting the kids dressed in the morning so simple. Grab blue polo, pants, socks, and shoes, and get dressed. No thinking, no debating, it makes getting dressed in the morning quick and easy. (They can technically wear blue or white polos, but we learned that my boys destroy white shirts). And both of my boys wore closed toe shoes to school everyday. While I think sandals are allowed, I did see girls wearing them, between Littlest on the playground in Kindergarten, and Youngest Twin tromping around middle school hallways, they just wore closed toe shoes every day.
But during the summer our shoes of choice are sandals if we’re wearing shoes at all. The kids and I all prefer to be barefoot when we’re at home. So while we are celebrating the arrival of summer and sandals, a new Flip-Flop Welcome Wreath for the front door felt appropriate.
>>>Flip-Flop Applique Pattern <<<
I made two different sizes/types of flip flops. One type is made with jute yarn for the soles, the other with worsted weight yarn. Instructions for both are included in the pattern. I strung the flip flops with some string and placed them on my finger-knit wreath base. (You can see my finger knitting tutorial here.) The wreath base is white yarn that I finger knit, wrapped around a wire frame base. And over the past three (four?!) years I have used it over and over. I love updating it for each season!
Just search for wreath and you can see all the different seasonal changes it’s been through!