Am I obsessed with my Cricut? Probably. But is it, when considered objectively and reasonably, still incredibly useful? Yes, indeed. I used it this afternoon to whip out these little teacher gifts. (If I'm being honest and willing to give credit where credit is due, I got the idea from here. And hers are cuter, but I'm not quite skilled enough to figure out the little frame size. I think she used a vinyl cutter instead of a Cricut anyway.*
Two of the teachers' names absolutely would not fit on the jars, and since my kids refer to them as "Mrs. R" and "Mrs. C" anyway, I just thought we'd go with that. Makes things easier anyway. (And Livi has already made cards with her own messages to tuck inside the jars.)
Jars and ribbon from Wal-Mart. Pencils from Dollar Tree. Vinyl is generic brand from Hobby Lobby. Cheap, cute, fast. Nothing better.
*Edited to add: Shauna Rae, the originator of the idea--who commented on my blog! I've never had a crafty stranger comment on my blog before! Exciting!--says she did use her Cricut. So I feel bad that my excuses sounded surly. However, and this excuse should sound a little less surly, my Personal Cricut will only cut letters down to 1". I still don't think I could fit a 10-letter name in a three-inch square.)