Skip to main content

As Seen on Pinterest - The Retirement Survival Kit


One of my co-workers recently retired. I'm happy for her, because she really deserves it and everything...but I hate that she's leaving me! 
I tried to bribe her into staying. I even threatened to lock her in the office and refuse to let her go. 
Oddly, she didn't like that suggestion. 

Since she was set on this notion of retirement, I immediately began scouring Pinterest for some sort of cute retirement gift for her. I knew I'd find something there, and I was not disappointed! Fairly soon after beginning my search, I came across the 'Retirement Survival Kit'.

 (Photo from Pinterest - original pin link)

The pin was a link to an eBay auction, but of course my first thought on seeing it was "I can do that!".
So I did. 

 I really should have taken a better photo of it. But this is all I managed to get. So, uh, ta da!

I changed a few of the items around (the original link was from the UK, so some of the items weren't available), but all in all, I think it was a good kit!

Here's the little card I put with it that lists all the items in the kit. It might be hard to see/read so I'll detail it below.

 

Marker - because retirement 'marks' a new start.
Seeds - for the seeds of knowledge you've sown.
Candy watch - because I can't afford a gold one!
Coffee - because retirement is one long coffee break.
Marbles - to replace the ones you've lost.
Coins (candy coins) - for your "retirement fund".
Sponge - to soak up all the happy memories.
Candle - because the future looks bright.
Socks - for living life at your own pace.
Chuckles (candy) - to remind you to laugh.

All in all, I think the most expensive part of the kit was probably either the marker or the candle. I got a Bible highlighter which was around $3, I think. The candle was around the same price. Everything else was in the $1-$2 range. The basket, filler, shrinkwrap and bow all came from the Dollar Tree, and the cardstock for the tag was some stuff I had on hand.
In total, I probably spent $20 or less making the kit. I'm sure there were ways I could have saved a little here and there, but it really wasn't a major concern.

And my (former) coworker loved it. So that's really all that matters! :)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Bofur Inspired Hat Pattern

 (Check out this handy dandy Pinterest ready graphic I made!) In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, one of the dwarves (Bofur) wore this really, really awesome hat.  I fell in love with it, and decided to see if I could crochet my own version of it.  Well, first I scoured the internet, hoping for a pattern, and when I didn't find one THEN I decided to make my own.  And since I know there are others out there who would love to have this pattern, I'm posting it here! PLEASE NOTE: You may make items and sell them using this pattern, but PLEASE link back to the pattern and credit me as the source. It's only fair! :) The Bofur Inspired Hat Pattern You will need: Red Heart Super Saver (I forgot the actual color name, but it’s brown, okay?) Lion Brand Homespun in Edwardian H hook, I hook HAT : with I hook and brown yarn Chain 5 & join with sl st Ch 2, work 11 DC into loop, join with sl st (11) Ch 2, work 2 DC into each st, jo

Spidey Warmers

At long last, here is the pattern for the Spidey Warmers! I ended up not being able to get them to the boys til last week-ish, and I had to get their sister to take photos for me to post here. So thanks Jaimie!! Aren't they adorable? As you can see, I made two sets in different colors for them, but the pattern is for the red with blue trim. To make the others, just swap out the colors. Easy as pie! First off: much thanks and credit to the creativeyarn blog, as I used her free pattern as a basis for mine. Thank you!!!!! This pattern has not been tested, so if you find mistakes please let me know so I may correct them! --> Spidey Warmers F Hook Red Heart Super Saver Begin with Blue Ch 25, join (do not twist chain!) Row One: Ch 1, HDC around, join Row Two: Ch1, HDC around, join Switch to Red Row Three: Ch3, DC in next st, ch 1, skip next st, DC in next two st. Repeat around, join Row Four: Ch4. Skip next st, DC in next two st. Ch1, skip n