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Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I am blessed with many mother figures. First, my mom and grandmothers, as well as my hubby’s mom, step mom and grandmothers- plus all of the aunts, sisters, and friends who are amazing mothers too! These women deserve the world; and with all of these great women to honor and appreciate, Mother’s Day gifts can add up quickly.

Being on a budget (I have multiple graduations, birthdays and baby showers in the month of May too), I needed to get creative! I scanned Pinterest boards and DIY projects (that I actually felt confident that I could accomplish without burning the house down), and finally, I settled on a few projects.

First, for my darling mama, I made homemade Garden Markers for her blooming garden.

Markers and Stone

I used bake-in-your-oven clay from Michael’s. I rolled and flattened the clay out with a rolling pin on a sheet of wax paper. Then I used my rolling pizza cutter to cut the clay into rectangles and trimmed one edge to a point. With the leftover clay, I made a “stone.”

Markers 1

Next, I stamped words onto the clay marker (tiny stamp kit from Walmart’s craft section) and baked the markers at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. [Well, actually, longer than that. I forgot they were in the oven. I was gently reminded when I smelled them burning, and I had to fan the smoke out of my house. Oops… but I didn’t burn the house down! Mission accomplished… sorta.]

Once I took them out of the oven, I painted them using Acrylic paints (and used the eraser end of a pencil to stamp polka-dots) and applied a polyurethane coating to ensure that they were weather-resistant. She loved them!

Markers 2

I also made some note card sets for my beautiful grandma. She is so thoughtful and loves sending loving and encouraging notes via snail mail. So I thought this would be perfect for her.

DIY Notecards

I purchased a kraft card set from Michaels and used craft supplies that I already owned. On one note set, I used rub-on transfer letters to spell out words like “laugh,” “joy,” “happy” and “jojo” [because that’s my Grandma’s adorable nickname]. I added some cute washi tape and stamped some flowers. On a second set of notecards, I used adhesive rub-on transfer designs and applied glitter to the adhesive. I wrapped these sweet paper gifts up in twine and a cute tag.

DIY Notecards 2

I also gave my sister a custom Sea Lillie necklace with her daughter’s initial stamped into a gold heart with a raspberry pink teardrop stone. I wrapped the little beauty in this… Just a kraft bag, some stamps, and super-cute washi tape. [Are you starting to pick up on my obsession with washi tape?]

DIY Gift Wrapping

A couple of months ago, while “window shopping” at the Lowes’ Garden Center, I saw these sweet succulents hanging from simple white pots. I immediately thought of my mom. So I went back and got one for her… It’s now a lovely addition to her garden, even if I didn’t actually make it.

Succulent Hanging Planter

So those were a couple of the handmade gifts this month. I think some of the best gifts I have received were handmade, and I cherish them all the more because they were made from the heart. I’m hoping these lovely ladies enjoyed receiving these gifts as much as I enjoyed making them.

Love all you mamas and grandmas out there!





Do You Really “NEED” It?

Want vs Needvia

I remember as a kid growing up, standing in the checkout line drooling over the candy rack, and begging my dad to buy me something. His usual response was, “NO.” That answer was not acceptable, so I would usually start to flail around bouncing and whining asking, “but whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? I want it!” His answer of course was, “because you don’t NEED it.” I used to hate that answer from my dad, but he was usually right.

Isn’t this usually the case with most things in life? The dreaded want vs. need. Here I am now almost 44 and I can still find myself at times kicking and whining when I don’t get what I want. This desire for wants also goes much deeper than just material desires. I believe certain experiences in life happen to us because we need them to. They most certainly can be things we don’t want by any means, but they are things that shape us and make us grow.

Realizing this now helps me to step back and look at each situation and try to understand if I really do need that shiny new toy. Or even harder, do I need to be experiencing hurt and sadness? Although the occasional temper tantrums still pop out from time to time, I know that in the end, having complete faith in God, exercising a discerning heart and simply saying “ok” when my Father in Heaven says, “No, you don’t need it,” usually works out in my favor when it is all said and done.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:19