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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!





Kitten Ears and Colored Powder!

A few weeks ago I did something I have never done before. I participated in a 5k event. I should probably start by telling you I am NOT a runner by any means. There are so many other activities I can do with great endurance, but for some reason, running is not one of them. This particular event, called The Color Run, was quite intriguing though, and after looking into it further, I knew I had to do it.

The concept of The Color Run, also known as “The Happiest 5k on the Planet,” is to promote being fit and healthy, giving back to your community, and having an absolute blast doing it. The race is not timed (thank goodness), and the only rule is that you wear all white. Along the race course, the runners go through colored checkpoints while volunteers bomb you with colored powder. What? I’m in!

I decided I was not going to do this alone so my team was born….The Fire Breathing Kittens! Decked in white clothing, flaming socks and kitty ears, 17 of us headed to Ft. Lauderdale.

Still feeling slightly intimidated, I took off from the start line with my other flaming kitties, not knowing whether I was going to fall over dead after a mile.

We hit the first checkpoint and the color flew!

Oh my goodness, I never thought running could be so much fun! Checkpoint after checkpoint we got dirtier, sweatier, and way more colorful. Along the route, I could not help but to notice a few things.

First, there were ALL KINDS of people there. On my team alone we ran with Kenzie who was 7 months old and my mom who is 71.

I saw people of all ages and body sizes. I saw people in wheelchairs and on crutches. None of it mattered because everyone was there to just have fun and be healthy.

Second, was the fact that all of the people there looked like complete idiots! Our kitty ears were nothing compared to the wigs, rainbow fur boots, tutu’s and unitards. No one cared about what brand their clothes were or who does their hair. It was pure abandonment of image which was beautiful.

Finally, the one thing that I really saw was unity. There were thousands of people at this run. Thousands. You generally don’t put that many people in one place without there being at least a little conflict. All I saw was a mob of happy lunatics all dressed like wackos, running the same direction for the same reasons with huge smiles on their faces. The race ended at a pavilion where the party and color bombing continued. All the funny costumes all blended into one blur of universal color.

It was great to be physical and feel healthy, it was great to raise money for a charitable cause, but it was amazing to have the abandonment of a child and for a few hours feel silly, get completely dirty and laugh hard out loud. To not care about looking cool, or rich, or beautiful. I wonder what it would take for more people to let go like this more often from day to day? Put on a tutu and run around your living room for a few minutes; I guarantee it will put a smile on your face!