Friday, April 24, 2015

Gifts to make for Mother's day {no macaroni included!}

Mother's day is the perfect day to sit down with your kids and make something for their Grandma or Nana. I love to get and give handmade gifts, so I put together a collection of my favorite Mother's day handmade gifts to give and I have divided them into easy to find categories with links directly to their tutorials.

easy to make

paper and printables
DIY chocolate box
printable tea tags
tea towels

kids artwork turned into tea towel
handwritten recipe on a tea towel
Photo gifts


For more ideas, follow my mother's day pinterest board. If you would rather buy than make, check out my mother's day gift giving guide.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mother's Day gifts (to wear, for the home, personalized jewelry) to give round up

They say the best gifts to give are the ones that you would want to get yourself.  So I've compiled a list of gifts to give to your mom on Mother's Day, or ones that you can add to your list for your kids to get for you.  Every single item are things that I would love to get {hint hint sweet husband and kids of mine!}

I've broken it up into some easy to find gifts {to wear, for the home, personalized jewelry} and provided the links directly to the products for easy shopping.

To Wear
Fancy Pants shirt from Seven Lemons {I'm a big fan of snarky}
Fleece Wrapped cardigan from Nordstrom {I've seen this on all body types, you can't go wrong!}
Love Each Other tank from Persimmon Prints {on sale! Plus matching tank for kids!}

For the Home
Her Heart of Love Personalized sweatshirt blanket {classy take on the personalized blanket}
Personalized family tree pillow 
Glamis Highball glass from Anthropologie {for no other reason than it is a stunning glass}
Gold dot Starbucks travel mug {because we all know mom's run on coffee}

Personalized Jewelry

Leather wrap mom bracelet
{from top to bottom, left to right}
personalized sterling silver name ring
crossbar necklace from Lisa Leonard 
personalized signature bracelet
mother daughter heart necklace
hand stamped sterling silver stacked rings
signature personalized necklace

Easy to send

Shari's Berries Who wouldn't love getting chocolate dipped strawberry treats?

Happy shopping!  

Check back on Friday for a round up of Mother's Day gifts that you can make. I promise you, there is no macaroni art included!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gold glitter believe wood sign

Do you remember the day when Target didn't have a one spot? It's like thinking about peanut butter without the jelly.  Or mac without the cheese.  But I digress.

I'm sure the one spot is the first place you stop when you walk into Target.  They didn't put it in front of the doors for nothing.  Them there are marketing geniuses!

One such afternoon when I found myself in Target, I saw this plain wood sign for only $3.
Believe isn't the first word I would have been drawn to, but it's the only raw wood one they had and I thought it would look super awesome with a nice coat of gold glitter on it.  I mean, heck, what doesn't look good with gold glitter on it?

I super duper love the decoart metallic paints.  They really do come out metallic which is hard to find. I thought I would do a base coat of gold just in case the glitter didn't sufficiently cover it.

After the paint was dry, I put a coat of mod podge on top.

Sprinkle your gold glitter all over that puppy and then shake off the excess. I sprayed it with a mod podge sealer to keep the glitter in one place, though it doesn't seem to make a difference because, you know, glitter.

Stand back and admire your handiwork!
I had all the supplies on hand, minus the sign, so the project cost me only $3 to complete and was done in about an hour.

I think it would make a great photo booth prop to hold {wedding season} or it could be a great addition to a kids room, especially in their dress up corner.

How do you feel about glitter? Do you love it as much as I do?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Vinyl zippered travel bag

I have been doing a lot of traveling lately.  In fact, I am pretty sure I've spent more nights sleeping in hotel beds than in my own bed this year! Don't get me wrong, I love it! Travel is one of my most favorite things ever. I've actually gotten quite good at packing.  My favorite travel item are these zippered pouches. They are even better now that I personalized them a bit.

Do you have a Diaso store? You all know how much I love the Dollar Store, well Daiso is the Japanese version except everything is $1.50 {exchange rate and all yo}. I haven't been in there for months, so I thought I would pop in this week and I was glad that I did.  I found these super awesome zippered travel pouches that are perfect for putting liquids or wet or dirty clothes. Only problem is, they were super boring. Plain Jane. Lucky for me I have a vinyl cutter.

It took me less than five minutes to type the sayings into my Silhouette program and cut them out of vinyl.  I can't even give you a tutorial because it's so dag on easy it's mind numbing.

This larger wet bag is great for dirty clothes or wet bathing suits. When I cloth diapered it would have been great in the diaper bag or for potty training toddlers if you catch my drift.

I'm pretty much in love with this and have six hundred more ways I'm thinking of making these plain zippered bags more awesome. Trust me, you need these bags when you travel. The ability to make them your own is a bonus.