Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Do You Ear What I Ear? My Etsy Handmade Earrings Addiction: Copper!

CobwebCorner earrings
Inspire word on Copper and Brass Earrings | Cobweb Corner

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Do You Ear What I Ear? Where I share my addiction to handmade earrings, specifically those I drool over come across on Etsy. 

This month's theme? Copper!

EuphoricCharms earrings
Copper Pyrite Wire Wrapped Earrings | Euphoric Charms

Copper is so very beautiful not only for the Summer months, but year-round. And Copper looks lovely on just about every skin tone there is.

ThePurpleLilyDesignsEarrings
Copper, Sterling Silver, and Pearl Hoop Earrings | The Purple Lily Designs

I love earrings. Especially handmade earrings. Always have. And Copper earrings are no exception!

foundlingearrings
Lucky Earrings | foundling

And being on Etsy, I covet want see a lot of gorgeous Copper earring designs.

BeanzBeads
Mystic Waters Teal Glass with Copper Filigree Cone Earrings | Beanz Beads

I favorite them, and I heart them. And I may or may not obsess about them. (Part of conquering an addiction is admitting you have one. But I don't know that I want to be cured of this addiction, quite frankly!)

TheMossGarden on Etsy
Urchin Earrings with Rhinestones | The Moss Garden

Since I can't purchase every single pair that I adore, I am sharing them here with you, dear readers.

ChelseaGirlDesigns on Etsy
Hammered Copper Earrings w/ Elaine Ray Ceramic Wheels | Chelsea Girl Designs

If you purchase any of these earrings, I will be over the moon for you.

HapaGirls on Etsy
Cherry Blossom Silver and Copper Post Earrings | Hapa Girls

And a bit jealous too.

DreamBelleDesign on Etsy
Copper Tulip, Multi-Colored Pink Spinel, Oval Earrings | DreamBelle Designs

But in a good way.

KitKingDesigns
Textured Copper Earrings | Kit King Designs

Think of me not as an earrings-addicted girl . . .

CoolJewelryDesign
Flora: Copper Leaves, Vintage Crystal Earrings | Cool Jewelry Design

. . . but rather as your go-to guide for amazing handmade earrings on Etsy.

Alery
Copper Earrings with Colored Pearls | Alery Accessories

Want to see more earrings?

Check out my April edition of Do You Ear What I Ear? featuring earrings perfect for Spring here.

Visit and follow my Handmade Earrings on Etsy board on Pinterest here.



What are some of your drool-worthy favorite categories on Etsy?

~Laura

PS -- two mentions of drool in this post... not sure what that means...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I love custom orders!

pet scribbles victorian boot card
© Pet Scribbles LLC

One of my customers asked me for a set of blank notecards that she can give as a birthday gift to someone who loves Victorian images. The customer said, "It could be anything - like maybe a Victorian boot or something." Well, did I have the image for her! This aqua-colored Victorian boot with the peach roses is one of my favorite images and I knew right away this would be the main image for the cards. I digitally added a very pale ribbon frame around the boot, and then I hand-painted the card edges with matching aqua ink. And of course had to add glitter - love glitter!! - on the roses as well.


© Pet Scribbles LLC

And here is what the back of the card will look like. I always put some form of the "Custom made just for you...." on the back of every custom card design, with input from the customer on what they might like for wording.

I'll be making these over the holiday weekend, boxing them up in a clear acid-free box tied with colorful matching raffia ribbon. Or maybe seam binding. Hmm... Not sure yet!

Oh - and yes, I love custom orders! So if you ever need something special made for someone special, just ask!

~Laura

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thursday Blog Links: More Awesome Gardening Tips

Agastache "Desert Sunrise"
photo courtesy of BHG.com


Welcome to the latest edition of my Thursday Blog Links!

With the long weekend coming up, we will definitely be doing some backyard gardening and landscaping projects. So with that in mind, I thought it was time for another roundup of gardening tips and links!  (And if you want to read last month's roundup, you can click here:  Thursday Blog Links: Gardening Tips, April 26, 2012.


The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials - Better Homes & Gardens

I've mentioned my love affair with perennials way too much at least a few times. Here's a great slideshow on bhg.com that shows you their top picks for plants that can hold up to the Summer heat. I already have some of these in our gardens (lavender, yarrow, lamb's ears, salvia, cone flowers), but definitely want to get my dirty little hands on the Agastache "Desert Sunrise" plant!


Life on the Balcony - Container Garden Ideas & Inspiration

Interested in container gardening? Then add this blog to your regular reading! Fern Richardson knows of what she speaks - in addition to writing the blog, she just had her book - Small Space Container Gardens - published in March!


Container Gardening: Thriller, Filler, Spiller - Centsational Girl

Love this post by Kate which appeared on her blog in April. She shows you how to use three simple words to create gorgeous container gardens. Love. This. Idea.


5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants - EarthEasy.com

The plants highlighted in this article feature both perennials and annuals (Catnip, Marigolds, Citronella, Horsemint, and Ageratum) that just might help you stay bug-free without chemical sprays this Summer. (Although if you rub the Catnip leaves on yourself, I can only imagine how popular you might become with any neighborhood cats!)


Garden Tool Container - Martha Stewart

A quick tip from Martha on how to store your garden hand tools so they remain clean, sharp, and easy to find!


Hope these tips inspire you to do some gardening this weekend!

~Laura

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ever have one of those days?

Some days it's just better to stay under the blankets!

I'm having one of those days where almost nothing is going right. I've bumped into walls, stubbed my toe, it's a bad hair day (of course!), my computer is mocking me with strange things happening, and every time I think I'm finished with the blog post I've been working on for way too long already, I find yet another typo. Oh, and a baggie filled with the paver adhesive we're using for our vegetable bed paver walls we're building? Yeah, well, that somehow ended up going through the wash cycle. Super-mega-strong adhesive on clothing? Not much fun.

So. I'm taking some advice from our cat Lulu. I'm shutting down my computer and walking out of my office. Carefully, so I don't stub my darn toe again. Or hit my funny bone into the wall again. Then I'm going to find a blanket and curl up underneath, preferably with Lulu.

Ever have one of those days?

~Laura


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Container Gardening Mini-Series: Fertilizer

May 13: Sage shrub plant happily blooming!
(We even saw a green hummingbird feeding on it!)

Welcome to the third installment of our Container Garden Mini-Series. Today's post is a bit more lengthy as there's lots of info I want to share with you.

First, to catch up on this mini-series, you can read Parts One and Two by clicking below:

Part One:  Commitment                   Part Two:  Water

Today's Topic?

Fertilizer.

Fertilizer is especially important for container gardening, because all the nutrients that can benefit the plants [in a container garden] must be drawn from the soil in the container.

Start with a good quality garden soil. There are many brands of potting soils for sale at your local home improvement store or nursery. Even the big-box discount stores have garden departments this time of the year too.

If you are growing vegetables in containers, my suggestion is to use organic potting soil to keep your vegetables free from chemicals that you would rather not eat.

There are two main types of fertilizer: time-release pellets or spikes that provide nutrients just a little bit each time the containers are watered; and there is fertilizer in powder or liquid form that, when mixed with water, provide your containers with a good amount of nutrients.

Time-release fertilizers are a good choice to add to your containers at the start of the growing season in the Spring. Once you sprinkle the small pellets around the plants, or stick the spikes into the dirt, your containers will get the nutrients they need over a period of time of up to three or four months. Read the information on the version of time-release fertilizer you choose for specifics and application directions.

Liquid fertilizers are mixed with water and applied to your containers during a typical session of watering. Usually these fertilizers provide nutrients for a short time and will need to be reapplied every few weeks throughout the growing season. Again, specifics on the packaging will provide good directions on frequency of application and how much to use each time.

Which type of fertilizer you choose is completely up to you. If you don't want to be bothered with having to remember to fertilize every few weeks, go with the time-release fertilizers.

What are you planting?

Answering this question will help you determine what ingredients your plants need. For example, foliage plants need lots of nitrogen for their color and health; whereas flowers and vegetables need more phosphorous and lower nitrogen.

Wait a minute.

You don't want a chemistry lesson and neither do I. Just remember to really take stock of what you're growing and buy a corresponding fertilizer. All the major brands will list which types of plants they work best for, right on their packaging: flowers, evergreens, flowering shrubs, fruits and vegetables, organic versions and so on.

What do I use?

Before I answer this question, I want to direct you to the disclaimer I shared during the Commitment part of this series, reminding you that I'm not a professionally trained gardener. Click here to read!

I use a combination of fertilizers in our containers. (Please note that I'm not being paid or sponsored to share my favorite brands with you. This is simply me telling you what I personally use on a regular basis.)




Espoma Holly-tone. The Espoma company has been around since 1929 here in the USA (gotta love that!), and specializes in natural and organic fertilizers and potting mixes. Here's their website so you can learn more. We use their Holly-tone every year. Espoma also makes "-tone" versions for Roses, Trees, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Bulbs and more. All of their tone products are organic, won't burn your plants like some chemical fertilizers can, and are safe for people, pets, and the environment. As we hope to add at least one dog to our furry family some day, we prefer to use pet-safe products as often as possible.

Holly-tone is formulated for acid-loving plants and shrubs, in fact quite a long list of them too - right on the package. As we have Azaleas, Evergreens, Heather, Magnolias, Holly, Hydrangeas, and Junipers, we apply Holly-tone in the Spring and Fall. As more and more people have discovered the ease of planting small shrubs in containers, using an acid-loving plant food is a must.

You just sprinkle it around the plant right on the soil, and then cover with your choice of mulch. We simply move the mulch away from each plant with a small rake, sprinkle, then rake the mulch back into place. I can't tell you what Holly-tone specifically does - you can read the packaging for the science part of how it works - but I can tell you that our acid-loving plants are quite happy and healthy, with good color foliage and needles, and beautiful blooms.




Osmocote. Osmocote is a time-release fertilizer, owned by the Scotts/Miracle-Gro Company. Here's their website so you can learn more. There are several different versions of Osmocote for vegetables, flowers, indoor plants, etc. We use the Flower and Vegetable version in the green bottle.

We sprinkle this around our garden plants in the Spring, and know that for the next four months our plants will be taken care of. As we do with the Holly-tone, we sprinkle this right on the soil, and then cover with mulch. This season, we have begun to add some of this into the bottom of new planting holes (both in gardens and containers) and mix it with dirt too. Why? Well, our neighbor says doing just that is what makes his gorgeous Begonias grow like flowering shrubs each year. (And they are GOR-JUSS!!!)

Most recently, we used Osmocote when we transplanted our Sage shrub plant (it is HUGE!!!) into a larger container. Within a week it was blooming happily in its new home, as you can see in the images. (Yes, normally you don't want your sage to flower. After our mild Winter, it began blooming already in April. We decided this one will be ornamental, and we will purchase another one for our own use as an herb.) Did I mention how huge this plant is? We love it!

I've spotted both Holly-tone and Osmocote at the major home improvement stores and at most garden nurseries too.

May 7: Newly transplanted sage shrub plant.
(You can see some Osmocote pellets on the soil.)

Scroll back up to the top of this post to see the transformation!

An extra tip for today:

Are you a total newbie when it comes to container gardening? Make it easy on yourself this first year, and purchase the gorgeous pre-planted containers you see at your local nursery or home improvement store. This is a fantastic way to introduce yourself to the world of container gardening.

Benefits?
  • containers already planted for you
  • you can read up on the plants included, begin to learn their needs
  • if they die, you can blame the store - just kidding!

Consider this the "cliff hanger" in our Mini-Series, as I'm sure this won't be the last time I talk about container gardening. So stay tuned!

~Laura

Friday, May 18, 2012

Container Gardening Mini-Series: Water

"Pretty Much Picasso" Petunia by Proven Winners
(not a bad pic, considering it was with my iPhone!)

Welcome to the second installment of our Container Garden Mini-Series. Yesterday I talked about commitment issues. If you're a commitment-phobe, container gardening is probably not for you. You can click here to read why:

Part One:  Commitment

Today's topic?

Water.

Depending on what type of plants you purchase, whether your containers are in sun or shade or partial sun, and of course how hot or cool the weather is, all contribute to how much water your plants will need.

The biggest reason container gardens fail is lack of water. It happens. And depending on where you live geographically, and the weather, just a few days without water and your container gardens might not bounce back.

How much do you water? I've read a zillion different guidelines in various books and online... well, maybe not a zillion, but you get my point. The simplest thing to remember is this: regular watering keeps your plants happy. Depending on what type of plants you purchase, whether your containers are in sun or shade or partial sun, and of course how hot or cool the weather is, all contribute to how much water your plants will need. That's not necessarily the answer you were expecting, right? Honestly, there's no tried-and-true formula for containers, such as 1 cup of water every so many days.

Plants and flowers will wilt and droop when they need more water, which means the plant is stressed out. (I don't know about you, but when I get stressed out it is not a good thing.) Yes, the plants will bounce back with a good watering. But if your plants repeat this (wilt then happy, wilt then happy) a few times, it becomes more difficult for the plant to remain healthy.

Water deeply.

When you water, water deeply. If you just water enough that the top layer of soil gets wet, you haven't watered deeply. You need to water enough so that the water seeps down all the way to the root system. Yes, water will probably come out of your containers a bit, which I don't have a problem with. (If you do, use a saucer underneath to catch the water. Most containers either have these built into them, or have corresponding saucers that you can match up and purchase separately.

Where I live - in southern New Jersey - our Summers get hot and humid. And hotter and more humid as the Summer progresses. Once that hot and humid phase kicks in, I water my containers daily and deeply. And they stay happy. It takes some trial and error, and if you're new to container gardening you will get to know your specific plants' habits as to how much water they need.

Water in the morning.

When you water your plants in the morning, there is much less chance of any mildew or disease or pests bothering your plants. Plus, during a hot and sunny day, the plants are already fortified with water and can handle the heat without any drooping, wilting or moping. Ok, maybe not moping, but that is what I think flowers look like when hunched over.

The second best time to water your plants is in the afternoon. This still provides enough time for the water on any part of the plants to evaporate before the evening sets in. You want your plants to be as dry as possible during the night. (Of course, if it rains at night...well, all bets are off!)

If you have absolutely no choice but to water in the evening, then make every effort to aim the water at the root system - i.e. the dirt - and try not to get any water on the leaves. This is especially important for vegetables which can easily develop a powdery mildew or mold if damp conditions are just right.

Don't stress.

Most importantly, don't stress over the watering. Gardening is a learning process, yes, but I think of gardening more as therapy. It feels good to tend to the flowers and vegetables and enjoy the blooms and fruits (literally!) of your labor. Container gardening can be a lot of fun with some joy mixed in, as long as you don't take yourself too seriously. (Of course that statement can hold true for many things besides gardening, right?)

An extra tip for today:

Almost all outdoor pots have at least one drainage hole at the bottom, so that water doesn't sit in the pot causing mold, mildew, disease. However, if you don't cover the hole with porous material, more than just water will seep out of the bottom. You can purchase landscape fabric at the home improvement or hardware stores, or you can simply use coffee filters (unused ones!) or paper towels ripped or folded to size to prevent dirt from leaving your pots.

Part Three in this mini-series: Fertilizing your container gardens.

~Laura

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Container Gardening Mini-Series: Commitment

Johnny-Jump-Ups, Spring 2008
(Photo from our first Spring in our new home!)

After my post full of Gardening Tips and Links, I received quite a few inquiries for more specifics about container gardening. I love talking about gardening - just ask my husband: I could blather on all day long about it - so I'm happy to oblige with a mini-series of container gardening advice!


blath * er  Pronounce: 'blaTHer
Verb: Talk long-windedly without making very much sense.
Synonyms: chatter, babble, blah-blah


Hmmm... maybe not the right word...

My own disclaimer here: I am not a "professional" gardener, nor do I have any sort of official academic degree in landscape design (I wish!), botany (would be so cool!), or anything in between. I'm just a self-taught gardener who was lucky enough to grow up with two garden-loving parents! Yes, I hated weeding as a chore when I was a kid, but honestly: who truly loves to weed?

OK, now for today's bit of advice. (Yes I'm going to break these down into small individual bits for easier digestion!)

My first tip is not about watering those containers - so keep reading!

My #1 most-important tip for container gardening is: 

Commitment.

You don't have to marry your container plants, but you definitely are entering into a medium-term relationship with them.

Especially if you are new to container gardening, but also true for seasoned gardeners: you need to have the commitment up front to take care of your container gardens.

You know how it feels each Spring, you get the gardening bug as the weather begins to warm up. A visit to your local home improvement store - with their rows upon rows of gorgeous annual and perennial blooms captivating you with their colors - has you inspired to plant a few containers. Maybe you will place these containers by the front door, maybe a few on your balcony, maybe one container by your back door leading out to your patio.

You purchase some containers, be it resin or terracotta or plastic or ceramic, and choose some wonderful plants to add some "pretty" to your home all Summer into Fall. You go home, you plant them, you are excited, you water them, you are still excited... And now I will fast forward to the middle of the Summer.

Picture the heat wave, with 90+ degree temperatures, and perhaps mixed in is some lovely high humidity. Yeah, maybe I won't water the containers today... I'll get to it later. Maybe tonight. Tomorrow. And then before you know it... your plants are coughing, sputtering, needing to drink some water. What happened?

Commitment happened, or lack thereof.

Rosemary, Spring 2012
(This plant was originally a tiny store-bought herb 2 years ago!)

You need to realize up front that you will have some work to do to keep your container plants happy for the long haul. Don't think of it as work - think of it as loving care. Yes, I sometimes talk to my plants. Yes, my husband - if he hears me - asks who I am talking to. Yes, he already knows the answer. No, you don't have to talk to your plants. But you do need to remember the care your plants need, even after they become established and are blooming big and bright, or producing lots of wonderful tomatoes. Don't get lazy, don't slack off. It doesn't take too much time for regular care of your container gardens, and you will be rewarded with gorgeous flowers and tasty produce!

An extra tip for today:

Read the labels on the plants you purchase before you purchase them.

Plants that need full sun should be planted in a container that will receive full sun. Shade plants should be in shade to do their best. Perennials will bloom only for a portion of the season, while annuals are designed to bloom their little hearts out all season long. So think about where you want to place your containers and what the sun/shade aspect is like in each of those locations.

Click below for the next posts in this mini-series:

Part Two:  Water                  Part Three:  Fertilizer

~Laura

Becoming Martha

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DIY: Peeling Paint Technique


One day, long ago . . .

A few years ago, I purchased Collage Discovery Workshop by Claudine Hellmuth. The book is filled with Claudine's tips and instructions on many different techniques involved in collage and mixed media artwork. Her tips on creating backgrounds for collage are really fun, and one technique in particular – Peeling Paint – is one I've always wanted to try on a wooden frame.

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to snag a very cool vintage postcard on Etsy. This was no ordinary vintage postcard, however. This was a pin cushion leg Victorian postcard. The seller said it is either Dutch or German from the early 1900s. This postcard has writing and a 1-cent stamp on the back. It is so awesome! Check it out . . .

Victorian Pincushion Postcard
Cool, right?

I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I knew it would have a place of honor in my home studio. And then it hit me: Claudine's Peeling Paint technique would be a great finish to show off this postcard.  

Thus begins my own tutorial - with lots of credit and thanks to Claudine! (You should totally check out Claudine's website and blog too!)

Supplies

The must-have ingredient for this Peeling Paint technique? Petroleum jelly!

  • My Studio Acrylic Craft Paint in Mustard Yellow - Plaid
  • Acrylic Paint Dabber in Espresso - Adirondack, from Ranger Ink
  • Petroleum Jelly - picked up at the dollar store
  • Sanding Grip - Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tools
  • Paper Towels 
  • Picture Frame - any cheap one from the dollar store, thrift store or craft store will be just fine.
  • Vintage lace seam binding - optional

Step One
   
Detail of the sanded frame

Sand the frame. In my case, the frame I was using had black paint with a sheen on it already, so I did lots of sanding. Wipe the frame with a cloth to get all the dust off.

Step Two
   
Frame has base color and distressing applied.

Paint your base color. You may need to do a few coats. I didn't start with any primer or gesso as a base, so I ended up needing 3 coats of the Mustard color. Let paint dry in between each coat.

Step Three
   
Distress the frame with some scrapes, nicks, and gouges. Once you're satisfied with the base color, and the frame is completely dry (I waited overnight), take the edge of your sanding grip and add some scrapes, nicks, and gouges to the frame for a distressed finish. (This will relieve you of any minor stress - it feels good! ha!)

You could stop here at this point if you wanted to, and you'll have a frame that looks old and vintage. 

Close-up detail of distressing.

After I finished the distressing, I felt that too much black was still showing through the yellow paint, so I actually did one more coat - that would be coat #4 - and left it to dry for several hours. (Definitely use primer or gesso on a dark or black frame to cut down on the number of coats needed.)

Step Four
  
Apply petroleum jelly with your finger.

Add petroleum jelly. With your finger, add petroleum jelly to your frame in different spots, keeping in mind where you want - and don't want - the base color to show. Petroleum jelly acts as a resist, so any paint that is applied over the petroleum jelly will not adhere to the frame, thus showing off the base color instead. 

This is the essence of the Peeling Paint technique, so I'm going to repeat it:

Petroleum jelly acts as a resist, so any paint that is applied over the petroleum jelly will not adhere to the frame, thus showing off the base color instead. 

I used a nice thick amount of petroleum jelly on many spots all over my frame.

Don't apply the petroleum jelly too thin, but also don't use large chunks of it. The ideal amount is somewhere in between.

Step Five
   
Painting the brown top coat.

Paint the top coat over the entire frame. You will see right away that the jelly begins to resist this top coat.

Step Six
   
Frame with top coat painted over the petroleum jelly.

Allow the top coat to dry. I let it dry overnight.

Step Seven
   
Wiping off the paint/petroleum jelly.

Wipe off the paint and petroleum jelly with paper towels. The top coat of paint that sits on the spots of petroleum jelly will easily come off. This step is messy yet satisfying as you begin to see results immediately! Once you are satisfied with how your frame looks, you will need to remove the grease left over from the petroleum jelly. I used a baby wipe all over the frame which worked great.

Step Eight
   
Finished frame with seam binding bow, hanging in my studio.

To finish off the peeled paint frame, I added vintage lace seam binding. I wrapped the seam binding around (and through) the bottom of the frame and tied it into a bow.

Back of the frame
   
Close-up detail of back of the frame.

Don't forget the back of your frame. And what did I do to the back of the frame? I painted a few coats of the mustard yellow paint, then one coat of the brown paint. (Let dry in between each coat.) Then I simply took my sanding grip and sanded with varying amounts of pressure to produce a distressed look. And yes, I added a few gouges too!

All done!
  

The possibilities and results are endless with this technique, depending on color combinations and how much (or how little) of your frame gets covered in petroleum jelly.




I love how this frame turned out, especially as the colors really flatter my vintage postcard. Yes, the above picture was taken outside for better light, but I have this frame hanging in my studio where I can enjoy it every day.

~Laura

Glitter, Glue & Paint

Friday, May 11, 2012

Marble Magnets, Bubble Magnets: Easy Way to Dry Them

My bubble magnets set aside to dry...

This could be my shortest post ever! The other day I shared a picture of the bubble magnets I was working on, and mentioned how I dry them. When I need the adhesive (that attaches the magnet to the acrylic cabochon) to dry, I place each piece on my wire wall shelves (magnet side up), making sure to separate them a bit so they don't attract each other and snap together as magnets tend to do.

I swear - trying to pull these super-strong magnets apart without ruining the artwork is the worst thing. Next. To. Impossible. Kim, from Joyfully Sharing, commented that she had also experienced - in her words - having "a couple go 'down' in the line of duty too!" and suggested wire drying racks as another option.

Here's a picture so you have a visual of what I was describing. Hope this tip helps those of you who make these types of magnets!

~Laura

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Blog Links: Mother's Day Printables, May 10, 2012

If you didn't get a chance to purchase a card like this one (handmade by me!), 
don't fret. There are plenty of printables out there to save the day!

Yes, hard to believe, but Mother's Day is fast upon us. You only have 3 solid days left to get it together. And you can do it with a little help from the following links I've collected for you, in this edition of Thursday Blog Links!

Mother's Day Printables!

Yes, every Mom that I know of loves to receive a Mother's Day card. But if you still need to purchase one, don't go to the local store, just download one of these free printables created by some very talented craft bloggers. Your Mom deserves something special, and any of these, below, will show your Mom just how special she is!

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Mother's Day Card for the kids to color in - from The Graphics Fairy

I've mentioned The Graphics Fairy before, and with good reason: she consistently has fun images and projects to share! She put together this vintage-feel Mother's Day printable that your kids - or the kid in you - can color in. Click here to go directly to her blog and download the full-size version that she has there.

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6 small cards - from DesignLoveShare

The above printable was designed by Maria of DesignLoveShare, and is available for download here at her blog. She has some cute ideas about leaving these cards around the house for a special Mom to find. Again, this would be a cute idea to get the kids involved in helping to choose where to put these cards. Maybe make a fun weekend out of it - because what's better than Mother's Day? Mother's Day Weekend!

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Mother's Day Newspaper - from MarthaStewart.com

Here's a cute idea from - who else? - Martha Stewart.com! Click here to get the download and the "how to" instructions. I absolutely love the big front page "picture" that is left blank for your kids to color in. This will turn into a definite keepsake!

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A sweet printable card - from How About Orange

Another fun blog is How About Orange. Jessica, the crafty design wonder woman behind this blog, created this fun watercolor printable. Click here to be taken to her blog to download this very pretty card.

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This printable can be used as a flat card or a gift tag - from Seven Thirty Three

Kim, from the Seven Thirty Three blog, has designed the perfect printable for the Mom who inspires - which is probably 99.9% of the Moms out there, right? :) Click here to head over to her blog where you can download this printable. Read through to the end of Kim's post while you're there, as she has a link to a fun Room Service printable that can be used for a last-minute Mother's Day idea too!

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Under the Sea Paper Bouquet - from Crafty Modern

Felicity, from the Crafty Modern blog, designed this cute printable which the kids can color in and then add to a bouquet of flowers. I love this idea! As a gardening gal, I'd suggest you could also pick out a perennial plant for Mom's garden (if she has one), preferably one currently in bloom,, and use that as the bouquet. This way, your bouquet can be planted in her garden, and she can be reminded of this Mother's Day gift every year when it blooms again! Click here to get the details and download for this project.

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All About My Mom - from Yesterday on Tuesday

Malia has an awesome printable on her blog Yesterday on Tuesday - a great name for a blog, by the way! As you can see in the picture above, this is a checklist of sorts where your kids can fill in answers to fun things like, "Her favorite food is ...." and there is also space to add in a favorite photo. Do you still need to give something to your own Mom? How about having the kids help you fill out one of these for their Grandmother? A neat activity to do with your children! Get all the details and the how-to by clicking here. And Malia also has a version for Father's Day too, for the super-organized among us. :)

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DIY Gift Ideas - you can whip these up in a jiffy!

And here's a few ideas for some easy gifts that can be made for Mother's Day. Love these sweet tutorials, and a handmade gift is truly a gift from the heart!


Bath Cream Sundae - from Measured by the Heart

Does your Mother love to take baths? A bath can be quite a soothing experience, helping to melt the day's stresses away. (I'm not saying that you're causing stress for your Mom . . .) Click here to visit the Measured by the Heart blog, run by Connie, and get the details and the printables. The above photo is my own collage of the photos from Connie's page, so you can get an idea of the cute printables used at the top of this "Sundae."

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(How to) Pocket full of Sunshine - Lavender Sachets - from The Sewing Loft

The Sewing Loft is a fun blog filled with projects for all skill levels of sewing and crafting. This project is rated for all skill levels, so you have nothing to fear! Heather, the owner and designer of the blog and the awesome projects, has come up with a sweet gift idea using napkins or handkerchiefs. Click here to not only get the details, but also to see a video tutorial she made for this project.

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Want more ideas? Visit my Mother's Day Board on Pinterest by clicking here.

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I hope that every mother - whether you're a Mom of children, or you're a Mom to pets - has a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

~Laura

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