To any of the ladies out there who have brought new life into this world, or to any who are soon-to-be mothers, I'd like to wish you all a Happy Mothers Day! You women are the ones who nurture your children, to bring them up strong, and teach them values.
Your children will be the next generation of leaders in this crazy world. Perhaps one of you is holding in your arms a future President of the United States, the next Albert Einstein, or even the one who discovers a cure for cancer. But even if that's not the case, you are definitely holding in your arms someone who will one day hold another in their arms, which in my opinion is even more important.
And since each of you are daughters too, here is a little John Mayer song that talks about growing from daughters into mothers.
Whenever it's time for giving gifts to either my mother or my father, I often have to think a bit more than I usually would. It's really not that they are picky about gifts that they receive, it's more that they already have practically everything that they could ever want.
So just like I did at Christmas time, I decided that a homemade gift would be the route to go for this Mother's Day, and here is what I came up with:
If your household is anything like mine, then you probably have some change stacking up here and there, right? Well, I've been wanting to do something with these left-over pennies, and I came up with the idea for a "thought book," just for mom.
The first thing I needed to do for this project was collect some of the materials. The main thing was finding the canister to hold the pennies, which I found at Home Goods, (read about some other items I found here), but I also picked up a few other supplies from Michaels.
What you see in this picture are some glass canisters/jars, some raffia (wound up not using this after all), some scrapbooking paper, some embossing ink (wound up not using this either), some paper scrapbooking birds, and a craft punch that cuts circles.
Once I had everything that I needed, I hunted through my house and my purse to collect all of the pennies I could find.
Then I took the craft punch and the scrapbook paper to punch out some paper circles.
Now, originally I intended to use stamps and ink to stamp some numbers onto these circles, but once I counted all of the pennies I tossed that idea straight out of the window. I had found well over 300 pennies, so to save some time I wound up just using a marker to write the numbers onto the paper circle cut-outs.
After hitting the number 250, I determined that would be a good place to stop...afterall, 250 pennies=250 quotes, which I felt was a good number for the project.
Once all of the numbers were written, I took some glue and started gluing the circle cut-outs onto the pennies.
I found it easiest to use a cotton swab (the craft kind) to apply the glue, and it didn't take much to get a good hold on the paper.
Once all of the pennies had their number, I started locating some quotes and thoughts on the internet. I used Microsoft Powerpoint to create the book pages by changing the page dimensions to 10x10, and then printing "handouts" with two slides per page. This gave me the square pages that I was wanting for the thought book & each page was able to hold 3-5 thoughts, depending on length.
Once the pages were printed out, I cut them down to size, using a paper cutter. You can also see that each of the pages has two circles up at the top. These circles were to show me where to punch the holes so that I could run the ribbon through the book.
Next I made a cover for the book by using some of the scrapbook paper, some ribbon that I already had, and the green paper bird cut-outs.
After punching holes in both the front and back covers for the book, I ran some ribbon through each of the cut-outs, and also used some ribbon to loop around the canister and hold the book in place.
Here is what the final project looked like:
So the concept of this gift is that each day my mom can draw a penny out from the jar, look at the number, and find the corresponding quote in the thought book. The book includes all varieties of quotes, on life, attitude, happiness, and friendship, so any time my mom needs a pick-me-up, I'm hoping there is a thought in there to make her smile.
When I get a chance, I plan on adding the quotes from this project to my Quotes that Make Me Happy section, but for now, here are a few of them that I really enjoyed.
- Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
- Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
- A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.
But for some reason, I have a feeling that my mom's favorite quote/thought will be this one from the front of the book:
Am I right, or am I right???
What about you guys? Did any of you receive some homemade gifts, or something that was really sentimental to you? Or did anyone create something for their mom? What are your favorite ways to tell your mom that you appreciate her?
To each of the mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day. And to my mom, thank you for all that you do. You are wonderful, and I am sorry that I don't express that more.