My two kids always make sure Mother’s Day is special for me. They are both avid drawers and quite the entertaining artists! Brady usually makes me a book because he knows I love his stories so much. Katy draws the best smiley face and sunshine pictures so she always makes me one whenever I need it (I get them daily!). Today, I thought I’d share a bit with you from my last Mother’s day to help give you a few ideas for this year.
I love to give homemade gifts whenever possible. I was raised to value them above anything store bought. How easy it is to go pick something off a rack or shelf and buy it, but when we put our time and hearts into something, that is a gift to be treasured!
Today I’m going to bring you photos of the gifts I gave to my mother and mother in law last year for Mother’s Day. I usually do something different each year and I just got a wild hair to do embroidery last year. Before I do that, though, let me bring you my guaranteed to warm their hearts and make them smile gift that your children can give Grandmothers and Mother’s alike.
This is the perfect gift (in my mind), especially if time and money are at a premium. Most importantly, its given with love from your precious children and I consider it to be the most heartwarming present of all.
Here is my one NO FAIL MOTHER’S DAY PRESENT TO END ALL PRESENTS!
My HOME RUN, hands down, all time greatest gift for Mother’s day is much simpler and very inexpensive, but a gift that will be cherished and enjoyed more than any other. I can’t imagine a mother receiving a sweeter gift than one of her children or grandchildren showing up with a red geranium and singing this…
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Of course, we have to rehearse each year even though I’ve done it for the past two. I go to Wal Mart or Lowe’s and buy a pretty red geranium for each Grandmother. I usually just get them in the plastic pots and transplant them to a nice Terra cotta pot because red geraniums look so pretty in terra cotta (I think). This is much easier to do for the grandmothers who live close by.
When I first heard that song, I think it was sung by Judy Garland (even though it is an old Shirley Temple song), and loved it so much I memorized it on the spot! Here are the lyrics for y’all. Please pardon my singing in the clip. If you can’t sing well, sing LOUD! ~giggle~
I love geraniums
Bright, red geraniums
And every time I see one
I always think of you
I hate chrysanthemums
Can’t say chrysanthemums
I might as well just be one
If I can’t be with you!
Now this is what I did for my mother and mother in law last year. You can whip these up in a day or two.
I purchased shirts in a store and then prettied them up with hand embroidery. I dearly love to do embroidery and for these, I chose my favorite palette of pastels and a super simple stitch. For the frilled border around the collar, I just traced it onto a piece of cardboard and then cut it out and used that as a pattern to trace it onto the shirts with a pencil. This is my mother’s shirt.
This is my Mother in Law’s shirt. Her shirt was pale blue so I stuck with the pink flowers and yellow centers because they showed up best.
Close up of Mama’s shirt…
Close up of Linda’s shirt…
Now if you don’t know how to do hand embroidery, let me introduce you to my favorite place on the web for embroidery enthusiasts, Tipnut.com. Yes, Tipnut covers tons of topics but she is the absolute most wonderful embroidery resource I’ve found online – and all free! She even has links to videos to teach you how to get started. I found a video which teaches the stitch I did for the collar frill from Tipnut’s site and you can view it here. They call it a stem stitch. It is often used in redwork. I’m a subscriber and every time I turn around she is posting more free embroidery patterns on her website! Most of them are vintage, which is some of the prettiest embroidery I’ve come across.
Really though, all I did for these flowers was make a few stitches that overlapped each other to form a star. Above you can see where I drew out a flower and leaf like I stitched on these shirts. See that? SUPER SIMPLE! the arrow directly next to the flower is actually what I stitched for leaves and a stem! I did draw two arrows coming from my instructions to point to the flower and stem in this pic. Just did that to see if y’all were awake and all :).
I then did a little french knot in the center but you can skip that or just do a little x in a contrasting color to form your center. For the collar, I did a chain stitch, which is the basic embroidery stitch (you can learn it from the videos here).
I didn’t space the flowers any particular way or trace them on their first, I just did it all at random.
If you’re under the gun and would like to do this project, just pick up a shirt, an embroidery needle, and a few of your favorite colors of cross stitch (DMC) thread and do the flowers at random on the front of the shirt or even just a few on the collar. Its really a precious gift.
This year, I also got my mother something a little more and fun. She and I both love antiques and memories of our childhood. Since she was a big Howdy Doody fan as a child, I picked her up a vintage Howdy Doody advertisement from Ebay, complete with Andy Devine!
I’m having it framed for her and matted in yellow. Mama and I love to hang vintage ads like this up in our kitchens.
Now I want one for me, too! lol
I mentioned earlier that Brady makes me books for Mother’s Day. He often writes entire stories and illustrates them start to finish! Last year he presented me with an amazing Transformers book which went through the plot of the entire movie! He also did a fill in the blank book from school which he illustrated and answered questions about me. I thought y’all would enjoy seeing some of that.
This is a photo of Brady vomiting. ~takes a moment to study the photo and smile at the wonder that is nine year old boys~. It was a page to describe how your mother makes you feel better when you are sick. Just in case I couldn’t tell what was going on, my little bundle of enlightenment wrote the words “me barfing” and drew an arrow to the pic. He wrote “gives me medisin” on the fill in blank. Bless his heart.
And this is proof that it really is the little things which matter most to children. As much as I cook: homemade cookies, that six tiered scooby doo cake iced with orange and teal decorations that he wanted for his birthday once, big meals that weight the table down…Brady loves it when I make hot dogs.
~chuckles~ He’s gonna make some woman very happy someday!
I hope your Mother’s Day is filled with love and appreciation for all that you do and for all of the love that you give. I promise it is appreciated, even if the applause is often unheard :). What you do is by far the most important and impact filled job that ever was.
“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before”~Edwin Elliot