PSA - Mother's day is fast approaching! We thought it would be helpful to share some Mother's Day gift ideas for you to create with your own two crafty hands or order online if you aren't feeling crafty.
Handmade Bath Gifts - as our friends and family can attest to, we both prefer to give handmade gifts when possible. Last November we wrote a blog with links with easy recipes (that we tested) to make soap, bath bombs, lip balm and lotion bars. You can find the blog with links to recipes here.
Spicy Oil - if your Mom loves to cook she might love a hot pepper oil. Check out this recipe from the A Beautiful Mess blog. Tie some raffia or ribbon around the bottle with a handwritten tag and PRESTO - you have a gorgeous gift!
Citrus painted Tea Towels - this would be a fun project to work on with the kids. All you need is a few lemons, oranges or grapefruit, some fabric paint, paint brushes and flour sack tea towels. You should be able to find the craft supplies at your local Michaels, Hobby Lobby or JoAnn. Check out this fun tutorial from Making Home Base.
Instagram Calendar - want a personal gift but not feeling like making it with your own two hands is the best option for you? How about making a calendar from your Instagram photo gallery? Persnickety Prints has several cost-friendly options for you to choose from.
Eco Friendly Gifts - last December we featured a really great eco-friendly gift guide in our blog. Take another look here. Links to the shops we featured are in the blog post.
Custom Jewelry - whether your Mom is a musician, music lover, or literary fan you can find something for everyone on our Hang Ups Jewelry Designs website! We love custom orders and don't upcharge for them. You can email us at hello@hangupsjewelry with your ideas. The best part is that a portion of the proceeds from all of our jewelry goes to one of our non-profit partners - Band of Angels or Literacy KC. Hang Ups Jewelry is the gift that gives back!
More Ideas - you can always count on Uncommon Goods to have a great list of unique gift options from makers and small business owners.
The other day I came across some daffodils growing in the middle of a forest where the trees haven't even budded yet. They were a welcome and cheerful sight! It's been a long winter and I think we are all ready for some spring cheer. I've been picking up bunches of flowers for my kitchen this winter because they make me happy. During these trying times sometimes a simple bunch of cheerful flowers can make a difference in our day.
We hope that you all had a Happy Easter and find some brightness this spring.
Kristi and Carolyn
PS. Fun fact, the artwork that we include in our newsletters is frequently a Kristi Jurgensen creation. Looking for a way to decompress and raise your spirits through art? Check out Mindful Art Studio on Facebook. All you need is some paper and a fine point sharpie or micron pen. Not on Facebook? You can find the Mindful Art Studio here.