Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

This Mother's Day is a little different than past ones for me. Because I've been student teaching the last 5 months and consequently have been unable to have a paying job for that time but still have to pay money out the wazoo to get licensed to teach, I am on a very strict budget. So for this Mother's Day, in order to save money AND give a thoughtful gift, I made the gifts I'm giving.

I made gifts for my mom and my boyfriend's mom. This is what they are getting:

3 summer scarves a la MADE - one bright blue with polka dots, one off white knit stripe, and one green with floral print. None of these pictures do the fabric or colors any justice. I need to work on my photography skills.

My boyfriend's mom is getting this poppy corsage from the  Grosgrain tutorial:
I did make a few changes to the tutorial as I went along. For one, I didn't want to spend $10 on Fray Stop spray, and didn't want to waste a bunch of hairspray, so I sprayed the fabric with starch after I cut it out and THEN ironed it. I also basted along the edge of each petal in a bright yellow to add a bit of interest. Instead of a felt center, I went with a large yellow button to compliment the yellow thread.

My reason for doing this is that every Mother's Day my boyfriend's mom only wanted a corsage so that everyone would know she's special. Well, given that she now lives several hundred miles away now, giving her a fresh corsage is rather difficult, so we made one that would never wilt.

MY mom gets this corsage, from the tutorial at V and Co.:
And look, I put it on the package in place of a bow:
I liked the way hers turned out so much that I made one for myself. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but when I decide it will be there...

I was also going to make my mom a necklace like this but unfortunately the lace appliques that I ordered from Hong Kong have not yet made it to my doorstep. Considering I ordered them early last week, I am rather disappointed with this fact. But to be fair they do have a long way to travel. Luckily her birthday is in just a couple of weeks, so I can give it to her then instead. I'm also making one for myself because I like them so much.

Soon to come: making a make-up bag out of scraps tutorial, the aforementioned necklace, and possibly a tutorial on crocheting.


  1. oh it turned out wonderful!!! thanks for the link to come see it !!!

  2. That package turned out really well! I only i could have seen it before your mom destroyed it!

  3. You should put on the scarf so I know what it looks like on.

  4. Boyfriends MommyMay 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    I love my corsage! I was so excited to get my mothers day gifts! Nothing is better than getting a gift made with love. I like how the yellow stitching makes the whole flower "pop". thank you again.