Mother’s Day and Paint

This past month was really busy for me since Mother’s Day was the holiday of the month. I had to figure out what to get (or make) for the mothers in my life! My mom has been wanting to pick up crochet again, so I got her a set of hooks and a great book on crocheting to get her back up and running; all she needs is yarn! I really hope that it helps her remember how to use a skill that she can take anywhere with her; she hasn’t crocheted in a LONG TIME.

My mother-in-law had mentioned wanting a couple of signs made, but I decided to make them presents instead of commissions.

Which would be all the time. 🙂

The last one I made for her was this one, which is one of her favorite quotes (Sweet Home Alabama). I personalized it with her and her husband’s name and wedding day for an added sentimental value. She seemed to really like it! I loved being able to mess with different colors for this one. If I were to make it again, I’d probably change the font of their names and wedding date to something a bit more bold.

She also wanted one for her front porch/door. My MIL lives in Hawaii (I’m very envious of paradise 24/7, by the way) and everyone there wears flip-flops (thongs, if you’re anything like my grandmother!). Well, in Hawaii, they call them “rubbah slippahs” or just “slippahs” and, yes, it is spelled just like that. You don’t walk around inside the house with these slippahs on, though!


Have you seen those cute “Home is Where You Park Your Flip-Flops” signs on Pinterest?

I decided to make this sign! Her main home colors are teal and white. Since I have made a white sign for her before, I decided to make this one a distressed teal instead, using very pale gray vinyl for the lettering. The cute flipflop picture makes this piece complete! If it was for her room, I’d have made them hot pink, instead, but decided to go with her decor.

Don’t worry, she got some hot pink flipflops on a separate decal for her car!

I also found a few cute ideas for cards online. I decided to try making them myself with the material I had on hand. I found this scoring board at Joann’s website for half price and pounced on it! I’ve always wanted to get one and didn’t realize there was a mini version that is sized just right for card making. Bonus: It has an envelope guide on the back to make your own envelopes!!

The lumber yard is my new happy place!

I found that I was picking my projects really carefully because I had only one size of wood in my garage! So I decided to head over to Home Depot and get some other sizes, too! Now I have six 11″ x 12″, six 9″ x 12″ and six 5″ x 12″. I think I might make some premade signs to test the waters on the Etsy/Facebook marketplace next. Something simple, but universally usable.

I really ought to just buy a rotary saw, but I have no room in the garage…eventually! I should organize and finally have that garage sale so I can actually think while I’m working in there. Working graveyard has its limitations!


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