Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day 2013

Good morning Bloglanders

Happy Mother's Day to all the Blogland Mummy's! May you have a great day and enjoy the love of your kiddo's.

I'm up and on my way for a walk in the park.  Both my boys are "otherwise occupied"  today and I don't mind - I see them a lot and they would do anything to make me smile. Having them around most of the time even though they don't live at home any more, makes up for all the Mother's Days of a lifetime. IMPERFECT ME's take on things!

But I did do something special for my mum and I'm here to share it with you. My mum lives 350 kilometers from me and therefore I don't see her every other week. Also, they don't have a lot of chain stores in Vredendal and online shopping is not for my elderly parents. This rules out all the easy options - parcels (I hate mailing off), gift cards and electronic vouchers.

This was my solution:
I got a standard mail envelope, took the measurements and then made this envelope - yes!! I've still got some of  the hand painted fabric left on my craft desk. I told you all about my painting technique here if you missed it. Once again I used my Spellbinder dies to cut out hearts and the letters MA (Mother in Afrikaans), ironed it on, added some stitching, ribbon and a button. Inside is a small chocolate,  a card (of course I made one!) and a receipt for fabric. I bought some stretch denim (mum even makes her own jeans!) and left it at the beach house when we went there a few weeks ago. Inside the card is a note to tell her where I've left it and she can just collect. The beach house is about 50 kilometers from Vredendal and they go there a lot.

This is the color combo that I worked with:

                               Steel Blue ... Peach ... Apricot 

It is from The Play Date Cafe and you can see the other entries here. Sorry about the green button but I didn't have one in the desired color scheme and he just jumped out of my button jar onto my project.

 I took some more pictures - if you want to look. 

Oh, I forgot to mention that I used my scallop die from Spellbinders to do the edges of the envelope - just adds that extra bit and it keeps it from fraying. I suppose you can do the sides as well but the straight stitching looked good to me with the edges as they are.

That's it! Have a great day. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and please come back to play.


  1. Happy Mother's Day! I love your project!!
    Thank You~

  2. this is such a wonderful gift for your mom. I really enjoyed reading your story... I'm sure mom loved it! Thanks for joining us in the Play Date Cafe!
    -Rachel w k