Friday, May 13, 2011

Mothers Day at Last!

      Yes, I am very aware that  Mother's Day was last Sunday and that I am a few days late in paying tribute, but I needed to wait for my Mother's Day care packages to make their journey from Mill Valley, CA to Oklahoma and Nebraska before I could post pictures of their contents. (and if you've read my previous posting, you know that they didn't get sent till the Friday prior to Mother's Day)
      This year my husband and I purchased both of our Mother's a wonderful little book by Martha Peace called The Excellent Wife.  It is a book that was given to me by a dear friend as a wedding gift last June, and it encouraged and challenged me so much that I was dying to have a chance to share it! John and I are both blessed to have "Excellent Wife" mother's, but we still wanted to encourage them with this book.
      One thing that I feel should accompany a good book is a cute and unique journal in which to keep a record of ones thoughts. SO.... of course my creative Mother's Day venture was to transform composition notebooks into personalized journals for our Moms! I have been making these personalized journals for a few years now. They started off as New Year's journals for my best friend, Kara, and me to write down all our hopes, prayers and New Years resolutions in. For our Mom's, I used vintage clip art from and collected memories and quotes from all our siblings to be included on the inside of the covers. I also included a special poem called the "The Builder" for my Mother. This poem is special because it is a poem that my mom assigned my older sister and me to memorize when we were homeschooled. It is about how many people pour their lives into building things that ultimately have no eternal value, but that a mother pours herself into building "a childs immortal soul".....Thank you Marmy for pouring your life and God's love into your four wild children! It is my life's goal to be like you!

Me, Manoah, Misty and Marmy (2007)

The Mother's Day journals

Marmy's journal

Inside front: "The Builder" poem & Mom quote
"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

I printed vintage postcards and pasted the messages from my siblings on the backs.

The little pocket holds the postcards perfectly!

The back

The journal for my Mother-in-law, Beth

Inside front: John's favorite mom quote "Remember who you belong to"

Postcards with memories and favorite moments

I made simple but sweet  cards that match their journals

Thursday, May 5, 2011

What can you make for your cowboy Father?... I have an idea...

   It seems like all the ideas I have for "cute little gifts", turn out to be crafting monstrousities that envelope the half of our teeny tiny apartment that isn't occupied by my husbands theology books. This has been especially true while preparing gifts for this Mother's Day. Well my plans to get them shipped off in a timely manner have obviously failed seeing that I have just only finished them and it is 9:00 on the Thursday night before MOTHERS DAY! Ok, I'm done venting.....

   While I can't share pictures of these amazing Mother's Day projects, (I would like my Momma and Mother-in-law to see them in person before they hit the blog) I have a couple of little projects that have been finished, shipped to their recipients and are ready to be shared!

    My Daddy's birthday was this month and I used a cute vintage image from  that happened to have "Sinclair" (my maiden name) and.... wait for it.... a HORSE on it as well! I struck gold with the Graphics Fairy once again  AND for anyone who knows my dad, those are two elements that are sure to please!

The finished product: What is it? Well I think it's a pencil holder for the office desk

Daddy's Birthday card

Some of the supplies

The label from The Graphics Fairy

I was always a daddy's girl