With Mother's Day coming up, and the end of school on the horizon, gifts for mom and teacher gifts are definitely on the mind. I've got a really fun solution for you--for both of them! More than ten years ago, we made my mom personalized notepaper for Mother's Day. It was a huge hit, and from that point on, it has been highly requested time and time again. It is one of my favorite gifts to give for so many occasions and people--it makes an awesome teacher gift and it's perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, and even wedding and hostess gifts. My sister served as a missionary for our church several years ago, and we made a set for her for one of her birthdays while she was gone. It's just so fun to make and give!
About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others. I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life. Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true. It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS! I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this past week, my current ones needed a makeover. I use them A LOT, and they were in sad shape. So...I'm sharing them with you, plus all the free printables you need to make your own DIY Recipe Binder!
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My salt & pepper shakers bit the dust a few months ago, and after looking and looking, I couldn't find anything I loved. The ones that I had looked just like mason jars, and I loved them, so I decided to make my own! Talk about EASY...this just might be the easiest project ever! It only took a few supplies and about 10 minutes to make the most adorable Mason Jar Salt & Pepper Shakers!
One of my best friends in all the world had a birthday this week. And not just any birthday...the big 30!!!! I left her 6 months ago when we moved to Texas, and I was SO sad that I was going to miss this milestone. I knew I wanted to send her something to really celebrate this particular birthday, and let her know how special she is to me. So...I made her a birthday jar!
I have forever loved burlap Christmas stockings, and I decided now was the time to do it! Since sewing is not my best talent, lol, I knew exactly where to turn. Char, from Crap I've Made is a supremely talented seamstress, and she very kindly sent me a pattern and fabulous tutorial I could easily follow. I LOVE LOVE how they turned out. Simple, understated, and perfect.
This was first posted a couple of years ago, but I thought it was time to bring it out of the archives for this Mother's Day! Anything with handprints is always a favorite for me. :)
Sometimes it seems like the years past faster than the days do, and capturing little handprints are like freezing a moment in time. When my oldest was small, I made an apron with his handprint on it for my dad for Father's Day. I still LOVE seeing his tiny little hand on that apron. ♥ This year it was grandmas' turn... I love how these Handprint Aprons turned out!