Pretty Little Bouquets - Crafting With Nature
When it comes to Mother's Day I like the little things. Notes from the kids, homemade cards (even if they're made on notebook paper), flowers picked from the yard and breakfast in bed. Burnt eggs and dry toast always makes me happy especially if there's coffee with it!
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Because my Mom has been gone for such a long time I don't really think about the giving aspect of Mother's Day but sometimes I pretend she's still here and I ponder what I would give her.
My Mom was my biggest fan. From the time I was little on anytime I made anything she loved it. No matter what it was. Since she always appreciated the things I made, and displayed them proudly, I know that I would make her something and I would elicit my kids to help me with it.
A few months ago a wonderful blogging friend of mine, Amy Renea, who I've known for years sent me a copy of her book, Crafting with Nature. The book is beautiful with lovely photos and so many awesome ideas. When I got the book I couldn't put it down. A few weeks ago I picked it up again and that's when the idea hit and I knew that if my Mom were still here I would make her something inspired by one of Amy's crafts.
I have a wood burner. I got it on clearance at Target. I have it in a box. I never opened the box, but then....I saw a craft using wooden discs and a wood burner. That got me thinking.....First off, I chose 3 wooden discs.Then, using my wood burner (which I was sure would leave me scarred for life but didn't) I emblazoned the letters M, O, M (and a little star) onto the wood. I also made a 5 (my favorite number) and another with my husband's and my initials on it - I was thinking of carving your initials in a tree except a smaller version! 😉
I cheated and didn't grab a branch from the yard, I instead bought a package of birch wood discs at Joann Fabrics. I know, I know....I should have stayed true to Crafting with Nature but it was so cold and rainy when I made this that I didn't feel like going out into the yard, finding a branch and then waiting for it to dry...I got lazy.
Now, the original craft called for the wooden discs to be made into magnets, which I did for two of them....but then I thought of making a rustic wall hanging...I went into the garage and grabbed a stick that the kids had brought home from a day at the beach and that was my hanger. I drilled small holes into the top of 3 of the discs, wove a string through each letter and then hung them from the stick....it looked cute but wasn't quite what I was looking for so back to the drawing board I went.I had 3 wooden discs with holes in them and strings....what to do?I bought some fresh flowers and then....I decided to add them to mason jars (mason jars are pretty much perfect for anything and everything). That's one of my guys behind the flowers....be still my heart ♥ 🙂Once I had my jars filled with flowers I added a ribbon and the wooden discs to each jar. Then, I decided to switch things up once again and I used a small bouquet from Aldi's.
I'm not sure which I like better but I regardless, in my pretend world where my Mother is still with me I know she would have liked either...and she would have displayed her Mother's Day Bouquets proudly.