Lifestyle

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day is just around the corner and a great way to show your mother how much she means to you. How great is it to have this one day to celebrate the woman who gave birth to you or raised you and make her feel special. I have put together a list of some fun and thoughtful gift ideas for this Mothers day including budget friendly options. I hope this helps and gives you some ideas!!

For the Mother who loves to Cook

  1. Personalized Wooden Set (Spoons, Spork and Spatula) – How about treating your mother with a personalised wooden set ? Here is a link where you can order it from.

2. Customized mixers from Kitchen Aid – Kitchen Aid is currently having upto 25% discount on its website and you can customize your mixer and also have it engraved and gift wrapped now. Here is a link where you can buy it.

3. Personalized Cutting Board – A great option for your mother to prep her favorite meals with various wood and design options to choose from with personalised engraving. Here is a link where you can buy it.

Another great option is this where you can have the family recipe engraved.

For the Mother who loves to decorate the house

  1. Personalized Throw Pillow – Gift your Mom with a personalised throw pillow with the names of all her loved ones. You have an option to select from four different fonts as well and the option to buy only the pillow cover or both the pillow and the pillow cover. Here is a link where you can order it from.

2. Mother of Pearl Frames – These beautiful and elegant frames are a great gift option for your mother to cherish memories while adding to the decor of the house. Here is a link where you can buy them and currently they are on a discount.

3. Coasters – These beautiful coasters can be a great gift and a beautiful addition to the coffee table. Here is a link where you can buy it.

For the Mother who is always on the go

  1. Commute Clutch – If your mother is always on the go or likes to have her things organized this beautiful organizer will do just that. Available in 3 beautiful colors and made of leather this commute clutch is a great gift option. Here is a link where you can buy it.

Another great option which is on a discount at this time. You can also add an embroidered monogram to add a personal touch. Here is link to buy it.

2. Tote Organizer – If your mom loves totes or bags but always struggles to find things inside her bag this is a great gift option. This felt organizer is available in various sizes to fit all bags and has various color options as well. It is definitely a game changer.

For the Mother who loves to stay Cozy

  1. Plush Throw – If your mother likes to cuddle up in her favorite corner while reading a book or to have some “Me Time” this beautiful plus throw will keep her cozy and also add to the decor of the house. Available in four gorgeous colors and here is a link where you can buy it.

2. Baies/ Berries Candle – A scented candle that will keep the house smelling fresh and fruity. Here is a link where you can buy it.

3. Quarantine T-shirt – If you are looking to give something that will remind you of the current situation and staying indoors this t-shirt can be a great gift option. A variety of color options to choose from. Here is a link to buy it.

For the Mother who loves to get Pampered

  1. Gift Basket – If you are looking to pamper your mother on this special day this gift basket is a great option. You can easily add add-ons to the hamper as well from the various options available and also personalize the gift. Here is the link where you can buy it.

2. Beauty Gift Set – This gift set is filled with 10 premium samples and is beautifully packed including things like a cleanser, serum, soothing tea, hand cream, seed mix, fragnance, lip balm, etc. Here is a link where you can buy it.

For the tech loving Mother

  1. Kindle Paperwhite – If your Mother enjoys reading then the Kindle will be a great and thoughtful gift for her. Here is a link where you can buy it.

2. Apple AirPods with Charging Case – If your Mother enjoys listening to music AirPods are a great gift idea for her to groove to the tunes of her choice. Here is a link where you can buy it.

3. FitBit – If your mother is into fitness the FitBit is a great gift option. It can also control all your Home smart devices and track all information about your health. Here is a link where you can buy the amazon exclusive and choose from a variety of colors.

For the Newly Minted Mother

For new mothers a great way to make them feel special especially during these challenging times when it may not always be possible to be with your loved ones due to social distancing is sending them a gift telling them you are thinking of them and celebrating their first ever Mothers Day.

  1. Gift Hamper – A fun gift hamper making them feel special and telling them that you are thinking of them and sending warm wishes even as you practice social distancing. Here is a link where you can buy it.

Another great option would be this gift hamper for a new mom.

2. Initial Necklace – For a new Mom a great gift idea would be having the initials of the child engraved or the birthday of the child engraved on a necklace. You can customize more than one to add in yours and your husband’s initials as well and wear all 3 in one necklace. A beautiful family memory. Here is a link where you can buy it.

3. Twining Quarantine T-shirt – How cute are these twining quarantine t-shirts for a new mother and a newborn. Here is a link where you can buy it.

Here is a sketch I drew to celebrate Mothers Day. A Bond so pure!!

Lifestyle

DIY Plant Pots in less than 30 minutes

I love the versatility of terra cotta plant pots especially since there are so many easy ways you can turn a simple pot into a work of art. I have been looking to add some plants inside the house to add a fresh look to the house and adding some character. I love succulents as they require minimal care and and work both indoors and outdoors. For this project however I am going to use faux succulents but you can easily replace them with real plants.

Material Needed:

  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • A paint Brush/ Sponge Brush
  • Paint Palette
  • Faux Succulents/ Real Succulents and Dirt or any other plants
  • Craft smart – Premium Chalky Acrylic Paint (2 colors- Linen and Rich Brown)
  • Thick White Paper (to keep your workspace clean)

Step 1: Working on the thick white paper, using the linen chalky paint start dabbing your terra cotta pot with paint all over using a paint brush or a sponge brush. Do not just simply run smooth strokes like you would paint instead apply paint by dabbing on the pot to give it some texture.

Step 2: Then to give it a more weathered effect just take very little Rich brown Chalky Acrylic paint and start dabbing it on the pot with your paint brush. Keep dabbing it till you get a look you are looking for. You can give it a very vintage look or keep it slightly vintage.

Step 3: If you feel like you have excess of the Rich brown chalky acrylic paint making it look more vintage than you like then redo step 1 at spots that need any corrections.

Step 4: Also paint the inside of the pots that the brown color of the terra cotta pot is not seen even when you place your succulents. Use the linen chalky color to paint the same. You can paint half of the inside or the whole inside pot as required.

Step 5: For real plants put a dish below and you can plant your succulents adding dirt or for faux plants I just added stones to stuff the pot and decorated the pot with the faux succulents.

Step 6: You can make just one and use it as a centerpiece or make 3 of the same kind and use as a centerpiece to decorate your dining table or any other space you like.

These pots are really easy to make and can be a great project to do along with your kids or friends. They are also a great idea for gifts to bridesmaids, to say thank you or even to add to a hamper for all succulent lovers. A great part about them is that I can easily move them to other parts of our home and they are an inexpensive way to add some character to the house. I can easily remove the faux succulents and use them in other containers. It is also a great idea for staging your house for a sale. The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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DIY Jewelry Organizer Tray – In less than 30 minutes

Jewelry Trays are so fun and colorful to create using Sculpey and a fun way to add a pop of color to your wardrobe. From solid colors, to interesting patterns, different shapes and more, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few tips I would like to share with you to create a jewelry tray in no time. Seriously, its fun, useful, easy and addictive!

Materials Needed:

  • Sculpey soft clay
  • Clay Roller/ Rolling pin
  • Butter Knife
  • Cookie/Clay cutters – Different shapes (not necessary – made this one without any cutters)
  • Thick paper or Ceramic tile (to keep your work space clean)

Step1: Working on the ceramic tile or thick white paper, roll your sculpted clay using your hands to form thin ropes of all the different colors you want to use.

Step 2: Twist all the ropes together interlacing the colors into one large rope.

Step3: Continue to twist and turn the rope and fold on top of itself, mixing and swirling the colors together.

Step 4: Using your hands, make the rope in the shape of a ball and flatten the ball using a rolling pin. Avoid it being too thin or too thick; you will want to get it to about the thickness of a quarter. I selected a mix of 2 colors here but you can mix and match as many colors you like or use only one solid color. I used a piece of white and a piece of violet.

Step 4: If you want to make the shape more natural like me just use your hands to give it the shape you like or use clay/cookie cutters to give it any shape you like. You can also use a bowl to give it a round shape.

Step 5: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit . Transfer your tray on a parchment paper, and bake it for 15 mins for a tray having thickness of a quarter inch. If your tray thickness is more it will be needed to be baked for longer. Follow the instructions on the clay you are using for baking instructions. If you feel the clay does not fold the shape you can even put the tray over an oven safe bowl and put it to bake.

Step 6: Let the tray cool. Once completely cool, paint the rim for detail or leave it as it is. Place your favorite jewelry inside.

These trays are so easy to make and can be made in various shapes, colors and styles. They also make a great gift to give to your friends or simply enjoy yourself. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!