Based on my Facebook feed, I would hazard a guess that I’m not the only woman out there who is thrilled that we are getting to see what happened to Rory and Lorelai in the last ten years in new episodes of the Gilmore Girls. I’m not sure what made this show a cult classic for women, but it was. It was for me. I have the complete series on DVD, just in case Netflix decides to stop making them available. The Mellow Man says that while he is in love with Lauren Graham, the dialogue on the show is rather exhausting and fast. That got me to thinking– maybe that’s why we women love the show so much! It’s the clever repartee between Rory and Lorelai Gilmore. There are so many great conversational moments and quotes from the Gilmore Girls, particularly from Lorelai Gilmore, and I have a hard time picking my overall favorite. That being said, I think one of my top 5 quotes is about flexibility, “As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.” That quote describes me, and actually most of my household. In honor of the release of all new Gilmore Girls episodes and my love of the show, I used that quote to create an easy Gilmore Girls Fan Notebook.
I attend Snap Conference this past April, and learned about this really awesome event that is hosted by Laura Kelly over at Me and My Inklings and World Market. It’s a Popcorn Box Party where each blogger takes a popcorn box from World Market and uses craft materials to create a halloween inspired popcorn design. Sounds amazing right? Well, I started thinking and thinking, and I got this idea to make a spider web design with fishing line and shimmery black cardstock. I had the image in my head, so I went looking for spiders. And while I was shopping for the supplies, I found this amazing and shimmery washi tape, and I thought, “Why should I make the project any harder than I have to?” You know what I mean? Sometimes bloggers and crafters go for the challenging path, rather than the obvious craft solution. I picked up two rolls of the washi tape, and the end result was adorable, and I got my spiderweb look without all of the hassle. Here’s how I made my own Spider Web Washi Tape Popcorn Box.
This past week, I got an email blast from both the Big One’s and the Monkey’s schools asking me to make sure that I was clipping my BoxTops. Trust me, I’m always clipping BoxTops. I think moms with kiddos in schools are always in fundraising mode. We are always looking for ways to help our children’s schools stretch their dollars a little further and raise just a few more. We want our kiddos to have the highest quality education and that takes money. When I was shopping at my favorite dollar spot recently, I saw this bright red balsa wood file box, and I realized that it would be awesome for BoxTop storage. I decided to give it a vintage, school house feel, and when I was done, I was so delighted with my Decoupage School Box that I decided to fill it with my BoxTops, and drop it off in my son’s school office.
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As you can probably tell by the nature of My Mom Made That, I love the homemade. I love giving the homemade. I love receiving the homemade. To me it feels like sending a little piece of your hear[, filled with love, off into someone else’s house. I know that the homemade isn’t for everyone, but luckily enough, it’s also something that my wonderful Mother-in-Law loves too. It was her birthday last week (Happy Birthday Nana!), and the Little Boys and I made something special for her– decorated cards. I want to show you how easy it is to turn a storebought card into a personalized and special Birthday gift.
I have found that sending decorated cards is a great way to send a “semi-homemade,” but very personalized gift to your loved ones. What’s even better, there is a nice selection of “bargain” Hallmark cards that are now available at Walmart that serve as a great template for your birthday greetings! Walmart is the only store in the nation that has Hallmark cards for just $0.47! (There is also a wide selection of $0.97 cards as well.)
Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I hope that every mother out there got to feel appreciated and loved, be you a mommy of an itty-bitty, kiddo, tween, teen or grown child. I must say that I was really touched by a post I read over at One Artsy Mama about Mother’s Day, and I would very much encourage you to read it if you get a chance. It really speaks to the emotions behind Mother’s Day. Around here we had a nice busy day. The Big One and my lovely husband, the Mellow Man spent the day watching the Little Monkey and cleaning the house for me! Isn’t that amazing? I had already gotten my Mother’s Day gift, of my new domain and this blog! This year, I made gifts for my mother and mother-in-law, and specifically made my mother-in-law a floral note card set with a matching Mother’s Day card with my trusty Silhouette Portrait. One of the great things about the Silhouette, is the ability to create custom card sets, and this particular one include two cards for “Hello,” “Thank You,” and “Get Well.”