When we were little-little meaning we couldn’t wrap gifts yet without making a complete mess-my dad would stage a fashion show of sorts to present Mother’s Day and birthday gifts to my mom.
I remember walking into the room with shoes that were so big I couldn’t hardly keep them on my feet or sporting a CD or book like I was one of Barker’s Beauties on the Price is Right. We would get so excited about taking our turns walking into the room where mom was waiting for us.
We didn’t realize dad was just trying to get out of wrapping presents. (Which, by the way, we found out he actually can do a couple of Christmases ago at a service project…)
No matter. I loved our impromptu runways and that dad didn’t discover gift bags for several years.
So whether you wrap up your gifts or not, to make your celebrating just a little bit easier this year, we’re sharing three simple ideas and an incredible giveaway from Collectivity Lane!
The Favorites Basket:
This is a really fun way to tell mom your favorite things about her. It’s a great option for a group gift, because it still gives everyone a chance contribute individually. My mom did this for grandma’s birthday and had each of her siblings send a gift that represented one of their favorite things about their mom. This basket ended up being filled with a pair of pajamas because one family loved how grandma carried on such fun family traditions-like pajamas every Christmas Eve for at least four decades. Another family gifted a music box, because grandma has instilled a love for music in dozens of people-including her own children and grandchildren. There was also a Willy Wonka worthy bag of candy-because if you’ve ever been to grandma’s house-you know there’s at least two kitchen drawers full of sugary goodness. Always. The basket was a huge hit and made for a great night of remembering.
We found this wooden frame tag at RodWorks-and it really tied the whole thing together with this vintage and completely gorgeous picture of grandma from just a few years ago. 😉 Their inventory varies, so you might not find the exact same thing, but you’ll be able to find something equally fabulous to finish off the basket look.
Tagxedo Word Art:
How cute is this!? At www.tagxedo.com, you can make your own word cloud by entering in words of your choosing and selecting the colors, shapes, and fonts to specialize your art. We’ve done this for my mom, for friends, and I even used it to make Girls Camp T-shirts two summers ago that included the girls’ names, where we went, theme words, etc. Gather all of your siblings-electronically or in person-and have everyone pick out a handful of words that describe your mom. Put it all in a Tagxedo Word Cloud, download it, print it off, frame it, and you have a gift she’ll never forget!
You’ll have to download a plug-in to run the program-but it’s a quick download and should have you up and running in no time. If you’re having problems, make sure you’re not using Firefox. I couldn’t get it to run in Firefox at all, but everything worked when I used Safari. You can also try restarting your computer after you download the plug-in.
Mother’s Day Video:
When our mom turned 50, Trisha had a rockin’ idea to make a video for her. We contacted family and friends from all over the country and asked them to make and send short videos of them holding up signs with words that they think describe her best. We pulled it all together (okay, you should also probably know that someone super smart and video-savvy married into the family-so when I say we, I totally mean he) and surprised her on her birthday with words that told her in a hundred different ways and from dozens of people just what she means to us. If you have questions, email us or comment below and we’ll explain more of the logistics. You could also do this with just pictures and frame them or with pictures and put together a PowerPoint presentation of them. The point isn’t how professional it looks. The point is that mom knows we notice and love her for so many different reasons.
COLLECTIVITY LANE GIVEAWAY!
Sometimes you have time for these things, and sometimes, you’re ready to let someone else do the brilliant work for you. That’s where Kelsie-who is completely brilliant and talented-comes in.
Kelsie is the brains and beauty behind Collectivity Lane, a graphic design studio based in Kaysville, just outside Salt Lake City, UT. It was founded in 2013 by Kelsie Monsen to share her love of elegant, yet simple design with the world, and I think you’ll agree she’s done just that. Kelsie is a designer, photographer, printmaker, and aspiring beekeeper who spends her days chasing her energetic daughter and working as a freelance designer.
Here are some of my favorites. (Dear husband, do you read this? Just checking…)
She also has some gold foil temple prints that are AMAZING. And if you’re like me and you like decorating for holidays but maybe without all of the blazing colors and wreaths, Kelsie has some gorgeous, really classy looking prints that would be fun for Valentine’s season, summer (that bike print!), Easter, and so much more.
She just put this little gem up on her shop. And I kind of love it. A lot. After living in Houston for 7 years, I definitely claim to be part Texan.
So here’s the good news. We’re giving away THREE 8×10 prints (1 each to 3 lucky, lucky girls-or guys, I guess) next Monday, April 28th. (All entries will be verified.)
So here’s what you’ve got to do:
2. Follow Collectivity Lane on Facebook.
3. Go check out Collectivity Lane on Etsy and pick out your favorite print! Come back and comment below and tell us what you think would look pretty fabulous on your wall.
We’ll announce the 3 lucky winners on the blog and on Facebook on Monday, April 28th, so be sure to stay tuned!