Because you can’t get away with another turdy handmade ashtray

happy-mothers-day2Ah, Mother’s Day. There once was a time when a little glitter-glue and some poor penmanship would make your mom melt. Then you got a little older, made a little more money, bought her French perfumes, designer wallets and Sharper Image footbaths, but her reaction was decidedly less melty. “Oh, that’s nice” or “I hope you didn’t spend too much on this” aren’t very encouraging sentiments. Maybe this year it’s time to revive that DIY spirit and put a little more heart and soul into your Mom’s Day gift.
trash-giftsThat’s not to say you have to go out and build her a footbath from twigs and leaves or hand-forge some gimmicky mom themed jewelry. You can still go shopping like a responsible American, but wouldn’t it be nice to add a little personal touch? This year I’m thinking goofy childhood photos in elegant frames. I can’t count how many times my mom has insisted that she doesn’t have any pictures of me (although that died off a bit around the time I started piercing things and making a ridiculous mess of my hair).  So why not put that to rest with some beautifully framed shots of delightfully candid moments from the time when finger paintings were acceptable currency.

frame-stripIf your mom’s got a sense of humor (and you’ve got some horrific old photos of yourself) why not pick up a side-by-side frame and display your transformation from adorable little mop top to raunchy scary teenager for all to see.  Mine would look something like this:
how-to-scary-teenAren’t arts and crafts fun? I think the black and white lends the image a certain timelessness. Mom would be so proud. Of course, if you made more classic style choices in your formative years I’m sure those photos would be much appreciated too.

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One Response to “Because you can’t get away with another turdy handmade ashtray”

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