As a mom, I don’t want or expect a lot for Mother’s Day. The recognition, hugs, and whatever the kids made at school is enough. I’m more than little sad that my kids are outgrowing the cute crafts they bring home at school. I have gotten some adorable things from them and I’ve kept it all. I wonder if my mom kept all that? I know she keeps my kid’s drawings and such. Mother’s Day is more about my mom in my opinion than it is about me as a mom. My mom is the best too. I haven’t spent a Mother’s Day with her in years though. It’s hard with us living all over the place. That’s the military for you. For other holidays, friends always get substituted in when we can’t be with our family, but no one replaces my mom.
Thankfully, AAFES knows. They currently have a promotion to save $2 when you buy 3 American Greetings cards. That’s not hard. There are times when I stock up on cards to make it easy when the husband is deployed. It’s one less thing to worry about. Buy ten at a time, then you just have to mail them. This isn’t about the husband though. I can get the cards I want for my mom and my mother-in-law.
Then comes the matter of what to get mom. She doesn’t need anything and she isn’t the easiest person to shop for. One thing she does love though, is her grandkids. Anything made by them or about them is a sure fire hit. I send her pictures the kids make and if she’s like me, she’s running out of room to store them. Next best thing? Something useful that showcases the kids art.
Artwork Dish Towels
These are super easy. When you pick up the Mother’s Day cards, make sure to grab the American Greetings wrapping paper or gift bags and tissue paper as well. It’s all by the cards, so you won’t be able to miss it.
What you need:
My towels were super wrinkled, so I gave them a quick iron first (very quick, which is why they are still somewhat wrinkled, don’t judge). Then, lay out the towel and decide where you want the image to be. I was thinking how it would look hanging on the stove, so I folded my towel in half width wise, the put the image in the bottom center of the bottom of the towel.
Make sure the lighting is good and position your child’s drawing under the towel, then get to tracing. This was pretty easy. I had to peak at the drawing a few times, but I think I did a pretty good job. I did two towels, with a drawing from each child. My daughter’s is a family picture, while my son’s is from a book he made in Kindergarten called My Lucky Day. He went to the park in it and had an incredible day! I do keep all the cute stuff. To wrap it up, I folded the towel (make sure the marker is good and dry first), then wrapped it in tissue paper. It went in the gift bag, along with more tissue paper. Add the card and you’ve got a gift any mom would love. I would love these for my own kitchen. I’m going to make some for myself and my sister too. I know she would love them too.
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