Every year it sneaks up on you and you find yourself resorting to the same old Mother’s Day gifts—flowers, brunch, a gift card… Why not do something different this year? Here are four ideas to start with; I invite you to share your own ideas in the comments section!

Garden in a Hat:
Supplies Needed:
An old straw hat or a decorative hat purchased in the in the floral department at your local craft store.
A plastic shopping bag for lining the crown of the hat
Small amount of potting soil
Small amount of sphagnum moss, available at the craft store.
Two or three small potted plants

Turn the hat upside down and line the inside with plastic.
Arrange the potted plants in the crown of the hat
Fill the extra space around the pots with soil
Cover the surface with sphagnum moss.

Personalized Stationery:
Supplies Needed:
Plain stationery sheets from your local office supply store or handmade paper from a specialty paper supplier.
Paint pens, colored pencils, or stencil paints available in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store.
Stamps, stencils or items to trace (for patterns)
(Note: you can make your own stencils out of chipboard or use objects found at home such as the rims of drinking glasses, cookie cutters, jewelry pendants, etc… to create your own designs)
A yard of pretty ribbon

For a classic look simply paint a thin line of gold, or any solid color, around the edge of each page.
Use your stencils and other items to create borders, headers/footers or a simple design down one side
Once the pages are dry simply stack them and tie with the ribbon.

Paper Doll Tea Party:
Go full “girly” with a mother-daughter tea party and share a bit of creative time together!

The menu:
Keep it simple with hot or iced tea (or punch), finger sandwiches, sliced fruits and cupcakes.

The entertainment: Making paper dolls.

Supplies Needed:

Paper doll forms:
Draw and cut out your own dolls or print them from Printable Paper Dolls. Hair do’s and clothing can be printed out too or you can make your own—that’s where the fun comes in…

Stack of plain paper
No. 2 pencils and colored pencils or felt pens

Release your inner fashion designer! Create dresses, shoes, purses, puppies on leashes, or anything else your dolly desires. Preserve your finished masterpieces, and the memoirs, in a frame or scrapbook.

Auctioned Items:

Is your mom a writer who would like a critique of her memoir-in-progress? Does she appreciate art, jewelry or photography? Click on over to the Pens for Paws auction for unique gift ideas!

Several items are already on the auction block including my Winter’s Frost necklace. The Chocolate Royale necklace will be up soon with more items to follow in the next few days. Like any auction, the bidding moves quickly so keep you eye on the podium!

for pictures of these necklaces see this previous post.

Share your Mother’s Day ideas with us!

Do you love animals? I do! I don’t care if they buzz, chirp, bark, meow, growl or hiss—I love them all.

As a child I brought them all home. As a young adult I carried around picket signs and petitions for protection of our wildlife and environment. I worked as a veterinary technician for eight years and even interned as a trainer for “actor” animals. So please forgive me but I’m at it again. This time I’m donating items for the Pens for Paws Auction.

The Pens for Paws Auction is “an online auction with writers, artists, and others from the publishing community to raise funds for Fat Kitty City, a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary in El Dorado Hills that also rescues dogs (as foster homes allow).”

Auction dates are May 7th through May 13th. Bidding takes place via the comments section with funds paid directly to Fat Kitty City, a non-profit sanctuary in Sacramento, California. All donations are tax-deductable.

Operated by The Agee Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc., Fat Kitty City is “dedicated to ending needless suffering, by rescuing, rehabilitating, medically treating and adopting homeless and severely abused animals.”

I am donating the two necklaces pictured above; this post provides the image links needed for the auction and also serves as an invitation for readers to participate.

To bid on these or other items please go to: http://pensforpaws.blogspot.com/.
Bidding begins on May 7th.

To donate your own items please go to: http://pensforpaws.blogspot.com/p/donate-items-for-auction.html

For more information on Fat Kitty City go to: http://fatkittycity.org/

Would you like to help furry friends in your neighborhood? Your local Humane Society is a terrific place to start and there are many ways to donate!

The Humane Society is also a non-profit organization that takes in abandoned, sick, and unwanted animals. The animals receive medical examinations and treatment; adoptable animals are then cared for until homes are found. Some long-time residents find their way to other no-kill shelters or to foster homes. Direct donations in the form of money, pet food, bowls, blankets, etc… are always welcomed. In addition, the Humane Society runs local thrift shops ready to accept your unwanted items (or perhaps you will find a new treasure there). For more information go to: http://www.humanesociety.org/