Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Because I Said So

"Because I said so."  That is one phrase I used to promise myself I would never use when I had kids of my own.  I am not quite sure I could count the times I have exacted the phrase on my poor children.  Oh there are plenty of other things I am sure I vowed never to do as my Mother was saying them to me.  Some I haven't done, most I have repeated.  I am so very certain that my own children have sworn to never reiterate some of my 'momisms'.   If you have or had a great Mom be so thankful.  I had a Mom to emulate, naturally I was not aware of that until I had my own babies.  I recall as the birth of my first approached,  the dawning of the depth of love my Mom must have had for me became so clear.  I even wrote her a letter, thanking her and apologizing for all the times I did not appreciate her. 

So as Mom's Day creeps up on us so close to Easter, let's look at different gifts to give Mom on her special day!  One thing I have on my idea list, is a brunch for Mom.  We have to set a pretty table for this right?  So I created place mats and napkin rings.

I started with these place mats from the Dollar Tree.

I applied a light coat of matte white spray paint.

I then used my Cricut to cut out various shapes.
I applied them to the place mats.

I have chosen the colors yellow and white for the table scape.
So I painted the mats yellow now.

This is not a good pic of the yellow color, it is much more
muted than it appears here.

Next I used the sander an roughed up the
place mats some.

I then used some white dotted material to
edge the pink.  Pink was not part of the plan, ya know?

I used Heat and Bond to apply this to the mats. 

Here you can see the sanding effect and a better look
at the actual yellow color. 

Next I cut strips of plain white material and ruffled them on
the sewing machine.  Next, I used hot glue to adhere the
ruffle on to the white dotted border.

This finished the place mats but we have to have coordinating
napkin rings, don't we?

For the actual ring, I just cut a two inch ring from a
paper towel roll and covered it with white contact paper.

I then found some pretty lace in my stash and wrapped it on the rings.

Then I used the fabric I had decided upon and made some
fabric flowers to top the rings.  I also glued a small golden
bling in the middle of the flower. 

I am thinking that after the brunch, I can bundle these up
for Mom to take home with her. 

Do you think she will like them?

Stay tuned for the table cloth, napkins and runner. 
The table would not be complete unless it was all
matchy, matchy right???

barbwired blessings!


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  1. Very anxious to see the rest of the table. You are so right about "momisms". I think most of us can honestly say we do exactly what we said we wouldn't. I love that Mother's Day gives us a chance to appreciate AND reflect.

  2. New follower here.

    Great job on the place mats. It's crazy what you can do with stuff from the dollar store! Very creative, and I am looking forward to more great ideas :)

  3. Wow, you got those from the dollar store?? That is impressive! Great job!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way!

  4. great idea using your cricut to cut out the shapes for the place mat!! You are so smart :) Turned out awesome!! :)

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

  5. Great idea to use the tp rolls for napkin rings...

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Juice Thursday...Hope to see you back again this week!

  6. how pretty. especially love your napkin ring!


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