Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A bit of craftiness for Mother's Day

Disclosure: I received product and/or compensation in exchange for this sponsored post.

Years ago, I fell in love with Blue Mountain Cards. The poetry and graphics spoke to my heart. My dream was to one day have my poetry featured on some of their cards.

Flash forward to 2015. I'd still love to have my poetry featured on some of their cards. Theirs is a name I trust. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to receive an email last week inviting me to take part in a Mother's Day promotion. Of course! I was especially touched by these words: "I love the thoughtful way you approach things on your blog which is why I am reaching out!"  

I was introduced to the Blue Mountain website and the wide range of products available. For the purpose of this post, however, I'm focusing on printable features for Mother's Day. I printed out a few things, including a coupon book my granddaughter, Laura, can give to her mom. The coupons are good for things like help with the dishes or yard work, cleaning up the bedroom, and even a hug and an "I love you." Perfect coupons for my little six-year-old.

I also chose some coloring pages for Mother's Day. There were options to personalize them, so I chose to do that with one of them, adding an "I love you, Mommy!" to the top of the page. I decided to let Laura personalize the other one in whatever way she chose.

Here are some pictures of Laura hard at work at creating her masterpieces, and shots of one of the coloring pages.

I was pretty impressed by a six-year-old's talent... especially with the Monach butterfly. 

After she was done with coloring the pictures and putting her autograph on the coupons, the ball was in my court. I wanted to create something to display her artwork. I entered the craft store and, for close to two hours, I perused the aisles, looking for inspiration. Finally, I made my purchases and headed home.

Last night, I put together this display:

Then I danced around the living room saying, "Look how crafty I am!" I was caught up in my own awesomeness! 

Seriously, though, don't you love this? Here's what I did:
  • I found this $70 printed canvas on a 75% off end cap at Michael's. It wasn't until it was hanging on my wall that I realized the image is of the earth! How marvelously unplanned was that?
  • After painting it black, I glued the 36" strip of wood to the canvas, adding the three wooden letters to the top. The L is for Laura, and the M and R are for her little sisters, Marley and Robyn. Since Robyn is only two months old, her spot on the canvas will be blank for awhile. But two-year-old Marley will be thrilled to see her own work up there. She loves to color, maybe more than anything else. However, it was Laura and me who created this project, so for now, the artwork is all Laura's. Her mommy can switch things around once she has it hanging on her own wall.
  • Finally, I glued the tiny fabric-covered clothes pins to the wooden strip. I found these in the dollar bin. How cool is that?! 
After letting the glue dry overnight, I hung up Laura's pictures and coupons. I think this will make a spectacular Mother's Day gift for my daughter. What do you think?

It's simple, relatively inexpensive, and something that will be used for years to come.

In the meantime, I'm going to spend some time checking out the eCards, etc. on I encourage you to do the same.

The folks there are kindly giving away a one-year membership to to one of you (valued at $19.99) Who will it be? Just comment below on what makes your mom special or what makes you an awesome mom and, using, I'll choose a winner on Mother's Day (May 10th). 

Open to everyone 18+. Winner will be announced here on Sunday and will have 48 hours to respond before an alternate winner will be chosen. If you would prefer to receive an email, please include it with your comment.

Good luck!


  1. Becky Freeman-BrauenMay 8, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    My mom is special because she cares so much about her children and grandchildren. My little one is Grandma's little princess and seeing the two of them together is priceless. If I am the winner please send me an email at Thanks so much!

  2. My mom is special because she has always been there for me either by encouraging me or by talking some sense into me. Now that i'm a mom I realize all the work/sacrifice she put into raising me and my sisters and I only hope I can be half as good of a mom to my kids as what mine was to me.

    1. You were fortunate to have such a good role model. Good luck!

    2. Congratulations, Andrea! Via, you are the winner! Please email me at and I will send your info to Blue Mountain.

  3. My mom is special because when I was growing up, she was always there for us. The years I spent in the abyss of depression, although she lived 65 miles away, I would take my boys to her house and she and her husband would take them somewhere or just watch them so I could sleep and rest.

    She now has Alzheimer's but still makes it to church three times a week and she still tries to help me and others as she has always done.


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