Bunco Water Bottle – White Elephant Gift

Bunco Diva Water Bottle White Elephant Gift

Outside my window the first snowflakes of the season are slowly floating down.  It doesn’t look like it will amount to much, but the snow, combined with the drop in temperature we have experienced lately are just more reminders that fall is on its way out and winter will be here much more quickly than I am comfortable with.  Life is crazy busy right now and there is so much I would like to get done before the weather sets in.  *sigh*  I don’t think it’s all going to be finished.  But.  When I do find a little time to get ahead of things I like to take advantage of it.  Today is one of those days.

My mom started a Bunco group years ago – back when it was really trendy in our area.  I can’t remember if I was in high school or college at the time, but that group is still going strong 15-20 years later.  After I moved back home last year I subbed at Bunco a couple of times and when a spot for a regular member opened up I was asked to join.  The game itself isn’t hard, nor do I think winning one of the prizes is really the point – though sometimes they do have some great prizes!  The appeal, for me, is to have a reason to leave the kids at home and have some dinner and a few laughs with a great group of women I may not regularly spend time with otherwise.

We had our latest Bunco Night this past week and it caught me by surprise when they started talking about Christmas party plans for the next get together.  A white elephant gift?!  It’s been years since I had to bring one of those to a party.  And while I love the idea of a fun and quirky gift, I also like gifts to be useful so I came up with the idea for a Bunco themed cup of some sort.  I drug my husband along to TJ Maxx with me last night during a super-rare date night in which we had a little time to waste between dinner and the movie and was happy to find this great water bottle – and for only $4 too!

Embellished Water Bottle before photo Simply add vinyl for a easy and inexpensive yet custom gift

One of my favorite tricks when I want something customized and unique is to add a quote or lettering in vinyl.  It’s a pretty simple thing to do with a die cutting machine and I have a Silhouette which I love to put to work on projects like this one.

Bunco Diva Embellished Water Bottle DIY gift

I chose to add the words Bunco Diva and a few dice shapes to round out the design.
*In case you are wondering, the font for the lettering Lounge Bait (found it free HERE) and the dice are dPoly Block Dice dingbats (found HERE).  And did I mention to be sure to use OUTDOOR vinyl?  By using outdoor vinyl and making sure you get the vinyl on really well, these can be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher without any problems.

Customize your own water bottle or cup using vinyl and your silhouette machine

Bunco Diva Customozed water bottle for gift idea

I would have added some feathers, as I was in that kind of mood 😉  but as I didn’t have feathers on hand I went with a fun glittery bow.  Now I just need to decide what to put inside the bottle – any ideas?  I may just end up stuffing it with chocolate if I don’t come up with a better idea before the party.  For now, I’m patting myself on the back for being on the ball with this single Christmas project – and we will just ignore the fact that there are at least 50 more things on the list that will need attention, won’t we?  What’s on your project list?  Have you started any Christmas prepping yet?

Christmas Gift Idea using vinyl lettering and an inexpensive water bottle or cup Bunco Diva for Bunco Christmas party

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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DIY Wooden Sign for Fall – Double-sided for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Halloween Front Porch Decor includes pallet pumpkins deco mesh wreaths and swags and wicked witch wooden sign with broomstick Make the switch to Thanksgiving easy with double sided sign

Too soon for Halloween ideas?!  Naw.  Seems like half the posts I run across online right now is someone blogging about pumpkin and apple recipes or decorating their porch with fall leaves and gourds.  I’m excited because I love fall and all the things that go along with it (especially the pumpkins!) but struggle with the part of me that doesn’t want to be premature and be sick of all the fun fall stuff before Thanksgiving arrives.  But in the interest of making sure you all have plenty of time to grab some fall decorating inspiration from here or other blogs, it probably makes sense to put it out there early so you have plenty of time to create.  Am I right?

I will be sharing a new fall idea or two every week until November – or until I run out of ideas, which-ever comes first!  You’ve already seen my 2×4 Pumpkins and my Wooden Pallet Pumpkins (and if you haven’t I’d love for you to check them out) so this week I thought I would share my Double-Sided Wooden Sign for Fall.  The front side has a fun saying for Halloween and the back side is for Thanksgiving.  I love the double-sided concept, especially when it comes to holiday decor because not only does it cut down on the amount of storage space I need for storing off-season holiday decorations but it also makes it super easy to change out the decorations from one holiday to another.  This works especially well with the back to back holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I can leave out the pumpkins and bright orange and red leaves from September through November and just switch out a few select pieces for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Double Sided Wooden Fall Sign for Halloween and Thanksgiving DIY Tutorial

It was pretty simple to put together.  We just took 3 pieces of scrap wood (1×6 or 1×8 probably) and cut them all to the same length (maybe 15″ wide or so), then used smaller scraps (1×2) as braces along the back and put screws in them to hold it all together.  Then stained it all mahogany.

Thankful Thanksgiving Front Porch Sign DIY Tututorial

Thankful Grateful Blessed Wooden Front Porch Sign for Thanksgiving Decorations
I like the effect the wood braces on the back give the sign – makes it more rustic and a bit vintage looking, I think.  I also used the same stain technique as I did on the Corn Hole boards (see tutorial HERE) on the Thankful side of the sign for the lettering.  I love the look.  The Halloween quote was done with white vinyl using my Silhouette machine.

Wooden Halloween Porch Sign Home of the Wicked Witch and all her Little Monsters Double Sided

I have kind of a obsession “thing” for witch themed decor for Halloween.  There’s just something about the pointy hat and the witchy boots that makes me smile.  And I prefer the more fun and whimsical look to the scary things and the gore that often goes along with Halloween.

Thankful Wooden Sign Rustic and easy to assemble sign for Thanksgiving and Halloween

It looks great on the front porch with everything else doesn’t it?  And is often the case with most of the holiday decorations I make – it’s easy and inexpensive too!

Fall and Thanksgiving Front Porch Decor includes wooden pallet pumpkins deco mesh wreath and double sided wooden sign for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Have you decorated your porch for fall yet?  I’d love to hear some of your ideas!

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Horse Slumber Party

Horse Slumber Party Table Decor and Birthday Banner Party Decorations

Happy Thursday!  My daughter’s birthday is coming up (October, which feels like just around the corner right now) and I have started to think about party plans.  Birthdays and parties are a big deal around here – something we all enjoy and something I have a lot of fun putting together.  I was trying to remember what her party theme was last year which prompted me to look it up on the old blog and once I started looking at photos and revisiting memories I couldn’t help want to share it here.  My daughter turned 11 last year (hang on a second while I mourn the early childhood years.  I will soon have a preteen on my hands!)  and she had been helping me plan the party for months.  She is definitely my child – she knows what she wants and is full of ideas, she wants it to look good, and she wants to Do It Herself.  😉

After all the horseback riding she did while we were in Utah last summer, it was almost a forgone conclusion that she would pick Horses for her theme for her birthday party.  And her very first request (after specifying that she wanted a slumber party, of course) was that she have chocolate horses topping her cupcakes, and that she be able to do them herself.  She saw a YouTube video about piping chocolate onto wax paper to make shapes and that was what she had in mind, but that sounded a little intense for her first attempt at real cake decorating so I found a chocolate mold online.  With our lives as crazy as they are right now and the amount of time it takes each batch of chocolate to cool I did end up making most of the chocolate horses myself, though I did make sure she got to do a few on her own.

Horse Themed Birthday Party Invitations Wanted

 Once we started looking at ideas online (you can see my Pinterest inspiration board here) we decided to go with a Cowgirl theme in pink and brown with a few blue accents thrown in.  The invitations, of course, came first.

Cowgirl Horse Birthday Party Invitation Wanted Poster Pink Brown

 Howdy cowgirl cowboy rustic wood and rope Welcome sign for front door or parties

 Kaitlyn fell in love with the idea of a big wooden pallet sign with the outline of a horse on it, but I didn’t want to work on a project that big right now.  Instead, I grabbed some scrap wood from the garage, distressed it and stained it, then used hot glue to attach some jute “rope” to spell out the word Howdy.  We used this sign on the front door to greet everyone and set the mood for the party.

 Detail photo of Howdy Rope sign for cowgirl birthday party

Howdy wood and rope sign for Western themed party
When the guests arrived they each received a cowboy hat.

Horse Cowgirl Party Favors Pink and Brown Cowboy Hats It's a Cowgirl Thing

 From previous experience with birthday slumber parties I know that the girls are always super-hyped, loud, and anxious to direct their own fun.  They spent most of the party playing Just Dance or playing with Kaitlyn’s fast-growing collection of Ever After High dolls, but I did set up a couple of stations to go along with the party theme.
Photo Props for Birthday Party Cowgirl Horse Theme includes Wanted Poster and fake mustaches
The Photo Booth props were a lot of fun

Horse Party Photo Booth Props for Slumber Party Photo Props for Cowgirl Slumber Party Wanted Poster

Wanted Poster Photo prop for cowboy or cowgirl horse birthday party Cowgirl Horse Birthday Party Photo Prop Wanted Poster

I threw together a bucket of stuff for mani/pedis, though it didn’t get used.  We also had the idea to YouTube some line dances (perfect for a cowgirl party, right?!) and would have done so if the party was lagging.  As I said, the girls had no problem having fun on their own so I just let them do their thing.
Horse Party Grooming Station Manicure Pedicure activity for cowgirl slumber party

Happy Birthday Banner Beadboard Pennant Banner for Parties

 Knowing that the girls would happily occupy themselves, I spent more time on the food and the decorations than I did on the activities.  The bead board pennant birthday banner got some theme-appropriate fabric and ribbon and provided the backdrop for the dining table.
Horse Birthday Party Dinner Table Setting and Decor pink brown
The longer I do this party planning thing, the easier it gets.  I have a handful of Go To tricks that I can use for any theme – like dressing up the drink containers.  For this party I picked up a 6-pack of cream soda bottles and added a vinyl horse silhouette (made it using a horse dingbat font and my Silhouette machine.  I love that there are so many great fonts out there for free!).  The plates are part of a stack of inexpensive plastic party plates we picked up at Sam’s club a couple years back – they work great for parties.  The napkins, bandana, and tiny pink cowboy hats (aren’t they cute?!) were all fun finds at the party store.
Horse Cowgirl Birthday Party Tablescape for dinner in pink and brown
Horse Vinyl Decal on Soda Bottle for birthday party Silhouette machine

Horse Cupcakes with chocolate molded horses and pink frosting for cowgirl birthday party

 On to the food!  The cupcakes turned out great – though I suggest putting the horses on only at the last minute.  It was a warm day and some of them wanted to tip over when their legs got a little soft.

Chocolate Horse Cupcakes for Horse Themed Slumber Party
Horse Cowgirl Birthday Party Food Table Display includes cowboy hats and other western items

 For dinner, Kaitlyn had requested ribs and mashed potatoes.  And you know what that means?  That means the husband did most of the food prep because he is the rib smoker expert 😉

Side note – the rolls down there on the end of the island are in a pink plastic cowboy hat.  I forgot to get a detail photo of that, but I wanted to point it out because the girls thought it was a fun detail.
Slumber Party Treats for Watching movies for Cowgirl Horse birthday party
Once the girls had a couple of hours to play and were ready to settle down a bit, I prepared a tray of goodies so they could snack and watch TV.  Included:  popcorn in brown paper bags (I had folded down the tops and fringed the edges), water bottles with the horse decals (I try to avoid having any colored drinks on the playroom carpet – it is horrible when it comes to stains), Cow Tales caramels, licorice “ropes” and rice krispie treat “hay bales.”

Hay Bale Rice Krispie Treats for Horse Cowgirl Cowboy birthday party

Horse Cowgirl Slumber Party Breakfast Tablescape

I went to bed around 11:00 that night and I’m told some of the girls stayed up only ’til midnight while the other half made it to around 2AM.  But they were all awake and hungry by 7:30 in the morning.  We did a full cowboy breakfast spread with pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, and chocolate milk.

Horse Birthday Party Chocolate Milk with Giddy Up Straws

 Cowgirl Horse Party Favor Bags Pink and Brown
Party favors were their cowboy hats, more of Kate’s chocolate horses, some cute fingernail decals (in the closest colors/designs we could find to the party colors), a pen, and some more Cow Tale caramels.
Horse Party Favors

Party Favors for Horse Themed Birthday Party for girls in pink and brown
If noise levels and chaos are any indication (naw they weren’t that bad – I didn’t even have to wake up in the middle of the night to tell them to tone it down), the party was a rip-roaring success.  Yay!

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Sunshine Bucket Gift Idea

Sunshine Bucket Get Well Gift Basket Idea for a friend undergoing cancer treatmentsMy brother has a good friend – one he has had since high school – that is going through some tough things right now.  She has an uncommon form of uterine cancer (I think.  Sometimes guys aren’t known for getting all the details) and has been going through treatments for the past few months.  I can’t imagine how hard that is for her or her family but our thoughts are with them.

My brother has made it a point to go out to dinner or visit with her weekly, or as often as she feels up to it.  I really wanted to contribute something that would brighten her day, so I decided to put together a fun little gift to send with him on one of his visits.  Kaitlyn was enthusiastic about the idea too, so she helped me quite a bit shopping and putting it together.  We decided to go with a “sunshine” theme and just look for items that were in yellow or orange.

Get Well Gift Basket Idea Sunshine Bucket
We found this great little double-walled tumbler, which I customized with some vinyl that reads “Do not disturb – busy kicking cancer’s butt.”  I hope she got a laugh out of that one.

Do Not Disturb Busy Kicking Cancer's Butt Custom Cup
Also in the basket was a journal and rainbow pens.  Kate insisted on the rainbow pens, which are exactly like a set my brother got for her a few months ago and she LOVES using them.  Sunshine and rainbows – it works, right?

Journal and Rainbow Pens for Sunshine Gift Basket

Other items in the basket included:  goldfish crackers, popcorn, candy bars, and sparkling lemonade/yellow juices.  Oh and sunglasses – every sunshine basket should have a pair of fun sunglasses.

Sunshine Bucket Gift Basket Idea for a sick friend or any occasion

Kaitlyn also wanted to bake up a batch of lemon cupcakes to send (she and her friends are on a Cupcake Wars kick and really baking and experimenting with flavors.  It’s adorable) but she didn’t get home from school before my brother left with the basket so we’ll do that another time.  I think the basket turned out pretty cute even without the home-made baked goodies.

Sunshine Bucket Tag Gift Basket Idea for a friend with cancer

The tag was just some clip art from the internet that I added some white lettering to before printing.  The rainbow ribbon was already out from another project and I thought it worked well to tie in the rainbow pens while adding a little pop of color to draw attention to the tag, so we added a little rainbow bow for a final touch.

Sunshine Gift Basket Ideas for a friend doing cancer treatments but would work for any occasion

While perfect for our purposes, this idea wouldn’t have to be used exclusively for those undergoing cancer treatment, or even just as a Get Well gift.  I could see myself giving this to a friend 6 weeks into life with a new baby, as a random act of kindness (in a smaller version perhaps), as a birthday gift for the person that has everything, maybe even Mother’s Day, a housewarming gift, or another special event.  The possibilities are endless.

When it comes to adding a little fun to someone’s day, I don’t think it takes a lot of money or even a lot of time (though I have to admit we did take about a week to pull all the items together as we just kept the idea in the back of our minds and would buy things as we ran across them while we were out and about).  All it takes is a little bit of thought and a touch of creativity – or, ya know, find something great on Pinterest and copy it!  😉

PS – if you do use any of my ideas I would LOVE to hear about it or even see photos! Thanks!

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Swimming Subway Art with FREE Silhouette Cut File

Subway Art for Summer Swimming Tutorial

Right now, there are few things my daughter likes more than swimming.  She spends four mornings a week at swim team practice and loves every minutes of it.  She also likes creating things and when she came up with the idea for these Swimming Subway Art wall hangings (“Mom, I want a piece of wood, painted and with vinyl words about swimming and a picture of someone diving, and it should say splash with like water drops coming off of it and…”) I was happy to help her out.  She did most of the work herself, including instructing her dad what size to cut out the wood (I think it’s 10″ x 12″) and learning how to use the sander.

Swimming Subway Art Wall Hanging

At the time, it was also one of their projects for school.  They needed to be able to give a presentation to the class and teach their classmates how to do something.  We actually made three boards so Kaitlyn could walk her class through the process.
-Cut the wood, routing the edges and inscribing a keyhole in the back (for hanging) if you choose, then sanding it
-Paint the wood
-Apply the vinyl

Swimming Subway Art using wooden board and vinyl lettering

We ended up doing three versions so that she could demonstrate a couple of the steps and that worked out perfectly so that she could keep one and intends to give the other two to her swim team coaches at the end of the summer season.

Swim Team Subway Art Wall Hanging

Cute right?  I’m so proud of my craft creative little girl!  And guess what?  I saved the Silhouette Studio cut file and you can get it for yourself HERE.
You may need to make sure you have the following fonts installed (you can find them free online):
-Britannic Bold
-Kristen ITC
-Arial Unicode MS
-Brush Script MT
-Badaboom BB
The diving silhouette and the “splash” were just free clip art I found online and converted to a cut file.

Enjoy!  I would love to see photos of your creations using the Swimming Subway Art.  Feel free to comment and share!

Want more fun ideas to keep busy this summer?  Check out my list of ideas to Fill Your Summer with Fun – Without Breaking the Bank!

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Date Night Picnic Basket Gift

Date Night Picnic Gift Basket for Wedding or Bridal Shower

We are mid-way through June and well-entrenched in all things summer – mostly swimming (both kids at swim team practice 4 days a week – whose ideas was that?!) and spending time outside now that all the unusual raininess of May has turned into warmer, sunnier days of June.  I can’t wait for our first trip to the lake and to take the kids hiking in the mountains.  What hadn’t really entered into my summer planning (until last week) was the fact that summer is also popular for weddings – and the need for gifts for said weddings.  And I was just patting myself on the back that I had Father’s Day all planned for and could take a break from the gift giving for a few weeks! *sigh*  But as luck would have it, my cousin’s bridal shower was on Saturday and I needed a gift.  So we left the kids home and I drug my mom out shopping on afternoon last week.  And wouldn’t you know it – we actually had fun!

Not wanting to have to drive too far, I had decided that the first store we would visit should be World Market.  I hadn’t been in for a while and they always have some fun things to look at.  They have the most adorable fun, bright summer stuff out right now. (they aren’t the only store that does – I love all seeing all the summer things everywhere I go)  It didn’t take long for us to get inspired to put together a great Date Night Picnic Gift Basket for the bride-to-be.  (And nope, this post is not sponsored by World Market, though maybe I should hit them up for that since 90% of the items in the basket were purchased there 😉  )

Date Night Gift Basket Idea for Bridal Shower Gift

So what’s in the basket?
-picnic blanket
-wine glasses: which were just nice plastic ones – don’t want them breaking! – which I took home and added the Mr. and Mrs. to (using my silhouette machine and vinyl) to give it a more personalized touch.
-sparkling lemonade
-shelf stable gourmet cheese and fancy crackers
-yummy looking cookies (and chocolate truffels, but those didn’t make it into the photo)
-napkins to coordinate with the colors of the blanket and basket
all packed into a great striped insulated picnic basket.

Mr and Mrs Personalized Wine Glasses

Here’s a closer look at the wine glasses.  I love how they turned out.Personalized Wine Glasses for the Bride and Groom Gift Idea

Fun, fun!  I almost wish I could have kept it.  But I am happy to report that it got many compliments at the bridal shower and will give the happy couple something fun to do this summer.

Picnic Basket Gift Idea for Wedding

I know of at least one more family wedding coming up so I will need to start shopping (or crafting!) for that one soon.  What is your favorite gift to give for weddings/bridal showers?  Or what was the best gift(s) you received for your wedding?

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Patriotic Subway Art – Pledge of Allegiance

I’m having a hard time believing we are only two weeks into summer right now because the time seems to be going by so quickly.  Before we know it, it will be the 4th of July – my favorite summer holiday!  We have been finalizing plans for the holiday over the past week and I’m happy to see that so many of our traditional activities are coming together.  I even remembered to buy rodeo tickets!

So, with Red White and Blue on the brain I thought I’d share the fun 4th of July subway art I put together last year. In true craft-hoarder fashion I was able to dig up exactly what I needed in no time at all, including some scrap wood that was the perfect size (approx 13″ x 24″) – I didn’t even have to sand it! A simple coat of blue paint, a few pieces of vinyl and it was all ready to go up on the wall.

4th of July Subway Art Pledge of Allegience
The hardest part was setting up the cut files for the vinyl lettering.  It always takes a little bit of playing around to get the different sizes and placement for subway art to look right (and I’m no expert with any of it) but I kept this one pretty simple and instead of changing fonts I just adjusted sizes and spacing.

The husband turned out to be a big fan of this one too – yay!  (He has a soft spot for anything patriotic, I think)  It didn’t take long for him to route a keyhole on the back so I could mount it on the wall.

Patriotic Home Decor Red White and Blue Subway Art
Last year the fun subway art joined some of my other decorations on the ledge in my stairwell.  Sadly, this year they all remain in boxes in the garage until we can get the new house built.  The kids and my mom have put out her 4th of July decorations upstairs and tied flags to all the fence posts around the yard, so it is feeling sufficiently festive around here and I kinda, sort, just might be glad I don’t have to face packing any decorations back into boxes in a few weeks. 😉
Patriotic Home Decor Display on shelf ledge
Anyone else care to share their 4th of July projects or plans so I can live vicariously through you too!  I have had no chance to make anything for myself or my own house in months and I just might be experiencing withdrawals. I really should try to rememdy that soon, shouldn’t I?

End of the Year Teacher Gifts

May is crazy isn’t it?  There are so many things all jammed into one little month – testing and final projects, sports, field trips, recitals, graduations, weddings, parties, Mother’s Day.  Plus my anniversary!  It can be a little intense.  I’ve been trying to grab some time to get ahead when I can find it and one of the things I really want to get a jump on is all the gifts for this month.  I had the kids with me out shopping on Saturday and with Teacher Appreciation week about to start and teachers on the brain, we went ahead and picked up supplies for a simple gift for the last day of school for their teachers.

Teacher Gift in a Cup Last Day of School

Teachers are a big part of our kids’ lives for an entire year and while I never have a lot of money to spend on them, I do like to give them a little parting gift.  I figure teachers are looking forward to summer just as much as the rest of us are – maybe even more so!  😉  So we put together a little Summer Kit in a Cup, inspired by this tag

End of School Teacher Gift Tag Relax Summer

Wish I could give credit for the saying on the tag, but frankly I’ve seen it in quite a few different forms on Pinterest lately and I’m not sure which is the original.  To whomever came up with it – great job! 😉

I wanted to dress the cup up a bit so I added a vinyl monogram.

Monogram Cup For Teachers

Then we filled it with goodies related to summer

End of the Year Teacher Gift Relax for Summer Cup

Inside the cup:  lemonade drink mixes, sunscreen, Chapstick with SPF, and Italian Ices.

Teacher Gift Idea Summer In a Cup

They are now ready and waiting for the last day of school.  When the time comes, I just have to remember to send them! 😉

End of the Year Teacher Gift

A Gift for SuperMom

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… !!

Ok, not sure where I was going with that 😉  Actually, I’ve got pregnancy on the brain.  No, no, I’m NOT pregnant.  But it sure does seem like I am hearing about more than the usual number of friends and acquaintances announcing they are expecting or showing up with new babies.  It feels like it goes in cycles – have you noticed that?  Most of the time it’s not on your radar (unless you yourself are pregnant then baby and pregnancy cues are EVERYWHERE) then all of a sudden it feels like everyone is pregnant all at once?  I call it Baby Season and it is in full strength lately.

Super Mom Gift Box New Baby Mothers Day

The most recent announcement unexpectedly came from one of my good friends in North Carolina.  It was also her birthday last week so I figured I would go a little bigger than the Starbucks gift card I had already picked up and put together a fun pregnancy gift box.  I really wanted it to be unique and I was stumped.  I think I covered every aisle at Michael’s at least three times trying to come up with something fun and creative, thinking the entire time about what (in my opinion) is uniquely her.  And finally – light bulb!  See, she has two small boys who are really into Power Rangers and super heroes, and when her husband was deployed last year the tagline on all of her photos was “daddy went away to be a superhero.”  Why not go with a SuperMom theme?!

Super Mom Gift Box Mothers Day New Baby
Once I had the theme, the rest of it came together easily.

Supermom Tshirt Tank Top DIY
SuperMom tank top – check! (yes, I did the logo myself!  I’ll do a tutorial on that soon!  I found this really cool sun-activated dye at Michael’s….)

Super Mom Keep Calm Double Wall Cup and Straw
SuperMom double wall drink cup with token “keep calm” saying – check!
I did a quick search for clipart for the crown then used my handy-dandy Silhouette machine to cut out the vinyl.  Simple as that.  I always use “outdoor” vinyl on projects like these and as long as you wash the cups on the top rack of the dishwasher ONLY, it holds up pretty well.

Super Mom Funny Wall Hanging
Funny SuperMom Wall Decor – check!
Wall Plaque UnfinishedSupermom Super Tired Wall Decor Vinyl
Quick mini-tutorial for you on this one.  Unfinished scrolly wood plaque from Michael’s.  (love those things!)  Paint it.  Superman logo and lettering in vinyl, courtesy of my Silhouette machine, of course.  Put it all together and ta-da!  Under $5 and probably less than 10 minutes.

Pregnancy Countdown Blocks Teal and Grey
It wouldn’t be complete without one of my signature Pregnancy Countdown Blocks, right? (I have decided to retire these in the Etsy shop.  If you want one you better order it quick before I run out of stock!)

I also included a couple of other fun items
Supermom Gift Box Nail Polish Nail File Pamper Supermom Gift Box To Do List Notebook

printed out a funny meme that fit the theme, and created a quick card using the same SuperMom logo.
Super Mom Card and funny memeSupermom card interior

Supermom Pregnancy Gift Box

So there you have it – a Super-fun gift for the SuperMom in your life!  I’m thinking this would make a great Mother’s Day gift, don’t you think?  (which, by the way, is only a week and a half away – eek!)

Linking to:  Link Party Palooza, That DIY Party, Pin Me Linky Party, DIY Sunday Showcase,