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Crafty Mother's Day Gifts

May 06, 2015

Let's face it, your mom puts you first 364 days a year. The one day when it's all about her is fast approaching, so you'd better get her something nice! No cash, you say? No worries, we have a few cheap, cute ideas that'll have your Ma all misty-eyed (and may even prompt her to increase her little angel's allowance). Check it out.

Say it With Flowers

If your mom has a green thumb - or even if she just thinks she does - a decoupage flowerpot is sure to be a hit.

What You Need:

  • A terra-cotta pot
  • Mod Podge glue (available at craft stores everywhere)
  • Cute pictures, photos, fabric swatches, empty seed packets (use your impeccable sense of style)
  • A paintbrush or sponge brush

Easy as 1,2,3...

  • Step One: Cut out all the pictures, and other decorative touches you want to attach to the flowerpot. Make them whatever shape or design you think your mom would like.
  • Step Two: Glue all the pieces to the flower pot using the Mod Podge; it usually looks best if all the pieces overlap a little. Be careful to get everything nice and flat.
  • Step Three: Once everything is stuck to the pot, paint a few coats of the Mod Podge over the surface of the entire pot. Let the pot dry and then paint another coat or two of Mod Podge over the surface of the pot again. You can give your mom the flowerpot like this, or plant it with one of her fave flowers!

How Sweet It Is...

If you think your mom is due for a little aromatherapy - this is the perfect gift for her. She can throw these aromatherapy sachets in her closets and drawers to keep them smelling as sweet as she is. Plus, they'll calm her frazzled nerves when you utter those dreaded words, "Mom, I've decided to pierce my...." ( just kidding!)

What You Need:

  • Squares of pretty fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Cotton balls
  • Various essential oils (available at health food stores, The Body Shop and anywhere else hippies congregate)

Easy as 1,2,3...

  • Step One: Decide what aromatherapy treatment your mom needs. If she seems tired from driving you around all day, try grapefuit. If she can't sleep because she's up worrying about your last report card, try lavender. You can make them all the same, or make different ones for her different moods.
  • Step Two: Put a few drops of the essential oil on the cotton balls.
  • Step Three: Wrap each cotton ball in a piece of cloth and tie it with a piece of ribbon. If you've made a bunch of different kinds, attach a little card to each one that says what it is and what it's used for.

A Few More Ideas For Mom

  • Bake her favorite muffins and serve her breakfast in bed.
  • Paint a wooden picture frame and stick a photo of the two of you in it.
  • Try the decoupage technique with something else - a keepsake box or picture frame is always nice.
  • Tell her you love her - moms need to hear it too!
Have Your Say

What do you do for your mom? Let us know!

 

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  • I'm making her breakfast in bed.
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unicornsrule626
So i'm a pretty positive person and love to be positive all the time. And sometimes i hide my emotions from my sister and family, who are all also very positive and supportive. I don't know why i do it, i just don't like to cry in front of them. I usually wait till my sister is asleep and everyone is downstairs then i lock myself in the bathroom and cry my heart out, then i dry my eyes and walked out like nothing has happened. Is this a problem?  Or is it just my teenage brain making my act all weird? Please give me some advice
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my bday is may 9th!!
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ThePaleWalker636
(Requested by @snoopynwoodstock123 ) (Sorry this one's shorter than usual. I wanted it to be to the point, but it was fun to write. Enjoy!) Shin and Oka were bent over an array of smoking potions, dark vials, and musty powders, arranging them in the intricate patterns of ritual. Silent except for panicked, labored breathing, Oka grabbed a vial of a sickeningly sweet, dark red liquid and began tracing the lines of charcoal pencil already drawn onto the stone floor. Oka closed her eyes for a second, holding her breath. “Shin, hand me the book.”  He did so with trembling hands, and Oka turned to the proper page of the dusty book. The pages almost crumbled in her hands because of age and wear. The exotic and disgusting ingredients, the pentagram drawn upon the floor, and the pages and pages of Latin text proved that this was not your every-day ritual, but instead the last ditch effort of defeated prey to escape from a hunter that prowled throughout the hallways, prodded on by insane lust. For the past six hours, a first year student had been rampaging throughout the school, slaughtering all in her path, and, after being contacted by the police, she took hostages of all surviving the initial attack. Oka and Shin had just managed to escape and begin to prepare an attack of the supernatural kind. Oka took a deep breath and began reading the accursed text. Shin held his breath as the words on the water-damaged page began to glow a faint red, glowing brighter and brighter and pulsating like a heartbeat as the seconds ticked by, each feeling like an eternity. Suddenly, they heard a sound that sent chills like spiders of ice racing down their backs: a giggle, a laugh from just beyond the door and footsteps prowling the surrounding halls. There was a monster lurking outside with an intent to kill. Oka’s voice lowered to a barest whisper, but she could not stop the chant, or they would have to begin the process over again, and that would take time they didn’t have. The footsteps grew closer, each foot fall sounding like a sledgehammer in the silence of the corpse-ridden school, echoing in the ears of the two hidden students. Shin began to tremble, and Oka wanted comfort him so badly, but she could not put down the candle of dripping black wax in her hand or murmur any words except for the ancient Latin text. Then, with a glint in his eye of fierce determination, Shin stood up, and Oka’s eyes followed him curiously while her mouth continued to usher forth the chant. What was he-? “Oka,” he whispered. “She- no, it is going to find us before the ritual is complete.” Oka’s eyes suddenly widened in panic as she began to predict in her mind what he would say next. Shin continued, “I won’t be of much help in the fight, but I can be a distraction.” Shin held up is hands to try and calm Oka as she began to shake her head furiously, but unable to say any words to stop him. “It’ll buy enough time for you to achieve power enough to stop her. Goodbye, my friend.” Shin bent down and gently kissed Oka on the forehead. Oka screamed internally, begging him not to go, but he could not hear her thoughts. With the fate of a martyr before him, Shin reached up to the door that was framed by streams of light, and at the last second, he turned back to Oka and smiled sadly. He blinked, and a single tear rolled down his face. Then his head turned back to his fate. He reached up, and pushed the door open. The last seconds he was in view felt like slow motion as Shin stepped away from the dark room into the harsh, unyielding light that enveloped him like a gateway to wherever Shin was going after death. Then, the door swung shut. Oka could only watch the doors close and hear the echoing screams of laughter and the disgusting sounds of a knife penetrating human flesh. Screams were swiftly silenced but ended with bubbling croaks. Oh, Shin, she thought in agony to herself as tears streamed down her face. Shin, why did you have to do that? Curse this ritual that prevented me from saving him, from stopping him! It’s all my fault, oh, Shin!! A final, gasping gurgle issued from the space outside, signaling Shin’s death.  Oka said the ending words of the ritual with gasping, sobbing breaths. A dark mist began to swirl, like living shadows, and Oka could feel the rush of strength and passion that was poured into her form as arms, pale as ghosts with fingernails red as blood, erupted from the ground like hellish flowers in a circle around the now-floating Oka. They responded to her thought and will, twitching with anticipation of vengeance. Oka could feel the strength and speed coursing through these new extensions to her form. With a mere flick of her finger, the arms reached up and tore the door separating Oka from her enemy effortlessly, leaving the doorway dusty and open. Yandere-chan, the monster, a psychopath for love, stepped through the door way, covered with the blood of one of Oka’s only friends. She looked at Oka while stroking her dripping blade with the look of someone exhilarated by the thought of a true fight at last, and Oka screamed with tormented laughter somehow more nightmarish than Yandere-chan’s own. This was going to be a hell of a fight.  
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endlesssky
June 9th
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