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Handmade Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day DIY ideas by Charlotte's Fancy

Still searching for ideas for Mother’s Day? Here are five sweet little gifts that will bring a smile to her face:

1. Taped jars by Little Helsinki (how about filling them with new markers and pens?)
2. Stiffened felt boxes by How About Orange (to hold small treasures!)
3. Origami Kisses and Hugs garland by Leyla Torres
4. Wooden bead necklace (tutorial by Henry Happened, image by Milchschaum)
5. Succulent garden by Birdhouse

You might want to bookmark these for birthday gift ideas too.

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Little Luxuries for Mother’s Day

Mothers Day Luxuries by Charlotte's Fancy

A few suggestions for treating the moms in your life to something special:

1. Lautta Necklace ($88) at Pigeon Toe
2. Weekend Knit Throw ($98) at Garnett Hill
3. Tahitian Gardenia soy candle ($22) at Pacifica
4. Happy Notes gold foiled notepads ($30 for 30 cards in one pad) by Tokketok
5. Improved Meyer Lemon tree ($22 – $40) at Four Winds Growers
6. Paris vs. New York: A Tally of Two Cities (from your local book store or online)

In the US, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th.

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Six Etsy Finds for Mother’s Day

Set of Braniff coffee cups from Look At It Sideways

Set of 6 Braniff Airlines coffee cups designed by Alexander Girard. $50 from Look At It Sideways

Matelot Stripes shirt by La Marquise des Anges

“Matelot” striped shirt with jabot-style ornament. $56 by La Marquise des Anges

Dogwood Flower Ceramic Lidded Bowl by Whitney Smith

Dogwood Flower lidded ceramic bowl. $44 by Whitney Smith

Danish Modern Condiment Server from Nacho Kitty

Danish Modern condiment set. $35 from Nacho Kitty (You have to imagine this fill with fresh jams, ready to be spread thickly on freshly baked bread, and then you can see why I picked it).

Redwing Teapot from I Live Modern

Redwing teapot. $185 by I Live Modern

White Bowl by Kaj Franck for Finel at Bit of Butter

White Kaj Franck bowl for Finel. $40 from Bit of Butter

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Yesterday I noticed that Fossil featured Charlotte’s Fancy in their Fossil • Life • Style section. How cool is that? I was surprised and speechless. Thank you, Fossil.

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[Handmade Wednesday] Last Minute Ideas for Mom

There’s still time left to get the moms in your life a beautiful, handmade gift!

Saffron linen dress with hand pleated neckline ($148) by Pamela Tang

Layered pleated bag ($115) by Yorktown Road
Crossing paths necklace ($84) by April Kawaoka

Elegant knit wrap ($290) by Tickled Pink Knits
Octopus goldenrod, the daily tote ($70) by Smidgebox

Side seam carrot dot notecards ($3, on sale) by Pikku
Baby giraffe 7 x 8 print ($25) by Sharon Montrose

Fishscale recycled wool pillow ($87) by PLYtextiles
Green linen dress with three pleats ($116) by Pamela Tang

Although I try not to play favorites when I put together Wednesday’s handmade galleries, I have to profess my love for Lesley’s new tote bags – her stitching and modern fabric choices are so lovely. (So lovely, in fact, that I’m getting one of my own.) And the Pamela Tang dresses are so incredibly chic and gorgeous – that’s why I had to include *two* of them.

This is one of my favorite galleries of the past (almost) 2 years.

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[Crafty Monday] Flowers for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day craft combines pretty + easy + useful. Wait a second – useful?! Yes, because the flowers, you see, are actually pens. And you know that you never have a pen handy when you need one. So, let’s give Mom some pretty flower pens, shall we?

I’m excited about this craft because it’s got all of the things I love about crafts:
– it’s easy (and kid friendly) and quick to make
– it’s pretty
– and you can make lots of different versions of it

And, it’s pretty cheap to make, too.


Flowers (Cut down the stems ahead of time with some wire cutters or garden pruning shears; the flowers should be 8″ – 10″ or so)
3″ terra cotta flower pots
Floral tape
Coffee beans
Ballpoint pens (without their caps)
Optional: paint & paint brush for the flower pots

I painted the pots first, using two or three coats per pot; the paint dries quickly. I kept the pots very simple, but you can easily imagine all the different ways you or your kids could personalize the pots (stickers, fabric, rhinestones, metallic paint, etc.)

When you are done decorating your pot, plug the hole in the bottom (I just covered it with a piece of paper), fill the pot with coffee beans, and set aside.

Line up the pen with the flower, leaving the tip of the pen just a little lower than the flower stem. Begin taping with a strip of floral tape, starting near the tip of the pen and moving up.

Floral tape is stretchy, so stretch it a little as you are wrapping it around the pen and flower, and wrap the two tightly. Keep wrapping all the way until you get to the top of the pen – be sure to cover up the end of it with the tape.

Once you are done taping your flower pens, insert them into the pots and you are done. You can do one pen per pot, or put several pens in one pot. Both options look pretty. You might also add some leaves or other decorations (like a little Happy Mother’s Day note) to the pot.

Who wouldn’t want to use this pretty pen?

This was my first time working with floral tape, and I didn’t realize it is slightly sticky on both sides. I read that one way to reduce the stickiness once you are done is to very (very) lightly coat the tape with baby powder. I did this with a couple of the flowers but didn’t bother with the others – the tape is not that sticky.

These will look so cheerful sitting on Mom’s desk, or next to the telephone with a pad of paper (is that an old fashioned thing to suggest?)

I got this idea from Elena’s pre-K teacher, who had the kids make these for us. That was 4 years ago, but I’ve still got my red rose pen sitting on my desk.

These would also make an excellent gift for your kids’ teachers. And if you’re looking for other teacher gift ideas, the Giver’s Log (an excellent blog, if you’re not familiar with it), offers this list of 50 Gifts Kids Can Make for Teachers.

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[Handmade Wednesday] Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day gift ideas for the hip, handmade-lovin’ mom.

Hens and Chicks Succulent Garden ($38) by Monkeys Always Look
Black Leather Pocket Messenger Bag ($140) by The Leather Store

Office letterpress print ($20) by Eight Hour Day
Long sleeve custom shirt ($51) by Katastrophic Design

Push/Pull Gift Wrap Sheet ($2, on sale) by Sarah Marie Designs
Scarlet Modern Dots ($11, set of eight) by Ruby Press

Seed Bombs ($7) by Visual Lingual
The Secret print ($30) by Blanca Gomez

Tahitian Vanilla Caramel Bars ($17, four bars) by Have It Sweet
Circle of Life 14K gold necklace ($19, on sale) by Frieda Sophie

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9 in the US.

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