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Last weekend I participated in a recent tradition in my family; The Moms' Lunch. My sister and I proposed this event to our mother more than 10 years ago as a way to focus on all the Moms in our family while allowing us to spend time with our own families on Mother's Day. The Moms' Lunch is held on the Saturday before Mother's Day and is attended by all the women in our family who have children. (This year we held the event a week early to accommodate some special scheduling challenges for a couple of the attendees.)
Over the years, our daughters and sisters-in-law have joined us as the family has expanded. There are no children allowed (with the exception of nursing newborns); it's just a special time for us to honor one another. Some years we have quite a crowd and other years only a few are able to attend. We all bring gifts for our mother (and daughters & daughters-in-law as applicable) and over the years many of us have expanded our gift giving to our sisters, sisters-in-law and nieces.
Every year I try to make the gifts I bring and most years I succeed. This year, I gifted decorated tins with coordinating note cards (a project that you can see here). I received some great gifts, too. My mother makes jewelry and made me a beautiful pair of earrings that include my birthstone, the blue topaz. My sister and sisters-in-law brought gifts, too. One gift was just for fun, another was a purchase made to support the hungry, and still another was a much needed travel item (for a trip my sister and I plan to make in a couple of months).
The best gift of all, though, is the time we spend at the lunch; catching up with each other, sharing stories, rejoicing in the achievements, and encouraging those who are struggling. We see each other often during the year, but it's always in a large and noisy family group. In this relaxed setting, we can focus on each other and the special bond that we all share.
Yesterday, I finished the Thank You cards for my Mother's Day gifts. I still had A Flower For All Seasons on my work table, so decided to use the friendly sunflower image as the focal point.
I've used this card design many times, in one form or another, and love it's versatility and simplicity. The sunflower image was stamped with Staz-On on Watercolor Paper. I used Watercolor Crayons and an AquaPainter to add color. The Perfect Polka-Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and a piece of Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon add texture and a simple sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set completes the card. I let the colors I used to paint the sunflower image dictate the card colors: Really Rust for the card base and sentiment label and Crushed Curry for the embossed layer. It's hard to see in this photo, but here's a small dot of Crystal Effects on the ladybug to give it some dimension and shine.
I embossed the envelope flap with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured embossing folder and sponged Really Rust across the envelope flap and along the edges of the flap. I really like the look of embossed envelope flaps. Don't you? It's an easy way to carry the theme of the card design to the envelope and lets the recipient know that they're going to find something special inside the envelope.
As we approach the Mother's Day weekend, I'd like to extend a heartfelt wish for happiness and contentment to all of you who are Mothers, who are praying to become Mothers or who provide a Mother's Love to those in need. I'd also like to ask you to add a special prayer for those Mothers whose children are in harm's way as they "stand the post" in support of our homes, our communities, and our great Nation.
Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks: Crushed Curry, Really Rust; Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Really Rust, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper; Embellishments: Gold Brads, Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Watercolor Crayons (Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red, Really Rust, Summer Sun), Aqua-Painter, Crystal Effects, Big Shot, Standard Cutting Plates, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Multi-Purpose Platform, 1 3/4" circle punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope