5.7.13 Mother's Day gift idea

I made this for my mother for Christmas, but it would also make a great Mother's Day gift.  Or Father's Day.

My grandmother passed away last year, not long after Mother's Day.  She and my grandfather had a rocky marriage, particularly in later years.  So when we came across a picture of them that reminded us of the fun they could have together, it was a precious thing! As soon as I saw the picture, I knew I wanted to showcase it in some way.

I decided to frame it and give it to my mother for Christmas.

I bought a black wooden frame at Hobby Lobby.  I wanted it to have some texture, so I covered the backing board with burlap.  Used scrapbooking tape to attach it to the burlap, and then I added a couple of clear "family" sticker labels.  The flowers I also bought at Hobby Lobby, and put them on with hot glue.  This was the result:

My mother absolutely LOVED it.  She took it to our big family gathering to show everyone, and they loved it, too.  It was a gift she will always cherish.

I wanted to give my father something similar.  A few weeks before he had emailed me a picture of his parents when they were young - one of his cousins had unearthed it.

I had it printed in sepia, and made 5 x 7 size.  I bought an 8 x 10 frame for it.

I covered the backing board in a piece of textured scrapbook paper that I thought went with the picture and frame perfectly.

Once again I used the clear "family" stickers.

Used another of the Hobby Lobby flowers.

Here is the final result  (with my daughters fingers and forehead - ha!):

He loved his gift, also.  I loved the way the ornate frame made the simple picture stand out.

So very easy to do, but big, big hits as gifts.

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