favourite things friday

Lots of Mother’s Day ideas this week! But of course, one does not need to wait until Mother’s Day to express appre­ci­a­tion. Here are some crafty gifts that would be won­der­ful to give to moth­ers (or oth­er spe­cial wom­en in our lives) any time of the year :D


Bril­liant­ly sim­ple, charm­ing, and prac­ti­cal — a mag­net­ic reusable to-do list from Fru­gal Fam­i­ly Fun Blog. Also great for mak­ing gro­cery lists, notes to self, and moti­va­tion­al mes­sages! A won­der­ful project to make with kids, too!


Aren’t the­se so cute? Makes a love­ly key ring or a brooch! I love their rib­bon-trimmed tails. Tuto­ri­al and tem­plates on Paper-and-String.



Spring daf­fodils that keep bloom­ing all year long :D How-to on While She Naps.


This one doesn’t only bloom all year long, it’s also wear­able! Tuto­ri­al and tem­plates for a gor­geous flow­er head­band by Bugs and Fish­es — I will have to make one for myself :D


No need to spend a for­tune at the flow­er shop. Find some old mag­a­zi­nes and take a trip to a near­by patch of grass where the wild flow­ers grow, and you’ve got a per­fect gift! :D Tuto­ri­al for mag­a­zine flow­er bas­ket from Made by Joel.


Now this requires more work, but will be absolute­ly worth the effort. Planters made out of old books for suc­cu­lents! How-to on Apart­ment Ther­a­py.


The­se cer­tain­ly make delight­ful pothold­ers, but I think small­er ver­sions of them would also make great brooches! Free pat­tern from Delights-Gems.


Make some styl­ish wall art or table dec­o­ra­tion (which dou­bles as a pothold­er) using the hum­ble sisal or jute rope! How-to on Design Sponge.


For the pub­lic knit­ter — make a pub­lic knit­ting crit­ter! :D Pat­tern by The Thrifty Knit­ter.


For the sub­way read­er — page cor­ner book­marks! Bril­liant­ly sim­ple but so awe­some! How-to on I Could Make That.


For the tea lover — Tea Diver by Yanko Design. I love the tiny oxy­gen tank! (via Inspire me now)


Cus­tomize a plain ol’ clock! The face of the clock is clev­er­ly cov­ered in tis­sue paper so one could trace the num­bers through it (i.e. none of that divide-the-pie-in-12-equal-parts math). Tuto­ri­al at Leon, pas sur les murs! (Blog is in French, I don’t know much French, but the pho­tos are pret­ty self-explana­to­ry. Plus I use Google Chrome and it trans­lates it for me :D)


This was made to be a straw­ber­ry par­ty favour, topped with a straw­ber­ry plant, but I think it would make a nice kitchen planter, topped with herbs and stuck on the fridge! Instruc­tion on One Charm­ing Par­ty.


Made with the same knot­ting method as the tra­di­tion­al friend­ship bracelet, but I think I much prefer the­se bright, bold, and styl­ish ones made with thick ropes and rib­bons. Plus, they don’t take forever to make like the tra­di­tion­al friend­ship bracelets. Per­fect for children’s atten­tion span — oooh, a squir­rel! — from p.s. I made this.


And some­times a gift doesn’t have to be some­thing that one can keep forever. It could be a ges­ture, like mak­ing food for some­one, or offer­ing some­one a sim­ple fruit drink on a hot sum­mer day, like agua fres­ca, made with fresh fruit, water and ice all blend­ed togeth­er into a refresh­ing good­ness. Read fur­ther on Make and Takes for more ideas and recipes! (If we go straw­ber­ry-pick­ing again this sum­mer I’m def­i­nite­ly mak­ing some straw­ber­ry agua fres­ca!)


And I just have to post this — not only because he’s so very adorable, but because there’s actu­al­ly a sushi place called Nin­ja Sushi in my par­ents’ neigh­bour­hood, and they make excel­lent sashimi! You can find this nin­ja sushi at twisty­fishies’ Etsy shop! :D


Have a love­ly Fri­day, every­one!

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2 thoughts on “favourite things friday

  1. I love the pub­lic knit­ting crit­ter! And the planters in old books. And yes, the nin­ja sushi is very very cute!

    1. yes! i think the pub­lic knit­ting crit­ter is great to take along on trips for those “trav­el­ling gnome” pic­tures. and i might try mak­ing the planters if i get an air plant! :D

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