Today is Friday (whoop! whoop!) and it is officially time to prepare for Mother's Day. Colleen and I very fortunate to have two of the greatest moms ever, so we are dedicating today's blog to our moms, Essie Reilly and Pam Christy. Thank you for always encouraging us to work hard and to follow our dreams. Without you there would be no Colleen and Stephania and therefore no Thursdays (and then where would the world be? :)
Now if you are anything like me, the term 'procrastinator' may ring a bell. I keep this daily calendar by my desk to write down my 'to-do-list' each day and I can't tell you how often I have to rewrite the tasks from the day before on the present day. It typically gets to the point where I'm highlighting and boxing the task I've been pushing off to the side with permanent marker, making it impossible to ignore for another day. Over the years, I've found that there are a few ways to get around this little procrastination issue. Colleen and I, for example, have set up a lovely system where we give each other our birthday presents around four to six months after our birthdays. I'm a big fan of our agreement because I always end up getting something super cool when I least expect it. However, when it comes to Mother's Day procrastination just doesn't fly. Thankfully, I have two younger sisters that initiate the present buying responsibilities for the year. We email each other different links until we find something that we are sure our mom will just love.
When the big day arrives my mom is thrilled about her new outfit and then comes my mom's annual tradition of family yard work. Does anyone else have this tradition where their moms? Helping my mom out with her garden for the day is her real present. We all get on our 'yard work' clothes on and my mom hands out gardening gloves, spades, and bulbs. She directs us to our designated spot in the yard and we plant away all afternoon long. By the end of the day our yard looks fantastic and my mom is quite pleased with herself and her yard.
Since I can't make it to Indy to be with my mom's for Mother's Day this year, I've decided to make her garden related gifts. I'll be making her fabric garden markers and our Pretty Pretty Flower Pot. I first saw the idea of fabric garden markers on Design Sponge awhile back and thought I would try my own version of them. I'm so happy with the way they turned out, that I'll be making a few more over the weekend. These garden markers are actually pretty simple to make and are a great project for using some of your scrap fabric. I suggest mixing and matching the fabric to have an assortment of flags.
Happy Mother's Day!
Stephania & Colleen
Fabric Garden Markers
by Stephania Stanley
What you need:
- 1'x1' scrap fabric
- 1'x1' Pellon's Craft-Fuse (iron on fusible interfacing)
- fabric pencil
- fabric scissors
- 1 8.5"x11" iron-on transfer sheet
- 1 3/16" x 38" dowel rod
- fabric glue
- ruler (optional)
What to do:
Using a ruler and fabric pencil draw 6 equally shaped triangles onto the Craft-Fuse. Next, draw a rectangle on each flat side of the triangle that is about 1/2" wide; This will be the part that will wrap around the dowel rod. Next cut out the triangles (with the extra rectangles) and following the directions on the Pellon package iron the Craft-Fuse onto the backside of the fabric. Next cut the triangular shapes out. Now following the directions on the iron-on transfer package, print off your garden labels and iron them onto your flags. Cut the dowel rod down to 6" pieces. Spread a thin strip of glue (about the width of a pencil eraser) on the rectangular portion of the backside of the flag and carefully wrap the rectangular flap around. If the corners of the flap show on the sides of the triangle, simply trim them off. Secure the flag onto the dowel rod by sewing one vertical line down the side (close to the dowel rod). Let them dry for about ten minutes and then they are ready to go!