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Friday, May 17th, 2013

Concrete Planters

On Mother’s Day last weekend Brian and Livi finally revealed a secret project they had been working on: concrete planters!

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We have boxes full of shapely plastic containers and bottles and these guys found a fun and inspiring way to make use of them.

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They made a variety of succulent gardens for all the moms in our life but these could also be used as holders for miscellaneous items or even just as sculptures to place on a shelf.

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Keep your eyes out for containers, bottles, caps and bowls with interesting shapes. See the yellow tomato package below?

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It turns into this!

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A simple yet lovely shallow bowl to hold small treasures.

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Love the texture on the side.

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Or go for a smooth finish.

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A new project in the works.

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Here are the steps involved:

  • Select a mold. Choose an outer and an inner form.
  • The mold should be something that won’t grab the concrete once it has set. Containers with indentations will hold the concrete in place, which is fine if you’re willing to destroy the mold to get it out.
  • We used QUIKRETE® Concrete Mix (No. 1101) which was recommended online. (You can find it at any Lowe’s or Home Depot.)
  • Mix the concrete in a large bucket or wheelbarrow.
  • Coat the mold surfaces with cooking spray (motor oil works too).
  • Pour concrete into the inner mold and tap repeatedly to get rid of air bubbles.
  • Remove the mold 24 – 36 hours later. The concrete will still be a little wet which makes it easy to smooth out any rough spots.
  • Drill a hole through the bottom if you want to use it for a planter.
  • Sand any rough edges with a sanding block or a rock. Sandpaper works for finer sanding.
  • Let the concrete cure for about a week before using.
  • Consider putting felt dots on the bottom to avoid scratching furniture.You can find more inspiration here… love the votive candle holders!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The “O Canada” Candy Gift Basket

My brother and sister-in-law had a tough week last week, losing their eight-year-old German Shepherd to cancer and a ruptured spleen. As timing would have it, they left this morning for a pre-planned trip to the Canadian Rockies. I stopped in last night to say goodbye, but I also wanted to give them a few chuckles.

So this weekend I went candy shopping, to search out sweet treats that could relate in some way to their upcoming travels. Then I typed up goofy phrases and taped them to the treats and filled an entire basket. For the last step, I typed up Canada’s national anthem, “O, Canada” and took a few liberties with the title (O, Candy-a) and the words within the song.

It’s a quick and easy way to put together a gift for someone, and who doesn’t love candy anyway?! You can create something like this for almost any occasion… birthdays, graduations, trips, adventures, holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. (I’ve been known to raid the local drug store prior to my bro’s past marathons!)

I’m not sure how many of these treats my bro and his wife were able to squeeze into their luggage, but I hope on some level it serves to lighten their load and remind them that there is sweet stuff waiting for them around the next bend.


Friday, May 11th, 2012

Mother’s Day Came Early.

Today was a big day at school. First, it was Grandparents’ Day for Livi and the second graders. Because I was already at school volunteering at the annual Mother’s Day plant sale, I was able to sneak over to the auditorium to catch the performance with Livi’s grandparents. It was fantastic and hearing small voices paired with giant gestures brought tears to my eyes.

There were several students that had a quick verse at the microphone, including Livi. I could tell she was nervous when she was in line to speak. And every time I had ever been nervous speaking in front of a group came flooding back to me. I crossed my fingers and prayed and tried to send her every ounce of willpower I could muster from my cells. Do it, Livi! Do it! And she did. A fleeting, four-second accomplishment that will lead her who knows where.

Words just can’t describe the feeling you get when you see your kid seize opportunities that you never experienced or which you may have shied away from!

Then it was back to my shift at the plant sale in the science lab. I thought I had made it through the emotional part of the day, when I was seized by some very sweet moments amidst the trays of tiny plants. Since I enjoy gardening, it was a pleasure to help the kids pick out plants and figure out how many they could get based on their budgets, but it was also so lovely to see them all really excited to be there, making very important decisions about gifts that would be going home to their mothers and grandmothers. I got the feeling that some would be in there all day if you let them and many walked out proudly, bearing giant trays that would have to make challenging treks home on the bus.

Halfway through my shift, Livi was back for a second tray. Yesterday she proudly stepped off the bus with her first giant tray. And it was too heartbreaking to think ahead to the teenage years when simple things like this won’t be such a joy for her. Ouch! I’m reminded of the quote, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.”


Thank you for the flowers, Livi; they are beautiful. But you are all the gift I will ever need.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!


Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The Felt & Wire Mother’s Day Collection

Still looking for that one-of-a-kind gift for Mom? Check out the beautiful and unique finds I uncovered at Felt & Wire’s online shop!

After all, she’s given you everything: from a chance to play the game of life, to her last bite and finally, your wings. How do you show mama she’s special?

1. Say it with humor
Partly sweet and partly sassy, which makes for a beautiful blend.
http://feltandwireshop.com/products/mom’s-recipe-letterpress-card
2. Say it with gratitude
Getting your hands dirty is no doubt a big part of motherhood. Let her know you’re thankful for ALL of it.
3. Say it with a party
Things just got a little more festive with this paper garland, good for any occasion.
4. Say it with a bouquet
For the sentimental, hardy blooms that will outlast Mother Nature’s.
5. Say it with a bucket
Who can’t use more storage, especially when it’s this good looking?
6. Say it with inspiration
7. Say it with style
8. Say it with a blank slate
Old school just got cool; great to have on hand for any occasion.
9. Say it with a crate
Who doesn’t love opening a box filled with goodies?
10. Say it like it is
It’s time to channel the inner muse.
11. Say it with a little something
She’ll always be ready for gift giving with these.
12. Say it with charm
It’s makeover time with these fun and fresh finds.

P.S. Egg2Cake’s Momglish Pocket Dictionary is featured product of the week; in honor of Mom all products in our Felt & Wire shop are 25% through Sunday!

(box image courtesy Felt & Wire)


Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Fresh and Fun Mother’s Day Cards

Looking for a fresh and funny alternative to the serious, sappy and sentimental? Check out these online finds:

4/Four

Steel Petal Press

Wit and Whistle

Vixens Empire

The Trunk Shop

Darkroom and Dearly

Neat Things

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Wit and Whistle

Inside: After all these years, I have made enough mistakes and screwed up enough times to be able to say the following:
You were right. About everything. Happy Mother’s Day.

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U Lucky Girl

Rawart Letter Press

Inside: Don’t tell Dad!

Wit and Whistle

Piette Crafts

Vixens Empire

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Doodle Love

Fly Wheel Press

Smock

Oh Geez Design

Oh Geez Design

Oh Geez Design


Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Getting in the Spirit of Mother’s Day

Here’s a lovely video that will really pull at your heart strings (especially if you’re a parent AND a fan of the Olympics). Since we’re just a few weeks away from Mother’s Day and a few months out from the Summer Olympics, the universal story of raising children and raising athletes couldn’t be more timely.

The Procter & Gamble commercial honors everything that all moms do to help their children succeed by showcasing the amazing moms behind Olympic athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The hardest job in the world is truly the best job in the world.

Grab a tissue, friends!

(found via Design Mom)


Monday, April 16th, 2012

Egg2Cake featured in Mother’s Day + Eco Market

Looking for fun and fresh gifts for Mother’s Day? Check out Poppytalk’s curated collection for some lovely ideas.

The Lookbook includes our Mamentos B.C. pregnancy journal on page 3. And our shop is featured on the Poppytalk site here. The online market is up and running until May 4th.

And now for the best news: Celebrate Mother’s Day with 25% off! Apply the coupon code “poppy” at checkout.

Though the Poppytalk market ends May 4th, you can still apply the code on the E2C site through Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13, 2012, 11:59 pm EST.


Friday, April 13th, 2012

Welcome Home: The New Baby Taco Box

Friends of mine just had a baby this week so the timing couldn’t have been better to come across this cheery and heartwarming box! Check out Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan’s New Baby Taco Box concept. What a fun and festive way to celebrate a birth! Not to mention, the last thing new parents want to think about is making a meal. Hooray for tacos! (Or whatever else that goes into the box and arrives at your door!)

Without a doubt, the contents are delicious and appreciated, but I really love the graphic and colorful presentation. Bottom line? Who says there has to be a new baby to inspire a taco box? And who says it has to be tacos? The opportunities and possibilities are endless. It’s time to add some drama to your next front door delivery!

(image courtesy Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan via Lil Sugar)


Friday, May 6th, 2011

Review: Dirty Wow Wow

from Jamie

In honor of  Mother’s Day this weekend, we’d like to share a sweet, yet funny read that celebrates the connections between people and objects over the course of a lifetime. Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories, by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz, is a tribute to the threadbare companions of childhood.

From worn and torn animals missing body parts and stuffing, to beloved blankets that are a fragile fraction of what they once were, the portraits on white are striking and revealing, and the one-page stories are simultaneously heartwarming and heart wrenching. From Katie Kittenheart to Blankie Belmont and Smooch 2, you’ll be compelled to read about the uncanny adventures and ultimate fates of these 50 love objects.

Here’s to fiercely loved companions who comfort and guide us through childhood and beyond.


Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Creating a countdown with envelopes

from Jamie

Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to celebrate a mom. (This is also a great idea for a birthday, graduation, trip or countdown event). Simply collect a batch of envelopes (exact number optional) and write notes in each one. Some may just have a sweet message inside while others may describe a treat or gift to come. Also consider a group effort in contributions that come from family and friends. Then decide how you will display them — applied directly to a wall or door, hung from the ceiling or something inside or even outside from a tree. I love the big numbers, which really heightens the anticipation factor. (Look for vinyl numbers or stickers at your local art/craft store).

(Idea courtesy Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!, photos by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day)