Sometimes it just KILLS me to give away the gifts I make for people! Case in point - These shadow box frames I made for my Mom for Mother's Day. I just love how they turned out. I saw the frames at Michael's and loved how coordinated they were. They came with specimen pins for dead bugs and such, but obviously - I went in a different direction. Once I opened them up to start working, I realized that the backing was satin! I wasn't sure if I'd be able to adhere my pictures, papers, and embellishments successfully, but thanks to some awesome craft adhesive, it wasn't a problem.Other bundles of cuteness that were hard to part with - these mini button bouquet's that I made for my sons' preschool teachers. How cute are they? It was the least I could do. Nothing says "thanks for not kicking him out" like a homemade gift. I have yet to post these in *my* Etsy store, but I have a feeling that once I do - I may just get some orders!
Before assembling these little bouquet's, I had to make a quick trip to the dollar store. Usually I detest the dollar store. I mean seriously, you walk in there and you can just smell the lead based paint seeping into your pores from all the made-in-china crap. I was there for gift bags. Sue me. For the record - the dollar store is THE PLACE for gift bags. But I digress. While I was there, I figured I'd see if they had any small vases that would work for the mini button bouquet's. My mom who had agreed to accompany me to this fine establishment, found small boxed sets of salt and pepper shakers. PERFECT! All I had to do was cover the threaded part with adhesive ribbon and a flower. They were the perfect solution. I stocked up on these little gems. At fifty cents a "vase," how could I not?