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Monday, April 26, 2010

Mother's Day ideas and more treasuries

Well, Mother's Day is fast approaching. It's May 9th this year, which means that procrastinators like me need to start thinking hard about what we're going to get for that most special of women - mom. In my family, the month of May is especially full of gifting as all three mothers - me, my mom, and my mother-in-law - all have birthdays in that month as well. And who do you think provides the shopping list for all that gifting? Well it's certainly not my husband!

So, in anticipation of all those events I've put together this Mother's Day wish list in Etsy's Treasury East. And because I wanted to also highlight some of the beautiful work by my amazing teammates, it's composed entirely of OhCanada team members.

Usually when I create a treasury I pick items based on their color, or around a particular theme like flowers or bears or something. This means that I may include teammates, but also other shops that fit my theme. But when you limit yourself to specific shops it forces you to think outside the box, in terms of how items might flow with one another based on the properties of what each shop owner has listed, and what organizational models will and won't work.

Because I was thinking mainly of my own mother when I created this particular wish list, I picked things that fit her style. Though she can be artsy and flamboyant at times, this contrasts starkly with the fact that her favorite color is beige.

So I decided to pick one inspirational piece, and went with something that is both beige, and incredibly unique. The entire treasury is formed around this beautiful Asian-style vintage coat from The House of Hearts vintage. To counterbalance the neutral tones of the coat, I chose items in her favorite shades of blues and greens, and then added some bright fuchsia for a bit of extra pop.

I included lots of accessories because that's my mom's favorite way to dress up her predominantly black and beige wardrobe. She loves it all, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, brooches. And of course, what woman doesn't like a little pampering? So, some handmade soap was included. A pair of slippers for chilly nights harmonized well, colorwise, with the hobo bag and fingerless gloves I'd already chosen.

Then, I went heavy on the notecards because my mom is one of those rare people that does not have email, let alone access to social networking tools, and she still sends frequent handwritten cards and letters to friends and family. I have to admit, as dependent on my computer as I am, I still love opening one of her bright, cheerful notes. It just seems to mean a bit more when someone takes the time to write it out by hand.

Links to the shops included in this treasury follow, where there are many more beautiful things to be found!

By row, L-R
row 1:
dollface deville, The House of Hearts , Tres Belle Knits and Crochet, Fosten Greetings
row 2:
Splurge , Liz-Anna's Lakeside Studio, Dee's Adornments, The Art of Zen...Crochet
row 3:
Boomerville, Simple Sundries, Maple Creek Soapworks, The Sage's Cupboard
row 4:
Ocean Pearl Beaded Jewelry, bstudio, 2 much yarn, Teacup Designs

Some announcements
First off, I'm happy to announce that my team member, Brenda, of bstudio has published a book on ribbon art. You can read her blog post about the process here. It can be ordered in Canada at Chapters/Indigo, and in the US through I just may have to take up a new craft!

I'd also like to link here to my guest post on our team blog on the subject of Canadian landmarks. My post highlights the Lachine rapids of Montreal, Quebec; their beauty, and historical importance. You can read it here.

and finally...more treasuries!

The competition to secure that promised front page spot has been fierce, and my work has been featured in a number of gorgeous treasuries. Please take a look and enjoy the beautiful pieces and excellent curatorial skills.

Fosten Greetings' "Treats for Mom"

Liz-Anna's Lakeside Studio's "Over the Rainbow"

Painting from the Heart's "Blue me Away"

"Brownie points" by bstudio

and "Canadian Metal Artists" by Splurge


The Art of Zen.......Crochet said...

Wow! this is great coverage for the Team and Brenda's Book. Great post, Molly.

soapstar said...

I always love reading your posts, Molly. Always so wonderfully put I'm passing on the Kreativ Blogger award to you :-)

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