A Meaningful Mothers Day Gift Idea…

Meet my super cute Grandma…

Grandma Cutie

She was as sweet as she looks.  Every year for my birthday, I could count on a sweet handwritten letter with a coin from the year I was born included.  This was a pretty impressive feat since she had 55 Grandkids and 126 Great Grandkids!  She passed away {on my birthday – sigh} almost 11 years ago.  I still read her letters that I have saved from birthdays past, and enjoy the wisdom and love in them that I should have appreciated more in my youth.

As I was reading one last year, a particular phrase stood out to me because – well – I wasn’t having a very good year.  It seemed like all of the elements were combining against our little family and I was being a bit of a whiner about it all.  But then I read these loving words from my sweet Grandma:

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“Live a good life and be happy”

I thought that it needed to be cross-stitched and hung somewhere that I could see it EVERY DAY.

BUT since that isn’t really my style – and there is just something wonderfully nostalgic about her beautiful penmanship, and the way she writes her “and” sideways. (I always loved that) I knew that I needed to do something using her own hand.  I opted for making this pillow using my Silhouette Cameo:


Once it was finished – I just knew that my mom would love it, and since it was almost Mothers Day,  I chose to give it to her as a gift.  She loved it…and she cried.  And isn’t that the point of giving a gift?  That the recipient loves it SO MUCH that they can’t keep their emotions from bubbling over?  I knew that it was where it belonged.

I need to make another one for me…and I’d be happy to make one for you, too.  HEAD OVER TO THE SHOP and order yours now.

Like it?  Love it?  Need it?

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or you can always pin it for later:

Customized Pillows from PurdueAvenue.com

I hope that you love it!!


p.s. while you’re there – it’s not too late to order yourself one of my easter pillows!

Burlap Bunny Pillow with Gold Flecked Pom-Pom Tail - PurdueAvenue.com

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I’m very excited to have some new Christmas items in my Etsy shop this year – and would love your feedback on which are your favorites as well as your help promoting them.  As always, I will reward your efforts ;0)  Last year this giveaway seemed to be a big hit – and I hope that it goes as well this year…

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What you can WIN:

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Entering is Easy:

1. Visit my ETSY SHOP

2. Click the item{s} that you’d like to win and “Pin It”.



3. Complete the Rafflecopter form to be officially entered:

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4. 1 winner will be chosen for each prize listed.  Winners will be announced on December 20th.


Good Luck!!


p.s. If you haven’t ordered your Christmas cards or gifts yet, it’s not too late.

Check out the sitewide sale on Tiny Prints going on right now – 30% off everything. It’s the best remaining sitewide sale of the season, so don’t miss it.

When you go to Tiny Prints and place your order, just use the promo code SW30SALE and you’ll save 30% on your purchase.

I LOVE their designs – by far my favorite!!

{Of course – we all know that anything that glitters or is foil stamped is OK by me!!}