Gifts for the Frog Lover

Gifts for the Frog Lover

Fabulous Gifts for the Frog Lover!

I was just going through my inbox when an email from Plow & Earth caught my attention.  They are offering 15% off gifts for mom with code LSMOMPH.  I know, I know lots of merchants are offering great Mothers Day deals but Plow & Earth is one of the few companies whose products are perfect for my mother-in-law so I started to explore the site. Lo and behold, much to my delight, I found that Plow & Earth has a fabulous selection of delightful frogs engaged in activities from sipping coffee in the garden to canoeing.  Not exactly my mother-in-law's cup of tea but my dear friend Jean, is smiling from above.

This is for you Jean!

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PIPs Pick – Fortuny Light Fixtures

Fortuny Light Fixtures

We are obsessed with everything Fortuny!

As you are probably all too aware, I have finally started to tackle some too long delayed home maintenance which quickly morphed into a bit of a home remodel. It took me more than 9 months to choose my wood floors but it took me only about 2 minutes to choose my wall sconce. Admittedly, the fact that my entry hall chandelier is a Fortuny made it so much easier since I wanted the family room and entry way to visually connect to one another but not be exact duplicates.  The entry hall fixture is the classic medium sized Fortuny Suspended Decorated Silk lighting fixture in sage grey.  I picked it up years ago at a random shop in Los Angeles.  I had no idea if Fortuny made other fixtures and absolutely no idea where to find them.  My first stop as usual was, Louie Lighting.  Whenever I need everything or anything related to lighting I check in here first.  Their prices are usually fine but their selection is truly awesome.  And it turns out that Louie Lighting is one of the very few places to find Fortuny.  And I am once again obsessed.  I fell in love with the Venetia Studium – Fortuny G-AF-019 Glass Cesendello on a Rod (it would make a fabulous statement piece) but settled on the Glass Cesendello with Decorative Metal Ring Wall Sconce, still very interesting and definitely much kinder on the budget which was starting to strain by the time I got to picking out lighting fixtures.  I liked the fact that the sconce was both a different shape and made from a different material yet had a signature Fortuny print.  Thank you Matt for my early Mothers Day present –

Thank you Matt for my early Mothers Day present – I love my new Fortuny sconce!!!!  (So much better than flowers)

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Free, Last Minute Mothers Day Gift / Activity Idea


Free Craftsy Knitting Mini-Courses

No matter how much money you spend on your mom this Mother's Day, there is no gift that will surpass the gift of time.  So rather that kill this month's budget, consider spending a few hours with mom and together taking one or more of the free Craftsy mini-courses.  Craftsy mini-courses have the same great content that you've come to expect from, but feature student-led discussions and are shorter in length than regular courses. They are a perfect way to learn new skills with your mom and to decide whether taking more courses together is a perfect excuse to spend more time with together in the future.

Top Free Mini-Courses

  • Know Your Wool: Do you wonder where your yarn comes from? Learn about different types of wool and the individual characteristics of each.

  • The Hand-Painted Cake: Elevate your cake with Erin Schaefgen's freehand painting techniques. Create beautiful and edible works of art with Erin's tips and tricks.

  • Creative Quilt Backs: Make the back of your quilt just as interesting as the front! Oh, Fransson! blog author Elizabeth Hartman walks you through everything you need to know to make beautiful quilt backs.

  • Modern Buttercream: Learn to use buttercream like a pro! Discover the tricks and tips to construct and create a beautifully finished buttercream cake.

  • Short Rows: Don't fall short because you find short rows intimidating! Learn four different techniques to creating short rows, and discover how they can make shaping a knitted garment a snap.

  • Sewing Machine 911: Give your sewing machine some TLC with the help of this free course. Learn to clean and maintain your sewing machine with tips and tricks taught in this class.

  • QuiltCon Lecture Series 2013: Not able to make it to Austin for the Modern Quilt Guild's inaugural QuiltCon? Watch some of our favorite lectures from the event, given by Heather Jones, Angela Walters, David and Amy Butler, Jacquie Gering, and Mary Fons.

Since my mom has been trying to get me to knit with her for years, I think we will spend this Mothers Day taking the Know Your Wool, Short Rows, and maybe even the Ins & Outs of Grafting.  And to refresh my knitting memory, I will probably try to squish in a Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques class prior to Mother's Day so I won't completely embarrass myself .

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Personalized Photo Pillows for Mom

Personalized Photo Pillows

I can just imagine my mom's adorable white maltese, Sugar's face on a pillow!  How perfect a Mother's Day present is a personalized photo pillow.  I hate to admit it but I do think she would prefer a single “Sugar” pillow to 9 individual pillows all with her grandchildren's smiling faces.  Although as I was perusing the newest Shutterfly product offerings, I did notice both a Gallery Monogram pillow and a Collage Squares pillow that could easily solve the “too many pillows” conundrum.

The Details

  • Stylish home decor with personalized designs that make a perfect complement to your bed or sofa.
Gallery & Collage Photo Pillows

Gallery and collage photo pillows are perfect gifts for grannies and grandpas with lots and lots of “grandbabies”

  • Hidden zipper enclosure with a synthetic-filled insert included
  • Sizes include 16×16 and 18×18 inches
  • Finished with a black or ivory back
  • Machine-washable cover
  • Limited time special offer – Free Standard Shipping on orders $30+
  • Pricing starting at $34.99 each

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