I recently saw this idea online and just had to do it for myself. I took one of my mother’s hand-written recipes and framed it with a coordinating fabric for the mat and hung it in our kitchen. I picked a recipe that had a cute old-fashioned name. I love having this hanging in our kitchen, it’s like having my mother close by. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile.
It’s that time of year again to start thinking of the perfect gift for the people on your list. Please check out my gallery categories as I would be happy to make a custom gift for you. My most popular items are woodburnings of client’s pets and homes; calligraphy of personal items such as wedding vows, favorite poems, etc.; plus custom paintings or photography. Another wonderful gift item is a “memory” gift – please see my previous Memory Gift post in September for some of the gifts I’ve created to honor the memory of a loved one, or just special memories of your own.
A few years ago, when my Aunt Ruth passed away, my cousin came to me to see if there was anything I could make that would incorporate her mother’s jewelry. The jewelry wasn’t anything my cousin would wear, but it was so personal and such a nice memory of her mother that she wanted to keep it somehow.
My aunt loved gardening and most of her jewelry was some type of flower or similar item. I thought it would be wonderful to create a framed picture incorporating the jewelry pieces as flowers coming out of a vase (I used one of my aunt’s bracelets for the vase). I used silk grass-like strands for the stems of the flowers and put it on a velvet backing and then framed it. I did one for both of my cousins out of their mom’s jewelry and they loved them.
With my mother’s beads, I bought a wire lampshade form and strung her beads onto wire strands that I placed onto the lampshade form. The pattern from the light through the lampshade on the wall is so beautiful and every time I look at that shade it is such a nice memory of my mother.
My daughters loved the jewelry pictures I did for my cousins so much that they asked me to make one for them out of their favorite jewelry that was handed down to them, or just special pieces they didn’t wear anymore.
When one of my neighbors saw the jewelry pictures, she asked me to make one for her daughter out of butterfly pins that she had saved for her daughter who collects them.