Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
For mothers who are flower lovers, it’s very easy to find suitable gifts. Every year, it seems wall pockets become more and more popular. These are wonderful for displaying floral designs. While some are in solid colors, others are stenciled with floral and nature motifs. They're especially good for displaying everlastings.
Among the best floral gifts of all is stationery. Why not buy a basket and fill it with different items decorated with floral or nature themes? When it comes to stationery, Galison has everything your mom could possibly want from guest books and journals of all sorts to postcard books and address books. Galison’s new items for spring include Aqua Wallflower Thank You Notes. This stylish set of twelve cards comes with 13 color-matched envelopes. These die-cut cards have a full-color interior. This style is also available in Pink Wallflowers.
Galison’s new Whimsy Notes is a fun and trendy card set in a folding portfolio. Chinese Blossoms Whimsy Notes features 12 cards and envelopes in four different floral images. The die-cut cover is beautifully decorated with blossoms. This is also available as Amazing Daisies Whimsy Notes.
In its Keep It Box line, Galison is offering a new design, Art Nouveau Florals. With four different images, Art Nouveau features 20 notecards and 21 envelopes. Once your mom uses all the cards, she’ll find many uses for the attractively decorated, sturdy box with a magnetized lid. Help your mom get organized in style. Buy her an assortment of the new Mini Journals. Only 4 1/3 inch by 2¾ inch, these fit neatly into a purse or pocket. With 160 lined pages, they have lots of room for making notes. The mini journals have a handy elastic enclosure.
Flower lovers will be just delighted with any of the floral Mini Journals. These include Tropical Pink, Austin Flowers, Vincent Van Gogh Almond Blossoms, K. Hokusai Cherry Blossoms, and K. Hokusai Japanese Blossoms. For your mom’s home office or study, a floral paperweight is a great choice. Galison has several new ones for spring, including Dahlia Flower Portrait and Pink Daisy. These solid glass paperweights have a solid glass dome and glass base. They come in a beautifully decorated floral box.
Those with sewing skills can create all sorts of floral-related gifts for Mother’s Day. “Garden Whimsy Applique” by Mickey Depre from the American Quilter’s Society features all sorts of whimsical floral and garden-related motifs, such as pansies, and black-eyed susans. This features a dozen eye-catching projects that are quick and easy to complete. For each project, there are complete, step-by-step, illustrated instructions along with pattern pieces and a list of the materials and supplies you will need. The author gives instructions for using fusible Pellon interfacing, but also explains that you can use traditional finishing methods if you prefer. In the introduction, she also discusses all the basic time-saving techniques that are used. There are also instructions on how to choose appropriate colors and fabric combinations.
“Flowering Quilts” by Kim Schaefer from C & T Publishing features 16 gorgeous folk art projects. These feature fusible appliqué and easy piecing methods. The projects include wall hangings, table runners, and all sizes of quilts from lap quilts to full-size bed quilts. For each project, the author provides layouts, a list of materials and supplies, and step-by-step instructions along with full-size pattern pieces. In the introduction, she explains all the basic techniques, and provides advice on color combinations and fabric selection. This features every sort of flower motif you can imagine from sunflowers and potted flowers to vases of flowers and flowering vines. The author includes alternate color schemes so you can choose appropriate fabrics for the home décor.
“Debbie Mumm’s Country Quilts for All Occasions” from Thunder Bay Press is a treasure-trove of easy and quick craft ideas. With over 120 projects, there are items for use throughout the house. As with all of Mumm’s books, this is beautifully decorated with the signature art for which she is so well known. In this volume, she presents time-saving techniques that translate to fast results. Among the projects are all sorts of items for home accents and décor, such as shower curtains, guest towels, napkins, trays, pot holders, and pillows. An entire section of the book is devoted to holiday quilts of all sizes. The author has arranged the projects by theme or motif, such as angels, birds, harvest, topiaries, and sports. Many of the projects are shown with different color options so you can choose suitable fabrics for your mom’s décor. For each project, there is a complete list of materials and supplies along with a cutting chart, full-size pattern pieces, and color illustrated, step-by-step directions.