The Perfect Gift for Mom

Nueve, Neuf, Nove, Nio.

Do you know what that means?

It means Nine.

As in 9 days of school left!

It doesn’t matter what language you say it in…

It all means the same.

Where did the school year go?

One day they’re excited about starting their first day at middle school and the next they’re excited about field day and honors day and end of the year parties and finally…

the last day.

For some moms it’s not that big of  deal.

But for some SAHM’s it’s a huge deal.

No more “quite” time.

No more “craft” time.

No more “me” time.

More food.

More laundry.

More noise.


More “grandma” time.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

So what’s a mom to do?

Well…this mom just starts sucking up to the grandmas.

And it started with Mother’s Day.

My mother.

My husband’s mother.


With a little help from my old cabinet drawer fronts and some paint…

I was totally on to something.

I took these cabinet drawer fronts, removed the white vinyl whatever was on them, scraped the glue off and got to painting.


I just used spray paint since it was so pretty outside.


Next I printed out  in Word what I wanted my sign to say (forgot to take a pic. My bad) and used the chalk method to transfer the graphics.

If you don’t know how to do the chalk method, I tell you all about it here.

After the backside of my graphics were all chalky and transferred, I outlined my graphics with a paint pen.


Then I just filled it in with paint.

If you have a steady hand, you can use a small brush and acrylic.

I.  DO NOT. have a steady hand.

I blame coffee.


I used a paint pen.


You want to let this totally dry and if you want to distress it go ahead and do that now.

I chose to distress mine a little.



Acrylic paint distresses super easy so I just used a plain ole sanding block.

When you’re happy with your distressing, giving it a few quick coats of Polyacrylic.

After it was all dry, I grabbed the Mod Podge and some cute scrapbook paper.

I found these miniature clothespins a while back and was super excited to finally get to use them.

I know.  Craft geek.


Put some Mod Podge on the backside of your paper and then on one side of the clothespins.

Then, just place your clothespins (Mod Podge side down) onto your paper.


Wait for it to dry completely.

Seriously.  Go fold some laundry, clean the toilets, vacuum the floor, dust and eat some candy.

Trust. Me. On. This.


Once you’ve finished with your chores and ate enough candy, then…

and only then…

cut and trim your clothespins.


Swipe some Mod Podge over the top and let it dry.

Do some more chores Eat some more candy.

Now you’re ready to glue them down.

Make sure you space them out evenly.

Otherwise it’ll look stupid.

Don’t ask me how I know this.

I just used a glue gun but wood glue would probably work better.

I’ll know better next time.



I felt the clothespins needed a little more so I added some ribbons and cute buttons.



And of course don’t forget to add some cute pics of  the grandchildren.

I didn’t add all of them because there was just too many.

But you can totally do that if there’s not a lot.



Man…I hope this “sucking up” works.

I love my children to death and I’m super happy that their first year at middle school went so well.

I’m going to enjoy the summer with them but occasionally this SAHM is going to need a break…

or a really big cocktail.


Happy Mother’s Day to both of my Moms and I love you both to death.

But if I have to get ready…

so do you.


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2 thoughts on “The Perfect Gift for Mom

  1. I love this idea- so much better that sticking photos on the fridge! And it would totally work for sucking up to this grandma. 😉

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