For example, when it was his mom's birthday he continuously asked me what I thought she would like for her birthday. We weren't even married at this point...how was I supposed to know what she would want for her birthday? So we went to Macys in hopes to find something we could both agree on for her. After a few minutes of looking around he said, "Why don't we ask a sales woman what we should get my mom for her birthday..." DOES THE MACYS SALESPERSON KNOW WHAT YOUR MOM WANTS FOR HER BIRTHDAY?! I had my work cut out for me. You see, before we were married, Stephen's sister was the one who would take care of him when it came to the gift category. Since we've been married I have inherited this role. I must admit that it has gotten a little bit easier, but it was somewhat hard to figure out what to give his mom for Mother's Day.
I knew what I wanted to give my mom: new kitchen knives. Back in March I was using her knives to cut up a red onion and I just about turned all my fingers into knubbin's and so I was sold on the idea of getting her some new ones. Stephen's response when I told him that's what we were going to give her was, "Why don't we get my mom some new knives too?" Oh Stephen. "Your mom doesn't need new knives." So I had to try to be creative. The only thing I could get out of my husband when I asked him what we should get his mother was, "flowers". So, flowers it was.
I didn't want to just give her a bouquet, as that is what we did last year, I wanted to do something more. So that is where this idea came in: a monogrammed flower pot to go on her screened in porch. Here were the supplies:
We picked up the plastic pot and black spray paint (make sure it's for plastic) at Wally-world. We borrowed the contact paper from my mom and I printed out a big "C" from the computer. I placed the "C" in back of the contact paper and I traced it onto the paper with a thin tip sharpie.
I then cut out the C (keeping the contact paper in tact) and proceeded to peel the backing off the contact paper and attempt to stick the paper onto the flower pot. I say "attempt" because it didn't actually work. You see, the flower part was textured so the contact paper wouldn't stick to it. Dangit! The plan to use the paper to shield the pot while I spray painted the "C" wouldn't work. But, I am telling you what the plan was because if the pot WASN'T textured it would've worked so just make sure your pot isn't textured and you can do it that way.
Plan B: Use the paper "C" to trace onto the pot. I then used black acrylic paint (I know it won't last as long and will chip super easy doggone-it!) to paint the "C" on the pot. We also had purchased 2 hanging baskets of impatiens. When the "C" had dried we took both hanging baskets and uprooted the impatiens and replanted them into the pot.
There she is in all her glory! What a good compromise between my husband wanting to give her flowers and me wanting to give her a little something more! Had the contact paper worked, this would've been EASY PEASY so I encourage you to monogram some things in your life. You never know when you'll forget your last name initial ;).
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