This time, it was fancy tissues. Once upon a time I saw the fancy embroidered handkerchiefs that you can buy for parents as wedding gifts. Something like this:
Now, Mama Goodlaff is a sap. Always has been, always will be. She cries at commercials--really, she does. Years ago we used to watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and everytime the family came home to see the new house, she was in tears. Knowing her as I do, I thought that she would be in need of a fancy handkerchief to blubber into on my wedding day, and I thought, "Hey, what the hell? My embroidery skills are seriously lacking, but has incompetence or a lack of understanding of the scope of a project ever stopped me before? No!"
And thus, the handkerchief embroidery project was born. I broke out my how-to embroider book that I got for Christmas from Sister Goodlaff (Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart) and cast my mind back to the seven stitches I sat down to try before wedding land took over my life, and came up with a plan. As lovely as the handkerchief above is, I knew there would be no way I could finish one handkerchief like that in time, let alone three (one for each mom: Mama Goodlaff, MIL Goodlaff, and SMIL Goodlaff), so I opted for simplicity. A floral design and a name was about all I had time for.
The handkerchiefs came in a multi-pack from the only store around here, JCPenney's, and the embroidery floss I had sitting around from the days of yore when I used to make friendship bracelets.
I wrapped each one up in a box with a see-through lid and handed them out to all our moms at our rehearsal dinner on Saturday. They all seemed to love them, and I was incredibly pleased with how well they all turned out. I love when last-minute projects cooperate!
Did you (or are you going to) do anything special for your mom(s)?