A few days after arriving in the US, I visited a couple craft stores, and ooooh, that is a nice thing about America. I got fun supplies, was inspired by lots of creative things to buy, and started a project. Julie Anna was happily hanging out with grandparents, and I got to delve into a creative project; everyone is happy!
I made my mother a birthday board, inspired by this. It includes the names & dates for the birthdays and anniversaries of children & grandchildren. Each name & date is written on a little circle that has a hook & eye so it can hang under the correct month. On the back of the circle I put the year of the birthday or wedding. And I made more circles so more additions to the family (already one coming in June!] can be added.
Home Depot sells little bottles of paint for $1 each - samples of colors. I dug through the big dusty bin to find a fun assortment. Best of all, they come with a little brush in them, like rubber cement. I painted each circle, drilled little holes of the hook & eyes. I used alphabet stickers for the lettering, and pretty ribbon to decorate the board. Sharpie has a "paint pen" - this was new to me. It was a perfect way for me to write in the names, since I don't have a very steady hand. Plus, I included the pen in the gift so my mom can write in more dates.
Here's the final product!