Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy Birthday, Sandy!

Today is the birthday of one of the sweetest women I know, and I am blessed to say that she is my mother-in-law. I am blessed to have such a good relationship with her, and I am so thankful for her.
I had been thinking for weeks about what we could get her for a gift, and I knew she had mentioned wanting to get some tulip bulbs. I also knew that it would be fun for her to pick out the colors she wanted, so the mister decided to just give her money. I am more of a gift giver, not a money giver, but it is his momma. However, I couldn't stand to just stick money in a card.

I had this cute little clip board and notepad that I picked up for her from Michael's earlier. I wish I would have gotten one for myself since I realized when I got home that I had only paid $.75 for it! It worked perfectly for what I had in mind. I gathered the clipboard and notepad, twine, natural "branch" pencil from a previous purchase, the most perfect-for-someone birthday card I have ever found, and some ribbon. I also took the cash that he wanted to insist she use for tulips and made a cute little packet using one of my hand drawn floral designs, some ribbon, and a plastic bag.

Attach the pencil with the twine, stack it all up, tie with a bow...and viola! I thought it turned our pretty darn cute and much more fun than just a card with money in it.

Last night we celebrated a bit with dinner and, of course, cake. She always makes sure that everyone gets a birthday cake for their birthday, and I wanted hers to be extra special. You see, if anyone ever appreciated pretty things as much as I do, it is Sandy. I knew she would appreciate any cake, but if I could spruce it up a little...even better.

Good news. She loved it.

It was a fun time, and I am so glad we had the dinner. While it was nothing special, I could tell it meant a lot to her. It helped to make her birthday weekend special. We had leftover cake today, and she was tickled over her tulip money. She is a special lady, and I am thankful for her. I hope she felt the love behind these simple gestures. I hope she knows how much she means to us all.

Linking up with with Rebecca at Simple as That.



  1. That cake is fabulous! Great photos too.

    1. Thank you, Bonnie! Surprisingly it was a quick cake to decorate, and I love the effect. I will be repeating this one for sure!

  2. Beautiful cake!!! And a huge fan of the cute birthday gift. I am also a non-money giver :-)

    1. This does not surprise me about you. It is so much more fun to give something personal! All of my gift recipients are probably disagreeing with this based on my handmade gift approach. Ha!