I’m a terrible procrastinator. I wait til the last minute to do just about everything, especially when it comes to mailing stuff. I’ve been known to waste spend a fair amount of money overnighting packages that I could have sent off for much cheaper had I just gotten my act together in a timely fashion.

This impending Mother’s Day is no different. I slacked on Mama’s birthday back in January, so I have to be sure to make it up to her with a great M Day gift. This is probably the single time of year when I wish we lived in the same city, if for no other reason than to save on postage. I kid, I kid…

Mama loves homemade gifts, so I’m making her another volume of the infamous “Mommy Mix”–a tradition I unwittingly started several years ago when I made her first mix CD (another last minute “gift,” undoubtedly). She DEMANDS them every year. I’m also making her a little set of personalized stationary, employing my recently acquired (and still somewhat questionable) stamp making skills. And of course, there will be a card…

For the other well-meaning procrastinators out there, artist and designer Christa Baca is sharing a lovely, FREE card download on her website in celebration of mamas everywhere. Share the love.



Remember back in grade school, usually around Mother’s or Father’s Day, when Miss Applebaum would make you sit perfectly still in a chair, point a bright light at your face, and trace the outline of your profile on a piece of paper as it was projected on the wall behind you? Anyone? No?…Eh, well, maybe it was just me and the Victorians.

Anyhoo, ReadyMade has a clever new spin on the old design. Instead of blasting a light at some unsuspecting person’s (or animal’s, or inanimate object’s) face, all you need is a photograph with a “well-defined” subject, an exact-o knife or extra snazzy pair of scissors, some colored paper and a frame, et voila! Of course you don’t *have* to give your creations to Mom or Dad. You can just feel fancy hanging ’em around your very own, very grown-up apartment.

courtesy of ReadyMade

courtesy of ReadyMade