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.

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3464559598_42cd4c2091Unique Los Angeles is hosting an event this weekend loaded with lovely offerings from some of the most amazing designers, artists and merchants around LA.

I’d like to give a special shout out to Kiki Designs, a gorgeous line of jewelry designed by a Hawaiian artist who lives in LA. Kiki’s newest pieces will be unveiled at the event this weekend! You can find her at booth 114.

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Kiki Designs

If you’re around town this weekend, you should definitely stop by. It’ll be a great chance to pick up some handmade goodies just in time for Mother’s Day, or whatever reason you may have… Tickets are $5 (children under 10 get in for free), but 50% of the ticket sales are going to local charities. Perusing handmade goodies + stimulating the economy + contributing to charitable orgs = time very well spent.

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Etsy is both the best thing I ever found out about and the giant black hole (well, one of them, anyway) that keeps me glued to the computer for hours at a time when I should be doing other things like writing my first book or showering. The fact that there are so many crafty, talented folks out there never ceases to fill me with gleeful amazement (and an acute sense of envy).

I come across tons of great stuff during my web-wandering, but I found these little soaps especially delightful. They’re hand-made (HA! Get it?! Eh…), and just the perfect combination of ingenious-creepy-charming that I happen to find terribly winning. Check ’em out, along with an array of other fabulous items from Foliage at Etsy.

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I feel kind of like an a-hole when taking part in any form of self promotion, but…umm…that’s kind of what a blog is, right? Like, I expect (or flat out hope) that people are out there reading what I’m writing, so why not just run with it, eh?

Around Christmas 2008, I started making these greeting cards to stack up and give as gifts to my most beloved, slightly askew friends. (Call me cheap if you will.) When someone mentioned that I might actually try and *sell* the things, I laughed it off. I mean, they look like they were created by a demented four-year-old with sub-par drawing skills. But apparently, such a thing has its draw.

There’s nothing I enjoy quite as much as amusing myself in the privacy of my own home while my fat chihuahua looks on with an expression of mild concern. “Greetings, Cards!” helps me scratch such an itch.