Yesss, Mother’s day. A day that is celebrated over 30 times around the world, depending on what location you find yourself. So.. no matter what you do, you can’t miss a mother’s day. Right, just as it’s happy hour in another part of the world, a mother’s day is close at hand. There is no escaping it. And it’s great. Mothers should have those days, you know. Everytime I sit and think of the crap my mom took from me, I keep wondering why I am alive. Yes, I am that bad. Now, I remember the good times with her and wish she was around…sometimes ;).
Anyway, we all know how hard it is to find a gift for mother’s day that isn’t a repeat of something you got last year. My siblings and I would try to get something different like a day in a spa or a cook book but then, we always seem to revert to safe gifts like Ankara fabric she can sew something with or we make trendy jewellry for her (one of the pros of having us around 🙂 )
This year, all I could do was call her (Let me clarify a bit. Nigerians love mother’s day. Almost every church has their own mother’s day and our moms use them well. So, I called on that mother’s day and I will call for the next one coming up in May…just to be safe). And with that, I thought of what gift I can make that she would like to have. A gift that can have more than one use (and so that I won’t feel bad if it is not used the way I want her to).
WIth a little brainstorming, suggestions from my husband, siblings and cousins, I came up with this.
It is a tiny person carrying a heart. This is a combo of my papier marche skills and jewellry making pizzazz. The heart is a pendant made with papier marche, wire, beads and nickel free chain. The tiny person is a papier marche stand just for the heart. They can be worn or they can take up more space on your momsi’s mantlepiece or office desk (they just love showing off how much we love them, don’t they?)
This represents two things for me. When the heart is one the stand, it represents how we, the children, the minions and mini-mes, always have our mother’s heart with us. It doesn’t matter how many kids she has, we all have it. It was one the reasons why each heart has different colors, different beads, wiring and isn’t smooth.
The roughness shows the beauty of their journey. Those days when they thought they couldn’t handle it, when they thought they were bad for us, when they compared themselves to other moms and all, not knowing that that’s what helps us have a strong grip to them and also makes them interesting. The holes are for those times that we break their hearts with decisions we have made for ourselves ( bad choice of partners, being rude, no need to listening to them, we all have cringe moments). I used gold wires here to show that even bad choices can help get us on the right path to life, make us learn from our mistakes and give our moms a chance to be proud of us, which are represented by the embellishments of beads and wire.
The second meaning behind this is when moms wear the necklace. This time, the heart represents our hearts. The good days, the tears, the moments that we were proud of ourselves and who we have become. it is a testament to their presence in our lives and we want to share it with them. Also, that our hearts are safe with our mothers.
The prep for this project was straight forward. I have most of the materials in my house. It took me about 3 weeks to make 20 pieces of both the heart and stand.
I must confess, sometimes I thought the idea wouldn’t go well. I tend to doubt myself lot. Which is why I always push through and finish a project no matter how long it takes me to. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. Even though there may be parts and changes I would like to make, I can tell myself that I achieved a goal I set for myself.
I cut up wire and made those little fellows (I had a little fun posing them like boy band boys). This was fun. But I made variations in the cuts as I wanted to make both male and female stands. Then I beefed them up a bit and covered them each with papier marche paste and paper. I used normal A4 waste paper bacuse I wasn’t sure yet what color I wanted them to be and using plain white paper reduced seeing writings through the paint like you might with newspaper. I ended up just going with black cos it looks really shiny once it’s varnished :D.
After drying, painting and varnishing, I have these products. I am proud of them. They turned out better than I had hoped. And now, they are just waiting to represent you to your mother. 🙂
P.S : If you are interested in one, please note that I can, so far, just cover Canada and US for now due to how close Mother’s day is, May 8th (Canadian) but hey, if yours is one of the remaining 30 this year, let me know. And it doesn’t have to be only for mother’s day. We can work out something 😉 😉