Mother’s Day Spa Fabric Bin

May 7, 2015 in News

To say “moms are special” is an understatement. As somewhat of a new mother (my oldest is 4), I realize truly how much goes into motherhood…how good and beautiful, but also, how trying and challenging it can be. I certainly appreciate my mom, but becoming one, myself, has brought about an even greater appreciation for her! Picture below from left to right: my momma Deb, my 2 sisters (Lexi and Kate), and Me (and my little Miss Olivia) 2011

momOn March 26, 2015, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. It’s all still very surreal and it’s certainly not even close to the end. I’m sure too many of you can relate that outlook on life changes when someone so near and dear to you gets a diagnosis that steals your heart from you. Life is a blur and at the same time, So. Veeeerrrry. Sloooow! There’s much to be done, much to learn, and a lot of waiting and anticipation for the next step, the next test. My faith has deepened and grown stronger than ever. I feel the closest to those around me than I ever have…my family and I? We are strong, we are calm, why? Because of the village God has surrounded us with. I am completely overwhelmed by the love and support our dear friends and family have enveloped us with. That doesn’t mean that we won’t have hard days (because we will…probably more than we care for, hopefully less than we think), but the solidity of the relationships we have is certainly a blessing in hard times such as these!

All of this being said, Mother’s day is extra special this year…it has different meaning…deeper meaning. I made a fabric bin for my momma and I filled it with lots of goodies! Had it been a normal year, I probably would have just filled it with spa items, but, because she’s undergoing chemotherapy treatment, I thought I’d include some things that she can use on those days, too. Scroll on for some ideas!

Here are 2 Fabric Bin Sewing Tutorials:

IMG_6031 copyDepending on how much you want to spend, you could purchase a gift card to a spa, nail salon, or to get a massage and include some comfort items in the basket. For comfort clothing, I included some comfy pants (that can absolutely be sewn!), some hot pink memory foam flip flops/sandals, and a pack of bright colored socks (to bring cheer into chemo days when socks are needed). Another idea might be to include a soft blanket if you’re making this for a friend undergoing cancer treatment. I hear it’s easy to get the chills when undergoing chemotherapy, but, that it’s also easy to get warm quickly. So, if you sew a blanket, you might take that into fabric consideration when making it. I included a bright pink tote bag (that can also be made) to take things to treatments (like a Sudoku book (or the like) I included) You could also…

IMG_6059 copyInstead of buying gift cards, you could make your own gift certificate (you know…like what you did when you were a kid)?! I am a huge fan of this because it saves money and you get to spend the time together, maybe even get to serve your momma. My plan is to give my mom a mani/pedi with the items included. Because my mom’s body is in a delicate stage with chemo treatments, I included items that had as many as possible, if not all, natural ingredients.

Here are some of the included items:

  • Manicure set (clippers, cuticle pusher, pumice stone, etc.)
  • Foot repair balm
  • Non-toxic water-based nail polish
  • Natural water-based nail polish remover
  • Lavender body wash (free of phthalates, parabens, and sodium laurel/laureth sulfates)
  • Moisturizing socks (I don’t know if they work, but, they looked cool) 🙂
  • I made one of those Rice/Lavender warm-able neck pillows
  • I found this awesome relaxing lotion by Earth Therapeautics Dream Silk (not affiliated with Baby Lock; I just like it, so I got some for my mom) 🙂
  • Body butter

You could include all kinds of things:

  • A journal
  • A Bible Study (or the like)
  • Lotions
  • Sprays
  • Bath Salts
  • Bubble Bath
  • A calming music CD
  • Essential Oils

Just some ideas! 🙂 Let your creativity run free! Happy Mother’s Day, Mommas! May you be appreciated and celebrated!

 

 

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