Happy Mother’s Day

Home Sweet Home: Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day from Petaloo and me!


Hello, Friends! It’s Kathy here wishing all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!  I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot this past week.  She was an amazing woman, raising 5 children on a shoestring budget.  She always had a song in her heart, and worked from before dawn until after dusk: baking homemade bread, canning fresh fruit and produce from our garden, sewing and mending, cleaning and doing laundry.  I don’t think I ever saw her sit down.  It was her love, humor and magic touch that made our house a home.  I learned so much from her, and we shared so many good times together that I cannot be sad on Mother’s Day, even though she is no longer with us.  Instead, I celebrate her incredible legacy.  It was with her in mind that I created this altered frame using Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home paper collection.

Home Sweet Home Mother's Day Frame Petaloo 02


This all started with a 99 cent frame that I picked up at our local thrift shop.  (Mom would approve…she loved a bargain.)  It was in good shape, but made with really ugly wood.  I sanded, painted, stained and distressed it until I was finally satisfied with this rustic version.  Then the real fun began: adding images and glorious Petaloo flowers!

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The frame measures just under 8″ square and has nice deep openings that made it ideal for a 3-D project like this one.  I used scrap paper to create templates so my images would be sure to fit and line up inside the individual frames.  I hate to waste designer paper!  I chose Petaloo flowers in red, gold, blue and white to match the wonderful vintage hues in my papers.  The lace trim is from the White Fancy Trims Pack, and I love the gorgeous texture and vintage feel it adds to the frame.

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This sweet couple looks pretty happy working away in the kitchen.  Hubby is making coffee, and Mother is making jam.  I fussy cut the hollyhocks from the paper collection and glued them down with Studio Matte Multi Medium.  Then I layered on Red Velvet Lilacs, Royal Blue Sugared Blooms, Sugared Berry Clusters, Royal Blue Sugared Minis, Ivory Burlap Blossoms and Yellow Mini Mixed Blooms.  My mom loved hollyhocks, and her flower garden was the prettiest one in the neighborhood.  I don’t know how she found the time to coax such beautiful blossoms from our clay soil, but she did.  So this bouquet is for you, Mom!

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To balance the design, I added a smaller cluster of the same flowers in the upper left hand corner of the frame.  Oh, how I love these pretty posies!  And, it looks like Mom baked a pie today…there it is cooling on the windowsill.

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I found this vintage spoon in a flea market and knew I had to have it!  I’ve been saving it for just the right project.  I love the touch of elegance it adds to my Home Sweet Home sign.


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Do you see the cute little nest with eggs in it?  I wrapped burlap string around my finger and then hot glued it in place.  I speckled the eggs with Copper and Blue mists from my stash.  Such a fun little way to draw attention to those cute chicks.

I’ll close this post with one of my favorite quotes from Pearl S. Buck:

“Some are kissing mothers,

and some are scolding mothers,

but it is love all the same,

and most mothers

kiss and scold together.”

So whether you are a kissing mother, or a scolding mother, this mother (who was of the kissing and scolding together variety) wishes you a very Happy and Love Filled Mother’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by!



Petaloo Products Used in this Project

Royal Blue Sugared Blooms 1130-122

Royal Blue Sugared Mini Blooms 1131-122

Royal Blue Sugared Berry Clusters 1132-122

Red Velvet Lilac Picks 1112-192

Burgundy Sugared Blooms 1130-120

Antique Gold Mixed Blossoms 1836-052

Yellow Petites 1465-109

Yellow Mini Mix 1462-109

Ivory Burlap Blossoms 1200-200

Ivory Burlap Flowers 1208-200

White Crochet Lace Fancy Trim 1482-000

Other Products:

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home 8×8 paper

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Chipboard

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Ephemera Pack

Novelty Buttons

Ivory Burlap String


Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. Pearl S. Buck
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10 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day

  1. candycolwell

    a 99 cent frame never looked so good! Kathy, this is such a sweet Mother’s Day idea! Love the papers you used. As always, you are a master at picking out the best part of graphics and using them. Love the flowers and the sweet little spoon, too. Just a beautiful project! <3

  2. Sara Emily

    Kathy, what a fabulous tribute to your Mom, and I am sure she is blushing now knowing how you remember her to be such a hard worker and loving Mom. Love the little nest with the eggs in it, and your entire upcycled project is just wonderful to look at! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Hugs!

  3. Carol

    Happy Mother’s Day Kathy and do hope you’ve had a great day. Beautiful project, love the little nest so cute. The spoon is really classy . Happy fond memories of your mum shows in your lovely work x

  4. Pattie Jns

    Good Day, Kathy, what a lovely memory box. I love the images an colors. express love all around. Happy Mother;s Day. hugs and blessing.

  5. LuvtoKraft

    There’s not one thing about this beauty I don’t absolutely love!!! G45 Home Sweet Home, my favorite colors, the lace, the embellies, the gorgeous Petaloo flowers, the fussy cuttings. OMG, Kathy!!! My Grandma grew hollyhocks in her beautiful garden and I so love them. Ever time I see hollyhocks I remember wonderful times! May your Mother’s Day be a very special celebration with your family surrounding you. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  6. soozyb2013

    Great job Kathy and I never think to use those ol’ picture frames to do this kind of stuff. Happy Mother’s Day to you and hope you have a truly wonderful day. Do something you love! Treat yourself to that bowl of ice cream or wonderful strawberry shortcake. 🙂 Lots of whipped cream on top! Yummo. Thanks for sharing this project.

  7. Marie Powers

    This is such a beautiful piece of art! It captures the memories of wonderful days gone by. You must have followed in your mother’s footsteps as you accomplish so much everyday. First thing I do in the morning is check my mail in hopes that you have something new,and you always do! Happy Mother’s Day Kathy!


  8. margiehmalone

    A very happy Mother’s Day to a very special woman.Hope you get to spend it with your children and grandchildren. What ever you do, have a wonderful day my special friend.
    Loads of hugs,

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