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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2006 11:56:01 AM »

He he how about a jar of nothing? http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1087
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2006 12:17:34 PM »

A ceramic lamp?  With a hand-beaded shade?
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2006 12:22:50 PM »


Ahhhahahahahhaaa...that's HILARIOUS! My mom's totally getting one!
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2006 03:07:58 PM »

A ceramic lamp?  With a hand-beaded shade?
Ditto.  If you do beading, and she wants a lampshade, then bead the lampshade.
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2006 06:38:42 AM »

Every year my grandma bakes us something like bananna bread, pumpkin roll, mexican corn bread. It's really great. Everyone loves it. This year I'm taking a page from her book. I canned apple jelly this year. So I'm sending that with some type of bread.... But I do love the Jar of nothing.
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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2006 07:56:39 AM »

to add on to my earlier idea, this is what I got my mom and stepmother this year (who both always say they want "nothing"):

stepmother:
hand-knit scarf
fancy bubble bath

mom:
laptop cushion
hand-knit slippers

Bath items always seem to go over well in my family.  Maybe you could make your mom some soap?  Or a tiny bottle of a fancy product usually isn't that expensive and adds a tinge of luxury to your gift!
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2006 08:16:19 AM »

Hmm, let me add a different perspective, because I have a feeling I'm going to be one of those moms who wants "nothing really," but my daughter's only nine. She's still of an age where she's dying to please me, and I always ask for something, anything, made by her.

Maybe your mother is hesitant to ask for something made by you because she doesn't want to make demands on your time.

My first thought, reading your post, was the same as peppersaskatoon's and bigmouth's. if you are a beader and she wants a lampshade, can you bead the lampshade? or if beads wouldn't fit her decor, can you otherwise embellish it?

and if you're a skilled ceramicist, would she want one of your pieces? if i were your mother, i would!

now if i've totally  missed the mark, i apologize. my own mother is a nightmare to get presents for (i even posted a whole long thing about it), so i know all too well that not all moms appreciate their daughters' handcrafted gifts from the heart.

good luck!


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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2006 09:20:51 AM »

Make her a lovely box and when you open it it says "nothing" on the bottom.  Grin

thats a really good idea!
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2006 02:23:59 PM »

Another thought, too:
Some people really don't want anything.  If they're trying to cut back on clutter or generally simplify their lives, then stuff might get in the way.  Handmade stuff, particularly, can hold a certain emotional component that makes it seem "mandatory" to hold on to--even when what the person really wants to do it to be "free and clear" of things.  In that case, I love the idea of consumables, such as foods and bath products.  And if your mom's into this kind of thing, you could have a lot of fun finding a charity or cause she supports and donating in her name--whether in cash or in kind.  You could buy toys for Toys For Tots, take pictures, and put them in a card or a frame (don't handmake them, though, because they likely need to accept tagged items that are proven new and that show they meet flammability and safety standards, etc.).  You could make items to donate to a charity, such as gloves and scarves for a shelter or stuffies for a children's hospital.  Libraries often have "wish lists" for their shelves, and will put bookplates in with donor names--so you can find things that apply to her interests, pay for the book, and it will sit on the library shelves with her name in it.

Just a couple more thoughts for the many of us out there who have trouble buying for parents who have everything (and/or too much!).
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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2006 02:49:26 PM »

I think bigmouths Idea is great, it wont clutter up her home and someone else will get something out of it she might not have. Smiley
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