My mother-in-law’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to get her something special. I started brainstorming and came up with…nothing. Oh boy.
After that bit of anticlimactic brainstorming, I knew it was time to call in reinforcements!
My friend, Laura, has an Etsy shop, One Blue Eye Birdie. I love what she creates, especially the state appliquéd pillows.
I just couldn’t figure out how to work one into my current decor. Clearly, my life has huge problems. (sarcasm alert)
If you are my mother-in-law, you should probably stop reading now. Birthday spoilers ahead!
That’s when inspiration hit me over the head. What if I begged and pleaded asked her to make state appliquéd dish towels instead? Some of my kids’ most precious memories are of the time they spent with Grandma whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, so I thought this would be a great gift. Fun, yet still useful.
My mother-in-law has 3 kids. (I’m partial to her eldest son, by the way.) These towels represent the 3 different states her kids live in: Alaska, Georgia and Oregon. (The family is a wee bit spread out these days!)
Look how tricky it was to stitch Alaska onto this towel! Since I have to read the manual every time I get out my sewing machine, I am in awe of my friend’s sewing talent.
Laura, of One Blue Eyed Birdie, was one of the first people to befriend us when we moved to Georgia. She’s funny, smart, generous of spirit and super talented.
She’s also a hero to the stranded motorist. There’s that one time when I left my key fob on top of my car and drove away. Um, yeah. That wasn’t my brightest moment. When you turn off your car and don’t have your key fob, you can’t turn your car back on. DOH!!!
Laura to the rescue! I’m forever grateful to her for helping me out. It could have been a long walk home that day.
When she’s not rescuing me, watching my kids, or sewing cool pillows, Laura also does monogramming. Definitely check out the clutches, ring dishes and coasters. I told you, uber-talented!
P.S. One Blue Eyed Birdie was taking a shop break, last I checked. Here are some other Etsy shops with similar state appliquéd dish towels.
State Flour Sack Towels by Hen House Originals
State Tea Towels by Rky Mtn Crafts
State Dish Towels with RicRac by Piecefully Home
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