3.15.2013

Friday Find: DIY





I mentioned earlier this week that last weekend was my Mom's birthday - and it was a big one :)  She didn't want a party-  just a quiet celebration with immediate family.  So my brother flew in from Atlanta and I drove over from Minnesota (destination = Pewaukee, Wisconsin).  And even through she didn't want a fuss, I still wanted to do something special.  After looking for inspiration on Pinterest, I found the perfect way to celebrate her big day...  I contacted friends and family and had them send me a favorite memory of my Mom - and I put together 60 memories to represent her 60 years.  It was a great way of bringing loved ones to her... and we all had fun reminiscing on memories that made her shake her head,  laugh, and cry.  Personally I think the memory from Rex was her favorite :)


70 comments:

Nicoleta_B said...

Wow, such a beautiful post.

Have a wonderful weekend, my love!

Nicole

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Inez said...

This is such a sweet thing to do! xoxo.

Cee said...

Happy belated birthday to your mom! The 60 memories for 60 years is such a meaningful gift; I'm going to have to keep it in mind for when my mom reaches the same milestone in a few years :)
xox,
Cee

Rakhshanda Rizvi said...

That was such a great idea <3 Happy belated b'day to your mom!!

Heiress said...

Your idea was sooo good ! Your mom must have been so happy for all the love. And by the way she is beautiful just like you.

Much Love
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Tasia |Ruffles and Sequins| said...

awww <3 I had seen this before and thought it was such a wonderful idea! I hope to do something similar for my parents someday.

two birds said...

i love this idea! what a thoughtful way to bring all her friends to her while still just keeping it family!!

FASHION TALES said...

That is such a cute and clever gift for her birthday. Have a lovely weekend. :)/Madison

Lauren said...

What a sweet gift! You are always such a thoughtful gift-giver. Happy Friday! :)

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Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

I remember seeing this on Pinterest and absolutely loved the idea. Definitely keeping this in mind for my family.

Michael said...

What an awesome birthday gift. And a great one for a milestone.

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

I want to do that for my mom when she turns 60 in a year and a half! I saw it on Pinterest and it seems like such a fantastic idea! Happy birthday to your mom!
~Sara

Rachel said...

Such a good-looking family- that's a great photo! You are SO thoughtful! This is a great idea

Helene said...

wow, what an amazing daughter you are! this is incredible!

Alyssa said...

I did this for my Mom's 50th birthday this past year! She loved it...there were definitely a lot of tears and laughter and it was totally a pleasure to put together!

Julie, from prosecco to plaid said...

This is the absolute BEST idea for a gift. I'm totally doing this for my mom for her next birthday!! Hope you all had a great day/night! xo, Julie

Ashleigh said...

That is such a cute idea! I may have to steal it. My Grandpa is turning 65 this year.
-Ash
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Anonymous said...

Wow, whoever took that family photo really knew what they were doing! They should really get some credit in your blog... :)

Bethie The Boo said...

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was such a sweet idea, I wanted to do it for my dad's 60th but I didn't have enough time to put it together. I love that you did this for your mom, so very cool!!

Penniless Socialite said...

Such a cute idea! I love it!
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Rachel Lynne said...

OH YES! I remember you telling me about this. And I so wanted to do the same thing for my mom (she is turning the same age this weekend!) I'm sure your mom absolutely LOVED your gift. And holy good looking family! :)

TheTinyHeart said...

That is such a sweet idea! I bet your mom loved it!

-Sharon
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Agnes Mayer said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful gift Heather. It must have been so nice for your mom to read all those beautiful letters.

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Always Maylee said...

This is such a sweet and cute idea. I bet she LOVED this!

xo, Yi-chia
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Rebekah said...

Your mom looks so young! She definitely doesn't look even close to 60.

McKenna Ryan said...

This is such a wonderfully sweet idea! I want to do it myself. xx. McKenna Lou
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Richelle Lynn Garn said...

What an amazing idea! I might have to do this for my dad. Thank you for the inspiration.

jackie jade said...

this is SUCH a cute idea - i love this and i'm sure your mom did as well!
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Valerie said...

That is so incredibly thoughtful! What a wonderful daughter you are :-)
Happy Friday!
Valerie
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Stephanie Koch said...

What a beautiful idea! Those are truly the best gifts that people cherish and remember!
Steffi
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Ginny said...

How neat, and what a great family photo!
Ginny
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fleurani said...

Heather, your momy can be so proud to have such thoughtful daughter. I love how really look for meaningful gifts, the 60 memories is one. Happy birthday to your momy :-)

ani
www.fleurani.blogspot.de

vogueandheels.com said...

Beautiful post! I love the pictures and the idea.

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Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

heather, that was an awesome gift! what a great idea :D ask your mom, what is her beauty secrets, because she does not look 60! great family photo! glad she had an awesome day! have a great weekend.
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Trenchcoats to Tiaras said...

That's a great idea! My mom's turning 60 this year too... I think she's going to be more interested in a Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings endless marathon, though. And I still can't get over how cute your puppy is!

xo
Sue

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Aw what a sweet idea! This family photo is perfect. Gotta frame it ;)

Jill J @ Classy with a Kick said...

I love that idea. I might have to steal it for my parents' next big b-day! Glad you guys all got to be together! And I still am in love with Rex! :)

Jill
Classy with a Kick

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh Heather! That is a great idea you did! I love the last photo, too. Have a great weekend and watch out for green beer on Sunday!!!!

Bri Marie said...

I love that idea - I saw it on Pinterest and now just need someone in my family to have a big enough birthday!

newpetite said...

That was such a sweet gift! You look just like your mom.. beautiful!

Sam said...

This is so sweet, you're mum is so lucky to have a wonderful thoughtful daughter like you. She looks so young! Happy belated Birthday to her!

Lindsey PS said...

What a great idea to celebrate a milestone birthday!

Chelsea Oliver said...

What a sweet idea! Happy Birthday to your mom. (Great family photo, too!)

-Chelsea
chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

Anouka said...

Wow, that's such a lovely idea. Great initiative!

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dawn said...

aw how lovely - such a happy picture !! Happy belated birthday wishes.
You look great

Dawn
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THE DAILY FASHION DRUG said...

Happy belated birthday to your mom! It is such an amazing idea, love it :-)

xo The Daily Fashion Drug

Lala H said...

wow thats pretty cool idea!

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Diana Marks said...

It's such a great idea! What a beautiful surprise. Your family is lovely!

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aki! said...

Aww. I love looking at old pictures too!

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Bon Bon said...

ok, this is the sweetest idea ever! love! xoxo

SHOP STYLE CONQUER said...

awww that is such a lovely gift!

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jo said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your mom!

xo Jo

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Tallia said...

awww this is an adorable post!

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Well... said...

Awww, that is so amazing! What a lovely, thoughtful gift :D

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Elle Sees said...

that is too sweet!! i'm glad she had a wonderful bday.

Francesca said...

Wow, that is so sweet! What a beautiful idea!

lauren @ la petite fashionista said...

such a sweet birthday gift! All of my cousins grew up in pewaukee and my mom is born & raised in wauwatosa so the area holds a special place in my heart :)

DC in STYLE said...

Sooo sweet of you! What a great idea to contact your friends and family and create these "memories" list!!!
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Lisa - respect the shoes said...

What a great idea - I saw something similar on Pinterest but I can't imagine the under-taking to get all those notes and memories. This is touching and awesome!

Ana from Sweet Serendipity said...

Seriously, what a sweet thoughtful idea. I love it.

geelongfashionista said...

Such a beautiful idea. Wonderful gift!
x Kirsty

C▲RO said...

wow, this is such a cute thing to do! and it's a very nice family portrait you got there, you're all so beautiful. oh, and you're mummy doesn't look like 60 at all!

Lady of Style said...

What a great birthday present yor your mum!
She looks fantastic and so happy.

Annette
Lady of Style

Karen Curtis said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! I did something similar for my dad's birthday a few years ago. However, it didn't have such cute packaging.

-Karen
www.yourstylistkaren.com

Ivana said...

Heather, this is the most beautiful, heartfelt and inspiring post I've seen today! What an amazing and touching way to celebrate your mom's big day! I'm loving the idea, and I'll definitely be bookmarking it for my mom's upcoming birthday!

Have a fantastic week, sweetie!

xx Ivana

Macarons and Pearls

Susan said...

I love that idea- so cute!

Cinz said...

Awwwww, this is such a sweet post!!! I wish i had seen this idea just a few years earlier, my mom turned 60 around 4-5 years ago, lol...i guess it can be done for the big 70 too?!!? hehe

Btw, your mom looks really young!!!and Rex is too CUTE:D

Cinz
http://cinzee.wordpress.com

fashion5point2.com said...

Oh my, this is such a cute idea, I'm definitely keeping it in mind for my mom's big 60 :)

Carmen
www.fashion5point2.com

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