Since my parents moved back to Hong Kong a couple years ago, it's been quite a challenge shopping for birthday/ Christmas/ Mother's/ Father's Day presents for them.
First of all, taking them out to shop is kinda difficult when they live some 6,000 miles away. And there's the whole mailability factor (try packing a birthday cake).
And even if you do find something you like, chances are it's made in China, which means they can probably find the same thing 10 times cheaper somewhere down the street from where they live.
So, after dragging myself around 4th Street in Berkeley for hours this weekend and got a couple of knick-knacks (all sporting "Made in China" stickers on the back), I gave up.
I ran home, rubbed my sore feet, made myself a cup of tea, and decided that I'm just gonna throw something together, call it a piece of "heartfelt" "artwork", and hope my mom won't despise it (she's a hard critic, that one).
And going through my boxes of spare fabric and bits of paper and various ephemera for ideas, I came across this lovely pack of cherry blossom stickers my mom got for me while visiting Japan years ago that I had forgotten about...
They're these cutesy little things that I imagine Japanese school kids stick on their bento lunch boxes. And since working on my friend's wedding thank you card this past month, I've been having cherry blossoms on my mind...
And about an hour (and many stains that ruined another pair of pants) later, this is what I got:
And yes, it was so much fun I actually made 2! I'm gonna mail my mom the smaller one on wood (in the upper right photo), and I might put the canvas one up in my etsy store. But I kinda like it, hmm... maybe I'll keep this one.
(P.S. Daddy- if you're reading this before you receive it in the mail, please don't show this to her- it's meant to be a SURPRISE...)