Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Birthday Gift Basket and a WIP drawing

Woo hoo it's June! I can't wait for the days to turn warmer and hit the beach with my sketchbook again.  I think what I like best about summer is its long days of sunlight, where at almost 10 pm the sun is still just setting. Ahhhh, I'm so excited for summer in all its green beauty.

Anyway, as I work on the final edits to the short story, I'd thought I would share what I did for my mum on her 66th birthday on May 20.  I wanted to do something really nice for her this year, as last was rather tight and I couldn't afford to give her anything in way of a present.  This year has been better, so, I took about a week to decide what to do for her, and came up with the idea for a gift basket after seeing some pretty ones in the store.  I made her write up a list for me of some small things she might like and went out for a day of shopping.

Here's what I came back with:

Far Left to Right:

A Journal from Papaya at the local book store, a gorgeous sea grass basket that I just could not pass up for making this, as you can see Reese's Pieces, Marzipan chocolates, socks( yes, socks....she liked them that much), Darjeeling black tea, a very pretty ankle bracelet that she uses as a wrist bracelet, Indian Chai scented candles, Lilly of The Valley Soap from Crab tree and Evelyn, a little treasure trunk, a awesome square class mug and a little blue bird candle in a sweet cage.  As well as some fancy paper, ribbons and yellow and pink roses to decorate the basket with.

I started off with wiring the roses into the basket:

Please forgive the mess in the background, I was later going to put up some bamboo blinds to cut out some of the hot sun my apartment gets. *laughs*  I wish I had picked up more roses, it would have looked nice to have had the entire rim covered in them.

I then wove through some white crepe paper and also wound it around the handles, then added the first layers of tissue paper.  I forgot to pick up the floral foam, so I added paper to the bottom of the basket to lift up the gifts inside.:

I placed the little marzipan chocolates inside the treasure box....which wasn't that hard and I found that since they weren't going to be travelling very far, I didn't tape them down:

I later took out the jewelry and draped it over the chocolates, to make it look like actual treasure.

I forgot to take pictures as I was going along trying to pack the basket.....which I did several times over!  Getting everything to fit nicely was harder than I thought.  But, after the fifth attempt at it, I finally got it right and it came out like this before I wrapped it up with some fancy cellophane:

Finally I added the cellophane and the fancy ribbons:

I attached the card I bought for her. I should have made one, but I didn't think of that until I had, like, no time to make her one. But, I thought this was much prettier:

I also took some time to make her a bouquet of Anemone, pink tea roses, hydrangea and ivy, with a tiny bit of bear grass:

All together, she was so very happy when she got her gifts:

Happy Birthday Mum! Here's to a great year and more to come!

We later had some very yummy chocolate cheesecake, white wine, rice pudding, went for some coffee and watched some movies in the evening.  Quite a good birthday for her, the closer she gets to 70 the more grateful each year that I become that she is still here with me.

For right now, I'll leave you wonderful people with the next drawing I'm currently rushing to finish, as it will be up for auction at a group I'm now apart of called Femme Thou Art Collective .  It's been a pleasure getting to know these other wonderful artists.  The auction in June is called "Life springing from Decay".  Here's a WIP of what I came up with, I'm still inking it:

I'm doing another gift basket for a friend who also had a birthday last's so much fun to create these baskets.  Wishing you all a wonderful, creative week ahead! Cheers!


  1. What a most wonderful present for your mum. I'd have cried if one of my daughters did this for me!
    I love your drawings, they're stunning.xx

  2. What a terrific gift, it looks so professional. I bet she really loved every bit of it. Sounds like a wonderful birthday.
    I love your new WIP, it is gorgeous. I struggle with filling in backgrounds and having too much white space, yours are incredible and so detailed. I can't wait to see this completed.
    Hope you have a wonderful week! :D

  3. such a lucky mom
    your gift overflows with care
    and generosity!
    plus it is beautiful.

    your art is gorgeous and magical, such a joy to see!

  4. Oooh, what a beautiful basket!! I love the roses AND the "mess" in the background - just means you are busy :)
    AND thank you for your favor color notes - yes, those do speak to you and your beautiful work - and I have definitely made not of them, thank you! xo

  5. Life springing from decay....ooooo....intriguing!! I think of mushrooms....haha!

    Look at that gift basket! I know that made your mom feel so special! What a lovely thing to give.
    Your mom looks fantastic for her nice you have her genes, too....heehee!

    Love the sneak peek....gorgeous profile!

  6. hello Erin, thanks for your sweet comment,
    i will come back to wander through your blog, just a bit busy here lately,

    it's so nice to get a present that's chosen with care and love,

  7. What a beautiful gift you put together for your mom! I think I might have to do something like that for my mom for Christmas. Such a great idea, and you can tell you put a lot of time and care into putting it together. <3

    - Sasha


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