Back in March, I mentioned some Silhouette Cut Outs that were pronounced "Mother's Day Presents" as soon as they were made, though I didn't show them. Can't have the Moms know what they're getting, right? Here they are on the far left and on the far right as they were pictured on that day. The center image is not one of the Mother's Day gifts:
Since then, they have been given different, more vibrant colored backgrounds and have been fitted with stark white frames.
The hummingbird silhouette is for my Mother-In-Law who loves to watch hummingbirds. She has two feeders outside her breakfast area window that are always busy with dozens of hummingbirds. I don't know if it's just an ideal location or if it has anything to do with the homemade sugar water food my father-in-law mixes for them but those feeders are really a popular spot for the hummingbirds! My hummingbird feeder attracted only one hummingbird and an army of ants.
The Iris, the state flower of Tennessee, is for my step-mother who is now residing in Tennessee. I thought about creating her favorite flower, the carnation, but a silhouette of a carnation is not nearly as impressive as the real thing (it actually just looks like a blob on a stem). The iris, with its graceful curving leaves and shapely petals work much better for a silhouette.
The cherry blossom silhouette in the post back in March is for my mom. I liked the cherry blossom idea because it reflects her heritage (Japanese) and 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of 3000 cherry blossom trees to the United States.
If you'd like to make your own, I have posted the instructions. These make great gifts that are inexpensive and is an easy "immediate gratification" craft.