My parents are impossible to shop for (they buy for themselves anything they’re remotely interested in), so I’ve taken to making them things for birthdays, Christmas, and Mother’s/Father’s Day. For my dad, I usually make desserts, and for my mom, I usually make jewelry. I’ve made her a couple of pins, but it’s the necklaces I’ve made that she actually wears. I always have her wardrobe in mind when I make them, and I know what kinds of colors she likes to wear, so I really try to make them fit with her outfits.
Here’s the first one I made, a couple years ago. The band is a little discolored now, but it was originally a rich lime-green.
This one presented a challenge for me because I couldn’t remove the metal clasps at the ends of the band, so I had to use beads with holes large enough to slide right over the jump ring at the end. (It’s possible that I could have removed the jump ring; I was pretty new to jewelry-making, so I wouldn’t be surprised. But I don’t remember.) So it limited my options a bit, and I ended up paying quite a bit for materials for this guy. I used this particular band because she had actually pointed it out when we visited a local bead store, so I knew she’d like that part at least. And she does like the necklace a lot, and wears it often.
This is another one I made, and she likes it too.
This is the most recent one I made, for Christmas this year. I had to adjust it a bit (add more extension to the chain), so she’s seen it, but doesn’t have it in her possession yet. I have no idea if she’ll like it or wear it. My mom is very particular, and she has strict guidelines for her style. The bird is a bit of a risk, especially placing it to the side, so we’ll see.