For her first Mother's Day, I wanted to find something special for her. After searching high and low, blowing past the typical fruit bouquets and diamond earrings, I found the perfect thing at the bottom of a jewelry display in a thrift store.
It's a copper pendant with a little beetle, or Junebug, on it. "Junebug" is Lucy June's unofficial nickname, so when I found this little guy, just last week, it felt a little serendipitous, and I knew that this would be Leslie's first Mother's Day gift.
I wanted to personalize it somehow, though, so I picked up a metal stamping kit and went to work. Metal stamping is pretty simple. Just take the letter, or number, you want to stamp, line it up, and give the end a few good whacks with a hammer. Copper is pretty malleable, so I had to hammer the pendant flat again when I was finished.
I'm giving Leslie the metal stamping kit, too, because I know she'll find some cool uses for it, like labeling all of our silverware, or writing poetry on all the doorknobs in the house.