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the gift that made me cry

Map Hearts Stitched Country Framed

My mom and sister are here in Florida from Washington visiting me for the week of Thanksgiving! My sister visits this week every year and it’s something I look forward to so much! If we’re not spending Christmas together that year, then we exchange gifts while we’re together for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’re always so excited about our gifts to each other, that we exchange them immediately, if not sooner lol.

My mom and sister moved to Washington over 10 years ago, and as you can imagine, the distance has been so hard on all of us because we’re so close. My sister hands my mom and I what was clearly a gift wrapped frame and we both ripped them open at the same time. Inside was a framed embroidered map that had a heart over Washington and Florida with red stitching between our two cities. My eyes filled up with tears immediately!

I LOVE this gift so much! My sister picked it up at the FelixStreetStudio Etsy shop, who usually makes embroidered pillows out of these fun maps, but by Lauren’s request, created a beautiful wood framed map for her on heavy cotton duck. They also offer other color combinations and ask for your zip code to make sure the hearts are perfectly in place. This would be a great display at a wedding reception for a couple that found love from two distant cities, or for a college student so that they can remember that home is where the heart is.

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Your Thoughts?

  • Oh my gosh Jennifer!!!!!! This is the sweetest gift ever! So beautiful!

    • jennifer

      isn’t my sister so thoughtful! she’s addicted to etsy which makes for some pretty cute outfits for her daughter and pretty creative gifts for her friends and family :)

  • Omg! I love it. What a cute idea! And I’m loving the layout of this blog; it’s so aesthetically simple, yet pleasing. BTW, stay tuned…I’m making a post about Manicure Mondays linking it back to you :)

    Much love,

  • This post made my eyes tear up! I moved to Connecticut from Chicago a couple years ago and it’s so tough being so far from my mom and sister, too. Great gift idea, I’ll have to save this for next year :)

  • Kat

    AWWWW!!!! That is so sweet! I love it!

  • Melissa

    Gifts like this are absolutely priceless. I’ve been living long distance from my hometown for 8 years. It is heart wrenching at times.

    • jennifer

      this would make a great gift for someone back home :)

  • I love those tear jerking gifts!! Love how simple but powerful that art is.
    I should share the two tear jerkers I have been given!!