12 April 2012

Mother’s Day – Surround Her in Style

Just because the United States was not in the Mothering Day mood during the 1800s, does not mean that Mothers were not being recognized in other places.

The Catholic church declared a Mothering Day, which would fall on the fourth Sunday Lent and the early Christians used the day to honor the Mother Church from which they were baptized. These parishioners offered flowers, gifts, jewels and fragrances. They probably did not offer bath bombs or shower gels.

The Mothering Day that began in the 1600s was based on a clerical decree in England that decided that all mothers should be honored, not the Mother Church, so this became a working class holiday. It was also a holiday that allowed for families to get together and break the fast of Lent and enjoy a family meal. Many family members were working as servants and trade workers or apprentices in distant towns. Servants were needed for castles, mansions and manors.

Mothering Day was a time when these family members were allowed to travel home and have dinner with mom. A lot like when we take Mom to Applebees for dinner on Mother’s Day. Mom was the guest of honor and family members brought her gifts and cake. Don’t forget cake. Moms like cake. Preferably red velvet.

The most popular cake in those days was the Simnel cake, which servants were allowed to bake to take to mom. This cake is a fruit cake that is topped with 11 marizpan balls, which is to signify the 12 apostles, minus Judas.

The United Kingdom started to let Mothering Day fall by the wayside in the 20s and 30s and it all but disappeared. When World War II came around, many homesick soldiers began to pine for their moms and rekindled the United Kingdom’s previous Mothering Day interest. The United Kingdom once again began to celebrate Mothering Day, but unlike the United States, the United Kingdom has retained the fourth Sunday of Lent as their Mothering Day.

While you cannot get cake from these Artfire Checked In Today! guild members, you can surround mom with wonderful glassware and wall art that will remind her that you cared enough to honor the tradition of Mothering Day and present her with gifts.

Do not make her cook, fill her glass, put cake on the plate and honor your mom. Fix her a plate of cake and a MomTini.

Here are some gift suggestions for Mom.

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Blue Wooden Roses with Stems

Accents and Petals

From the designer:

We can custom make them in your colors.
You will receive 24 wooden assorted blue roses with stems. Great as wedding or any occasion decoration.
Diameter of rose : 2 inches
Length of Stem : 8 inches

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Calico Hearts watercolor hearts in delicate pastel ditzy patterns

Amyelyseneer

From the designer:

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Calico Hearts watercolor hearts in delicate pastel ditzy patterns
©2011 Amy-Elyse Neer
12-28-2011
4" x 5" Watercolor on 140lb hot press paper
Ships uninsured and unframed
This listing is for the watercolor original,

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Martini Glasses, Hand painted Tini Mamas

Artsyleenies

From the designer:

"Tini Mamas" are hand painted on a 7.5 oz/ 222ML Martini glass. The perfect gift and sure to be the talk of any gathering! Very cute with heart shaped lips.
This set includes
Tini Mamas' with:
Black hair, gold streaks, and light brown eyes.
Gold hair and blue eyes
Copper hair and green eyes
Silver hair and blue eyes
Price is for a set of 4.

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Flies with the Owls by Jeanne Fry

Conscious Art Studios

From the designer:

She Flies with the Owls is an original painting by Jeanne Fry. It is an acrylic on canvas and sealed with satin finish. Measures 18 inches x 25 inches and is ready to hang.
Copyright Jeanne Fry. All Rights Reserved.

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Fenton Green Opalescent Grape and Cable Collectible Vintage Glass Bowl

Lilacs and Dreams

From the studio owner:

Fenton Green Opalescent Grape and Cable Collectible Glass Bowl with a thumbprint design is in excellent condition. Measures about 10-1/4 inch diameter, 4-3/8 inch tall, and 4 inches deep. Ruffled, fluted rim. Has a thumbprint pattern around the base of the bowl. Is marked on bottom with Fenton cursive signature, number 8 below it, and this is circled with an oval shape. I am not finding any flaws with it, no cracks, no chips, no bites, no scratches. I see maybe about 4 bubbles within the glass which is not uncommon to find for glass pieces. Pictures, and words do not do this piece justice. Please make sure to see all the pictures, and read everything following some of the history, and research of this beautiful piece.

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Love letters original art mixed media vintage photos 9 by 12 inch

Midwestie Lady

From the designer:

Love letters and vintage photos create this original mixed media art on a 9" x 12" gallery wrapped canvas with 3/4" sides. This original art has textures, fabrics and colors mixed with prints of vintage photos.
Anyone who has ever sent or received letters and cards filled with love will appreciate this art titled "Love Letter Memories."
The canvas was painted, layered with printed papers, and covered with pink netting. The authentic envelopes in the upper left corner are dated 1931 from San Francisco and 1941 from Glen Ridge, New Jersey. The valentine is a color copy of a vintage one. The man's photo is backed with fabric and placed under the netting. The beautiful young woman's photo is backed with fabric and accented with beautiful lace. The one inch wood pieces in the lower right are covered with a piece from an authentic vintage envelope dated 1920 from Ottumwa, Iowa, and a drawing with the word "love."
I designed this original mixed media art to be a beautiful addition to any home. "Love Letter Memories" will make the perfect birthday, anniversary, wedding or shower gift too. The sides are painted, so this original beautiful art is ready to hang on a wall or be displayed on a favorite easel.
Only high quality acrylics were used in this art. This art will be signed and dated on the back.

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Family fun - original painting of children in summer

Nithya

From the designer:

This lovely family was having a fun time on a hot summer afternoon and the lighting was just perfect to paint them!
This original painting measures 4 by 12 inches and has been done in Oils. The sides are painted and it does not need a frame. It will of course look great if framed and I am very happy to offer you suggestions. Do ping me.
This is a part of my series titled "Impressions of a European Summer", where I capture my own little piece of sunshine with colors

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Dessert Plates

Petit Poulailler

From the studio owner:

2 Chastagner Limoges Porcelain Butterfly Luncheon or Dessert Plates
Beautiful, delicately hand-painted porcelain plate from Chastagner Limoges France, dating to the early 1970's in their discontinued pattern "CNR10, Butterflies, Embossed Rim, Scalloped".
Three sweet hand-painted butterflies with their wings delicately open against a creamy white porcelain. The edging is scalloped ~ lacy, embossed ... swirled as if in motion.
The colors are bright and lovely; the plate finish is clear and smooth.
Use as a dessert plate, an accent plate on your table or perhaps on your dresser or your powder room vanity counter. These are lovely small plates that will delight you each day.

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Picking Toadstools Mixed Media Miniature - Pink Teal Silver Glitter

Pin and Tack

From the designer:

This piece is a wicker basket filled with natural moss & vintage mushrooms - a whimsical delight!
{ what you will receive }
ONE (1) toadstool basket:
- Approximately 2.5"x2" (including handle.)
- Toadstools are made of wood & painted, glittered by hand.
Original handcrafted delight made at my art studio in beautiful Oregon.

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Quilled Sunflower and Mountains 16x20 OOAK

Quilling by Sandra White

From the designer:

This is my Quilled Sunflower and Mountains and it is a one of a kind piece, handcrafted by me in my New Hampshire studio.
It is my original design. It is a 16" x 20" quilled and custom framed piece. It is triple matted and framed in a black frame.

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Glass Cocktail Stirrers Swivel Sticks 9 sticks 1 mini spoon or Muddler

Raige Creations

From the studio owner:

Set of 9 Vintage clear glass stirrers or swivel sticks with a mini sugar (salt?) spoon, or perhaps it is a Muddler, is a classy addition to your vintage bar.
There are 4 thicker sticks, measuring 5mm (1/4 inch) thick and 5 slightly thinner sticks measuring 4 mm (just under 1/4 inch). All the sticks are 13 cm long (5 1/8 inches). The mini spoon or Muddler is 5mm thick (1/4 inch) and 10.2 cm long (4 inches).
The set is estimated to be from the 1950's, though not certain exactly what year. The glass in the first picture is not included.

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In our Home...We are Family Word Art Home Decor Wood Sign

Signs of Elegance

From the designer:

In our Home...We are Family Word Art Home Decor Wood Sign shows us what families 'do'!
This sign would make a thoughtful housewarming gift!
Shown here with black background and antique white lettering with aqua blue accents
Want another color scheme? No problem!
Natural wood markings, grain, and knots etc. may show, and add character to each sign.
Each sign has a sawtooth hanger attached for easy hanging. Since this sign is hand painted~~ no two will be exactly alike!
This sign measures approximately 11-1/4" x 24" x 3/4".

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Art Glass Large Wall Pocket Vase, Handmade Pink Flowers with 22k Gold

Steider Studios

From the designer:

Adorn your wall with this exquisite handmade art deco shaped glass wall pocket vase. Pink flowers and 22k gold add sophisticated whimsey to it's larger size that accommodates fresh flowers. Place it anywhere you need a focal point.
My wall pockets are designed to hold water, and hang on your wall with sturdy copper wire hangers. Measuring approximately 16" long, including the copper hanger, and 8" wide; the opening is 3/8" wide.
Looking for holiday gifts? My art glass Wall Pockets would be the ultimate gift for an avid gardener. I know because I AM an avid gardener and I would love to keep it!
Whether you choose to use fresh, dried or silk flowers, an arrangement in this vase looks amazing!

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Wooden Bowl Handmade

Steve Pritchard Woodturning

From the designer:

This hand turned wooden bowl is made from an ornamental pear (Bradford) that was taken down due to storm damage. It has three decorative rings in the rim. The outside has been painted with milk paint and it has a food-safe oil finish.
This bowl is new, but it has been made to look used. I painted it with several coats of salmon red milk paint and then several coats of green milk paint. Once the paint was completely dry, I sanded the bowl again. This caused the red undercoat to show through making the bowl appear used.

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Red, Blue & Black Confetti Large Fused Glass Party Bowl, Heavy Base

Wian Studios

From the designer:

Lots of Red, White, Blue and Black accents make this large bowl fun and useful! A bright and wonderful bowl to hold food, candy, ornaments, flowers and much more.
This piece has been properly fused and annealed for long and dependable use. It's 11" across, 3" deep, and weighs just under 4 lbs before packing. This is a substantial and solid Bowl.
Even though it's been fired to 1500 degrees, I don't think I'd put it in the oven or microwave, though it should be just fine in the dishwasher.

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Primitive Wood Blue Cabinet Heart Flowers SHAB Cottage Shelf Screen

Woodyswag Recycle 4U

From the designer:

Wall or display cabinet with hand painted sunflowers.
Ok, I have no idea if someone married pieces together for this or if it was like this from the beginning. Painted, distressed, has screen added on door, very primitive on painting.
Really cute for a kitchen, bath, bedroom or office. These is a piece of wood chipped off on top corner. Doesn't take away from this terrific primitive, shabby, country, cottage look. Don't you love the blue paint.
From an Estate sale in the middle of Missouri Amish Country. The paint and design does look older.
Condition, good vintage condition.
It is primitive, and would look great in your home or business. Hang it up.
Height approximate: 15 1/2 inch by 12 1/2 inch
This is a must for you primitive shabby collectors.

 

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Surround mom with any one of these wonderfully unique and beautiful creations.

Next, we take a look at more of the history of Mothering Day and dress mom up for her special day.

9 comments:

  1. Excellent picks!
    thanks for including Vintage Raige.

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  2. So now I know : )
    Once again you have found lots of great and original gift ideas. Very interesting; thanks!

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  3. Thank you so much for featuring our wooden roses. You have chosen unique perfect gifts for the greatest woman in the world- Mom.

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  4. Another fascinating installment, Julie! And fabulous picks for Mom! Thank you for taking the time out to do this! Belly rubs to Blu!

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  5. Wonderful gift ideas for everyone's Mom! Thank you so much for selecting one of my wall pocket vases!! Sharing with all my friends!!

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  6. This is a great blog. And you have chosen wonderful pieces. My Quilled Sunflower and Mountains is honored to be chosen as one of your Mom's ideas. thanks.

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  7. Beautiful Mother's Day ideas. Thanks for adding my Primitive blue cabinet. Also I appreciate you taking all of your time for creating this blog. Off to link. Blessings from Missouri Amish Country, Paula Dean Wood

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  8. Such lovely ideas ... and such a lovely blog! I'm honored to have my Limoges plates included xo Thank you! karen

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  9. Beautiful ideas...thank you for including our "In Our Home...We are Family" Sign! Shared!

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