Uncommon Goods for Mother’s Day

I just got the latest Uncommon Goods catalog in the mail, and – as always – there are some perfectly delightful gift ideas for Mother’s Day that I couldn’t help but share.

A few of my favorites:

Glass Memory Locket
This glass pendant is ready for you to fill. You can show faces on both sides of the frame. Or you can let your creativity go crazy, with a tiny collage of photos, keepsakes, and objects. You can change the goodies inside as often as you like. Try love notes, quotes, prayers, drawings, sand sea shells, wildflowers, whatever you want. The closure is magnetic.

Custom-Made Family & Friends Platter
This platter builds an already-beautiful earthenware ceramic into a touching centerpiece. Choose up to 20 names to display (or 20 words of your choice). The center name in the middle can be up to 10 characters. Your piece will be handmade and handpainted by Sheree Burlington in New Hampshire. (As you can imagine, this one takes some extra time. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery, so this one won’t be ready in time for this Mother’s Day). Still we think it’s gorgeous.

Okay, one more:


Renewal Tree Globes
Six inches in diameter, these gorgeous globes are hand-blown in Canada from glass artist Stephen Kitras. You’ll delight at the inner trunk and branches and the vibrant colors in the tree’s canopy will catch light and cast color into the room.

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Aprons from Anthropologie

anthropologie apron

Ever since I saw those mother-daughter aprons from Uncommon Goods, I’ve been on an apron kick.

Have you seen the Apron Collection at Anthropologie?

There are so many stylish designs – all so very flirty and feminine – but this one (The Lady’s Apron) is my favorite.

A Brief History of Mother’s Day

As you can imagine, cultures have been celebrating mothers since way before the Hallmark card. There has been evidence of some form of celebration of mothers going back to ancient Egypt. This culture honored the goddess Isis as the mother of the Pharoahs.

Mothering Day was a common celebration held during the Middle Ages and was celebrated at the end of the Lenten season, but this day was more to celebrate the Mother Church than the congregants. Mothering Day soon gave way to Mother’s Day in a form that is similar to what is celebrated today.

In the United States, the modern concept of Mother’s Day was started by Julia Ward Howe. Julia wanted mothers who had lost their sons during the Civil War to stand up and celebrate peace and motherhood. While there were some people who followed Howe, the celebration was more regional than national and was quickly forgotten.

Anna M. Jarvis, however, took up the cause of creating a national Mother’s Day to honor her mother who had passed away. What began in 1908 as a celebration of motherhood in Jarvis’ local church soon spread across the country, and was copied in countries around the world.

By 1914 there was so much support for the holiday that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in March as the newest national holiday – Mother’s Day.

Today Mother’s Day is celebrated in countries around the world at various times of the year, but many countries do celebrate during the month of May.

The traditions may vary from country to country but the concept is the same – to honor mothers and their influences in the lives of those around them.

Here are more Mother’s Day Articles and Ideas from Momscape:

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Mother’s Day Traditions
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Top Ten
Mother’s Day Gift Baskets
History of Mother’s Day
50 Best Mom Quotes

Mother’s Day Crafts for Toddlers

Choose a sunny spring day and get outside to create some crafts for the moms, grandmothers and other special women in your life. Your recipients will get some treasured keepsakes and you’ll get some meaningful moments with your toddlers.

Here are some simple and inexpensive Mother’s Day craft ideas, perfect for young kids:

Make paper flowers. Help your toddler make flowers from paper hearts that may be left over from Valentine’s Day. If you don’t have leftover hearts, you can help them cut out paper hearts from Mom’s favorite color. Arrange three to five hearts with the points at the center. Thread floral wire through the points and then twist the wires together to create the stem. Glue a large button or beads onto the hearts as the center of the flower. Your toddler can also create leaves by cutting them out of paper and gluing them to the stem. Place the flowers in a vase and set it on Mom’s tray for breakfast in bed.

Decorate T-shirts or tote bags – Purchase a pastel t-shirt or tote bag for Mom. Then, using paint specialized for fabric, let your children place their hands into the paint and press them into the fabric. Be sure to write down the child’s name and age on their handprint. You can also write the date on the t-shirt so Mom can see how the children have grown over the years.

Make a vintage label purse – Start with a plain wooden box, which you can find at most craft stores. Take labels, photos, drawings and messages, printouts – anything that represents the things that mom loves most – and decoupage them onto the cigar box. (Be sure that an adult paints shellac over the labels to protect them and keep them from coming off).

Make a simple birdhouse – There are many Moms who love to watch birds in their yard. Make a rustic bird house using a plain wooden birdhouse and then gluing twigs and moss onto it. You can also add other found items from your yard to make it look rustic. Hang the birdhouse where it can be seen from a window.

Make stepping stones for her flower garden - Help your toddler make stepping stones with a kit or small bags of concrete. Make the stepping stones in aluminum pie tins or plastic pails. Your toddler will have fun adding found items, glass beads or silk flowers to decorate the stepping stone. Don’t forget to write the child’s name, age and date in the concrete.

Make a coupon book - This is one of the easiest crafts your toddler can make. Cut a few sheets of paper in thirds and help them think of things to put on the coupons:  “One hour uninterrupted bubble bath,” “Clean up my room by myself” or “A flower garden bouquet.” Let your child think of fun things to use for the coupons. Your toddler will love decorating and illustrating the coupons, too.

Make promise plates - This is a creative alternative to the coupon book. You’ll need a couple of paper plates, some crayons or markers, a hole puncher, colored ribbon, and glue. Fold one paper plate and cut it in half. Let the children decorate the half of the plate how they like. Line up the decorated half and the whole plate and punch holes around the plates about an inch apart. Thread the ribbon through the plates leaving enough ribbon to make a bow at the top. Let the children think of ways to help Mom around the house and write them down on index cards. Put the cards that have been written on into the pocket created with the two plates and be sure to write “Mom” on the front.

And here’s a nice craft for slightly older kids. (No matter what the ages, you’ll want to exercise caution with these kinds of paints.)

Fingerprint Flower Vase

Kids love to pluck wildflowers, dandelions, even grasses and share a handful with mom or grandma. Here’s an easy vase they can make to hold their treasures.

You’ll need an empty jar and enamel paints, plus some newspapers to make your clean-up easier. Better yet, do this craft outside on a sunny day.

* Start with clean and dry glass jars. It doesn’t matter which type of jar is used as long as the label has been completely removed. You can also use glass vases.

* Read all of the instructions on the back of the enamel paint bottle so you know how it should be used.

* Instruct your kids to hold the jar by the mouth so she doesn’t accidentally touch the paint while its wet.

* Let the children choose a color. They can dip their fingers into the paint and decorate the jar or vase by making flowers with their fingerprints.

* Your child can make any number of flowers on the vase. How they decorate the jar/vase is entirely up to them.

* After they’ve made a circle of fingerprint flowers, they can go back with a contrasting color to make the center of the flowers.

* Follow the directions on the paint to let the paint dry. If this includes baking it in the oven, an adult would need to handle it. Drying time may mean allowing it to air dry before using it for the first time.

If you’re uncomfortable using enamel paints for this craft, you can use acrylic paints instead. The flowers will wash off, however, unless the project is protected by an acrylic sealer.

When the paint is dry, fill your new flower fingerprint vase with water and flowers.

More Mother’s Day ideas from Momscape:

Top Mother’s Day Quotes

Scrapbooking Ideas

How to Make Paper Flowers
Three easy paper flower crafting projects, just right for young kids and customizable for older kids and adults.

Mother’s Day Traditions
10 Memorable Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Gift Baskets
Great theme ideas to get you started on quick, inexpensive gift baskets for the moms in your life.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Coupons