I think every one of us remembers moments from our childhood when we proudly presented our mothers with precious gifts made by our own two tiny hands. Gifts that were made of rocks, macaroni or brightly colored felt and construction paper. They were held together tightly, or not, with string, tape or glue ... or even better, a combination of all three. Glitter was optional, but we knew that if it sparkled, mom would probably love it even more!
We always knew that mom was special. Even in our young hearts and minds, we realized that it was hard work taking care of us. We were always eager to find our own special way to show her how much we loved her and appreciated every bedtime story read, every scraped knee bandaged and every wink of an eye accompanied by "don't tell your father, it will be our little secret". So, when we had the chance to sit down and glue some rocks together into a masterful objet de'art to adorn her dresser, string some macaroni together into an heirloom piece of jewelry to grace her neck or tape some construction paper into a new purse for her to carry, we eagerly seized the opportunity and put our hearts and souls into the creative process. What delight we felt when our gift was carefully opened and met with smiles, oooohs and ahhhhhs and a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Hearing mom say "I love it" and "it's perfect" was music to our little ears and seeing that gift being used, worn or placed somewhere for all the world to see had the power to instill true joy in our hearts.
Years later, my mother still has a special box hidden away somewhere, as well I'm sure as do countless other mothers around the globe. A box filled with all those childhood treasures. The string is now frayed and the glue and tape are yellowed and brittle, but even in pieces, she still cherishes those youthful tokens of my love and gratitude.
Fast-forward to adulthood and here we are again, with another Mother's Day approaching. The perfect day to relive that childhood magic of presenting mom with a gift she will cherish for years to come. Since each piece of handmade jewelry or artwork is one-of-a-kind ... just like mom ... I think it really is a fitting gift. A gift as unique and special as she is. Unlike mass-produced items, handmade items are created with love and joy by a real person's own two hands, much the same as the gifts you made for mom as a child. My mother always taught me to help others, and I'm sure your mother did too, and when you buy handmade art you are directly supporting the livelihood of an individual, not some faceless corporation. That would make mom happy, don't you think?
So you see, choosing handmade jewelry or some other piece of handmade art really is the perfect way to honor your mother on Mother's Day in much the same way you did as a child! And what could be more special and memorable than that?
** Susan O'Brien (SMO) is a guest author and an artisan showcased by Blue Hill Jewelry
Here's some of her beautiful crafts that you can find in our store: