Of all the special people in your life, your mom is No. 1. Show her how much you care this Mother’s Day by giving her the gift that gives back! We’ll help you find the right magazine subscription for every type of mom—as unique as she is!
Oh the joy that fills my heart every time I make a new crafty friend. It is like opening up a present on Christmas day as we share our different interests and what we can teach each other.
Just today I made a wonderful new friend and we delighted in our shared love for all things creative.
What is striking to me is what a journey creativity is and the common connections of creativity to family and heritage.
She mentioned her lifetime of crafting was a direct result of her mother living through The Great Depression and I instantly and longingly thought of my Grandmother. I related to my friend because my Grandmother was a woman that made the most out of everything.
My Grandmother and my Mother are the seeds of my ever-growing love for crafting. I have often thought every time I see the term “up-cycled” that it really just describes what my Grandmother did all along.
On my way home, I thought more and more about my Grandmother and all the things she made throughout my life and how much I treasure them. There was never anything incredibly fancy and she often made them from remnants, as was her way, but I absolutely cherish anything she touched. The quilt is probably my favorite of these creations. Each one has such a beautiful story.
My favorite one is comprised of what I believe to be a potpourri of remnants and the base of it is a pink I’ve never really cared for, but it is the warmest and softest blanket I’ve ever owned. It is tattered and the filling is starting to spill out here and there, but it is a work of art in my eyes. She never needed all the supplies I convince myself I have to have to be creative. She took what was available because she had to, and she made it into something useful and magical.
Need fueled her creativity and her craft and the result has been these heirlooms I can’t imagine ever parting with. It is more than a quilt, but it is actually a warm and constant reminder of her love. It is hand-sewn and I can’t tell you how often I’ve stared at the stitches, some uneven, and pictured her soft and sweet hands gliding through the fabric.
In her thrifty nature, my Grandmother also considered an alternate use for everything before disposing of it. I will never forget the amusing search for the real butter container in her refrigerator because there were always at least four impostors on the scene. As much as I used to sigh as I opened lid upon lid seeking the real butter, yesterday I found myself cleaning out a butter container and storing it with a smile in our cabinet.
Her lessons live on in me and I’m always so full of gratitude when I recognize a piece of her wisdom setting up shop in my life. She was a woman who was so worthy of imitation and I hope my life can resemble hers in even a small way. I am looking forward to making my first quilt one day and I hope my new friend can teach me how. I think I’ll start saving scraps for it now and I’ll think of Louise as I make it.
When I was a kid and would go back-to-school shopping with my mother and grandmother, I would always find something I just had to have—a new skirt, a great shirt, maybe a dress. My “please, please!” often received a “we can make that at home for much less” reply.
So Mom and Gran started teaching me to sew when I was in junior high. Skirts, Christmas stockings and ornaments, stuffed animals—I was good at it, but didn’t love it back then.
But what I did appreciate about it was the Sunday afternoons, when after a full home-cooked lunch, Mom, Gran and I would spend time together in the craft room—no TVs, no computers, no distractions.
We’d pick out fabric, sift through a huge bucket of buttons trying to find just the right one and always end up laughing about something.
About a year ago, I took up sewing again after a multi-year hiatus. And now I love it! Mom and I enjoy shopping for beautiful fabric together and taking classes at a cute little local shop here in Austin, Texas. I jump at any chance to sew with her. Why?
- It’s quality time together. Just like those Sunday afternoons back in junior high, spending time with Mom and a sewing machine is excellent time together. We laugh and learn and encourage each other along the way.
- It’s a stress reliever. Studies show that participating in a hobby can be a good stress reliever. It can take your mind off of the day’s worries and challenges, and the end product can feel like a victory.
- It’s good for the mind. We all keep hearing about the importance of keeping our minds active and healthy, which in turn keeps them young. Engaging in a hobby such as sewing keeps our minds and hands active.
You buy chocolates or a card for Mom on Mother’s Day every year, but do you know about how today’s maternal holiday actually began?
Every year around this time people across the country step into the card aisle or pop into the local florist to find just the right arrangement to say “I love you” to one very special woman. I’ve always taken part in Mother’s Day as a daughter thinking up some way to celebrate Mom. But this year, with my first little one due to make an appearance here pretty soon, I started wondering about the history of this holiday (and no — for the skeptics among us — it did not originate with Hallmark).
According to History.com, Mother’s Day is actually celebrated in countries across the world, though not every country celebrates it on the same day. Called “Mothering Sunday” in England during the Middle Ages, the holiday used to be observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent leading up to Easter. In the Middle Ages, people commonly worked as servants of some kind in the households of others, so Mothering Sunday gave them a chance to take a day off to go home and visit their own families.
While the true origins of Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greece, where people would celebrate the mother of the gods, the modern American holiday didn’t really begin until 1907. On May 12 of that year, Philadelphia native Anna Jarvis put on a memorial service at the church of her late mother in West Virginia, honoring the mothers in the congregation with white carnations.
That act sparked a movement that had people across the country observing the holiday within five years. Jarvis’ own mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, had been a social activist who worked tirelessly during the Civil War to ensure health and safety for workers, and she also did a good bit to unite mothers around the ideas of pacifism and social justice.
After holding the memorial service for her mother, Jarvis set out to make Mother’s Day an official holiday. She saw her hard work pay off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson declared it a national holiday, but by 1920, Jarvis was so enraged by how commercialized the holiday had become that she began trying to abolish it. She and her sister went to great lengths and are said to have spent a good deal of their inheritance fighting and campaigning against what the holiday had evolved into.
What made her so angry about the Americanized Mother’s Day? Interestingly enough it was the fact that so many people were sending printed cards to their mothers.
While I have to admit I did get my mom a store-bought card this year, I’m thinking she won’t mind, especially as we think of creative ways to celebrate her and thank her for all she does. Happy Mother’s Day to mamas everywhere!
Stumped about what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? Magazine subscriptions outlast flowers and give her something to look forward to all year–and our deals make them a smart buy too.
There’s only four shopping days left before Mother’s Day—five if you really want to stretch it to the very last minute. Maybe you’ve gotten stuck trying to think of something Mom could use. Flowers are nice, but they don’t last forever.
Instead of getting the special lady in your life a one-time gift, think about getting her something she can look forward to throughout the year—like a magazine subscription to her favorite title or, better yet, one she loves but doesn’t dare splurge on.
Among the hundreds of Mother’s Day deals we’ve got, here are five of those titles with featured pricing that have Mom—and your budget—in mind. (She’d be so proud!)
1. Good Housekeeping: Everything Mom needs to make a house a home is within this magazine—home décor, cooking tips and recipes, and fashion and beauty (she’s got to take care of herself too). A one-year subscription is only $5.
2. Redbook: Just about any women’s magazine will at least touch on cooking, fitness and style, but this one takes it a step further. It regularly features stories about women who’ve overcome hardships, making it an inspiring must-read. A bargain at $5 for one year of issues.
3. Marie Claire: Today’s glamorous Mom will find all she needs to know about the latest in fashion trends, style and pop culture here. Not to mention the health and relationship advice, along with thoughtful essays on various social issues, making it a steal at $5 for 12 issues.
4. Crochet Today!: Creative Moms may spend their little downtime working with needlecraft, like crochet. For less than $10, you can get her a year’s worth of subscriptions packed with patterns for home décor, baby clothes and even some for herself.
5. Your Knitting Life: Whether Mom is a beginner or a little more advanced in her knitting skills, she’ll get something useful out of this magazine with ideas and how-to’s for her home, her family and herself. And at less than $10 for one year of issues, she’ll think it’s a smart buy too.
All $5 deals end on May 14, but you’ll have to act even faster to take advantage of the needlecraft title sales, which end tomorrow, May 10.
Our Moms do it all, it seems. From managing the household to juggling a career, the leading ladies of our lives can easily get lost in the shuffle of sacrificing their time for everyone else.
This Mother’s Day you can show Mom just how much you appreciate all those late nights of her helping with your homework, and taxiing you and your friends to school, ballgames and the mall by consulting this gift guide featuring books that celebrate one (or more) of her interests.
1. House Beautiful: Decorating With Books: If Mom is an avid reader, she’s likely got an overloaded bookshelf. Or maybe she has so big a collection, she can’t remember all of the titles in it. This interior design book will help her make the most of her pasttime, while turning it into an inviting aspect of her home.
2. Mamarazzi: Every Mom’s Guide to Photographing Kids: Try as they might, Moms have a hard time taking a break for themselves, so their hobbies often involve their little ones. Besides, what Mom doesn’t want to capture every second of her baby’s life? Written from a mother’s perspective, this book covers everything from basic to advanced cameras, as well as techniques for capturing those precious moments.
3. Better Homes and Gardens: Gardening Made Simple: Whether Mom has a green thumb—or simply aspires to—this all-encompassing how-to book covers tips for growing beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees, and even fruits, vegetables and herbs. Written for gardeners regardless of their skill level, this book features more than 65 step-by-step projects to help get her started.
4. Cooking Light: Comfort Food: Often, there’s no better comfort food than Mom’s, but these days it’s likely she wants to provide healthier meals for her family. This collection of more than 200 trimmed-down favorites like fried chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuits is sure to help her put something on the table she can feel good about serving the ones she loves.
5. Unmeasured Strength: Moms who know their love for their children knows no bounds will be inspired by Lauren Manning’s story of survival. Manning, who was working in the World Trade Center on 9/11, clung to the promise of seeing her son again, and she made it out alive. This book chronicles Manning’s decade-long transformation to overcome the effects of the terrorist attack and become a better wife and mother.