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Mother's Day Handmade Gift Ideas



Although celebrations to honor motherhood have occurred throughout the world for thousands of years, Mother's Day is a relatively new holiday in the United States and many other countries. The Greeks honored Cybele, who was originally an even older Anatolian mother goddess, starting somewhere in the 6th century BCE.  The Romans stole the worship of Cybele to hold their own festival of Hilaria Matris Deum.  It was held the day after the vernal equinox, when days are finally longer than nights, to much rejoicing and competitive games to honor "the mother of the gods".   In the lands of the Celts, the goddess Brigid (and later her Christianized successor, St. Brigid) was honored with a spring Mother's Day just about the time ewes gave their first milk.


Handmade Mother's Day card with purple flowers by Lisa of Cards by Li Be!


The first unofficial service in the U.S. honoring mothers was held at St. Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908, pioneered by Anna Jarvis in memory of her mother who had died in 1905.  The first Congressional bill to officially establish a Mother's Day was killed in 1908.  However, by 1909, Mother's Day services were held in 46 states plus Canada and Mexico.  Anna Jarvis kept lobbying for the holiday and in 1912, West Virginia became the first state to adopt an official Mother's Day.  A joint resolution was passed in 1914 by Congress and President Wilson signed it to establish a holiday emphasizing women's roles in the family.


"Contemplation in Blue" handmade dichroic glass fused glass pendant by Jo of Umeboshi


By 1920, however, Anna Jarvis was becoming increasingly outspoken about the rampant commercialization of Mother's Day, wanting the it to be a day of sentiment and not of profit.  She opposed the selling of flowers and the use of greeting cards, "a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write".   She sued the Governor of New York and criticized Eleanor Roosevelt about their handling of Mother's Day activities.  Sadly, Anna Jarvis never had children, and died blind and penniless.  She is buried next to her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.  


Knit pink raspberry lace soft wrap handmade by Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy 


Despite the sad end story of Anna Jarvis, many countries adopted her holiday and it is now celebrated through most of the world, usually in the spring.  The tradition has grown to where usually a gift or card is given to mothers, grandmothers or other maternal figures.  In the United States, according to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year to eat out.  


Adult tibal fringe moccasins in elk skin leather with hard soles handmade by Carmon of Wooleycreek Tribal Jewelry


With all that in mind, I decided to share a few Mother's Day items from artist friends here on Indiemade, handmade items that any Mother, Grandmother or loved one will treasure:


Two strand carved bone and shell ethnic necklace handmade by Anna of Anna's Faire


Copper rose crosses, purple lampwork and light amethyst Swarovski crystals handmade artisan earrings by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs


Handstamped thank you greeting card with pink blossoming tree handmade by Lisa of Cards by Li Be!

"Brilliant Sunset" round dichroic glass post earrings handmade by Jo of Umeboshi


Amethyst, purple and lavender beaded rope bracelet with copper handmade by Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy


Tribal style turquoise and rose beaded chandelier earrings handmade by Carmon of Wooleycreek Tribal Jewelry


Ancient totem inspired white Hetian jade phoenix pendant necklace handmade by Anna of Anna's Faire


Pink and green candy jade necklace with sterling silver handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs


Thank you for taking a look through these beautiful gift ideas for Mother's Day.  Please visit the artists' shops for more ideas that will make that perfect gift that will be treasured for a log time.  


Thank you for stopping by and browsing.  If you would love to make my day and the day of the artists featured in a post, please leave a comment.  And any promotion on social media sites is GREATLY appreciated.


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Great Gift Ideas!

Thank you for sharing your Mother's Day gift finds! There is so much to choose from here!

Thank you, Jo!

Am so glad you like the post, Jo! I agree about all the lovely items !

I learned a lot!

I always learn something new from your blogs, but everything in this blog was new to me! I had never linked Mother's Day to the worship of Cybele and other Mother Goddesses ;) But if there ever was an earth mother, it was mine!

Thank you, Catherine. I already know how to share, thank goodness. I found a lot of information from the Indiemade Handbook and now things are coming along. Even my Google Analytics is working so far and that was the most complicated thing I encountered here on Indiemade. I joined the groups on FB. Thanks for telling me about them.

Thank you, Anna!

Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Anna. I'm thrilled that things are really taking shape for you now. Which means there will be more for me to share as the blog post come out (hopefully weekly). Glad you joined the groups - lots of good info there!

Wonderful blog

Thank you so much for sharing such great items for this latest Mothers Day blog. It's great to see the familiar faces here on IndieMade. Much appreciation for the history about Mother's Day and for including a couple of my cards.


Thank you, Lisa!

Yes, LOTS of familiar faces, and, it seems more showing up all the time. Mary Beth just unveiled her shop (: Many thanks for topping by and leaving a comment. Hope you are having a great time in Wine Country!

An interesting history

I enjoyed reading this brief history of Mother's Day. Lots of wonderful items for moms here, too! Wishing you all success on Indiemade!

Glad you enjoyed it!

Thank you so much, Debbie. Glad you enjoyed the post. You probably are like me and enjoy reading about the history of various things, how they came to be. Thank you so much for the kind comment!

Love the history lessons!

I always love reading your posts, Catherine. You manage to find the most interesting history lessons.

Thank you, Michelle!

I appreciate your kind comment, Michelle. Sometimes what starts out to be a simple post, takes a life of its own and hours later I finally get finished - LOL!

Great Post

Amazing post as always and amazing items featured!!!

Thank you, Jennifer!

I agree about the amazing items featured (: Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Jennifer.

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