One of the things you love about Mom is her discerning nature. And it’s quite charming that, when she sees something she wants, she goes out and gets it. When a holiday rolls around, however, the mom who has seen it all (or maybe even has it all) creates a conundrum. How can you show your appreciation for her with a gift she’ll actually appreciate? We say, go thoughtful or go home. Whether it’s a personalized sign or an in-sync set of lamps, a unique present that comes from the heart means so much more than anything she’s found so far. Behold, our picks for a picky woman.
Succulents and smiles abound in Rhonda Dudek’s radiant Providence, Rhode Island studio. Located in PVD’s West End, where creatives have transformed shuttered mills and factories into workspace lofts, Rhonda designs and assembles her nature-inspired jewelry (when she’s not traveling the country). Vintage US National Park postcards adorn a wall above an antique mail cabinet speaking to her wanderlust and goal to see all 59 of our national treasures (so far she’s been to six!).
A North Carolina native, Rhonda first came to the 50th biggest state in the nation to attend the Rhode Island School of Design. She returned to NC after school, settling in Asheville to grow her Figs & Ginger line of jewelry when she caught the attention of UncommonGoods. Ten years later, she’s back in Rhode Island finding inspiration in Providence’s historic College Hill neighborhood. The studio’s enormous windows look out on downtown Providence where the iconic “Superman Building” leaps out from the small city’s skyline. Rhonda sees the city’s history as a manufacturing center of costume jewelry as motivation to continue growing her woman-owned independent business.
I met Rhonda in her studio on one of those late winter days where a cloudless sky and bright sun give hope to the promise that springtime is just around the corner. She reflected all of that and more with an enthusiasm to match her loving and whimsical creations. Check out our conversation below to discover one of Lil Rhody’s biggest talents.
She’s the woman who gave you everything, so what could you possibly give her? You’ve done flowers, you’ve done brunch. You’ve probably even done something handmade (macaroni necklace, anyone?). This year, we’re offering you the chance to stop repeating yourself. We’ve gathered 20 goods that are new to our site since last Mother’s Day, so you can share your love differently than you ever have before. (And if you have a sibling gift rivalry going on, you’ll be sure to win Most Original Child.) Read on for our best and brightest gifts celebrating Mom!
In preparation for Mother’s Day, we teamed up with our friends at Mental_Floss to collect your most wow-worthy #Momisms, from the hilarious and sometimes embarrassing “I can’t believe she just said that” mom texts, to the heartwarming times when mom really did know best.
We expected to find zany witticisms and sage advice from moms and grandmas, but we had no idea we’d get so many great entries–making it pretty hard to pick just two winners.
We had a great time giggling over the witty, sassy, creative, and insightful ideas that moms and grandmas can conjure up. We couldn’t stand the thought of not sharing the joy from this contest, so before we get our #Momisms winners, we’ve rounded up our favorite quips and quotes for you to enjoy!
The next Instagram Challenge theme is MOTHER’S DAY. Over the past few weeks, we’ve collected your favorite #Momisms, rounded up creative finds for every mode of mom, and even whipped up a DIY project that will show mom that you’re not too old to make something she’ll be proud to hang on her fridge! Now all that’s left to do is celebrate.
Procrastination is rarely rewarded, but guess what, undecided gift-buyers: you’re in luck. Our spectacular selection of last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas means you don’t have to suffer from eleventh-hour anxiety. Pounce on a great present now, and you’ll make the May 8 date with time to spare. Continue Reading…
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve outgrown your macaroni art years. Maybe you already picked up the perfect Mother’s Day present, or maybe you’re still on the lookout for a creative gift for mom, but just because you aren’t sitting down to handcraft a gift masterpiece doesn’t mean you can’t include a little something handmade. Print off our template and follow the simple instructions below for a DIY Mother’s Day card and show mom that you’re not too old to whip up something she’ll be proud to hang on her fridge!
My Grandma Hannah was the first person to introduce me to palindromes, words that read the same backward and forward. Her name, with its impeccable symmetry and simple syllables, still wins as my favorite palindrome. “Mom” is another favorite, though for different reasons. Sure, it was one of the first words I uttered and it holds powerful meaning in my life. But what really tickles me is that the word “MOM” when written in all upper-case letters spells “WOW.”
How perfect is that? Seriously.