Friday, May 11, 2012

Remembering our good mothers

 I've read you cannot really understand a person unless you understand their mother.  I'm assuming they means a good mother; and to that I would agree.  For who among us with a good mother has not felt her loving influence in a thousand different ways throughout the years. 

When you're young she's busy teaching and preparing you with all the things you'll need when you go out into the world.  She takes the time to gently remind you to study, and always offers to lend a helping hand.  She watches every play, recital, choral, or other type performance you're involved in, and is quick to tell you how good you were  even when you know you were not.  Shots get taken, mumps are suffered, knees are bandaged, and a thousand other tasks are taken care of by Mom even before she puts that evening meal on the table.

Sundays have always been mini celebrations.  After church, a big spread would magically appear on the table - after all, you never knew who might drop by and mother wasn't about to turn anyone away.  She adopted this habit from her own mother - because it was always a sure thing that grandmother, a mother of 10, always had someone extra at her table, but no one was ever turned away.  It was little things you're taught along the way that make you gentle and caring today.

As we venture out on our own we're never left feeling alone.  No, we've been armed with self-confidence and determination from a woman who has these same traits.  She always has a moment during her busy day to call us just to say hello; she hurries to the post office just to send a greeting saying she cares.  And when we are together again, special moments are shared. 

She understands all about childbirth so we don't have to go through it clueless.  She's there to help you through labor and later dotes on her grandchild just as she did with you.  She's a chronic historian who has recorded every conceivable important moment you had, and doesn't hesitate to start this process all over for your child.  Yes, she is as determined in her job as grandmother as she is at being a mother.

 Yes, it's wonderful to revel in the joy of having a good mother.  There are writers, painters, and other artists who gain fame and notoriety with their beautiful works.  However, to me, motherhood is the most beautiful of all the arts, and the greatest of all professions.  Who else can exert such an influence long after she is gone by successfully raising good children who succeed and become those writers, painters, and artists of her tomorrow. Therefore, I guess you could say a mother's value is measured, in part, by how we learned her lessons, apply them and go out into the world and achieve. 


No I wasn't perfect, that's for sure.  I made mistakes and did a few things I wouldn't find appropriate to write home about, but hopefully I "recovered" early enough from my sometimes misspent youth to celebrate the beautiful woman I was fortunate enough to have as my mother.  The many things she did for me, the wisdom she shared, and all the times she was there when I needed her are well remembered.  It helps me to know deep down how much she really cared.

I make no judgements here, but only say kindly if you have the opportunity and feel you had such a good mother, be sure to embrace that, visit her, and give her a simple I love you if that is possible.  Or pick up the phone and let her know you think of her, too.  As we go speeding through the realities of every day life sometimes we become so busy we don't do these things; we reason she will know we love her and don't give it much thought.  But on
this one special day that good mother won't tell you this, but she's secretly listening for your footsteps at the door, or the phone to ring.  Give her some time, and if you are a lucky child of a good mother, I hope you will be delighted to find that time will become special to you, too.

And for those of us not fortunate enough to visit our mothers who have left us, maybe we can sit down during her special day and take time to remember the Mother's Days we were able to share.  It is a good time to get out that scrapbook or letters and cards left behind and revel in the experience that goes silently and beautifully with us every day of our lives.  And resolve to remember her legacy, and to continue to be a person who makes it clear to the world that your mother was a success.

Yes, I do wax nostalgically sometimes as this special time comes around, but I think that's only natural.  I know some of our shop owners did as well as they prepared to present their special cards to all the good mothers and good people in general who make up our audience.  We hope you will enjoy our presentation, and will have a beautiful Mother's Day in your own way.

This adorable spring sheath is just in time as a lovely gift for your favorite mom for Mother's Day. It has been designed by Karen Daniel of Xxtra Fashionable  for the 16" diva in your life. The dress is fully lined with a back placket closure with 3 snaps. The matching belt has a tiny silver buckle to close. The natural sinamy wide brimmed hat also has a matching hat band. The hat features 3 red satin ribbon roses, 2 feathers, a white pearl heart to show how much you love her, and a few wraps of red ribbon to top it off. A visit to Karen's shop is a treat!   

For my tribute to my Mom this Mother’s Day, I have an outfit entitled “Knitting Lesson.”  I recently took up knitting, a craft my Mom has been enjoying for many years. To make this cardigan, I took a lesson from my Mom on how to create the cable pattern, which is used on the front sections of the sweater.  The sweater is constructed of a soft, pale pink acrylic yarn.  I have paired the cardigan with a skirt and head band that are constructed from a fabric with an all over tiny floral print in various shades of pink. Be sure to see all the pictures of Denise's Mother's Day tribute at her shop, Deni Doll Designs on CDS' Main Street. 

This is a perfect suit for the perfect day for this "Iconic Mom."  She's elegant in this smart suit made in a silver pink suiting fabric that is fully lined. The jacket is closed in the front with snaps closures and pink tiny clear buttons. The straight skirt is cut on the grain, and closes like the jacket. Her felt purse is enchanced with beads, and a necklace and earrings complete this ensemble.  The entire set by Rozy Bazile can be seen in her shop, Atelier de Rosy. 

  Mother's Day is also celebrated by Mother Nature in her own way, with her adoring little creatures by her side. In celebration of all our Mothers, Gayle Chavez created this OOAK  for the SD size doll.  It includes lace, embroidery and a lined bustier, Taffeta crinkle skirt with attached tulle slip is looking sharp.  Sleeves are removable, and what Mother would not enjoy a pair of lace trimmed bloomers? Oohlalaz wishes A Happy Mother's Day to all you lovelies.

Wouldn't  your Mother just  love receiving this dupioni silk coverlet with beaded trim along with a large pillow and neck roll.  Bed and accessories are not included.   This set is custom made to fit your bed, and  more pillows can be made to your specifications.  Happy Mothers Day from  Anna Castanes, Somethings Old, Somethings New

Lierre, a MSD size ball jointed doll (BJD) by JakzJewelz, is modeling a pale yellow eyelet dress with an attached ruffled petticoat designed and made by Connie Casteel specifically to grace her Mother's Day Card.  Completing the ensemble are stockings, bloomers and a delightful bonnet.  This ensemble will fit other MSD dolls with a body size similar to the Volks MSD body. You'll want to visit Sweet Creations to check out all the fashions available there - there's usually a nice inventory.

New at Facets!  Wigs in a tiny size 3 for the tiny sweetheart Amelia Thimble.  Currently we have 10 styles of synthetic mohair custom manufacturer, and each one comes in from 3 to 5 different colors.  They are economical and look so sweet that you'll want to treat your Mom (or yourself) with several for this sweet little doll.  Be fickle - collect blonde, brunette and a  red head - your Amelia will thank you for it.  Visit Marcia's great shop, chock full of special doll items, today.

Hot off the presses is the Regency pattern for several dolls including Ellowyne, Tyler, Evangeline resin and
 vinyl, and for the 58cm Bjd SD dolls. Here's what Ellowyne thought about it when I caught up with her recently.  Ellowyne said, "I feel like I'm channeling the influence of the 1800’s in my new, delicate regency gown made from the latest  Designs by Jude pattern.  This is really a unique new offering from Tamara Casey, complete with a low squared neckline, gathered bodice and small puffed sleeves. This dress has a soft overlay and separate skirt, and I love it.  I'll bet your special Ellowyne or other darling doll would, too.  Evangeline automatically comes to mind - she loves wispy wonders like this one.  Walk, don't run, to Designs by Jude!" 

Gene looks great in this two piece hand-knit outfit. Both pieces are made with pearl cotton. The halter top chevrons to the center with alternating cables and ribs, and the skirt has a diamond knit pattern.  The halter is a new, original design from Two Cats Designs' owner,  Carl Wichman and a little bird whispered to me that he plans on having the pattern available soon.   This fresh design will fit Gene, Ellowyne, and Tyler sizec dolls. The hip, saavy Mom would look great going out in this summery outfit!  

Mother’s Day should include some time for Mom to enjoy a little R&R. What better way than for Mom to watch some TV while relaxing on this modern chaise? This delightful furniture piece is covered in red dupioni silk, and has an attached head pillow. Measuring approximately 12” long, 9” tall, and 4.5” wide it is the perfect fit for your 1:6 scale fashion doll.  This chaise and the other fine furniture at JC Dream Designs are all designed and manufactured by John Prewitt.  You'll want to  stop by and see a full set of pictures of this chaise as well as his art prints and other items ideal for decorating your dioramas.

Okay, my lovelies, we hope you've  enjoyed our cards, and you'll enjoy a special Mother's Day.  We'll have no more presentations on our blog now till mid-June but, of course, all the shops of CDS will be open just as they are year-round.  

We are going to convention, working on our inventory, sprucing up our shops, welcoming new members, and preparing a HUGE presentation you won't want to miss.  Let's just say you'll be under our spell when we cast out our next group of fashions for your viewing (and buying) pleasure. 

You'll want to mark your calendars, join our first to know group, become a follower of this blog, or do anything necessary to remember to join us then - our next Happening is a must see!!   And don't forget to check out your fave shops this weekend.  I 've heard a rumor there are more new fashions available at CDS that you haven't seen here!

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