Being a mum

A Warm Welcome and Mother's Day Musings

Helena HartComment

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If you haven’t already, then get this date in your diary, with an alert to remind you: Sunday 31st March.

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I cannot discuss Mother's Day without talking about the legend that is my Mum. As I have grown older, I've realised just how much she did for me and my brothers as children, and in fact how much she continues to do for me and her grandchildren now.  She really is remarkable. Dealing with everything that life throws at you as a mum is tough. I remember thinking how uncool my mum was compared to my friend's mum, but now I know how misguided I was, although whether I forgive her for not letting me go to the Monday night disco at The Roxy, is another story entirely... I do often think that you don't realise how much actually goes on behind the scenes as a parent until you become one. Then YOU KNOW....

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A little bit of history...

I was surprised to find that the origins of Mother's Day can be found in ancient Greek and Roman times! Yes, you heard it right! An annual spring festival was dedicated to the maternal goddesses of Greek mythology and the Roman's had a festival dedicated to Cybele, who was the mother of the Gods. Wow!

Traditionally, it was a day when children were given the day off to visit their family. It was felt that is was important for folk to return to their 'mother church' once a year. This became an occasion for family reunions, as it was common practice for children as young as 10 to have already left the home to work away. Now, I have a 10 year old and blimey, this sends absolute shivers down my spine, although, he can now make me a pretty fabulous cup of tea... Anyway, I digress...as the children walked home along the country lanes they would collect wild flowers and give them to their mothers as gifts.

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As a mum myself of two, cough cough, wonderful boys, I have to say that the best Mother's Day gifts I have received over the years, are of course the handmade ones. The ones where the glitter is falling off the paper, and the picture of me with an extra big nose and rather large butt, oh hang on.... ...you know a girl can really get a complex....But, always a beaming smile and the I love you, that's written in their uniquely beautiful handwriting. You just can't beat it! As you get older, life gets in the way and it becomes increasingly difficult to take time out to make a special gift, and that's what we're all about at Harty's - creating special, handmade, quirky items that are personal and made with love that will be treasured for a lifetime. Perfect gifts for your Mum.  We have a Mother's Day section in our online store, for inspiration. But in the meantime here are our Top 3 most popular products to recommend to you…


Our Top 3 Mother's Day Gifts

3.) I am really made up to say that in third place is a new product - our Wine Bottle Caddy that comes complete with Mum engravingThis is a fabulous way to present your Mum's favourite Wine, Gin, Prosecco.... 

What I love about these is that they have been handmade in the traditional way. No unsightly metal screws to see here! These can be personalised further with a name or small quote down the side. 

Simple yet beautifully effective, and at only £20 what more could a girl want?

2.) In second place is our beautifully crafted Bath Caddy. What more could your mum want than to relax in a hot bubble bath with candles, Netflix and her favourite tipple? Surely nothing! 

I have to admit, when we first had thee idea of making these, I was skeptical, but oh my goodness it's the best thing ever! I absolutely adore it now. I highly recommend one of these bad boys to revolutionise bath time and turn it into a proper relaxing pamper session. 

Only £20 and they can be personalised too!

1.) FIRST PLACE goes to our very popular Solid Oak Gin Board. These were in our top Christmas gifts and have kept their popularity and I can see why. They are such beautiful boards and no single one is alike, due to the uniqueness of the oak. 

What I absolutely love about these boards ...apart from the impending gin... is the fact that the oak will mature and darken gradually, over time. They are simply beautiful.  They come complete with Gin O’Clock engraving, and can also be personalised to make it that extra bit special just for your Mum. 

At only £25 it's a no-brainer for me. Team up with her favourite gin and it's an absolute winner.

Well that's me all waffled out! Thank you so much for reading.

As a daughter and mum, I truly wish you all an absolutely wonderful day on the 31st March, filled with love, laughter and family. There's truly nothing better is there?


So enough of me, over to you guys…..

What are your best Mum memories?

Helena xx

Harty’s products have been featured in the following fabulous gift guides and reviews:

Whimsical Mumblings - Mother’s Day Gift Guide - Harty’s Solid Iroko Stash Tray

SarahTrademark Review - Harty’s Meranti Large Photo Holder

RawChildhood Mother’s Day Gift Ideas - Harty’s Meranti Large Photo Holder