Mother's Day is May 9. Are you ready? Here's a sampling of Long Island-based handmade artists with great gift ideas (and even a few deals) to help you get ready for Mom's big day.
Sometimes a photo can evoke more than anyone can put into words. Pick up a few prints for Mom and pretty up her home with handmade art. Pictured above, red poppies photographed by Christina Kneer. Cost: $10.
Meet the artist: "I love to shoot things you find in nature as well as everyday items and turning them into art!" -- Christina Kneer, owner of Christina Kneer Fine Art Photography in Deer Park.
Her deal: Buy any 8x10 print and receive a second 5x7 print free!
Visit her shop: cdkneer.etsy.com
Pour your Mom a warm cup of tea or coffee in a beautiful handmade mug. This is strictly for the serious drinker as each mug can hold a whopping 23 ounces. Cost: $50 for two mugs.
Meet the artist: "My name is Jill and I'm a potter, mother, writer, and distracted academic willing to argue at length that the glass is indeed half full." -- Jill Fine, owner of Glazed Over in Sayville.
Visit her shop: GlazedOver.etsy.com
Jewelry is always a good bet for Mother's Day. This time, get her something pretty that makes her feel lucky... a horseshoe charm will do the trick. Cost: $24.
Meet the artist: "When I first started making things for friends and family I would sign the bottom or back "Love, Erica." After doing this a few times, the name stuck to my art!" -- Erica Fkiaras, owner of Love Erica in Farmingdale.
Her deal: Erica is having a spring cleaning sale, so pop on over and buy her lovely creations for less. Or mention "Newsday" in the "note to seller" while you're checking out and get a 15% discount.
Visit her shop: LoveErica.etsy.com
Got a crafty mama? Get her what she really wants for Mother's Day ... a skein of handspun yarn in a rainbow of gorgeous colors. Don't worry, she'll know what to do with it. Get handspun yarn at $24 and up.
Meet the artist: "I love all things fiber - I love to touch it, spin it and knit it - I honestly can't get enough!" -- Debbie Johnson, owner of Hampton Artistic Yarns in East Quogue, NY. Debbie said fiber lovers can find her selling at the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fest at the Hallockville Museum Farm on May 22nd.
Her deal: Get 10% off all orders over $10 (not applicable toward shipping charges) from now through Sunday, May 9th. Buyers should add the coupon code "Mom2010" in the 'Messages to Seller' box at checkout to receive their Paypal refund.
Visit her shop: HamptonArtisticYarns.etsy.com
Get your mother flowers that will last long after the holiday has come and gone. This original watercolor entitled "Cosmic Joy" is just right for gift-giving. Cost: $15.
Meet the artist: "I'm a self-taught artist who has always had a great appreciation for color and nature. I discovered my passion for painting about 15 years ago, and haven’t been able to stop since! Many of my paintings are based on my original photographs." - Debbie Prestom-Nyhus, owner of Lighthearted Dreamer's in Levittown.
My mom always said "don't play with your food," but this "play food" set of beet slices is too cute for words. OK, I have to admit ... this is really a gift for the kids in your life. However, I think it may encourage your munchkins to eat their veggies and isn't that something a mom would love? Cost: $5.
Meet the artists: "I love colors and textures and find fabrics, yarns, and threads exciting to work with and of course let’s not forget felt. I’m also very fond of embellishments and love using ribbons, buttons and various trims whenever possible, but lace is my favorite." - Terry Buckley, co-owner of Yummy Felts alongside her daughter Michelle Marckesano in East Meadow.
Visit her shop: YummyFelts.etsy.com
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