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Because I Said So: Wisdom From Mom

May 9, 2010

by daniellexo handmade and vintage goods

I was raised by a strong, ingenious and resourceful single mom. My mother always encouraged me to live without boundaries and to barrel down any creative path in life I wanted. If it wasn’t for her strength, tenacity, and support, I wouldn’t have such a fulfilling and interesting life. (You can read more about my mom in the story I submitted to ScoutieGirl’s Kick the Door Down eZine.) I knew I wasn’t the only one who had their mother to thank for their success. I put a call out for stories from the Etsy community, describing how their mom, grandma, aunt, or mother-in-law played a part in their accomplishments. I received nearly 200 responses. Here are just a few. I’ve put together all of the stories in this downloadable PDF

Kristal of RikRak: “I am so lucky that my wonderful mom teaches me, by her fabulous example, how to be a creative problem solver, a great brainstormer, encourages me to create on a daily basis and always inspires me to be a thankful and appreciative soul. These are all attributes that have directly influenced my daily business growth.

“As we all know, running a little business single-handedly can be tough, grueling, hard work. Dealing with folks in all aspects of business can be rough, whether you’re a corporate giant or a new-to-Etsy seedling! 

“I always see kindness first in my mom. This gives me great perspective. I always try to keep that foremost in my work: in what i make for my shop, how I interact with my clients, my daily work blog posts, what I write in the social media cyberworld, how I (hopefully) react when things aren’t as I had thought/hoped/planned. It isn’t always easy, is it? But my mom’s grace amid tough times teaches me kindness is worth it!”


Big smiles, Kristal and her mother


Primelia of Monkeyontheroof: “My Grandma always said, ‘Everything can be worked out with kind words.’ I keep this thought in my head all the time when communicating with my customers. I answer every Convo promptly, keep an upbeat tone, thank every customer right off the top for visiting our shop, praise everyone who includes us in their Treasury and always leave feedback with a personal kind note.”


A family photo from Primelia


Kathy of KathyPanton: “My mum died from ovarian cancer nearly three years ago, but there are three words that she told me a few months before she died that resonate in my head: ‘You are strong.’ She said it with such gusto that I can still hear her saying it now. I hear her saying it whenever I am having trouble or lacking confidence in my Etsy business, as well as in life.”

Kathy and her mom, Marion


Ginna of vespertinecafe: “When I was at college for sculpture I had a difficult time figuring out what my art should be ‘about.’ So many of my friends were tackling social injustice, war, September 11, etc., but all of my work was just about nature, color, and form. I called my mom and explained that I was feeling my work lacked a purpose and her response has been a touchstone for me ever since. She said, ‘Does beauty need a reason?’ I went forward from that day more focused on craft because it allowed me to explore beauty and to realize what an important thing it is in the world right now. I now have my own brick and mortar store in my hometown where I sell my work as well as hers, my friends’, and other artists from my area, as well as some I’ve met on Etsy.”

Ginna and her mom in Venice

Tara of ScoutieGirlBlog: “Now, my mom isn’t a lawyer or a doctor or even an assistant with a steady job. She was a seamstress who worked from home and was her own boss (a luxury that was her own making). She learned to never accept ‘no’ — or ‘too busy’ — as an answer. I learned that I could have whatever I wanted and go wherever I wanted to go as long as I was creative about it. I learned that when you gave a lot you got a hell of a lot more back in return. I learned that if you embrace abundance, you’ll be more abundant than you can imagine!”


Tara with her mom, Rosanna

Robie of Parsimony: “My grandmother (now 93 and sewing for 86 years) has taught me that you never know if you can do something until you do it. She used to make wedding dresses and bridal party dresses back in the 1950s. As I was learning to sew and still insecure about my skills, I asked her how she knew she was ready to make a wedding dress. She replied, ‘By accepting the order.’ She created her first wedding dress trembling in fear, but made it perfectly, nonetheless. She went on to share with me that you never get better until you take on tasks higher than your current experience. It paid off for her and it has paid off for me. Thanks, MeMaw. I love you!”


Robie with her MeMaw Alma and Aunt Bonnie


Chrystal of Chrystalyn: “I’ve learned so many important lessons related to business from my mother. However, one of the most important is to not be afraid to do what others are not. It’s one thing to ride a wave or trend and know when and how to cash in, but I think some people’s ideas are just ahead of the game (as many of mine have been). If that is the case, don’t stop until you’re playing the game. Eventually, if there’s enough passion and perseverance, you will be successful.”


Photo of Chrystal and her mom, Melody

Melinda of Vintagefriends: “Lita, my mother, learned to dumpster dive at the Goodwill in 1957. I was two years old. It was soon obvious she had a natural gift for finding real treasures inside the thrift stores.

“Pushing my stroller with her right hand, she could walk down the aisles of clothes racks, letting the fingertips of her left hand feel the details. Silk? Wool? Cashmere? Linen? She was always right.

“Later in life, my mom became ill for a number of years, but every time we got together, we’d ‘hit the thrifts’ and have a marvelous time. She passed away two years ago, still young and still astonished by the miracle of life. I miss her so much, but she left me many of her old treasures.” 


Melinda and her mother, Lita


Char of delightdesignbiz: “My mother was the ultimate ‘work-at-home mompreneuer’ when we were growing up, back before it was cool to be such a thing. She started crafting in the early 1970s when my brothers and sister and I were still very little. I honestly can’t remember a time when she wasn’t crafting or making money with her talents. I know that she is the reason I’m able to stay at home with my three children, run a successful business, and homeschool, too! Her inspiration, encouragement, tenacity, work ethic… I can’t say thank you enough for those traits she passed on.

“My mother had plenty of advice, and I have learned so many lessons from her over the years, but I’d say the best advice is the  cliche, ‘Love what you do.’ It doesn’t feel like work when it’s fun, and you can get paid for it, too? Bonus!” (Char’s mom is Cheryl from Mycraftbooth). 



Char and her mom Cheryl in handmade pilgrim outfits! 



John of Roguepandaindustries: “The night before I left  for my semester of study in Cape Town, South Africa, my mother pulled me aside and gave me a two dollar bill. ‘What’s this for?’, I asked. ‘Fold it up real tight and stuff it way down deep in your wallet. That way wherever you go, you’ll never be broke,’ was her answer. This was coming from a woman who grew up dirt poor, a coal miner’s daughter in Latrobe, PA who worked her way through undergrad and med school. The lesson I learned from this is that you’re never so down and out that you can’t get back on your feet — but also, don’t think the high times will last forever.”           

John and his mother, Shirley Ann


Charan of creativewithclay: “When I was a kid my mom ran a boutique store in India specializing in clothes for brides and bridesmaids. She dragged me along whenever she needed help. I never really enjoyed doing the billing or taking orders for dyeing fabric, etc., but she told me to just do it and there will be something I will gain from it. What fascinated me was the color in fabric and helping people choose matching or contrasting colors for their outfits. I enjoyed helping them decide what embroidery designs to pick and working with tailors to give them new ideas and patterns.”


Photo of Charan with her mother


Sherry of SherryTruit: “My grandma, Sunna ,was my favorite person in the world. She was also the first person who realized how much I loved craft and nurtured it. I went to college to please my parents, but my grandmother always told me to ‘Follow your dreams, and no one else’s.’

It took me a while to to find that path, but here I am. She was right. Seriously, where else can you get up every day and design and run your own business?”


Photo of Sherry and her grandma, Sunna

Kim of notyourmamasmix: “My great-grandmother taught me the wisdom of weaving stories into tatting, knitting, and crochet — ultimately, the love of working with yarn and thread and producing something beautiful from it. Long after the artist is gone, the art remains. It should tell a story and always does if we only take the time to listen to it.” 


Cara of stonesofhealing2: “When I was still a baby my mom started her own business and successfully ran it from our home for the duration of my childhood. She did this purely so that she could set her own hours and be with me as much as possible. I am proud to be repeating history — I am a successful WAHM (work-at-home mom) and I am so blessed to be able to take care of my baby myself. If she hadn’t shown me this was possible, I don’t know that I ever would have tried it. I am thankful every day to have such a strong, independent and inspiring role model as my mother.”

Photo of Cara and her mom, Alexis


Kate of TheSteelFork: “My mother was so practical and straightforward about money. Everyone was entitled to it, she thought, provided they earned it. Her attitude made it easier for me to price my artisan wares. While making my things is creative, the transaction is pure business. No hurt feelings! This approach has also helped when I’m working with subcontractors and vendors — I try to encourage money talk up front, just to show that it’s not a taboo topic. I think we call this ‘transparency’ now, but for my mom is was just good sense.”


Kate and her mom, Rebecca Francis

Mary Ellen of MaryZoom: “As I grew up and began crafting as a hobby — then as a business — I would often become discouraged when a seemingly unsolvable problem would arise. My mom’s answer? ‘There’s always a solution.’ We would put our heads together, and there would be! Amazing!”

Bobbie of ShimmeringSky: “My mom’s been gone for almost four years now, but she still influences me every day. She was a master knitter who owned her own seasonal home-based business selling handknit children’s sweaters. The ways she managed her business shaped how I make decisions about my business: start small and grow slowly, keep the supplies and overhead low, the prices reasonable (without starving!) and the quality the highest. I also saw firsthand how word-of-mouth advertising about a high quality product can make all the difference to a business. My mom never placed an ad or made a brochure — people just found her.

“Managing your own business is hard, but having a business guardian angel helps a lot.”


Bobbie in a handknit sweater by mom

Brig of BrigaBauble: “When I started doing craft fairs a couple of years ago I found that my gift for gab was always taking a break when customers came by my table. However, the first craft fair my mom worked with me was, for me, an amazing success. My mother was selling my baubles like some sort of supernatural QVC host (without the tackiness). 

“I watched as my mom played the role of ‘proud mama’ to one customer, describing the pieces of mine that she wears and why she loves them. Two minutes later, she was the gift giving guru, advising customers on how to shop for the perfect gift. Mid-way into the show my mother and I were playing off of each other like a modern mother/daughter Abbott & Costello

“From that first craft fair, and all of those that my mom has had time to attend with me, I learned from my mom how to turn my gift for gab into a selling tool without being annoying or pushy, and to have a blast while doing it.”

Brig (the baby) with older sis Katrin, mom Joanie and grandfather Gene


Sandy of EverydayEcoTreasures: “My mom taught me that it’s dangerous to take myself (or the greatest extension of myself heretofore, my crafting business) too seriously. The joy gets sucked out and it’s no longer worth it. More accurately, actually, she showed me how much more fun it was to allow yourself to enjoy your chores. I can easily convince myself that I ‘need to focus’ and stop having so much fun. ‘Work isn’t fun,’ I tell myself: ‘It’s work.’ But you know, Mom taught me that I get to decide what is work and what is fun. She’s someone who you just can’t help but like. She always sees that things are pretty darn awesome and just getting better.”

Sandy and her mom, Patty

Happy Mother’s Day, Etsy moms! Where would we be without you?
Read the rest of the tips from moms here.

P.S. Hi Mom! I love you!

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  • catnapcottage

    catnapcottage said 10 years ago

    This is so sweet! Great Job! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!!

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 10 years ago

    Thanks Daniellexom, Where whould we be...

  • ebrukSupplies

    ebrukSupplies said 10 years ago

    Great article , I also learn to make a lot of from Mom. Thank you Mom for everything.Happy Moms Day to everybody.

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 10 years ago

    Thank you , I learn to knit an sewing from my Mom and Grand Mom.So I have a shop on ETSY. Thank you Mom and Grand Mom.

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 10 years ago

    Great article! Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, GodMothers, StepMothers. All of ya'll!!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 10 years ago

    Wonderful feature. I am eternally grateful to my mom for teaching me how to's through women like her, and her mom before her, that this wonderful craft gets passed along. My grandmother made her living as a seamstress in the old country. The craftsmanship she and my mom demonstrated were superb. Handmade laces, gorgeous silk brocade dresses, a beautiful crocheted yellow dress for me when I was a little girl....just some of my special memories....

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 10 years ago

    this is so sweet! very nice! happy mom's day from your pillow guys: PARK matt & carlos

  • ME2Designs

    ME2Designs said 10 years ago

    Wonderful stories - Happy Mother's Day to all!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 10 years ago

    WHat a great way to honor maternal types everywhere! Thanks Danielle, for getting us all to put on our thinking caps and pay tribute to our Moms@

  • sokubag

    sokubag said 10 years ago

    I am been a mother on this day of last year. Thank you my Mom, and thank you my baby.Happy Moms Day for all Moms.

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day!!! <3

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 10 years ago

    Happy Mothers Day to all...

  • giusypatch

    giusypatch said 10 years ago

    Ohh I love to read those stories!! Happy Mother day to all!

  • uncorked

    uncorked said 10 years ago

    Aww- wonderful stories- one of my favorite articles- off to check Scoutie Girl! Happy Mother's Day Moms!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 10 years ago

    Totally awesome and heartwearming. Happy Mother's Day!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 10 years ago

    Wonderful stories ! I had a great mother but I'm blessed with having 3 daughters! Happy Mother's Day to all Etsian Moms!

  • diytherapy

    diytherapy said 10 years ago

    moving stories...

  • PatternsAndSuch

    PatternsAndSuch said 10 years ago

    My mom was smart! We lived on a farm so if we were sick and couldn't go to school, we had to stay in bed. Boring, right? Her trick was, if we were well enough to get out of bed, we did chores! So for us, it was better to go to school! Smart mom! Happy Mother's Day!

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 10 years ago

    Wonderful stories! Happy Mother's Day!

  • missindie

    missindie said 10 years ago

    Aww cute stories!! Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms! :]

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    Just lovely Danielle, thanks for including my grandma and me. I love the full stories on Scoutie Girl. Happy Mother's Day everyone! xo

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 10 years ago

    These are truly inspirational stories! Thanks to all so much for sharing. It makes me thankful for my supportive mother.

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay said 10 years ago

    Thank you Danielle. I was talking to my mom this morning when I checked this article. It was a great way to wish her Happy Mother's day!

  • HollyStorm

    HollyStorm said 10 years ago

    This is my first Mother's Day without my mom, so it is an especially hard one. She always was the one to say that I could do ANYTHING and I miss her so much. Thanks for the touching article.

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day to my mom who is 4000 miles away! :-*

  • meoneil

    meoneil said 10 years ago

    Such a lovely tribute. This morning I have already heard from all 4 of my children and I then thanked my husband for making me a mum. These articles could not help but make me think of anecdotes about my own mum (who died 8 years ago).

  • feesk

    feesk said 10 years ago

    Heartwarming article- great reading for Mothers Day morning! Especially when your mother is far, far away, like mine. Miss you and Love you mom. Happy Mothers Day to all!

  • tlgentile

    tlgentile said 10 years ago

    so cool, danielle!! thanks for including my mom and me! we have so much to learn from our moms - thanks for making it a little easier ;)

  • emmjeyessvintage

    emmjeyessvintage said 10 years ago

    What a touching post. Really warmed my heart to read about these fantastic Etsians and the women who inpired them the most. Happy Mother's Day everyone!

  • BrigaBauble

    BrigaBauble said 10 years ago

    So much fun reading everyone's "mom" stories. Thanks for including mine Danielle!

  • LisaMarino

    LisaMarino said 10 years ago

    Thanks to everyone who shared their stories. I enjoyed reading them. Mom's are the best and my mother inspired me to be all that I can! Thank you MOM! I miss you! Happy Mother's Day everyone!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 10 years ago

    Sweet stories! Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and all Mom's! (-:

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 10 years ago

    How wonderful! What a lovely post for mothers day! We have already celebrated this day in the UK but wishing all of you moms across the waters a very special day :)

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 10 years ago

    Great stories! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo said 10 years ago

    Lovely. I now have a whole bucketful of inspiration and wisdom. Thank you etsyians. And thank you, even more, wonderful moms.

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 10 years ago

    What a nice way to honor all the great moms out there! Happy Mother's Day, moms of the world!

  • woolies

    woolies said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day! My mom taught me to knit and sew, I have her to thank. Although I lost her almost 28 years ago, she lives in my heart.

  • Floralina

    Floralina said 10 years ago

    So sweet, we all have our Mothers to be thankful for.

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day! Cherish your mother every day! I still do, even though she is no longer with me here on Earth.

  • BarkingSandsVintage

    BarkingSandsVintage said 10 years ago

    Hooray for Moms! Thanks so much for putting this together.

  • GaLiMa

    GaLiMa said 10 years ago

    wonderful article!

  • theshagbag

    theshagbag said 10 years ago

    So many inspiring stories, I feel touched by all the love and support. Happy Mother's Day!!

  • 6catsart

    6catsart said 10 years ago

    Nice to read all those inspiring stories. My grandmother was an amazing inspiration for me.

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 10 years ago

    Great article. I love the because I said so card!

  • lucillejean

    lucillejean said 10 years ago

    A beautiful article....Happy Mother's Day! My mom is more of an emotional inspiration than a creative one. She works hard, never gives up and cares a whole lot. My grandmothers are both inspirations for my shop as well. Lucille and Jean are the middle names of my grandmothers (their first names just didn't sound right together!).

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day to all!

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 10 years ago

    my mom is the reason i'm doing the indie designer/fabricator route. she taught me how to make and sew, as well as giving me the independent spirit and the skills to work for myself!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 10 years ago

    Beautiful. I love this and made me tear up (I'm so emotional today!) Thank you. And the 'I said so' quote, well that must be genetic..heard it many times growing up and I hear myself say it now quite a bit. Happy Mother's Day!

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article/stories. We would not "be" if it were not for our mothers!!!

  • SunnyDayVintage

    SunnyDayVintage said 10 years ago

    Loving these stories. My grandmother was a seamstress; my mom can't sew on a button - but is always supportive of my creative endeavors, cheering me on and proud of my shop. Love you, mommy!

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 10 years ago

    LOVED the article.

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt said 10 years ago

    I love the old photos and the stories. Happy mothers day to my mom and all you moms out there!

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel said 10 years ago

    I miss my mom - always a bit more on mother's day. But I'll aways love and appreciate her. So, although she's not here, her words of wisdom still make me smile: "Don't put your arms out the widow, they'll get whacked off!", "If you are bored, you are boring." and "Apple pie without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze." Thanks, mom! And many happy returns of the day to all the moms out there!

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz said 10 years ago

    Aw, thanks SO much for including me and my mama in your article today! I love, love, love reading everyone's stories and I couldn't wait to call my Mom and wish her Happy Mother's Day, and tell her, "MOM, your picture is on the BLOG at ETSY!!" Such a fabulous Mother's Day gift to be included... :-)

  • gogovintage

    gogovintage said 10 years ago

    Heartwarming,wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing a piece of your lives. gogo v

  • julieboyles

    julieboyles said 10 years ago

    This is a beautiful feature Danielle. I loved reading each one of these and can't wait to have a bit of time to read all the stories. (better get my kleenex out first!) I come from a great line of crafting women and couldn't be prouder. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

  • SewSweetDaisy

    SewSweetDaisy said 10 years ago

    I have my mom - who passed away over 20 years ago - to thank for my learning to sew and the love for doll clothes. I've started my etsy site now for her and I enjoy every bit of my time I spend sewing doll clothes. Thanks, Mom, for everything!!

  • meteor

    meteor said 10 years ago

    Happy mothers day!

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 10 years ago

    So sweet! I wish you all a loving mother's day!

  • CjkidzTreasures

    CjkidzTreasures said 10 years ago

    really wonderful comments! My mom raised 5 kids on a shoestring budget, she sewed all of the girls (and there were 4) holiday dresses that matched. These were very special to all of us throughout our years growiing up. She was a Girl Scout leader and was always "making thing", craft items to help us earn our "badges". As a family we made handcrafted items to give to our dad, grandparents, birthday gifts, etc. She gave me the inspiration to do what I came to LOVE. I had 5 children and continued crafting at night when they were all in bed. It relaxed me and gave me my own "space" My children are all grown now and now I have grandchildren. We now craft together. Passing it on....

  • allisonmooney

    allisonmooney said 10 years ago

    I love the stories! Thank you for putting this post together for us! And happy mother's day to all you moms!!

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 10 years ago

    Really heartwarming stories! Thanks very much.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 10 years ago

    Such wonderful, awesome stories! Moms are the BEST. I love mine, and wouldn't be doing what I do now if it weren't for her support and encouragement. Thanks momma! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!! <3

  • janeeroberti

    janeeroberti said 10 years ago

    God I love the pictures! (and the stories too..)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago

    what beautiful stories I think we all have to tell about someone special in our lives. Happy Mothers Day!

  • YesterdaysMemories09

    YesterdaysMemories09 said 10 years ago

    Thanks to all who shared a Mom story. My Mom has been in Heaven a number of years now, but her strength, work ethic, stick-to-itiveness, and love have blessed me all of my life.

  • NotYourMamasMix

    NotYourMamasMix said 10 years ago

    What a great article and thanks for including my story. Happy Mother's Day!

  • JemmDee

    JemmDee said 10 years ago

    I love to read heart warming stories like these. Thank you! Happy Mother's day! And to my own mom I say: Thank you! You'll always live in my heart.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 10 years ago

    What wonderful moms we have out in the Etsy community! Add my momma Barnes to the list. She's amazing, giving, caring and most of all the woman who raised my wonderful husband!

  • pasin

    pasin said 10 years ago

    Wonderful stories

  • chrystalyn

    chrystalyn said 10 years ago

    Such a great way to celebrate moms! Thanks, Danielle for helping me honor my momma today. She'll be so excited to see she's on Etsy! (-;

  • pasin

    pasin said 10 years ago

    Wonderful stories

  • mylittleaura

    mylittleaura said 10 years ago

    My family (and mom) are far far away so it's very heart warming read nice stories about other families, Happy Mother's day!!

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 10 years ago

    Awww, sweet. etsy is a haven for work at home moms.

  • leafprintstudio

    leafprintstudio said 10 years ago

    Great memories...I hope I am passing on words of wisdom to my son!

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 10 years ago

    Great Mother's Day article. I love my mom too! And she's been so inspirational to me! By the way, I just sold my 3rd item!!! My shop's been on Etsy 4 months, I've been taking a lot of Etsy's advice, and it looks like it may be paying off as I made my 1st two sales 2 days ago and then my 3rd sale today! I'm so excited!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 10 years ago

    Great article....Happy Mothers Day to all moms!

  • dahliadesigns

    dahliadesigns said 10 years ago

    Moms are the best!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 10 years ago

    my artwork is always inspired by my moms patient teachings, the mentor as always stands in the shadows of the master

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 10 years ago

    What a great article.

  • nickiefrye

    nickiefrye said 10 years ago

    Aw, this is sweet. I hope my children have such nice things to say about me when they are grown. :) Sending a shout out to my mom, who is also my best friend & mentor. Love that lady!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 10 years ago

    Very sweet... Happy Mother's Day to all moms and moms-to-be!

  • LittleGemsbyKari

    LittleGemsbyKari said 10 years ago

    Fantastic stories! Happy Mother's Day!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 10 years ago

    I love this article. Horay for moms!!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 10 years ago

    Sweet article & great picks! Thanks for teaching me how to sew Mamma Mia!!! OXOXOXO

  • Parsimony

    Parsimony said 10 years ago

    I think I could read this blog over and over again - thanks so much Danielle for a great topic and for including my entry!!! (For the record, that picture is 20 years old!) =)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    Beautiful story! Thanks Danielle and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for giving me the chance to honour my late Mom (& her pre-Etsy crafitness!)by telling her story Danielle - she was a great lady & I miss her every day. Happy Mother's Day to my Moms *looks up* and to all the great Mothers in this article and throughout Etsy. Bobbie (not Pam, lol) Shimmering Sky Designs

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets said 10 years ago

    so fun to read - and thank you for putting all the entries together for us to read (and download)!

  • laspottery

    laspottery said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day! Wonderful stories!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 10 years ago

    How Fun! Great read! Happy Mom's Day to all!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 10 years ago

    very sweet, I use to have a piece in my shop that said because I said so, my Mom always said that to me

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day all!

  • SewMerry

    SewMerry said 10 years ago

    What a great article, Danielle! I loved reading everyone's stories. Happy Mother's Day to all Mamas!

  • prettydarncute

    prettydarncute said 10 years ago

    I love all the stories. I miss my mom. I love you.

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 10 years ago

    Wonderful Stories. :)))

  • DocksideDesigns

    DocksideDesigns said 10 years ago

    What great stories. Happy Mother's Day!

  • Morado

    Morado said 10 years ago

    Beautiful stories!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 10 years ago

    These stories are wonderful. What's more powerful than a good mother?!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 10 years ago

    Happy Mothers Day to all... If you are feeling Mother ! , you are mom !!!

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture said 10 years ago

    I love reading all the stories! :) Happy Mother's Day to all..

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda said 10 years ago

    Inspirational stories all. wow.

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 10 years ago

    I love a good story and an old pic too

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 10 years ago

    Incredible, moms are the best!!!! XO Emily

  • applechampagne

    applechampagne said 10 years ago

    aww... what an awesome post! happy mothers' day to all moms around the world! hugs and kisses aplenty! =)

  • AllureByU

    AllureByU said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day!! Mums are the best. I love my mum so very much. I wouldn't be what I am if it's not because of her.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 10 years ago

    Great post, its nice to see so many great mums! Also hand knitted jumpers are ace : )

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 10 years ago

    Great reading and I love the photos.

  • daweigreat

    daweigreat said 10 years ago

    What a nice place !

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina said 10 years ago

    Wow! It is so interesting. Such a good feeling.Thank you for the idea and wishing all the best to all mothers! :)

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful article about mothers! So Inspiring to read these stories and to remember my own mother, who as a painter herself, supported my path to the arts.

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for including my little story! I got such a surprise!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 10 years ago

    Loved this feature.. and love my mom!!!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Enjoyed reading all the mom stories, my mom passed from cancer almost 3 years ago our last good day together as a family was Mother's Day of 2007. She's the reason there is a Bacon Square Farm today. Thank you mom~

  • prettylittlepearl

    prettylittlepearl said 10 years ago

    Lovely Article! But I cant get the OpenZine to open.... I had it open yesterday, today it wont work and my mom wants to read what I wrote! lol

  • nuevodesigns

    nuevodesigns said 10 years ago

    Great feature! Every day should be Mother's Day!

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day! We do the most important job.

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 10 years ago

    Happy Mother Day!

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 10 years ago

    oh yay to wonderful mommies! i'm so honoured to be part of the cheerleading-our-moms squad! thanks for having me. these are so inspiring!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 10 years ago

    Such wonderful stories!! Happy Mother's Day to all!

  • pasin

    pasin said 10 years ago

    Great sellection

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    what touching stories and some brought a tear to my eye.

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 10 years ago

    What great words of wisdom mothers have given and still do. Awesome inspiration.

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 10 years ago

    These are great stories of moms! My mom was my sewing inspiration too! I love you mom!

  • peppershaker

    peppershaker said 10 years ago

    hello. how many items would be good to have ready to sell in your store before getting it up and running?

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture said 10 years ago

    This article was so heart warming for me. I'm blessed to still have my mom and both grandmums in my life. I love them all so much, there are not enough words to describe it. They have all taught me everything I know about being kind, honest, loving, strong, confident, creative, a great cook and respectful not only of fellow brothers and sisters but also mother nature. Thank you for this delightful article. My heart overfloweth with love for my mom and my grandmums. ;)

  • cooljewelrydesign

    cooljewelrydesign said 10 years ago

    Lovely and inspiring peeks inside the lives and inspiration of so many Etsians...loved this so much. But the opener: "Because I said so!" ...well, let's just say it really caught my eye b/c that was my mother's stock answer to just about any request of mine as to "WHY can't I" (go there, do that, etc.) "Because I'm your mother!" Looking towards the heavens >

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