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Apr 30, 2014

by Alison Feldmann

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My first and most important role model in life was my mom, Nancy. This Mother’s Day, and every day, I give thanks for all of the things she’s taught me: kindness to animals, the importance of saying thank you, and the best recipe for custard pie (and I’m not sharing!).

Today my fellow Etsy admin are sharing what they’ve learned from their moms and grandmothers, as well as some cute photos from now and yesteryear. What has your mom taught you? Share your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter and Instagram by mentioning @etsy and the hashtag #momtaughtme, and we’ll share our favorites next week!

cambria

“My mom has taught me to look at the world with potential: to carefully observe and question my surroundings and to always consider not just what something is, but what it could be.” – Cambria, Product Designer

“My grandma taught me that to be an expert does not simply mean having all of the knowledge and information about something — it’s understanding why your work is important and the impact you may have. I try and remember that before I start anything new, and it helps me love the work I do.” – Parker, Seller Development Specialist

eva

“My mom taught me all about love, compassion and humility.” – Eva, Senior Project and Production Manager

tara

“My mom taught me that there are nice people everywhere. Sometimes you just have to look for them.” – Tara, Senior Risk Agent

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126 comments

  • Fybur

    Fybur from Fybur said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to listen to people :) attentively. Happy Mother's Day to all AWESOME MOMS!

  • PepitasStudio

    Pepitas House from PepitasStudio said 3 years ago

    My mom taught from very early to be proud of my art. At first I was shy to show my paintings and other crochet and embroidery creations. My mother would display them around the house and show to friends and family. For the one contest painting contest I won, my mom displayed framed and displayed in the hallway with the ribbon.

  • astronette

    Bridget Miller from astronette said 3 years ago

    This post is spectacular!!! <3 My Mum taught me to draw, to love flowers, plants, nature & books. She is so sweet!

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to adapt, to always be ready for change. But also to hold on to the best of the past.

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to look around and find a person to share your blessings with.

  • cinziaketlin

    Cinzia Ketlin from cinziaketlin said 3 years ago

    :((( mia madre non mi ha insegnato proprio un bel niente...neanche un abbraccio MAI! Ma i amo la vita lo stesso...sono autodidatta :))) Tanto amore per tutte quelle che sanno fare le mamme!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 3 years ago

    My mother didn't tell me how to live ~ she showed me. And still does. So many wonderful teachable moments were had, not by words but through action. Children may not always listen, but they are always, always watching.

  • VelvetRevived

    VelvetRevived from VelvetRevived said 3 years ago

    A lovely post reminding us of all the wonderful things we learned from our Moms! My mother taught me millions of useful and helpful things, but one of the first things she showed me that I thought was magic was that I only needed my red, blue and yellow crayons to make the rest of the colors! Still can't believe she taught me basic color theory when I was about 4 years old!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me how to knit and sew, it was when I was in my 40's that I really appreciated it. Love to you Mom!

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 3 years ago

    I love this post! And I always love getting a peek behind the scenes and learning more about you, Admin, who make this etsy clock tick. So thanks for sharing! My Mom taught me to be true to my dreams and my heart, and to keep my eyes on the horizon. She has always nurtured my desire to take the road less traveled, but taught me that that road could sometimes be difficult. So in teaching me to keep my eyes on the horizon, she taught me to continue to move forward, to put one foot in front of the other, and keep my eyes on my dreams. (Thank you Mom)

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

    My mom has taught me so many things but I think the one most meaningful is to take one day at a time and enjoy every moment you can because time is never on your side and you'll never have the same moment twice.

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to be positive no matter what! Smile along with tears...Discipline and Organization are as important as Love !!

  • riricreations

    riricreations from riricreations said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me about faith, and the importance of investing my life in people, because "stuff" doesn't matter in the end. It won't matter how clean you kept your house, but what matters will be the people you loved.

  • minipotterybyanita

    minipotterybyanita from potterybyAnita said 3 years ago

    My Mama loved music and allowed me to start taking piano lessons at the tender age of 10, even though we were very poor. She also taught me how to cook all kinds of meals -- Southern, Italian, etc. She left here much too early, but I have wonderful memories! ♥♥♥

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 3 years ago

    My mum gave me her creativity, passion for making things, and do-it-yourself-ness. She also taught me how to sew!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 3 years ago

    My mom is a global soul! She is a woman of creativity and conviction and vision, a woman I aspire to be like in a million ways. My Mom taught me wisdom.

  • claymeadream

    Diahann Mangoni from ClayMeADream said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to always respect others, to be true to your self, to be patient and love what you do! I Love You Mom every part of you! Love this article, is awesome to remember what Moms do for us! Happy Mothers day!!!

  • lanasart

    Lana Moes from LanasArt said 3 years ago

    Happy Mothers Day to all amazing moms! Love this post! My mother is a walking miracle....

  • ExLibrisJournals

    Meaghan from ExLibrisJournals said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me that there isn't a single person that you couldn't love if you knew their story.

  • JoyceAlice2

    JoyceAlice from JoyceAlice2 said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me so many things and gave me so much. She gave me a happy childhood. The most important thing she gave me is my faith. She read the Bible to us, she took us to church, she showed us patience and selflessness in her own daily life. I owe her so much. She's been gone now for 13 years, but I think of her and remember her often.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 3 years ago

    My Mom taught me the value of being a good listener.

  • amelielegault

    Amelie Legault from AmelieLegault said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me how to draw and paint. My first painting is one a my best child memories.

  • MarieVaccarino

    Auntie M from AuntieMTreasures said 3 years ago

    My Mom taught me unconditional love. She taught me that I was capable [of anything] , and she gave me freedom to become who I am.

  • hoosiermamma1

    Vera Hall from hoosiermamma1 said 3 years ago

    My Mom taught me that times are not always easy, but with faith and hard work, we can make it through. She taught me to laugh and enjoy life. She also taught me to crochet and craft. Every stitch I make comes from her hands through mine. Man, I miss that woman!

  • Tiki2121

    Lorie from Crowsvintage said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to be independent, strong, and to not be afraid to try new things. She passed away 3 years ago and I miss her so much. She was a women who accomplished so much in her life and raised 4 kids plus a grandchild, she was truly the glue in our family. Here's to all of you great moms!

  • CraftyWoolFelt

    Claudia from CraftyWoolFelt said 3 years ago

    .... There is nothing impossible in life! Just believe in yourself and work hard!!

  • SaraSamp

    Sara said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me how to be generous: with love, with understanding and with money. I see so much hatred in the world, and a widening gap between rich and poor. If we were just a little more generous, globally, we may be in a much better place.

  • BoutiquePatterns

    BoutiquePatterns from BoutiquePatterns said 3 years ago

    My mom told me to listen to my heart.....

  • FalconandFinch

    Lynelle Miliate-Ha from FalconandFinch said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me that its impossible to be fearless, but that you can't let fear stop you from doing the things you want to do. She survived abuse and poverty and raised us and got two master's degrees while she was at it. She has never let fear of any kind rule her fate. She really is my hero. Plus she taught me how to prune a tree, and that's nothing to sniff at.

  • BarDulce

    BarDulce from BarDulce said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing about your Mums - I love my Mum!!

  • esotericdesign

    Sarah from esotericdesign said 3 years ago

    This is so great!!! Moms are the best!

  • buffalogirls

    Ludmilla from buffalogirls said 3 years ago

    My mom was an artist, she was an oil painter. But like most artists she also had a day job ... sHe was a fabulous knitter, knitting sweaters for both me and my sister, unraveling the once we outgrew, adding more yarn and voila a new sweater, upcycled, recycled even before it was fashionable. And here I am, having my Etsy job full of oil paintings and knitting "stuff". :) All I can say that I miss my mom everyday! Love you! And thank you.

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago

    My mom was a gentle and patient soul who did everything for our family. She taught me to be kind, responsible, caring, and helpful. She taught me skills in cooking, sewing, and childcare. She was encouraging and supportive of my dreams. She also taught me, unintentionally, to put myself last and not express my needs or troubles, to doubt myself, and to be afraid of the unknown... because that was what she had learned from her mother and the social conventions of life in her time. In many ways she spent most of her life waiting for it to be 'her turn' to do things and go places and be who she wanted to be. And after raising four kids, due to money problems and my dad's illness, and then her cancer, she never experienced those things. From the pain of her final disappointment, I have learned from her to do my best to live in the moment, and be who I want to be, now. And to push back on the doubts and worries, so that I can live fully, not waiting for 'someday.' I loved her dearly, and miss her very much.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    Darlene Jones from RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 3 years ago

    My mom introduced me to creativity by sewing my clothes, making Christmas tree ornaments, and rearranging our living room every couple of months so that it felt like everything was new! And she dragged me along to the fleamarkets and estate sales until I began to love them myself! She furnished our entire house with estate sale furniture and accessories and it looked fabulous!

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy from junquegypsy said 3 years ago

    I am assertive and tenacious because of the example my Mom provided. Never one to give up, she continues to be an inspiration to my grown daughters. Thanks, Mom! ♥

  • LanaManisDesigns

    Lana Manis from LanaManisDesigns said 3 years ago

    My Mom taught me everything good... she was my role model and my best friend. I miss her. ♥

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 3 years ago

    Oddly enough my mother, gone since 2012, didn't teach me or my sisters much as most things she insisted on doing herself! That being said, I did learn lots by watching her....sewing, cooking, learning - from voracious reading, and other things too numerous to list!

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageltd said 3 years ago

    So sweet. :)

  • LennyMud

    Lenny Mud from LennyMud said 3 years ago

    What a lovely look at admin and their moms! I loved this post! My mom taught me that the best kind of life is a creative life.

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me how to knit when I was 6, a big step up from mud pies. A spark was ignited and I've enjoyed exploring the "creative home arts" for 5 decades now: sewing, crochet, macrame, quilting, embroidery, you name it. The only thing that eluded me was tatting, despite the best efforts of my mother and grandmother to teach me. Hooray for moms and grandmoms!

  • VintageRenude

    Pam from VintageRenude said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me that stubbornness can sometimes be a virtue. If it's important enough to you, don't give up!

  • ASHYL

    Kerime Sevilen Mustafaoglu from ASHYL said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me being mom how wonderful thing! Because i am pregnant :)

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 3 years ago

    Great advice!

  • Texere

    M Peacock from LaPiccolinaFarm said 3 years ago

    My mother taught me, among many things, that sometimes good enough is good enough. And when it's not, make sure it's perfect.

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 3 years ago

    My mother didn't purposely sit down and "teach" me a lot. I learned more from the way she lived her life; by her words and example. She was a praying woman and she prayed for me. I love her more than I could ever express and miss her every day.

  • lisasparks

    Melissa Haner from MelissaLynnHaner said 3 years ago

    i grew up living with my grandma, who regularly woke me up with a loud knock and a "get up get up!!" my mom would sometimes wake me up with a gentle pat on my back and a smile saying "good morning, wake up" i remember feeling so much better in the morning waking up that way. i will apply this with my children. proverbs 27:14

  • pitsispopis

    Georgia from HoopsyDaisies said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to LIVE!

  • HighlandInspirations

    Julie Byler from HighlandInspirations said 3 years ago

    My taught me the Magic Words Please and Thank you. She also taught me how to make an awesome pie crust. I have shared many a Pumpkin, Apple, and Pecan pie over the years and every lip smack and word of praise reminds me of her.

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 3 years ago

    She taught me: If you don't have your health, you don't have anything!"

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 3 years ago

    My mother taught me how to appreciate fine art! I was taking my first oil painting class when she passed. She lived far away and never actually saw my piece. I think she would be proud of the creative soul I have become! I am sure some of her creativity is now flowing through my own hands! Thanks Mom!

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 3 years ago

    After 40-ish years of calling her mother, and best friend, she stabbed me in the back/heart/mind/soul. Four years ago, I thought what my mother taught me was that I am disposable, like trash (though our definitions of trash have always been very different). Not pretty. Not a pity party. It began as an unfathomable map but as time does what time does best – it kept moving forward, unfolding and transforming my journey into something much more meaningful, comprehendible and visible. Step-by-step I am letting go of what it means to be a daughter (because I have to) and embracing even more fervently what it means to be a mother - to be ME as a mother (because I WANT TO). I’d be lying if I said I do not miss her, I miss her more than I can express, BUT I am learning how valuable I truly am, from the inside out, now that her eyes no longer are apart of my own. From the ashes continually rises my personal phoenix – orange as the sun and brown as life growing soil. If we were speaking to each other I would sincerely thank her for teaching me to reach higher and to dig deeper within myself by kicking me down to a place that felt even lower than Hell. A place I wanted to give up in for a short while. Here is the beautiful gift (disguised as ugly sorrow) my mother gave to me four years ago, thrust out to the veryveryvery bottom amongst loss, shattered hearts, uprooted souls, poverty, intense pain, personal illness, brokenness, betrayal, tears, numbness, confusion and darkness: I was able to look up at the stars intimately (and humbly) and begin teaching myself how to navigate home.

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 3 years ago

    Because of my mother I am an independent, strong woman. From an early age she taught me how to do things that I thought were impossible. Because of her, I started selling vintage items on-line 13 years ago. Whenever I have a question about my business, she is the first person I call. She usually has an answer or suggestion, and it's exactly what I need to hear.

  • katieprichard

    Katie prichard from TheGlassButtonJar said 3 years ago

    My mother taught me that it is okay to show your weaknesses and to be afraid. There's no shame in being true to yourself.

  • FiftyFourTenStudio

    Mary Lee from FiftyFourTenStudio said 3 years ago

    My wonderful mother taught me to knit! And, she taught me just enough to learn how to use her sewing machine and then let me use it anytime I wanted to because she really didn't like using a sewing machine. She'd rather hand sew all day long! My mother also taught me the value of friends....and the value of keeping those friends for a lifetime! I'm really lucky to have a fantastic mom!

  • glucklisa

    Lisa Marie from TheStonePhilosopher said 3 years ago

    My mom is an oil painter. She gave me the ability to use artwork as a means of therapeutic creative expression. She also has a great appreciation for all things of bygone days. She gave me the eye and the curiosity for anything hand crafted. Yay Mom!

  • yourinnersmile

    Cathey Wilder from WildChildSoaps said 3 years ago

    My taught me to love animals. She taught me to always stand up for myself and take care of myself, she taught me to help others whenever I can and the value of family. I thank God for her everyday!

  • mariemertilus

    Marie Mertilus from HeiressVintage said 3 years ago

    My mom gave me a love for sewing

  • emadefreitas

    Ema de Freitas from EmasCorner said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to be myself and never allow anyone to make me believe that I was less than them.

  • hannahgreatorex

    Hannah Greatorex from BeatriceandBenedick said 3 years ago

    My mum has always said that 'there's no such word as can't' and taught me to celebrate my indviduality, independence and creativity, ignore the ill-wishers and live in the moment!

  • WoobieLove

    Karen Swank from WoobieLove said 3 years ago

    My mom encourages me to never give up

  • jbailor103

    Janice Bailor from laruedefleurs said 3 years ago

    My mother passed away a little over three years ago after a long struggle with cancer. Her last lesson came with her passing: the things you'll regret the most in life are the things you never tried, not the things you tried and failed.

  • bethanymorales1

    Bethany Morales said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me never to say I'm ugly, because God made me and everything he made is beautiful.

  • EclecticArtElements

    EclecticArtElements from EclecticArtElements said 3 years ago

    Not all of us have good memories. I glad some of you do, but some of us have been gutted by our experiences with one, the other or both of our parents.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 3 years ago

    Everyone has something to offer.

  • pezzazz

    pezzazz from pezzazz said 3 years ago

    thank you, thewildplum for posting that. This is a complicated time of year for many of us. HAI EAE!

  • tasherajean

    Tashera Jean from tasherajean said 3 years ago

    *Hug* @EclecticArtElements, I am so with you on that :\

  • MaisJamais

    Jennifer from MaisJamais said 3 years ago

    At the risk of sounding like I'm "self Promoting" :-) my "About Me" page is really an homage to my mom. It genuinely made her cry happy tears when she read it and she told me she had no idea she'd had such and impact on me. She taught me to seek out beautiful things, or little pretties if you will, to replace all of the every day utilitarian items around my home. This sparked my love for all things girlie, and vintage. For example she would replace the boring plastic dish soap bottle, our dish soap came in, and pour the soap into a lovely etched glass bottle with a little silver spout. She always had a French enamel salt box on the wall. And the list goes on and on...my about me page is still too long But the whole story is here :-) https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaisJamais/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav

  • crabbieme

    Martha Cordero from SimplyDoneCrochet said 3 years ago

    My Mom taught me to respect others and to above all respect myself. I have now instilled the same on my children, and now they on theirs. Also, being as she was a single mother, she showed me that women can do it ALL!!! Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful, loving mothers out there. :)

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 3 years ago

    My Mom passed away 3 months ago on February 2nd. She was an amazingly talented woman and I miss her terribly. One of her sage pieces of wisdom: "There is Beauty in Imperfection"

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 3 years ago

    And I am certain there a men and women who can not relate to parental tributes - and for this I am sorry - blessings on you all.

  • KelceyH

    Kelcey Roseberrry from Foxglo said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to sew! I later went to school for fashion design and it was really her push and always believing in me that made me go after my dreams.

  • EclecticArtElements

    EclecticArtElements from EclecticArtElements said 3 years ago

    Tashera Jean from tasherajean says: *Hug* @EclecticArtElements, I am so with you on that :\ ----- (((hugs))) Tashera and Pezz

  • EclecticArtElements

    EclecticArtElements from EclecticArtElements said 3 years ago

    Thank you for your post thewildplum (((hugs)))

  • NancyBukovsky

    Nancy and Frances Bukovsky from ObscureGems said 3 years ago

    My mom's name is Nancy too! She also happens to be the co-owner of our shop with me. (She'll probably read this at some point too...) Anyway, my mum taught me how to create; from the time I could hold a crayon I was illustrating away in her office at our aunt's video editing business. She taught me how to accept that I think differently than others and installed in me respect for others and myself. This adventure on Etsy that we've been going through has been possible because of her, and I can't let her know enough how much I appreciate her.

  • Enasbazaar

    Jessica R from Enasbazaar said 3 years ago

    Great post.

  • falconewedding08

    Stacy Falcone from SweetWhips said 3 years ago

    My mother taught me what not to do in life by example. May sound grim but it was a very poignant intense lesson that has lead me to lead and live a wonderful life and have a wonderful relationship with my daughter. All lessons are valuable.

  • mickeyfrederiksen

    Mickey Frederiksen from MickeysManners said 3 years ago

    The Golden Rule. That was and is still the most important life lesson Mom taught me. Everything I am and have, I owe to Mom. Being a widow of Iwo Jima, she quickly learned how to survive post WWII with 2 toddlers. Her outlook on life never changed as she eventually remarried and added 3 more siblings to our family. She raised each of us with discipline, compassion and most of all love for one another. God bless you Mom. It's been 20 years, but your legacy will live on in all of us. Thank you for being you.

  • colleenwalsh02

    Colleen Walsh-Walsh from WalshWalshandSon said 3 years ago

    Always pick out sheets that look beautiful on your skin- so you look beautiful in your bed. Just one of a million tiny details to make life more beautiful.

  • JANNYSGIRL

    Natashja from JannysGirl said 3 years ago

    My dear mom taught me to always be kind, give freely and love with your whole heart. I miss her every day and look forward to the day when I will hug her again. <--This is my mom and me :) Happy Mother's Day to all

  • mbrignall

    Molly B from BabyGusLinens said 3 years ago

    Her best advice was : "Everything will be better in the morning" or "Wear a t-shirt and jeans" : )

  • whimsyandwild

    Julie Wylie from whimsyandwild said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me what true strength is after losing my dad/her husband in 2007. She taught me to appreciate the things and people in my life.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 3 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day to all ! Love !

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 3 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day - I've enjoyed reading all the comments - what fun! Enjoy the time with your Mom -cherish every day that she's with you - I miss mine terribly ..but what great memories were made.

  • SewforYou

    Cynthia from SewforYou said 3 years ago

    My mom encouraged me by saying I could do anything! She had me to make curtains for my first apartment when I was a newlywed. I wanted her to sew them for me but she talked me through it, knowing it would be better for me to take ownership. She was right and out of that experience grew my love of sewing and my Etsy shop! She is still my biggest cheerleader. Thank you mom!

  • DRCrafts

    Kelly from DRCrafts said 3 years ago

    I think the best two things my mom taught me was, 1) how to cook, and 2) how to be self-reliant. We moved to a large ranch when I was 8 years old, and we worked before the sun came up and long after it went down. From planting a humongous garden to rattle snake hunting, milking cows to making our own butter, there was never a shortage of work to be done. As I grew, I took with me the knowledge and confidence to try just about anything I set my heart on and knew if I worked hard enough at it, I'd make it happen. Thanks Mom for teaching me the tenacity! love, Kelly Happy Mother's Day to all Mom's out there!

  • mayaprana

    mayaprana from WildGingerDesign said 3 years ago

    Great Idea! My mom taught me so many things and I miss her a lot! Here are a few things;She taught me to be a good listener and how to be a good friend,she taught me to think for myself, to believe in myself, to be adventurous to appreciate travel and other cultures, to care about people less fortunate, and a love for good food! I love you mom! Happy mother's Day!

  • weiser50

    Amy Weiser said 3 years ago

    Happy Mother's day to all. And to those posting some not so pleasant memories thank you for those as well. We learn and grow from our heartaches and losses just as much if not more. Happy mother's day to my mother of course, my Grandmother's, Aunts(the crazy ones too) Great Aunts, family friends and girlfriends. Thank you for helping shape the person I am today. Pretty damn good job ladies!

  • shopgeorgiamiss

    shopgeorgiamiss from shopgeorgiamiss said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me how beautiful it feels to be truly loved by another person.

  • Paulsdotter

    Karyl Hale Jensen from MazzysPlace said 3 years ago

    When it came to doing the dishes, Mom always said, "Nobody's done until everybody's done." When it came to sewing, you had to be sure to do it right so it would last through washing and wearing. Otherwise, why bother?

  • kaffeekatze

    Kannis from KaffeeKatze said 3 years ago

    happy mother's day! mama i love you!

  • lindyjean

    Linda from bitsokits said 3 years ago

    i wish my mother had taught me better life lessons, and that our relationship was more loving and happy, but she did give me two gifts i use every day, even now that i'm near 60---she taught me to sew (and from that comes my crafting), and she taught me that books are the best things on earth (that don't breathe).

  • woodiphonecases

    Wood Iphone Cases from WoodiPhoneCases said 3 years ago

    You got to love your Moms!

  • TheJoyofColor

    Yael Berger from TheJoyofColor said 3 years ago

    My mom gave me the space to become independent and the love for textile , arts and great cooking. My grandmas taught me to knit and the meaning of unconditional love

  • POEME2

    Susan from POEME2 said 3 years ago

    It is hard to say any one thing my mother taught me. I only knew I felt loved. Her life was difficult being an orphan at 6 and never having anyone to count upon she knew how important it was to be loved and love. I gained perspective in what mattered. I enjoy being a mother because I was loved and wanted to always pass that feeling to my daughters. Happy Mother's Day I enjoyed reading the other posts very much.

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 3 years ago

    Wonderful post and comments of Etsy community! My Mom Taught me that we have to live in peace with nature. Happy mothers day to all Moms!

  • gboliver

    Gail Oliver from AttentionGetting said 3 years ago

    Definitely got my creativity from my mother!

  • melodieperfumes

    melodieperfumes from melodieperfumes said 3 years ago

    My Mom taught me how to make something out of nothing.

  • bbrunophotography

    Bonnie Bruno from BonnieBruno said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me the beauty of kindness, by befriending people who were often overlooked or undervalued. She taught by example. If someone was rude or cranky, she would explain to me later that everyone wakes up with something heavy to bear--a story that only they know. I passed that on to my own children, and am seeing the kindness I learned from Mama played out in their lives as well.

  • transparentdream

    Linda Constantine from TransparentDream said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to cherish individuality, rather than fear anyone/thing that didn't fit in some little box I deemed "okay". She always said, "the world, and life would be SO boring if we all were alike, had the same beliefs, or interests." She taught me that our differences were what made us interesting. I've always loved that lesson; even more so these days, when it seems the entire country is choosing up "sides", creating more divisiveness, and separation. By learning to celebrate differences, I've been given the gift of curiosity, an open mind, and a desire to learn. It has been nothing but beneficial to me.

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    Barbara Broadfoot from FootlessDesigns said 3 years ago

    My Mom taught me that hard work does pay off, that the person in the mirror steers your life and also that I was accountable for the things I said or did. She was a firm believer in "The Golden Rule." I carry these things with me today.

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    Heather Drummond from hadBeens said 3 years ago

    Both my mom & grandma taught me how to use what I have on hand, to make it work and look great! You have no idea how far this one small thought has gotten me in life! (Credit given to them right here on Etsy in my about page!) While neither my mom or my grandmother are here to see the consequences of what they taught me they will forever be in my heart!

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    Thom Aten from Circa810 said 3 years ago

    My Mother passed away a few years ago so reading these posts are all very heart touching and makes me miss my mother even more. I am sure anyonei n my situation understands my feelings. My mother taught me humility, that because you have a skill it does not make you better but you should share your knowledge and know how. She also taught me something unknowingly with her passing and that is to cherish every second with the people you love. Call them when something is funny or when you need a uplifting word and don't put it off until tomorrow.

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    AGORAA from AGORAA said 3 years ago

    Moms are the best! (¯`v´¯) ღ ☼ღஜ love♥ `*.¸.*´ ¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨) ღ ☼ light ♥... (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`• ¸¸.•¨¯`•`ை ~ Blessings♥

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    Jess Monet from djmonet said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me how to love unconditionally.

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    Anita from RollingHillsVintage said 3 years ago

    My mother raised three kids on her waitress salary. She taught me to work hard, persevere, and always think of others first. We are celebrating her 90th birthday this Saturday. She is still active and is able to live in her own apartment. I am truely blessed to have her as my Mom!

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    Jennifer Presler from IlluminativeHarvest said 3 years ago

    My mom has always been my biggest supporter no matter what kind of crazy idea I come up with! I strive to do the same for my son everyday.

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    Marina Palovaara from LaPetiteNina said 3 years ago

    My mother has always encouraged me to to what I love to do and to follow my passion and my dreams. Thanks to her I have learned that In life, you have find ways to work with what you love to do and at the same time you have to keep on evolving and learning.

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    Crystal Silvas from ChloeMichellesCloset said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me kindness, empathy and putting myself in another's shoes. If anyone would make fun of someone else she would frown and say "That's somebody's baby." I always think the same thing when I see/hear people bullying or making fun of someone, especially now that I am a mom myself.

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    Melissa from hobocampcrafts said 3 years ago

    That you regret more of what you DON't do than what you do. It for the most part has rang clear for me and my mom.

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    Laura from allgoodgifts said 3 years ago

    It is funny how life comes full circle...my mom is 91 and I am now caring for her (and my dad). What did she teach me??? "There may be times when you don't like someone...but you should always love them...for love is not a feeling...it is a deliberate action." Thank you, mama...and God bless you.

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    jennifer rosenblad from KanoeBlue said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me to "never park next to a Camaro" to avoid an inevitable door ding.

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    Karen L. from VintagebyViola said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me not to take things in life so seriously. She was an easy going carefree lady and never seemed to over think things or worry. I am still trying to be more like my MOM. I miss her.

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    Yuri Pysar from Pysar said 3 years ago

    my mom taught me to patient and thankful!

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    JoyousSunshineShop from JoyousSunshineShop said 3 years ago

    The most beautiful thing my Mom taught me was a saying that I heard so many times, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". Of course, my tongue now has grooves in it where I have bit it so many times to keep from saying things. Now that I am older, I realize why she taught us this. As you're trying not to say anything, you're also looking around and you realize there are so many beautiful things that we have been blessed with, love, children, the earth and all it's wonders. She was a wonderful person and will always be in my heart. Thank you, Mama, for all the beautiful things that you shared with us.

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    Nigel Teo from Oilpaintingwholesale said 3 years ago

    Great mom and great ideas. my mom teach me alot

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    T Hayes from SonasDaughter said 3 years ago

    I will start with my maternal Grandmother - who would always say "there's nothing like a Mother's love" - this came from someone who at the age of 3 was placed in an orphanage after losing both of her parents to murder. My Grandmother never had much in the way of material items but if anyone should have happened to come by her home, she would pull out as much as she could in food and drink - really almost over-doing. I'm sure that this stems from not having much in the way of food and security earlier in her life. Now I find I tend to over-do, that's Grandma Rose coming through! My Mother truly taught me unconditional love. As a youngster I always assumed that everyone's Mother was like mine - sadly that wasn't the case. I've been truly blessed. Now that my Mother is in her 70's her favorite saying is "If you can't laugh you might as well hang it up!" She shares this bit of wisdom with almost everyone she runs into - and it never fails, the person can't help but smile. And my Mother? She's always laughing :)

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    Chris from HarmonyBalls said 3 years ago

    Wow... reading all these comments brings tears to my eyes. I still have my Mum, whom is my best friend and the one person whom will listen to me in my sad times or my happiest times. We must cherish our Mums. ♥♥ HAPPY MOTHERS DAY♥♥

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    natalia bodre from nataliabodre said 3 years ago

    My mom thought me that each day has it's worries and answers, so there is no point worrying about the day

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    Ella Wild from HeartJewelryAlways said 3 years ago

    My Grandmother Though me to judge a person's character by what their actions not their words. It works as an amazing filter to find quality, kind-heart friends. My Mother thought me that what people will tell you about themselves is how they would like you to see them. Very insightful. Ella Wild xoxox

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    Summer Meddock from HempAndWood said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me how to love unconditionally, what humility looks like and how to always lend a helping hand :)

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    Jennie Ingrid Smith from EtsyAUshop said 3 years ago

    My mum taught me to sew. This lesson literally turned my entire life around. She also taught me a few new words in the process...this (ordinarily polite and proper) lady uses some colourful language behind the sewing machine! Love you mum x

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    irini from IrinisWorld said 3 years ago

    When i was young and having a quite serious nervous breakdown, my mother urged me to 'relax'.....Relax was not what i wanted to hear at the time but later on i came understand just what good advise that was and now relaxation just about tops my list of desires in life.

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    Charlieu from AcworthInteriors said 3 years ago

    My mom taught me that you could be and do what ever you want if you are willing to work harder than anyone else and never give up on your dreams.

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    Charles Peluso from OGBabyCo said 2 years ago

    My mother is a great woman who has overcome more than i could imagine going through myself, dealt with me growing up and showed me what a parents unconditional love and sacrifice means. I have carried that with my three teenagers as they are truly lucky to have a Grandma as special as her.

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    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    a very nice written article!

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    Lisa B Meyers from GwendalysaArts said 1 year ago

    My Mom modeled the example of staying young at heart, generosity, and unconditional love. She also showed me that it was morally right to be straight forward, tenacious, and that you only give up when what you are doing turns out to be foolish or unproductive, in other words be flexible and adaptable. all this with a wild sense of humor.

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