Lots to do in the lead-up to, and on, one of the year’s big days
In dozens of countries around the world, the second Sunday in May means just one thing - it’s the day to honour our mothers.
The history of the founding of Mother’s Day is almost as interesting as the day itself, being first celebrated in the guise we do today in the US in 1908, following a determined campaign by Anna Jarvis. While many countries adopt some sort of celebration of the role of the mother at other times during the year, Australia and 85 other countries will do so this Sunday, May 14.
And as the following two pages show, there is plenty on offer in Narrabri, both in the lead up to the big day and on Sunday itself, to ensure your mother shouldn’t miss out on a
well-deserved special day.
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Express your creative self
There are plenty of choices when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, but Creative Stitches has gone the extra mile to make things easier for those looking for that special something.
The sewing, quilting, haberdashery and all things crafty at 106 Maitland Street really does have something for every budget.
Be it a $3.50 gift pack or a fully-fledged Janome sewing machine, Creative Stitches can meet your needs for a gift your Mum will love.
Proprietor Leesa Cuppitt said the range included fabric gift packs, scissors and notions, gift vouchers and much more.
“We can make a gift pack up to suit your Mum and suit all price ranges,” Ms Cuppitt said.
Creative Stitches is a retail business, but it also offers much more.
Ms Cuppitt is running classes twice a week to suit absolutely anyone who is interested in learning.
The classes run 9.30am to 12.30pm and 6pm to 9pm on Thursdays.
“The morning class is a social one where you work on your own project,” she said.
“There’s probably more laughter than sewing.
“[Last Thursday] morning for example was very relaxed.
“They’ve been learning to crochet and we had another lady knitting and another one completing a project that had been hanging around for 10 years.
“You can work on your own project and I help get you going again when you run into trouble.
“It’s a really friendly class.”
In the evenings the atmosphere is equally relaxed, but the focus is on patchwork.
“That class is for both beginners and intermediate,” Ms Cuppitt said.
“It’s timed to suit mums and workers.
“You don’t need any previous experience and the classroom is equipped with six new machines.
“We’ll cater for everybody and everything with our classes.”
Creative Stitches also offers two other services for home craftspeople.
There is a scissor sharpening service which comes through once a fortnight and a sewing machine technician visiting monthly.
For more information call 6792 2124 or visit the shop at 106 Maitland Street.
Hours are 9am to 5pm weekdays of 9am to noon on Saturday.
“But if the quilt’s out the front, we’re open, no matter what time it is,” Ms Cuppitt said.
Lots on offer at Lady Gothique
Morning tea discussions with Torvi the Small have recently been based around Mother’s Day and gift ideas that are not generic mugs or chocolate or pink fluffy anything.
At Lady Gothique the focus is on being an individual and not feeling the need to conform because it’s the done thing.
However one may choose to celebrate Mother’s Day, for those giving a gift there are lots of fun things to choose from in store, from handmade earrings and jewellery through to Pop Merch.
Funky brands such as Erstwilder who are renowned for their fun offbeat jewellery are a great way to express one’s individuality, from Dinosaurs to Rock Cats there is a little something for everyone ...
But perhaps it’s time to stop and have a quiet cuppa with an influential lady in your life. The leaders, the aunts, the grandparents, daughters, friends, sisters. It takes a village.
And with a good support village, more strong young people will rise and with courage and kindness change the world.
So to the mothers who are blessed with children, and the ones who have angels, to the ones who cannot and the ones who choose to love regardless of blood.
To the women who support and love no matter what the role, who encourage kindness and strength, who impart wisdom.
Mothers to the critters, mothers to the people.
Women who encompass love.
Thank you, and Happy Mother’s Day.
Something for everymum at Liz’s
Liz’s Gift and Kitchenware is the place to go for Mother’s Day gift ideas in the Narrabri Shire.
Located centrally near the ANZ Bank in Maitland Street, the store has just about anything that will make mothers’ faces light up this Mother’s Day.
From handbags and wallets, to skin care products, to photo frames and scarves, Liz’s has the lot.
Proprietor Liz Panton said that she offered far more than just her products.
“You should shop at Liz’s,” Mrs Panton said.
“We do free gift wrapping and we love helping.
“I’m very happy to help people with choosing if they are unsure, and we also do gift vouchers so that mum can come in and can choose her own present.”
Liz’s Gift and Kitchenware has been operating for 17 years, so Mrs Panton knows exactly what mums want.
“We have an excellent range of handbags and wallets,” Mrs Panton said.
“We’ve also got some lovely cups, plates, tea-for-ones and teapots all in lovely bone china.
“We have a huge range of jewellery which is really ideal for Mother’s Day.
“We’ve also got of all the Tilley products - soaps, body lotions, nail-cream, room-diffusers and candles.
“They will make your house smell nice and fresh.
“We’ve got photo frames, kitchen ware and some warm scarves.
“Scarves are always a good idea
because you can match them up with a pair of earrings and it’s not overly expensive.”
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, drop in and see Liz now for some of the best products and the best advice in the gift and kitchenware business.