Keepsakes and treasures for Mom


April 24, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Whether she's your mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt or friend, one thing's for certain: she's quite a mom. And you want to find an appropriate Mother's Day gift for her. You still have two weeks to find that perfect present. And to help you choose, here are a few suggestions, available at area stores and Internet shops.

Always fun and functional are the unusual gifts from Uncommon Goods. This Mother's Day, you'll find the decorative Mom and Heart Copper Bowls ($22), from the company's Web site and catalog. The spheres feature a "mom" imprint in half the globe and a heart sign in the other. The orbs can hold small items or simply sit pretty. The halves close to form a perfect copper circle. Each is 3 inches wide by 2.5 inches high. Visit or call 888-365-0056.

Her memories are precious, and her keepsakes innumerable. So consider ordering her the Motherhood Box ($60) from Red Envelope. The lidded maple wood veneer box -- with the word "Motherhood" on the box top -- stores all of her cherished motherhood mementos. At 10 3/4 inches deep by 16 inches long by 4 inches high, the box has a large main section, four smaller compartments with lids and a pouch for documents. Perfect for all moms. Visit or call 877-473-3249.

Pick up the charming Herb Set with Basket ($24.95) from Crate & Barrel stores in Towson Town Center, Montgomery Mall or online. Any green-thumbed mom will love this vintage-looking wire and metal green basket with looped edges, which holds five small green pots. It makes for an adorable and portable, indoor or outdoor, herb garden or grouping of flowering plants. Visit or call 800-967-6696.

A romantic decoration for her home, the Petite Rose Wreath ($69) from Williams-Sonoma features bridal roses in soft shades of pink, peach and cream. Flowers are arranged on a grapevine-twig base. The accent piece, measuring 9 inches in diameter, is ideal for a wall, doorway or table centerpiece. Visit Williams-Sonoma stores in Towson Town Center, Annapolis Mall or Cross Keys, or visit Call 877-812-6235.

Also available at Red Envelope is the Four-Leaf Clover Shadowbox ($35). More than just a decorative display for Mom, the clover shadowbox, designed by artist Michael Michaud, is intended to bring luck, hope, faith and love to the recipient. Cast from pewter and plated with copper, the trio of clovers are encased in a wood shadowbox, measuring about 6 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 2 inches deep.


See paintings and drawings by five Maryland artists at the exhibit Five on the Figure, running through Saturday at Sandarac Gallery and Gifts, 220 W. Read St. Pictured is Heidi H. Schneider's "Morning Swim," an oil on canvas. Call 410-625-9993.

Visit the 2005 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Decorators' Show House, today through May 22. More than 30 decorators worked on the grand Homeland house, which is located at 5901 N. Charles St. $15-$20. Call 410-783-8023.

Enjoy Towson Gardens Day Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Towson Courthouse Fountain Plaza and West Pennsylvania and Baltimore avenues in Towson. More than 100 exhibitors and vendors will sell plants, flowers, crafts and food. Visitors will be able to tour the Courthouse gardens and Towson's "Secret Garden," receive free garden seeds and tree seedlings, enter raffles, hear live music and more. Free. Call 410-825-2549.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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